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Proctalgia Fugax

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Updated November 15, 2006

Definition: Proctalgia fugax refers to pain (sometimes severe) in the rectum. It can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and often occurs spontaneously during the night. Pain sometimes accompanies orgasm and there may be an urge to defecate. The pain is sharp and gripping but remains localized. Relief is spontaneous but some people find also relief from warm baths, or ice cubes (anything to disrupt the spasms). Medications, such as diazepam, may be prescribed in cases that are very regular and/or severe.

There is no known cause for the condition but it is not thought to be psychological in origin. There is no specific treatment, simply relief measures.

It is important to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

Also Known As: Rectal Spasms
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