I'm a 34 year old male and I'm commenting here to relate my symptoms and to state what remedies I tried, and what ended up helping me. I have been experiencing sharp lower pelvic area (anal, bladder, parineal) pain on and off for about two years, sometimes suicidally exruciating and sometimes very mild. I believe mine was more a diagnosis of severe levator ani syndrome then proctalgia fugax because the episodes were longer (usually a few hours) and radiated to more areas of the pelvic floor muscles. I visited an MD once and had blood work and a CAT scan done. The doctor found nothing wrong with me and just recommended a proctologist. I then took it upon myself to research every natural cure that I could find, massage, meditation, streching, supplementation (magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, potassium, etc.) and nothing worked, although the supplements increased my energy level so I must have been a little defficient. Anyway, what ended up helping me was so simple and natural; Deep Breathing or "Belly" breathing. After reading an article about deep breathing I began to explore it more on the internet and after trying it for a few days, and conciously making it a more normal style of breathing for myself, I began to realize that for a portion of my life I had been tensing, now unconciouslly so, the muscles in my lower abdomin and upper pelvis. I don't know exactly how this tensing started but it could be partially due to the sucking in of my stomach as I gained a few pounds over the years. In America today flat stomachs are enviable and the "in thing" so there is a lot of stress for a 30 year old male, like myself, to have a six pack, especially when dating. So anyway, after just a week or so of deep breathing and slowy breathing into, and relaxing, these now subconciously tight muscles down there I noticed that it was like a domino effect and all the mucles of my lower abdomen and pelvis began to slowly relax. I hadn't even realized that I was tightening these muscles for years, it had become subconcious. It has been a month since I began the deep breathing and it has only gotten better. I still get occasional hints of pain, which I attribute to maybe little knots still in the muscles from years of tighting, but I am much better. My life is back to normal.
I just wanted to share that because I know how f'ing terrible and deppressing it can be to live with this sort of pain. In the end I believe if nurtured and given our concious attention (to release tension) our bodies will work well, heal well, and remain pain free.
Best wishes to everyone.
Post Edited (Fred215) : 1/31/2012 1:44:57 PM (GMT-7)