Hi there. I have not been diagnosed with MS but I have had the MS hug (based on descriptions I have found) going on for about 3 weeks now. I am currently waiting for my primary care doctor to set up an appointment for me with a neurologist. It seems to be worse at night as I have slept very little in the last few weeks. The spasms around my waist get so bad sometimes it's almost too much to take. In addition to the tight band around my waist my skin is numb from my waist up to the top of my chest, under my arms and around my back. I also have had an excruciating pain between my shoulder blades which I can only think is related to the other symptoms I'm having. Muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds don't help at all. My doc prescribed some nerve pain meds which help a little more with the pain between my shoulder blades. Standing under a hot shower seems to help the pain as well but not the muscle spasms around my ribs. Has anybody else had these same symptoms and if so what meds have helped give you relief. How long is this going to last? Any insights at all would be appreciated.