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Old 05-10-2010, 01:05 PM
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Back/rib cage spasms?

Can spasms in the back, around rib cage be considered symptom of MS? I have been having such painful spasms but don't think it's what is referred to as an MS "hug" as it doesn't feel like pressure so much as just spasms of muscles around rib cage. The pain is so bad I'd rate it an 8 or 9 out of 10 and it brings me to tears...mostly at night...waking me up around 1:00 or so. Fun.... My neuro is out of town and his NP has never seen me, so she refused to prescribe anything says I have to wait to see him. He is to give me results on my tests when he returns from vacation. In meantime I'm hoping a muscle relaxer will help. Calling my regular pcp for an rx but does anybody have any input or ideas?
Old 05-10-2010, 03:18 PM
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I supposable dont have MS and its all in my head, however, I too get severe spasms in the same area as you as well as my abdomen..the hug things is confusing to me..I feel like I am being crushed but yet can breath..sometimes it gets so bad I get angry and cry..the nights are the worst for me..the crushing and spasm thing is so bad I cry in my sleep.I even had it so bad over the weekend that i dreamed that I was so fat and could not breath..but its all in my I am not a good source for you, thought it would help a tad to know your not alone. I hope someone can help you, take care

not yet dx, doc says yes to ms but not treating. going to ms specialist 8/5.
Old 05-10-2010, 05:08 PM
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YESS one of my longest and most painful symptoms=costochondritis. There is a discussion of whether you call it MS hug or Costochondritis as others without MS can have this too.

I use Methocarbamal 750mg because it doesn't make me as sleepy as a muscle relaxer WITH 3 -200 mg of Ibruprofin. It helps..along with a lumbar stretchy brace. I wear the brace around my rib cage and it seems to hold the tired, sore muscles in place or supports them. I even wear the brace to bed so I can sleep with some support.

I have had 2 thoracic MRIs to see if there are any lesions=NOT. BUT the last MRI of cervical shows stenosis (along with lumbar stenosis) and bulging discs where the first MRI of spine only showed slight arthritis.

So..get the best med combo.. try the brace and remember people that do not have MS get this symptom too.

But man it's the worst pain. Have had it 20 years

I believe in miracles~!
2004 Benign MS 2008 NOT MS
Finally DX: RR MS 02.24.10
Old 05-10-2010, 05:18 PM
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I actually asked my neuro about this in my visit 2 weeks ago. I get spasms on my left side rib cage (always on the left side only). I told him laughing, turning, or just breathing can bring them on and they are very severe. He told me it was caused by the MS. I also get them in my legs. Nite time is the worst when muscles are at rest. Neuro said he may start me on meds for spasms. I hope you're feeling better soon.
Old 05-10-2010, 09:21 PM
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Hi i have that same thing on my left rib it goes in to a spasm when ever I streatch slightly, or turn like when you back out of a parking space.
I always get then. Laughing, or when I wake up and go to move slightly it goes in to a pain really tight breathless kind of pain at least a 9, 10 it settles down after a bit though it takes a while.
I can't bend and reach for stuff either. I seen dr. about it had xrays and was just put down as inflamed ribcage. Its so frustrating its the worst nearly everynight I have to think about how to move or i'll I wake up the wrong way I am sore the rest of the morning. I never thought that this could be MS. One more thing to note down to ask when I am at my Neuro app. soon I hope. thanks for pointing this out. I had it for about three to four years now since my leg tremors and balance issues started. Started all about the same time hmmm, interesting .
Old 05-11-2010, 11:17 AM
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Thanks for the replies to all of you. I saw my PCP/NP today as my neuro is still on vacation and she said she could feel the muscles bunched up and showed my husband how to massage it out. She had called in a muscle relaxer yesterday but wanted to see me today just to be sure there was no kidney involvement. (which there wasn't) She didn't think it was related to my possible MS but I've found unless you are a specialist, there's lots they don't know about MS. Thank goodness for this board when I'm puzzled. The flexeril knocked me for a loop but the spasms are much better now. I'll try taking just a half pill tonight but at least last night I wasn't woken with the spasms.

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