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booboobum
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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Many years ago I had a feeling as if there was arubber band around my waist and it lasted for several weeks. I've read that some people with MS experience this feeling. More recently, I had the same sensation but it was only for about 2 days and felt as if it was around my neck? Has anyone felt this?

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Pam

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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Pam!

It does sound like the "MS Hug" as i've heard it discussed, but others here know much more about it than i do. Take a look at this link and see if it helps. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/IMSJan04-Pain.asp I'm sure others with more experience than me will be along soon to give u better insight. I hope this doesn't come back for u and that u'r feeling well.
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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
booboobum said...
Many years ago I had a feeling as if there was arubber band around my waist and it lasted for several weeks. I've read that some people with MS experience this feeling. More recently, I had the same sensation but it was only for about 2 days and felt as if it was around my neck? Has anyone felt this?

Thanks
Pam
IT sounds like spasticity -- and what is commonly called the "MS hug" -- like an even squeezing all around your torso..
or in any muscle group that bands around your body, like your neck, head, around your arm or leg (as opposed to the kind of spasticity that moves up and down the muscle, causing contractions in your leg, for example).
It can last for a brief time, like your 2 days or so...or for weeks...or, as in my case, "forever", since I was diagnosed 24 years ago.  Sometimes it's worse, sometimes less intense, but always present (around my torso).  I hope yours goes away soon.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


booboobum
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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it an actual contraction of the muscle band or group? It caused a lot of worry and stress.
Sorry to hear that you experience it all the time. I really didn't think of it as a "hug" - more of a grip.

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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pam,
 
    It sounds like it might be a spasticity issue, which is a involuntary muscle spasm.  It most commonly happens in the legs but can happen pretty much anywhere.  It's along the same lines as say a charlie horse if you've even gotten one of those before, and it can be painful or just mildly uncomfortable with tightness.
Hope it gets better soon!  If it's persistant, check with your doctor as there are meds to help with this issue.   
 
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   Posted 1/17/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
booboobum said...
Is it an actual contraction of the muscle band or group? It caused a lot of worry and stress.
Sorry to hear that you experience it all the time. I really didn't think of it as a "hug" - more of a grip.
Yes it can cause a lot of worry and stress.  Folks have raced off to the emergency room, thinking they're having a heart attack, or suffering from breathing problems (when it's around the torso), or other calamadies.  It's always good to be checked out to be sure it is the spasticity and nothing more serious, but if all that other stuff checks out OK, then it's likely the muscle band that is contracting. Sometimes you'll hear this being discussed as "banding", by the way -- describing the muscles that go around the body, rather than up-and-down.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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