Everyday Health Digestive Health. Common digestive problems, including hemorrhoids and anal fissures, can result in itching, pain, and general discomfort. Find out how to soothe that sensitive area and sit comfortably again.
Levator syndrome is sporadic pain in the rectum caused by spasm of a muscle near the anus the levator ani muscle. The rectum is the section of the digestive tract above the anus where stool is held before it passes out of the body through the anus. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body.
Anal pain can occur before, during, or after a bowel movement. It can range from a mild ache that can get worse over time to pain that is bad enough to restrict daily activities. Anal pain has many causes, most of which are common and treatable.
Symptoms related to this sensitive area can be very troubling, yet many people are reluctant to discuss them. Itching pruritis anipainful defecation, stained underwear, spotting of blood, and odor add up to embarrassment, distress, social restrictions, and anguish. These problems of anal discomfort are very common. Symptoms may coexist with irritable bowel syndrome IBSaccidental leakage bowel incontinenceor other functional bowel disorders.
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products.
There are lots of things that are a pain in the butt: forgetting your hair tie at the gymcoming home to a sink full of dirty dishes, needing to do laundry Then, there's a literal pain in your butt. Butt pain can come in different forms: shooting pain, cramping, even an irritating "do I have a paper cut down there?
Anal pain — pain in and around your anus or rectum perianal region — is a common complaint. Although most causes of anal pain are benign, the pain itself can be severe because of the many nerve endings in the perianal region. Many conditions that cause anal pain may also cause rectal bleeding, which is usually more frightening than serious.
Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are enlarged or varicose veins of the anus and rectum. There are two types of hemorrhoids, external and internal, which can occur separately or in combination. A person could have a single hemorrhoid, or have several at the same time.
Anal pain is not something that is talked about a lot, though it can be quite significant. There are a lot of nerve endings in the area of the rectum and anus, so any issues with them can result in anything from mild discomfort to excruciating pain. Most of the time the causes of anal pain are benign, even if there is bleeding.