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Anal pain (proctalgia)
Summary: Anal pain (pain in the bottom) can be distressing but is often just the result of a minor treatable condition. See your GP for a diagnosis of the problem and for treatment advice. Many people with anal pain will develop constipation, which can make the discomfort worse when going to the toilet. Your GP should be able to diagnose the cause of your pain after an inspection of your bottom or after a gentle rectal examination.

In many cases, the cause will either be:
  • an anal fissure (tear)
  • a pile that contains a blood clot
  • an abscess (see Common causes)
If the cause is not immediately obvious, your GP may refer you to a specialist for advice and for other investigations, such as an endoscopic examination (where a thin flexible instrument with a camera is inserted into your bottom). Your GP may prescribe medication to relieve the pain, and advise you on how to treat any constipation. This may be all the treatment you need.
Language: English
Format: Online Resource
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Publisher: the NHS website

Last updated: 13/11/2018