I recently had a period of the hug that became the most excrutiating lower back pain.
I originally thought that the 2 were not connected because the back pain happened without warning when my back went into complete spasm and the hug I was experiencing for me was the “usual” (for me) discomfort and niggling constant pain. I thought that I had “thrown my back out” in the same way that I had done in the past before MS and the hug - ie it was a mechanical injury not a result of neurological disease.
Because the pain was so bad, I made an immediate appointment with an osteopath. I hadn’t been to see one before but my husband (who has mild hip displasia) had and said that this particular local guy was very good.
IAM SO GLAD THAT I DID!!!
What the osteopath diagnosed - after taking a very comprehensive medical history - was that the spasm and severe pain was not the MS hug but it was a result of the effects of the MS hug. Essentially, what has happened is that the MS has caused the hug (amongst other things). In order to deal with the hug I deliberately hold myself and move in a certain way and/or avoid movement. This causes my muscles holding my skeleton together to become weak and out of position (not helped by the unavoidable strain of needing crutches to walk). Because my musculature is so weak it means that it is very easy to strain it causing spasms. (This is confirmed by my MS team at the hospital who came to see me when I had my last Tysabri infusion and examined me.)
The osteopath has done a few sessions of gentle manipulation with me and has given me a few gentle strength building exercises to do (very similar to ones I have previously been shown by a neuro-physiotherapist which are - apparently similar to Pilates exercises). The manipulation and excercises along with painkillers (co-codamol) have really worked and the lower back pain has pretty much abated - I am still conscious of having to be careful about my back though and I think that I will always have to be.