The 5 causes of a rectal spasm are just a few of many different conditions, diseases and illnesses that may cause rectal spasms. Rectal spasms are usually spasms that can either last less than a minute or can last up to an hour in severe cases and can be quite painful. If you are suffering from rectal spasms, take a look at this list of common causes and then talk to your doctor
Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome is a condition in which when a sore or ulcer develops in the rectum. This sore can cause rectal bleeding and rectal spasms, which can be quite uncomfortable. Signs of solitary rectal ulcer syndrome include feeling of incomplete stool passing, rectal pain or spasms and passing mucous from the rectum.
Anal fissures Anal fissures are small tears in the anus caused by insertion of foreign objects, constipation and diarrhea. Many people have anal fissures, but do not receive treatment. Anal fissures can be associated with sharp pain and spasms in the rectum.
Prescription drugs Some prescription drugs can cause rectal spasms as a side effect. These drugs include metoclopramide (prescribed for nausea and other digestion problems), trimethobenzamide (used to treat nausea and vomiting) and valium. If you are taking a prescription drug and are experiencing rectal spasms, do some research to find out if this is the cause.
Constipation Chronic constipation can cause rectal spasms because much strain is put on the rectum. Adding fiber, stool softeners and more water to a diet can help relieve rectal spasms that are due to constipation.
Diarrhea Chronic diarrhea can cause rectal spasms because of the continuous irritation to the rectum. If the rectal or colon walls are continuously stimulated and irritated by frequent liquid stool, spasms can occur.