Anal Pain and Rectal Pain Treated by Baltimore Gastroenterologists

The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The expert gastroenterologists of The Center for Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility at Mercy provide diagnosis and treatment for a range of motility disorders, which can cause symptoms such as anal and rectal pain.

About the Condition

Anal pain and rectal pain can be a common complaint among patients. Most causes of anal and rectal pain are benign, however, the pain can be severe at times due to the nerve endings in the perianal region. Many conditions that cause anal and rectal pain can also cause rectal bleeding.

You may feel embarrassed by asking your clinician about anal and rectal pain, however, it is a common symptom that is often very treatable. An accurate diagnosis by a gastroenterology expert can help find the cause of your discomfort and provide you with relief.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms that may accompany anal and rectal pain can include:

  • Pain in and around the anus
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Itching from the rectum
  • Pain when sitting
  • Pain with bowel movements

The causes of anal and rectal pain can usually be easily diagnosed. Your physician will take a comprehensive medical history including a physical examination.

Diagnostic tools may include rectal exam, or endoscopy.

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Treatment Options

Treatment for anal and rectal pain varies and depends on the cause. Treatment options may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Transition to a high-fiber diet
  • Sitz baths
  • Surgery to help repair fistulas and muscle spasms
  • Biofeedback bowel retraining to address motility issues

Our physicians have extensive experience with conditions that may cause anal and rectal pain. Our team can help uncover the underlying issue to determine the most appropriate treatment method.