Wow, SO glad I joined this forum.
The information and discussion on IBS has been very informative, and I think I am going to find some relief following others suggestions.
Also incredible to find others with this bizzare affliction - who knew ?
Mine also is quite intermittent, mostly occurring at night and waking me with stabbing pains. A few daytime attacks that were miserable because there is almost nothing you can do.
I did seem to find some pattern to these though - wondering if anyone else has this same correlation. Usually I could connect having a PF attack around 12 hours or so after having hemorrhoid irritation from a prolonged bathroom episode (I have IBS D).
It got to where I could kind of predict that I might have an episode of PF that night following a painful bm in the morning.
Sometimes the hemorrhoids didn't even seem all that inflamed at the time, and I thought I was home free, but then the nighttime attack of PF almost seemed like a "delayed" reaction to the earlier irritation. The hemorrhoids seemed "puffy" and I associated the sharp pain with that condition - even though it seemed excessive - as hemorrhoid pain is usually more a dull ache.
I did find I could get relief with very warm water and some upward pressure. This was most easily accomplished by saturating a hot washcloth - folding it into a thick square and sitting on it. A very warm to almost hot mini enema also helped as it got the hot water closer to the source of the pain. This usually brought relief within minutes.
It sounds like others have found these two things also bring relief - what I am wondering though, does anyone relate it to hemorrhoid pain or does it occur without that involvement.
PS - 56 years, female, post-menopause, hemorrhoids since childbirth 29 years ago.
Post Edited (PrincessCrampy) : 3/31/2011 10:35:47 AM (GMT-6)