Desperate Housewife said...
The night attacks woke me up (generally around 2am), very painful and also made me feel as though I needed the toilet so I got up every time and went into the bathroom where I would sit on the toilet (this relieved some of the pain) and then I would go all fuzzy, hot, wet through and pass out. This sent me into a blind panic every time as I knew what was happening and I couldn't stop it.
Hello DH, I joined this forum because of your posts! I have suffered the same "blind panic" as you, including the "fuzzyhotwetpassoutinthetoiletwakeuponthefloor"!!! I have had this happen only maybe a half dozen times in my life, but each time the episode was precipitated by severe-and-mysterious-pain-exacerbated-by-fear. It starts with exceptional and unusual pain, which then morphs into panic, and suddenly you get lightheaded with cold sweats and your ears ring and the next thing you know you wake-up on the floor. Awful.
THIS aspect of your problem (not the pain per se, but the panic-passout after) is most likely a vasovagal reaction. A panic attack if you will, that causes your blood pressure to drop and you rather quickly pass out. I'm a retired male, "disgustingly healthy" according to my GP, and have been around the world many times but must admit that I've suffered these attacks, most embarrassingly on the toilet owing in my case to constipation. But that's a different story...
Fixing your vasovagal attacks can start with recognizing that your PF pain is not going to kill you! Hopefully you'll see your doctor and he/she will prescribe something that lessens your pain, but in addition to this you have to try to convince yourself when you DO have these PF attacks that they will end "soon enough" and you must not panic and vasovagal yourself into unconsciousness! It starts with the PF, but then you worry about
passing out, don't you! You gotta relax, don't panic, deep breaths, you'll get thru it, its-not-what-you-think, whatever works for you. I still have the occasional "when's this pain gonna end and am I gonna freak-out and pass-out and bleah" anxieties but I've got my own problem mostly under control--you can do it too.
I found this site cuz I've had this bizarre anal pain once or twice a year (! yes that's all) and the last several years I've had some prostate problems (under control now) and thought this might be a prostate thing but how 'bout that, no it's not, it's simple Prostalgia Fugax (did I spel it rite?) and it's not (at least for me, and probably you) not something to worry myself to death over.
Thanks all for the info here--I will discuss my own few bouts with my GP and prolly also my Urologist but it seems I don't have to fret that it's "the one"! As you get older, you start to wonder which pain you get is the Beginning of the End, especially if you're a natural worrier like myself!