Anal pain sounds a little bit like a joke until you have it yourself. From then on, it sounds like a special kind of torture.
Many of the patients we see at the Proctology Institute describe anal pain as among the most intense pain of their lives, regularly topping the “pain index” chart we post in hospitals nationwide.
But not all anal pain is the same, either in type or origin. Knowing which kind you have, and why, can mean the difference between resolving the issue quickly and spending several weeks under its thumb.
The Mayo Clinic has published a good guide to the types of anal pain, identifying a laundry list of potential causes including infection, hemorrhoids, disease, and trauma. The Clinic has also advised seeing a doctor under most of the common circumstances surrounding anal pain:
A hemorrhoid that develops quickly or is particularly painful may have formed a blood clot inside (thrombosed). Removing the clot within the first 48 hours often gives the most relief, so request a timely appointment with your doctor. The blood clot of a thrombosed hemorrhoid, although painful, can’t break loose and travel, so it won’t cause any of the complications — such as stroke — associated with blood clots that form in other parts of the body.
See your doctor for rectal bleeding, particularly if you’re older than 40, to rule out rare, but serious, conditions, such as colon cancer.
For a Los Angeles proctologist who treats anal pain with expert care and discretion, call the Proctology Institute of Los Angeles and Orange County for an appointment immediately.