Suddenly you feel an intense tightening around your chest, along with pain and a burning sensation. You clutch your chest, awash in fear.
If you have never had this experience before, you wonder... is this a heart attack ... a panic attack ... an asthma attack ... and you will definitely want to contact your physician.
But if you have multiple sclerosis and been through this before, you'll recognize this as the mysterious MS Hug... the Chest Hug... the Girdle... otherwise known as dysesthesias. According to the Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders*, dysesthesias is defined as:
Dysesthesias is a symptom of pain or abnormal sensation(s) that typically cause hyperesthesia, paresthesiae, or peripheral sensory neuropathy. Dysesthesias can be due to lesions (an abnormal change) in sensory nerves and sensory pathways in the central nervous system (CNS, consisting of the brain and the spinal cord). The pain or abnormal sensations in dysesthesias is often described as painf...
Anyone who's ever had an asthma attack knows about the chest tightness and why it occurs. Yet what about the chest soreness that occurs the next day? Why does asthma causes chest pain?
The interesting thing to note here is there are no pain receptors in your lungs!!! The reason asthma causes pain is because asthma causes you to breathe the wrong way.
Confused? Allow me to explain with a pithy lesson on how we breathe. (To learn why we breathe click here )
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that can be done either consciously (you control it) or unconsciously (without thinking of it). Unconscious breathing : Most of the time you don't think about breathing, yet you continue to do it. This is an important safety net for life, because if we had to think about breathing 24-7 we'd accomplish little and most life would cease to exist. Air goes into your...
Some women become afflicted with pelvic pain accompanied by itching, burning, cannot sit without suffering , can't think about sex pain in the vulvar area. The opening of your vagina, or the vulva can become afflicted with vulvodynia spontaneously and though you clearly feel all the symptoms - the physical exam may not be that impressive. So what typically happens? You don't get help - the condition persists and you suffer.
Alot of women don't report it because they will examine themselves - see nothing - and feel actually stupid going to the doctor. So be clear - this condition does exist and you can get help.
Symptoms of vulvodynia include:
Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
The pain can be constant or intermittent and it can last for months, even years. It can also vanish spontaneously. A rule out diagnosis is vulvar vestibulitis which may cause pain when there is pressure app...
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