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What could be the cause of severely painful rectal spasms?

What could be the cause of severely painful rectal spasms?

Proctalgia fugax: Sounds like proctalgia fugax, which is a benign condition. But it could be very painful. It's thought to be due to spasms of pelvic muscles, surrounding your rectum. It's usually very short- lasting and self- resolving. Heating pad or massaging the area could be helpful. But then again it could be due to other conditions. If it is bothering you a lot, it would be a good idea to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Tenesmus (Definition)

Tenesmus is the sensation of needing to pass stools even though there is nothing in the rectum. This may happen when there is irritation or damage to the inside ...Read more


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Painful rectal spasms at night. How to prevent/alleviate this?

Called proctalgia : Fugax or levator spasm. Often severe enough to wake from sleep, more common in women. Getting up and walking around for a few minutes, warm tub soak or even a fleet enema, (sodium bisphosphate) changes the anatomy enough to relieve the spasm. Often disappears as abruptly as it came on. No good treatment except as above. ...Read more

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Can inguinal hernias cause rectal spasms?

Can inguinal hernias cause rectal spasms?

Rectal spasm: Usually not. I suppose in a rare case where the colon has gone through a large hernia and is pulling on the rectum, anal spasm could theoretically happen, but I have not seen that yet. ...Read more

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Can hemmroids cause pressure like a balloon and rectal spasms? Also.. can internal hemmroids not cause bleeding, just pain, pressure and spasms?

Can hemmroids cause pressure like a balloon and rectal spasms? Also.. can internal hemmroids not cause bleeding, just pain, pressure and spasms?

BRBPR: YES AND YES BRBPR= Bright red blood per rectum. Top causes are hemorrhoids and anal fissures. You need a full exam and rectal exam to make diagnosis. Lab work may be needed to Check for anemIa. If you still have symptoms stool cultures and a colonoscopy may be warranted . In the meantime stay well hydrated 64-80 oz water/dy. And gluten free with high fiber gutbliss.com ...Read more

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Rectal spasms why and how to fix?

Rectal spasms why and how to fix?

Depends: If you are talking anal sphincter spasms, you may have a fissure and that needs diagnosis and treatment. True rectal spasms could be proctalgia fugax, a difficult diagnosis and even harder to treat but often eventually goes away on its own. See a colorectal surgeon to be sure of diagnosis and obtaining proper advice. ...Read more

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Are bulging lumbar discs and rectal spasms usually connected?

Are bulging lumbar discs and rectal spasms usually connected?

Not usually: In the lumbar spine area the spinal cord is already separated into individual nerves that can move out of the way when a disc herniates. While the s3 nerve that goes to the rectum and sphincter muscle area can be pressed it is unusual. ...Read more

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How is rectal tenesmus treated?

By ruling out: The numerous causes of tenesmus, including diet, fluids, rectal masses or tumors or inflammation, infection. See your primary doctor and get a full physical and history and then they can go from there with additional testing or referrals. ...Read more

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Can anorexia cause tenesmus?

Can anorexia cause tenesmus?

May be associated: Such pain and feeling of incomplete evacuation can accompany constipation and anxiety related states with anorexia. But it has an association with poor bowel habits that can be traced back to poor intake. Rarely it can lead to secondary loss of appetite, more a function of a gut related problem. ...Read more