Rectal Pain Quick Overview
- Four common causes of the symptom of rectal pain are
- fleeting anal spasms (Proctalgia fugax), and
more constant muscle spasms (Levator ani syndrome)
- Many other infrequent causes of rectal pain are cancers or foreign bodies.
- Rectal pain usually varies according to
its underlying cause; for example, hemorrhoids usually cause mild or moderate
discomfort, while anal fissures can cause a tearing or knife-like sharp pain.
- If you experience rectal pain without
bleeding, contact your
health-care professional, however, go to an Emergency Department if you are
- bleeding from the rectum,
increasing severity of pain and/or the pain is spreading, or
- have a foreign object
stuck in the rectum (for example, a vibrator).
- For most people, the diagnosis of the cause of rectal bleeding is
made a doctor by taking the patient's history and performing a physical exam that includes a
rectal exam. Occasionally, X-rays and other studies may be
ordered to determine
infrequent underlying causes.
- Once the cause of rectal pain is diagnosed there are home remedies
to reduce rectal pain for three of the four most common rectal pain causes.
- Sit in a tub of warm water for about 20 minutes.
- Eat a high fiber diet.
- OTC creams and anti-inflammatory medications may
- Fleeting anal spasms lasts for very
short periods of time so that no treatment is available to stop an attack;
however, for other sources of rectal pain the following may help:
(blood clotted in a vessel) hemorrhoids can have the thrombus surgically removed
for instant relief. Individuals with hemorrhoids and/or thrombosed hemorrhoids,
anal fissures, and levator ani syndrome usually have an excellent to good
prognosis; fleeting anal spasms is more difficult to treat, and it's prognosis is only
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2015
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