Causes of anal pain include:

  1. Anal cancer
  2. Anal fissure (a small tear in the lining of the anal canal)
  3. Anal sex
  4. Anorectal fistula (an abnormal channel between the anus or rectum usually to the skin near the anus)
  5. Chronic constipation
  6. Coccydynia or coccygodynia (tailbone pain)
  7. Colon cancer
  8. Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
  9. Diarrhea
  10. Fecal impaction (a mass of hardened stool in the rectum due to chronic constipation)
  11. Hemorrhoids (swollen and inflamed veins in your anus or rectum)
  12. Levator ani syndrome (spasm in the muscles that surround the anus)
  13. Perianal hematoma (a collection of blood in the perianal tissue caused by a ruptured vein)
  14. Perianal abscess (pus in the deep tissue around the anus)
  15. Proctalgia fugax (fleeting pain due to rectal muscle spasm)
  16. Proctitis (inflammation of the lining of the rectum)
  17. Pruritus ani (perianal itching)
  18. Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome (ulcer of the rectum)
  19. Thrombosed hemorrhoid (blood clot in a hemorrhoid)
  20. Trauma
  21. Ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Apr. 10, 2014