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This pain is usually caused by intense muscle spasms in or around the canal of the anus. The pain is slightly different in levator ani syndrome, and may last days instead of minutes. Anyone can experience proctalgia fugax.
An anal fissure is a common condition where there is a painful tear in the lining of the anus, the backside opening where feces is excreted. It is often described as feeling like passing broken glass. Typical anal fissure symptoms are a sensation of tearing, ripping or burning and usually a small amount of bright red bleeding during and after a bowel movement. While the condition can be very painful, it is not usually serious.
A patient presents with severe anal pain, lasting hours after each bowel movement. She notices some intermittent bleeding with defecation. She comes to the office with the presumed diagnosis of hemorrhoids.
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.
Jump to navigation. Sometimes the most difficult thing about a problem is overcoming the fear of facing it. When people have painful conditions of the anus, they tend to be embarrassed to talk about that part of the body and even less enthusiastic about inviting a doctor to take a look.