Proctalgia fugax and levator ani syndrome are conditions which cause anal pain. Proctalgia fugax is a fleeting pain in the anus, lasting less than 20 minutes, with no symptoms whatsoever inbetween episodes. Levator ani syndrome is a pain which lasts for longer, but for which no other cause is found. Your anus is the very end of your gut, and where it opens out on your bottom.
Proctalgia Fugax: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
The anal canal is surrounded by various organs, such as the prostate in men and the uterus in women, and is supported by the pelvic floor muscles or levator ani. The pain caused by the muscles spasming can occur without any trigger in particular. In some situations we know that this may be due to damage or entrapment of the nerve that supplies the anal canal muscles. It can affect anyone, although sufferers tend to be women. However because the symptoms that people describe can be so variable, your specialist will investigate you thoroughly to exclude other conditions related to organs that surround the anal canal and pelvic floor.
What's to know about proctalgia fugax?
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. The symptoms of proctalgia fugax are muscles spasms in or around the lower rectum area or in or around the canal of the anus.
Anal pain — pain in and around your anus or rectum perianal region — is a common complaint. Although most causes of anal pain are benign, the pain itself can be severe because of the many nerve endings in the perianal region. Many conditions that cause anal pain may also cause rectal bleeding, which is usually more frightening than serious.