Well, in my continuing quest to explore the outer limits of human endurance, I added another extreme activity to my repertoire last night. What I omitted from my account yesterday was that I spent about half an hour of the night in the most *excruciating* pain. Worse than when I broke my femur, worse than when my front teeth got smashed in, worse than childbirth...well, ok, worse than watching my daughter being born.
And it was all focused on my bottom. Yep, i really thought for a while that I might die from a pain in the bum.
It seems that it is something called "proctalgia fugax", described by Wikipedia as "a severe episodic rectal pain". My GP has little to offer by way of treatment as its cause is poorly understood. We are just hoping that it will be a rare visitor!
I wonder if it is related to the ongoing nerve pain I have from my old hip and femur fractures, and whether the amitriptyline and other meds I'm now taking have any effect, one way or another. Or nerve compression from my extremely sedentary lifestyle?
It would be interesting to know if anyone else has had any experience with this.
P.S. I'm surprised the neighbours didn't come hammering on the wall at the time, as I was alternately howling with pain and laughing out loud at the thought that at my funeral, the eulogist would be saying, "Let's not dwell on the manner of his death....", prompting the whole congregation to think, "....he died of bum pain..." It must have sounded weird.