What is it?

Anal spasms, also known as proctalgia fugax is pain or cramping which are felt around the rectum, which is the last part of the intestine. These spasms are episodic, and in between the patient does not feel any pain. Chronic proctalgia episode fugax lasts longer than 20 minutes and happens more often. Proctalgia fugax is a type of levator ani syndrome which is also characterized by spasms of muscles in the pelvic area. The cause is not always known and may include stress, sexual activity, constipation, abnormal bowel movement and menstruation.

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Additional names

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- Proctalgia Fugax

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include temporary rectal pain, which may be intense, and last between a few seconds to several minutes.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination to rule out other conditions such as hemorrhoids, and anal fissures. Tests may be done to rule out inflammatory bowell disease.


Treatment may include antispasmodic drugs, pain relievers, hot baths, heating pads, and a diet rich with fibers. For more severe pain, botox or epidural injections may be given, as well as electrical stimulation.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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