PF sufferer for 15 years, one or two attacks monthly: Here are my symptoms, and a treatment that, I think, has failed me only once in those 15 years.
SYMPTOMS: Severe rectal cramp pain accompanied by a frighteningly solid erection; only occurs at night, always wakes me out of deep (possibly REM) sleep, usually from 1 to 4 hours after I turn in. Without treatment the pain lasts 30 - 40 min. and is, as I said, severe.
With treatment, pain's gone and I'm back in bed in under 5 minutes.
TREATMENT: Store-brand saline enema. Administer, wait 45 seconds, release into toilet, wipe up, back to bed. (Half the time the release will also include a couple small (5-10 mm, marble-size?) stool pellets, that appear to me to be in the process of forming.)
Reading so many of these anguished accounts, I feel lucky that I've found a treatment that works quickly, and has reduced this terrible, excruciating condition to an occasional inconvenience.
- Attacks seem to have, for me, a correlation with stressful times. Springtime is stressful in my work (science teacher) during which I'll have 2-3 bouts a month. I get summers off - b l i s s ! - and I can and have gone all summer with no PF attack.
- NEVER FORGET THE ENEMAS WHEN TRAVELING. I'd forgotten them before, but the last time I forgot them, I had an attack. So yeah; won't make THAT mistake again.
- Cute story, or, as I like to call it "The Day I Learned That I'm Not Adopted." A couple years after I first began having the attacks, I was chewing the fat with my dad and the discussion came around -- as it often does between us -- to "Gettin' Old's A B**ch." I mentioned my "butt cramps" and his eyes lit up…he gets them too and always has, with almost identical presentation! What a bonding moment!