Proctalgia is pain due to a spasm of the pelvic floor muscles, the muscles of the anal sphincter, or the muscles of the rectum. This causes severe stabbing pain like a knife sticking into the rectum. This type of pain may originate without warning. It may vary in severity and duration. It may pass quickly or might last much longer. Often the pain will be severe enough to awaken a person at night out of a sound sleep. If the person gets up and walks around, moves his bowels, or passes gas, the pain could resolve in a matter of minutes.
What Causes Rectal Pain?
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Pain in the bottom—anal pain, or rectal pain—can be very uncomfortable. This may cause extreme discomfort from going to the toilet to merely sitting. Excruciating pain in the bottom area may also spread to the other area, such as the stomach, making the discomfort even worse. There are in fact, a quite large variety of risk factors that may lead to pain in the bottom area. These risk factors include the ones, which are less harmless and some others, which can be much more severe. As the pain may affect children, adults, and the elderly, it becomes essential to figure the causes out in order to find the most suitable treatments. Proper initial treatments should help reduce the caused pain and when done consistently, may help get rid of the causal risk factors.
Common Causes of Rectal Pain
Pain in the rectum is a common experience and is not, in general, due to a serious medical condition. However, the pain can be intense and worrying. It is usually caused as a result of straining and stretching the rectum when passing a hard stool.
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. The causes of anal pain usually can be easily diagnosed. Anal pain usually can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers and hot water soaks sitz baths.