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What is the sphincter muscle?

What is the sphincter muscle?

Control of function: The sphincters are band of muscles around a lot of hollow organs controlling opening and closing around urethra, anus, mouth, eosophagus, stomac. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can a damaged iris sphincter muscle recover on its own?

Can a damaged iris sphincter muscle recover on its own?

No: Iris muscles cannot heal. You can have some surgical improvement if the iris is distorted or causes light sensitivity. ...Read more

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The last few weeks I have been slowly increasing the amount of kegels I practice. Recently my sphincter muscle has been spasming. Why?

The last few weeks I have been slowly increasing the amount of kegels I practice. Recently my sphincter muscle has been spasming. Why?

Levator Spasm: Congratulations on starting your kegel's at the age of 23. If there's one preventative thing you can do for your genitourinary health, that's it. Sometimes though, contractions of the muscles in the vaginal region can lead to spasms -- levator syndrome/spasm predisposes you to tight, rigid muscles that require physical therapy to help you relax. Get a pt referral, you may need vaginal dilators. ...Read more

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I believe I have a stretch mark on my external sphincter muscle. I've had a dull pain as if I need go use the restroom, but can go fine. Will it heal?

I believe I have a stretch mark on my external sphincter muscle. I've had a dull pain as if I need go use the restroom, but can go fine. Will it heal?

Anal sores?: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem before treatment. ...Read more

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Sphincter muscle spasms. Is this related to anything other than proctal fugax?

Sphincter muscle spasms. Is this related to anything other than proctal fugax?

Hard to Know: Proctalgia fugax- brief episodes of rectal pain generally associated with, unpredictable spasm like pain that is often described by patients as: very sharp and twisting, lancinating, cramping, can awaken you from sleep. Last from seconds to as long as 30 minutes, feels exactly like sphincter muscle spasms, however- your doctor will still exam to rule out, lesions, fissures in that region. ...Read more

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After researching online, I'm worried I might have anal warts. Do the warts usually "recede" into my anus if I flex my sphincter muscle?

After researching online, I'm worried I might have anal warts.  Do the warts usually "recede" into my anus if I flex my sphincter muscle?

Anal warts: Please get an appointment with your primary doctor as soon as you can. If the doctor cannot help you as much as he would like you will be referred to a specialist
Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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I sometimes suffer from a bowel sphincter muscle that gets painfull spasms for a few minutes then subsides. Only happens rarely, must I worry about it?

I sometimes suffer from a bowel sphincter muscle that gets painfull spasms for a few minutes then subsides. Only happens rarely, must I worry about it?

Proctalgia fugal: Your condition is suggestive of proctalgia fugax which is as you described a spasm in the anal sphincter it could be painful but it is not a serious condition. It could be stress related topical numbing medicine might help. It is usually self limited. ...Read more

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A not is on my sphincter muscle it is as big as a grape do I need to go to the er it just happen an hour ago

Let me help: Straining can push an internal hemorrhoid through the anal opening. This is known as a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid and can cause pain and irritation, if is not very painful you go to your doctor.
Or could be external hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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A not is on my sphincter muscle it is as big as a grape do I need to go to the ER it just happen an hour ago -

Probably not: A sudden grape like mass on the anal sphincter is most likely a hemorrhoid. Unless you are in severe pain, er visit is not necessary. Have your primary care provider evaluate this soon. ...Read more

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I have been suffering two months of soreness and pain on the left anal sphincter muscle at the opening. Dr. performed and a scope no abnormalities.

I have been suffering two months of soreness and pain on the left anal sphincter muscle at the opening. Dr. performed and a scope no abnormalities.

Proctologist: I recommend that you consult a proctologist if you want a thorough evaluation of this symptom. In my experience they are more expert in diagnosis and treatment of anal and rectal disorders compared with gastroenterologists or even colorectal surgeons. You may have a chronic anal fissure, small perianal abscess or fistula. ...Read more

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I got a fistulotomy 7 days ago. The doctor said it didn't involve sphincter muscle but the wound looks really deep. How long will this take to heal?

I got a fistulotomy 7 days ago. The doctor said it didn't involve sphincter muscle but the wound looks really deep. How long will this take to heal?

Ask your doctor: But usually about 2-3 weeks. Obviously it depends a lot on how big the actual wound is, but a healthy person typically heals pretty quickly. I am assuming you do not have a seton in place? For a definitive answer, ask the surgeon that did your operation! Good luck! ...Read more

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Held a warm, wet piece of tp against anus to clean. Felt a contraction around finger. Is this the outside sphincter muscle? Should it be this loose?

Held a warm, wet piece of tp against anus to clean. Felt a contraction around finger. Is this the outside sphincter muscle? Should it be this loose?

Outside/hard to say: The anus has two sphincters before the outlet. An internal automated one that keeps the fecal mass up and seldom dilates unless you are trying to evacuate. The external sphincter is usually closed at rest and you can close it harder if the inner sphincted is opening and you are trying to hold back a stool. Trauma to the outside sphincter or nerve damage can leave it weak and open. ...Read more

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Can bulges at l3-l5 weaken sphincter muscle and cause some degree of bowel incontinence?

Can bulges at l3-l5 weaken sphincter muscle and cause some degree of bowel incontinence?

Bulges and bowels: Not likely. Bulges are not likely to cause many symptoms. In fact, using study data, bulges are actually more normal than not. So bulges do not imply any symptoms. You would need severe pressure on the nerves with obvious spinal stenosis (which could be aggravated by bulges if you had congenital abnormalities). So relax. May be a fissure, or other bowel issue that a GI doc would solve. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid causes muscle weakness does it lead to GERD by loosening the esophageal sphincter muscle?

Hypothyroid causes muscle weakness does it lead to GERD by loosening the esophageal sphincter muscle?

Maybe!: Thanks for asking b/c until i just searched, I would've thought no. While I can't find any traditional evidence linking the two, enough people have written online to various forums complaining about such a link that it can't be a coincidence. My guess is that we need to treat one's hypothyroidism aggressively & adequately enough to regain les strength. I look forward to what GI colleagues say. ...Read more

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Is it possible to strain the muscles in the rectum or sphincter?

Anal muscles. : Yes. The anal sphincter is muscular in nature and very innervated (consider how these nerves allow people to distinguish between gas, solid stool and liquid stool). This muscular complex like others can be strained with consequential pain. Other common sources of pain with or following defection are hemorrhoids or an anal fissure, which is a small tear of the tissue making up the anal lining. ...Read more