Hug me! 

So, I bet you didn’t know that MS can hug you. If you did know, you’ve probably experieced it. My commiserations to you, because i am feeling the arms of MS hug me around my upper and lower chest as i type this article. It isn’t fun. 

To those who have no idea what I am talking about, allow me to explain. The MS hug is so named because the feeling sometimes feels like someone is hugging you very firmly, making it hard to breathe. It can also feel like a sharp pain in your chest, which is an alarming symptom for anyone to experience. Many an MS sufferer has appeared at a hospital emergency ward convinced that they are having a heart attack. While it is certainly good news to know that you are not having a heart attack, you then have to try and find a way to manage the symptoms. 

My brand of MS Hug feels a lot like Athsma, except Ventolin won’t fix it. It is tiring trying to breathe, when your chest just won’t expand the amount it needs to.

I have tried massaging the muscles in between my ribs (which btw worked last night), and have now self medicated with a glass of Baileys and milk. It’s going  to be a long night because neither of these things is working.