Skip to content. Anal pain pain in the bottom can be distressing. But is often just the result of a minor, treatable condition. Many common causes of anal pain will improve with self-care treatments. See your GP if your pain is severe, doesn't improve after a few days or you have rectal bleeding.
Proctalgia fugax and levator ani syndrome are conditions which cause anal pain. Proctalgia fugax is a fleeting pain in the anus, lasting less than 20 minutes, with no symptoms whatsoever inbetween episodes. Levator ani syndrome is a pain which lasts for longer, but for which no other cause is found. Your anus is the very end of your gut, and where it opens out on your bottom. The anal canal is the short tube just above and leads to the rectum just above it.
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