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A woman who suffers from a disease that leaves her constantly sexually aroused has said that she begs her partner for sex every day in a desperate bid to ease her symptoms.
Since she was just 13, Amanda McLaughlin, 23 from the US, has suffered with persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), a rare condition that leaves her feeling perpetually like she's about to orgasm.
Being on the cusp of an orgasm sends sharp pains all the way through her legs and pelvic muscles, often so severe that the pain trigger panic attack.
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"It's not fun to be aroused all the time," she told BBC Three's Living Differently.
"Would you want to have a raging boner 24/7? I don't think so. It's just non-stop."
Amanda's symptoms began when she was in her early teens and for years her mum Victoria had no idea what was wrong with her.
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She recalled: "No one ever believed me. I kept saying, 'I need to have sex, I need to orgasm'.
"Between the ages of 15 and 18 I masturbated way more than a normal teenager would.
"Everybody thought that it was just a sex addiction."
Victoria first noticed there was something wrong with her daughter at the time she became sexually active.
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"She was having sex a lot," she explained. "I didn't know what it was - my family thought that she was just a whore.
"Honestly back then I was frustrated because I just thought she was a hypochondriac.
"I doubted her completely. I still feel guilty - the doctors told us it was nothing, I believed the doctors over my daughter."
Amanda said her boyfriend JoJo supports her and tries to help her cope with the condition.
She said: "Relationships are very hard to keep with this problem.
"(JoJo) has never once judged me or made me feel bad about not working or anything like that.
"It affects our sex life quite tremendously - you'd think that you could have sex and it would just go away, but it doesn't.
"Sometimes I will be crying and begging him to have sex with me just to relieve some of the pressure that I have down there.
"My whole life would be different if I didn't have this problem - I know I would be happier."
But there is hope for her, as she has begun working with researchers at Michigan University, who hope to find a cure for her condition.
Dr Priyanka Gupta, assistant professor of neurology, said: "Because it's such a rare diagnosis and there's been such little research we don't know exactly what causes it. We suspect it's multifactorial.
"I don't have a quick cure for this but we're going to be trying a few different therapies. I'm very hopeful that we can get her functioning better."
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