I have a Q. Despite all my symptoms for the past 3+ years, I've been having a pain in the stomach area, that seems to go all the way around to the back. It actually feels like I am wearing a tight belt or something. (that's the best way I can describe it.) When I went to the hospital for help,(and of course told them my long time symptoms,) they did a scan of the abdomen & stated it was normal. The nutty nurse told me that if I had MS, the doctor would have diagnosed me with this years ago because it's EASY to detect. Am I going nuts? And has anyone experienced the tightness around their waist?
Most of the time, you will get the belt feeling in the chest because spastic costal muscles wil pull the ribs and that creates that banded/belt feeling around the chest. The spasticity has to effect more muscles in the abdomen for this to happen. I have spasms of the rectus abdominus (the six pack muscles) that feel like I did way too many sit ups (one is to many.)
To get that wrap around feeling, I guess you would have to spasms of the external abdominal obliques (under the love handles.) The lattisimus dorsi would be kind of high and I think they would feel like a low chest hug. I've heard other people describe and abdominal "hug" but never though to look at which muscles could cause it.
Just last week on doctor radio they were discussing this problem as it relates to heart symptoms. They said one way to see if the banding pain is from the muscles rather than a heart problem is to apply gentle pressure with your hand(s). If the pressure gives relief, then it is most likely the muscles and not a heart event.
just my two cents of trivia to throw in here,
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.