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DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician
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I have been having a low grade pain in my rectum/anal area.

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I have been having a low grade pain in my rectum/anal area. It happens a couple of times a week and lasts from about 5 minutes to 20 minutes. There is no blood and when I use a suppository it does no good. The pain is not stabbing but travels from my rectum to down my right hip or even into my scrotum. I have used ice but doesn't really help. It happens mostly at night but have noticed in the day once. I usual have a bowel movement shortly after the pain but not always. My stools are not hard but have been erratic and soft.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


Have you had a colonoscopy?

When and what findings

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
last pollops...I have one every 5 years
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

Any hemorrhoids?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not that I know of...could they be internal and wouldn't a suppository(prep H) relieve somewhat?
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

They could be internal and unrelieved by the suppository.

Another possibility is disc disease in the lowest spinal areas.

I would talk with your doctor about both possibilities.

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Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 1 year ago.

Hi there

  • This is VERY UNLIKELY to be a disk issue. Not this pattern of pain
  • You do need to be re-examined again for anal, rectal or colon pathology. You could start with your family doctor. Your prior testing is a year old. New pathology could have developed by now

Best wishes

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


As you describe the pain, and As i stated, this can be internal hemorroids

But a dis issue is indeed possible and often missed.

With a clean colonoscopy, it is not likely something that has not been found otherwise.