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4th December, 20202 min read

Levator Ani Syndrome

Medical reviewer:Dr Ann Nainan
Author:Dr Lauretta Ihonor
Last reviewed: 01/12/2020
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Levator ani syndrome is a condition that happens when a muscle near the anus, called the levator ani muscle, tightens (spasms). This causes pain in and around your bottom (anus), which can feel short and sharp, or like a deep ache. For some, it may also feel like pressure.

The pain may come and go, or it can last for hours or days at a time.

It’s not known why some people’s levator ani muscle starts to spasm.

How is levator ani syndrome diagnosed and treated?

A doctor can normally diagnose levator ani syndrome, simply by asking you about your symptoms. They may also examine your back passage to rule out other causes.

If you have levator ani syndrome, there are some things you can do to help manage your symptoms. For example, you can sit in warm (not hot) water for 10 to 15 minutes, or take simple painkillers.

Speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice about the best painkillers to take, where to get them and how to take them safely.

If your symptoms are really bad, your doctor may refer you for physical therapy.

References

  1. Anal pain [Internet]. nhs.uk. 2020 [cited 1 December 2020]. Available here.
  2. Levator Syndrome - Digestive Disorders - MSD Manual Consumer Version [Internet]. MSD Manual Consumer Version. 2020 [cited 1 December 2020]. Available here.
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