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Question: anal soreness affecting sitting/standing up


 ESRph - Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:17 am

1. 25
2. Male
3. None
4. None
5. Diabetes, HBP (grandmother)
6. No medications


Currently, I am experiencing soreness/pain around my anus. It's not at the "anus", but it is right next to it (in between the anus and tailbone, but much farther away from the tailbone). This started aprroximately 4 days ago, and has gotten worse as each day goes on. It is painful to stand up, and walk as well. Furthermore, when I sit down (e.g. in a car), i have to adjust myself because there is pain when i sit. During sleep, I have to sleep on my stomach to relieve the pain from my buttocks, but even so, there is still a little bit of pain. At first i thought it might be a hernia, piles, or an anal abscess, but there is no pus present at defecation, and my symptoms do not point towards hernia as a realistic possibility. I never thought this could affect how I walked. I was wondering if anyone could help me out. Thanks ever so much!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:34 pm

User avatar I am suspicious that you may have a perirectal abscess. These can be a little deeper and may not initially present with anything other than severe pain.

I would advise you to see your doctor for an evaluation. If it is an abscess it will likely need to be drained and you'll need some antibiotics to help this clear up.

Best wishes.
 ESRph - Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:14 am

Dear Dr. Lowe,

Thank you very much. I have an appt with a colorectal specialist on Tuesday. I will make sure to bring this up. Thanks again. Have a great weekend.

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