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Rectal Pain

Anorectal pain occurs in and around your anus or rectum.  Rectal pain is extremely common and has many possible causes, including but not limited to hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anorectal abscess, and inflammatory bowel disease.  Many conditions that cause rectal pain also cause rectal bleeding.  Although most cases of rectal pain are not serious, some can be.


Rectal pain may be caused by a problem withing your rectum or your anus.  The causes of rectal pain usually can be easily diagnosed.  Some causes of rectal pain are: 


  • Hemorrhoids

  • Anal Fissures

  • Fecal Impaction

  • Anal Fistula

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis

  • Proctitis

  • Rectal, anal, and colon cancer

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections 

  • Anal Warts

  • Muscle Spasms


This list of rectal pain causes is not complete, but gives you a sense of some causes.



Depending on the cause, rectal pain can be pressure-like, gnawing, sharp, and more.  Other symptoms that may be present with rectal pain are:


  • Rectal bleeding

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Irritation, itchiness, or swelling of the skin around the anus

  • Passage of mucus



If you are experiencing rectal pain, you should call and schedule an appointment with a colorectal surgeon.  Your physician will obtain a complete medical history and perform a physical examination.  In addition, other tests and procedures can be performed to confirm a diagnosis, including:



  • Imaging tests such as CT scan or MRI

  • Digital rectal examination

  • Anoscopy

  • Sigmoidoscopy

  • Colonoscopy


The treatment of rectal pain is depended on the underlying cause.  Therefore, it is important that symptoms be evaluated by a colon-rectal surgeon before you try self-treatment.  A colon-rectal surgeon will perform a thorough examination and recommend treatment.  The physicians at Connecticut Colon & Rectal Surgery, LLC develops an individualized treatment plan based on your symptoms, medical history, and physical examination.  Depending on your diagnosis and symptoms a non-surgical approach may be advised.  However, in some cases, surgical intervention may be recommended.


Some treatment options may be:

  • Sitz baths

  • Dietary modifications

  • Stool softeners/laxatives

  • Hemorrhoidal rubber band ligation



To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (860) 826-3880 or request an appointment online.  If appropriate and availability allows, a consultation appointment will be scheduled for you to be seen by one of our experienced physicians, generally, within a two-week timeframe of contacting the office.  Procedures are generally scheduled shortly thereafter.

Causes of Rectal Pain

Symptoms of Rectal Pain

How is Rectal Pain Diagnosed?

Treatment of Rectal Pain

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