Rectal Pain: Why It’s More than Just a Pain in the Butt

Rectal pain, a  surprisingly common occurence,  is often diagnosed as proctalgia fugax or proctalgia (fleeting rectal pain). It affects about 15% of the American citizens. Rectal pains can be more commonly seen in women and people who are 45 years old or younger.

Proctalgia furax is a functional gastrointestinal disorder that is a diagnosis of exclusion–meaning that other causes of rectal pain such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, abscesses, malignancies, inflammation, and chronic prostatitis have to be excluded.  Symptoms include intermittent and severe rectal pain that isn’t associated with bowel movements.

Proctalgia Fugax - Rectal Pain in the Butt

Development of Rectal Pain

The rectal pain source might be quite tricky for diagnosing. As a result of that, there are several different causes which are associated with it. Rectal pain might occur with constipation (when you have hard time passing large dehydrated stools), hemorrhoids (small swollen veins which are located on the skin near the anal canal or inside it and affect 25% of the citizens of America) or diarrhea (when your intestines collect the water from your body and make your stools liquid).

Anal fissure, the condition when the muscles surrounding the anal area have a small tear or tears, is another possible cause for the appearance of rectal pain.

The Levator Ani Syndrome (Chronic Proctalgia) is characterized by pain in the muscle group which supports and surrounds of the anus. At times this pain may be severe.  Chronic Proctalgia is often exacerbated by sitting rather than lying down or standing.  Typically, people complain of a dull-ache or pressure sensation in their rectum.

The less likely culprits for the appearance of rectal pain include infections, cancer, inflammatory diseases like ulcerative colitis and Chrohn’s disease, rectal prolapse or foreign bodies located in the rectum.

Many of these causes usually respond pretty well to treatment, but in case the rectal pain lingers and you are unable to find the source, it might be caused by loose, weak or injured ligaments. The areas which are usually affected are the iliolumbar ligament as well as the sacrococcygeal junction.

Rectal Pain Symptoms

Rectal pain’s symptoms include sharp, episodic pain in the region of the rectum that lasts from seconds to minutes. Rectal pain often appears during the night. Tenderness and spasms in the rectal area’s muscles are other things that may be involved.

Another symptom of rectal pain is the tight feeling of pressure which usually gets better when standing and walking and worse when sitting. This type of rectal pain, in most cases, will last about 20 minutes, but it might be longer before it goes away, too. It also will occur at regular intervals.

In case there is an involvement of an anal fissure, the pain will be knifelike and tearing at first and later on will turn into an ache which is dull and lasts for at least an hour. Bleeding is another possibility in case your rectal pain is caused by hemorrhoids and anal fissures.

The symptoms of the rectal pain problem may be relieved through conventional medical treatments. However, these treatments do not address the problem’s root. Prolotherapy, which is a natural treatment, might relieve you from your rectal pain problem by strengthening all the weaknesses that you have in your body’s structure.

[box type=”important”]Rectal pain is a common medical problem which should never be overlooked. In case you suffer from rectal pain or some of its symptoms, contact your doctor and get treated immediately.[/box]

If you suffer from itching in the rectal (or as we say in Norway kløe i endetarmen) area, visit this helpful website where you will also find useful information and helpful treatments for hemorrhoids (in Norwegian hermorider).

Lyuben Georgiev

I am a writer who love writing interesting articles on medicine and health topics.

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