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Katie7
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 9/4/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow...Now this is real weird to me! I never even brought this up to my neuro Doc because I never thought it was related to to what brought me to him in the first place. I can hardly wait to ask him about it the next time I see him.
 
I am referring to what I just learned is called the 'MS Hug'. For at least the past 8-10 years I have experianced what , now I 'm thinking, is just that...the MS Hug. I thought it was my heart! In fact, I had to have a heart cath twice becasue of my symptoms...only to be told it was a muscle spasum in my chest muscles!
 
It came on slow for me, then very restrictive , like an elephant sitting on my chest, the pain was very horrible! I could hardly move, as I was so scared I was having a heart attack. I was also sweaty...certainly seemed like heart. I used to be a ski patroller, so I was sure it was my heart. Anyway, they ( the docs back then) also said I may have experianced a TIA, but still they were unsure..now I wonder....could I have been having  MS Hugs? They lasted, with various levels of pain an hour or two and my chest would still feel uncomfortable a day or two later.
 
Sometimes I was doing heavy work around the house when it occurred, other times, I could just be sitting down and feel it coming on, even my jaw would ache!
 
I don't know, just wondered if anyone else has had these...I have been reading alot about MS since I have recently been diagnosed and found out about the hugs and thought of those episodes I had. Hugs to all~Katie

What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own ; The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protecxt you!
                              Hugs~Katie
                  Diagnosed ~ August 2008


Willowmom
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 88
   Posted 9/4/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Katie- You might look back through old posts as well, there are some good descriptions of how various the 'hug' can be. I also think that I was checked, tested, probed and prodded for other possibilities when in fact it is the hug I get. Now that I've figured it out a little med for muscle spasm helps a bit. Still very uncomfortable sometimes. I think I used to mistake it for asthma attacks (I do have asthma, but this was different in a lot of ways, but an elephant on the chest for sure). Then it moved a bit lower and more to one side and they sent me for many stomach/digestive exams. All fine. Frustrating that my neuro never suggested this. And something we might all mention to our Family docs as well as neuros to help to educate them- and save a whole lot of unneeded tests! Willow oh- I was also thinking by fearing a heart attack that probably certainly made it all worse for you, I'm so sorry that happened. But you did the right thing to get checked and certainly anyone having this for the first time should go get checked out, but also be sure to metnion the 'hug' to the doctor.

Katie7
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 9/5/2008 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Willowmom- As I said, i don't know if it was the 'hug' for sure in my case...and I'm betting your right that I made it all worse in panic thinking it was a herat attack...one doc years ago told me he thought it was a panic attack when my heart cath was normal, others just said chest spasum. ANYWAY...I will definatly bring this up to my neuro doc, cause now I THINK thats what I MAY have been experiancing. Hugs~Katie
What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own ; The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protecxt you!
                              Hugs~Katie
                  Diagnosed ~ August 2008

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