I had this problem for about 5 years. I'm 41 years old male and it like most woke me up in the middle of the night with this severe anal pain.
This first time it happened I thought I had a severe constipation problem or twisted bowel.
Been two 2 doctors about it. Have had prostate checked, colon checked and all is good. They don't know what to tell me.
With me it lasts for hours. I've never waited to see how long it would last, I tried once and wimped out after 2hours. I usually take 2 Tylenol 3's and pace the floor until the drugs kick in. Then I can go back to bed. That has been the only thing to give me relief. I don't like taking them but when you've got that kind of pain and nothing else works well...
I had another attack last night; woke me up at 1:30 am, tossed and turned in bed for half hour till the pain got me up. This time I took just 2 extra strength tylenol, they have worked in the past when I didn't have tylenol 3's on me. like on an overnight business trip once. The tylenol just took the edge off and after pacing for 2.5 hours I was able to get back to sleep. I'm wrecked today.
It has been interesting to see the different way people have delt with the pain. I'm a Christian and I also Pray to God through my Lord Jesus during this horrible experience. He gets me through it. PTL!
I think I'll go back to my new doctor; (other one retired) and mention the name Proctolgia Fugax. and mention the inhaler that has been prescribed.
Thanks to everyone for sharing.
God bless you all.