The Hug?

Well, hi again all.

I over did things at the weekend and ended up sunday night with what can only be described as, my husband sitting on my left ribs!

I say this as the only way i can explain it…not sure if this is how the hug feels but i ended up off work yesterday as i felt thoroughly rotten and couldn’t hardly walk as my lower back and ribs were killin me!

My legs felt like jelly and couln’t even get up the stairs without major effort. Is this what happens when you over do things or was it the hug?

Oh and my tremor is bad today although i do feel alot better!

I also slept from 9.15-2.45 during the day and had a full nights sleep also…is this usual?

Any help appreciated…oh and for anyone new, i am undiagnosed with ms but have been diagnosed with partial myelitis with a possibility of ms maybe?

Time will tell kinda diagnosis but still very positive despite a very crappy end to my weekend!

oops, it was the right side of my ribs and the right leg was badly painful, where as a ll my symptoms have always been in left side of my body, sorry brain not so good today still lol.

Any help appreciated!

Hi Lea, sorry to hear you’re having a rough time. Hard to say if it is hug or not… but just in case it is, I’ve copied and pasted my hug tips below… I get it a lot.

Hope you get some answers soon and feel better soon,

Pat x

It’s a spasm of the small muscles between the ribs. Here are some tips that might help:

· Much worse in heat

· Much worse when fatigued or stressed

· Don’t wear a bra (it irritates the muscles)

· Don’t wear tight clothing… the looser the better

· Avoid large meals… little and often is better

· Lie down in/on bed if you can… and lying completely flat often helps

· Take 2 Paracetamol… if you are not on other pain med’s

· Try controlling your breathing… deep in through the nose and slowly blow out of mouth… and try and relax whole body while doing it

· Stay as cool as you can but don’t have cold shower… luke warm is better

· Rest, rest, rest and then get some more rest (if at all possible)

· Gently rub the affected area. It might feel like it’s bruised… don’t worry, that’s normal

Hi Leamills x Pat’s advice is great x

I was getting the ‘hug’ really bad for a very long time x it would range from a dull heavy acheing, crushing pain like you describe to sudden electric shock type spasms that would throw me up off my chair! I would also be getting crampy like spasms all the time - It could be round my ribs - both sides or alternate sides - it would make my actual stomach spasm like a bad case of cholic or cause horrible crushing spasms round my chest (I ended up in A&E thinking it was a heart attack the first time this happened!)

Basically it was one of my major symptoms and was pretty miserable!

BUT … since I’ve been on Baclofen it’s practically disappeared! I’m undiagnosed too so I would ask your GP to prescibe you some - mine wouldn’t until the neurospinal doc gave permission - it’s been a Godsend!! xxxjenxxx