What Is Proctalgia Fugax or transitory anal pain?
A cramp-like pain in the anal canal and pelvic floor area, of unknown cause or mechanism. The patient practically complains of pain at the level of the anus, and the proctologist in unable to identify any pathological modification. Stress is sometimes incriminated for this condition, and depression syndromes are not rare.
What Are The Specific Symptoms?
Severe pain in episodes of 10 – 20 minutes, occurring suddenly, at irregular intervals, extending over weeks and months. They generally occur at night.
How Is It Treated?
There is no magical formula. In some cases, a bottle of warm water, fist counter pressure or sitting on the edge of the bath tub can help. Painkillers can be administered.
A visit to the specialist (psychologist or even psychiatrist) may be recommended.