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Suffering From Proctalgia Fugax Or Rectal Spasms

Author: Jodie B.
Date: 01-11-2017
Views: 7,574
Word Count: 306
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 11095-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 7

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Unfortunately I've been suffering with proctalgia fugax for the past 2 years. It is severe pain in the rectum that feels as though a brick is passing through there. It's caused by a spasm of the anal sphincter.

Sorry if this is TMI, but this pain is so severe, that people suffering it need to know that an attack can come on at rest or during excercise. An attack can be triggered by diarrhea or constipation. It can also be triggered hormonally. Usually I would have to lie on my stomach and take Ibuprofen and wait for it to subside.

I found Lavender essential oil diluted with fractionated coconut oil very effective. High quality Lavender has antispasmodic properties. I found it helpful for relieving monthly hormonal cramps so decided to try it for the Proctalgia Fugax.

I used great caution and gently applied the oil mixture to the lower abdomen and lower back. It helped to relax everything, release the spasm, and I recovered very quickly. When Copaiba was released by the oil company I use, I began using Lavender & Copaiba diluted with fractionated coconut oil and the result was more effective.

I won't leave home without Lavender oil now, and my proctalgia fugax attacks became less frequent since using essential oils in general. I am so very thankful!

- Update -

Since posting this testimony I discovered I had a vitamin B12 deficiency that was the likely cause of these excruciating spasms. For anyone suffering this painful condition, try using high quality pure essential oils for relief and see your doctor to have your vitamin B12 level checked. The doc might say it's fine but there is a grey area that is above the cutoff for clinical deficiency where many people are symptomatic.

You can do some more research on this yourself.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: muscle-spasm-/-twitch — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
2.Associated topics: diarrhea-/-loose-stools,constipation-/-irregularity — "A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
3.Associated topics: muscle-spasm-/-twitch — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
4.Associated topics: diarrhea-/-loose-stools — "In traditional folk medicine, tarragon [Artemisia dracunculus L. (Asteraceae)] has been used for treatment of pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.... This study reported the peripheral and central antinociceptive activity of the EOAD [essential oil of A. dracunculus] and rationalized the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of different painful conditions."Link
5.Associated topics: muscle-spasm-/-twitch — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
6.Associated topics: anus — "Studies suggest that chamomile ointment may improve hemorrhoids. Tinctures of chamomile can also be used in a sitz bath format. Tincture of Roman chamomile may reduce inflammation associated with hemorrhoids."Link
7.Associated topics: muscle-spasm-/-twitch — "[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."Link

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