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I am 42 and have suffered with proctalgia fugax for approximately 10 years. My mother and her sister also suffer attacks.
My attacks have been infrequent, approximately one per 1 month but have shown no pattern. They generally occur in the evening and are often preceded by a loose bowel movement or a feeling that I need to move my bowels. The pain begins in the rectum but then feels as if it spreads to the whole of the pelvic floor area including the vagina. The only relief I can get from this nauseating agony is to crouch down into a foetal position on the floor and rock and breath deeply as one would during child birth. I have also helped ease the symptoms by taking a hot bath or applying heat to the area.
More recently my attacks have become more frequent, 2 or 3 times a month and have occured during the day whilst at work. Embarrassing!
I am glad to discover from your information that this is not a condition to worry about.
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