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Rectal Pain

Why rectal pains occur


Updated June 10, 2014

Pain in the rectum is a common experience and is not, in general, due to any serious medical condition. However the pain can be intense and worrying. This article looks at the causes of rectal pain and gives advice and a few home treatment suggestions.

Good medical advice

If you are concerned by any physical symptoms then you should always see your doctor. The adage of 'common things commonly happen' is good to remember. Cancer is rarely the cause of anal pain but it tends to be the thing first worried about. Still, its better not to be complacent so get a diagnosis so that you know what you are dealing with. You can then get the best treatments to relieve the problem.

Common causes of rectal pain

Anal fissureThis is a small tear in the skin at the opening of the rectum. It is usually caused as a result of straining and stretching the rectum when passing a hard stool. Anal fissures can also occur if the anal sphincter (the muscle that controls the anal opening) is too tight to pass stools.The pain is a sharp knifelike pain that returns during the times when the anal opening is irritated. It can be very very painful during bowel movements especially if you get constipated or dehydrated. A dull throbbing pain may then take over and it can last for a long time......hours.

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