What can cause rectal pain?
Anal Fissure: A Common Cause of Anal Pain
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. Are her symptoms consistent with hemorrhoidal disease, or does she have another disorder? Benign anorectal disorders are common and increasing in incidence. The decreasing intake in dietary fiber over the 20th century and into the 21st has contributed to a steady rise in preventable anorectal disorders. An anal fissure is a tear or a cut in the anoderm Figure 1.
Mayo Clinic Q and A: Painful bowel movements may be due to anal fissure
Could something else be causing the pain? Should I see my health care provider? Your health care provider can confirm that with an exam. But, although hemorrhoids often cause itching, irritation, sensitivity and other discomfort around the affected area, hemorrhoids rarely lead to pain during a bowel movement.
Anal pain can occur before, during, or after a bowel movement. It can range from a mild ache that can get worse over time to pain that is bad enough to restrict daily activities. Anal pain has many causes, most of which are common and treatable. However, if anal pain does not go away within 24 to 48 hours, it is important to see your physician. If fever is present with anal pain, a more urgent appointment is needed.