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The attacks described on this forum are exactly the same as what i've been experiencing for 4-5years now. I get a stabbing/pressure pain in my butt that feels really deep inside and like something in there is about to burst!
It lasts for minutes at a time and comes without warning although i can usually feel the pain building seconds before the sharpe pain begins. When the pain starts it renders me motionless and unable to speak and am often frozen in pain with a cold sweat and faintness. Inbetween attacks i have no pain at all.
I first experienced it when i was about 24 years old and the pain was unlike anything else that i had ever felt.
Unlike most of the other people on here my attacks occur during the day and hardly ever at night - usually when i feel the need to go to the toilet or pass wind and it always happens when i'm on my period. It can be very embarrassing when an attack comes on when i'm at work or walking around Tesco's as i can't hide my pain.
I approached my doctor and he did an internal examination and said that it wasn't piles or anything like that so then he thought that it was Endometriosis and told me to put 2 packets of my contraceptive pill together to clear it - that didn't work. They then sent me for a scan to see if i did have Endometriosis and that came back clear.
It is now thought that i am suffering from IBS but reading this site it seems that my symptoms are related to Proctalgia Fugax although my doctor has never mentioned it before.
As i said before the attacks only seem to happen when i'm on my period so for the last year i have been controlling it by putting two packets of my contraceptive pill together therefore only having a period (and the pain) every 2 months. The problem is that i want to come off of my pill in order to start a family but i'm petrified of being in constant pain.
Does anyone out there have the same symptoms as i do?
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