We respect your privacy. Many conditions, including hemorrhoids and anal fissures, result in irritation and discomfort in the anal region. The anus is the external opening of the lower intestine.
Anal pain is not something that is talked about a lot, though it can be quite significant. There are a lot of nerve endings in the area of the rectum and anus, so any issues with them can result in anything from mild discomfort to excruciating pain. Most of the time the causes of anal pain are benign, even if there is bleeding.
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.
Rectal pain can refer to any pain or discomfort in the anus, rectum, or lower portion of the gastrointestinal GI tract. This pain is commonand the causes are rarely serious. Oftentimes, it results from a bout of muscle spasms or constipation.
Levator syndrome is sporadic pain in the rectum caused by spasm of a muscle near the anus the levator ani muscle. The rectum is the section of the digestive tract above the anus where stool is held before it passes out of the body through the anus. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body.
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.
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.
An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus or anal canal the opening through which stool passes out of the body. The fissure can be painful and may bleed. Anal fissures can occur in anyone at any age.