Here is your definitive answer regarding Proctalgia Fugax.
I have suffered it for more than 50 years.
Ever since puberty. Does this tell you something?
And most doctors will not discuss it or somehow imply they've never heard of it. Actually, many probably haven't. So much for the medical profession.
When I was 15 or so, we lived in a very drafty and cold house. You needed those blankets at night. And for a schoolboy, it was a real ***** getting up, getting dressed and going off to school in the winter cold.
I began to experience these pains and/or urge to have a dump, in the middle of the night. And as folks here already understand, I would go sit on the john for an hour or two. Oh yeah- with an erection. But I didn't really feel like doing much about
this condition. I just wanted the pain to go away. And/or have a dump.
As an impressionable 15 year old, I began to think that.. OMG- I might have cancer (A few of my uncles and aunts had already died of this).
Two hours of suffering, then an hour of sleep, and then soon it was time to get up and go to school. No wonder I always slept on the warm schoolbus.
Well, cut forward 15 years or so- I had just been hired at some company, and got a medical exam. It was pretty complete. For the first time in my life, and I was still in my twenties, I got a prostate exam.
Afterwards I told the doc about
these periodic pains. He recognized the condition immediately and told me not to worry. And he then gave the Latin name. I forget what it was, but I bet it was "proctalgia fugax".
He even said that Hippocrates had described the condition more than 2000 years ago.
Here's the kicker: This job was with a tobacco company! That doc knew his stuff. Presumably tobacco companies, with all their money, only hired the best lawyers, AND doctors.
So cut forward another 5 - 35 years. Invariably, whether in bed alone, or with some wife or girlfriend, I would experience the pain, usually when the bed covers had been pulled off of me. (women are like that)
A few times, when staggering into the bathroom and then sitting on the toilet, the pain became SO INTENSE, that I actually fainted, and woke up somewhat later on the bathroom floor.
When I would finally crawl back into bed, tired and exhausted, the woman would ask "Huh? Where were you?" and I'd mumble something like "oh.. just reading in the bathroom. You know- insomnia?"
Eventually I would tell the wife or girlfriend about
these peculiar pains. They sometimes thought I was hypochondriac.
The last time I had such an extreme attack was about
8 years ago.
I fainted on the toilet, and when I woke up on the floor, no woman was around. Only my faithful dog was patiently waiting for me on the bed.
And now the dog is dead. ;-) Of old age, of course.
As far as I know, all ex-wives and girlfriends are still alive. Life is not fair.
Almost always during these attacks, I WAS COLD. COLD! It was as though the blood had drained out of my body. Does this tell you something?
I would occasionally take to sitting on a radiator, or our wood stove, being careful not to get burned. But I did not care about
burning my ass- , The PF was easily worse than any bum-searing.
Now. I'm 71 and have very few attacks of PF any more. In my estimation it is intimately linked to sexual "tumescence" which I obviously do not have much of at this age.
My uneducated guess is that there is some sort of erectile tissue in the lower intestine, and when it is engorged, it... ah, hurts.
And the rest of the body becomes very very cold, due to lack of blood.
What do you think? Do your experiences vary?
Any MD here? Supply me with a script
for some testosterone (patch or cream) and I'll work with you to prove my theory. ;-)
ADDENDUM: I have never "used" Viagra - no wife or girlfriend in sight these days - but I wonder if this stuff would induce a episode of PF. An interesting experiment: Take blue pill, go to bed, and make sure it's cold and my feet are uncovered... No, no.. I don't wish to try. Unless some med student (preferably female) wishes to pay me.
Post Edited (fugax) : 3/6/2013 9:54:48 PM (GMT-7)