Painful Rectal Bleeding Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your painful rectal bleeding symptoms, including 4 causes and common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: painful anal bleeding

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Painful Rectal Bleeding Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

4 Possible Painful Rectal Bleeding Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced painful rectal bleeding. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum that can cause pain, itching, and rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoids may be seen or felt on the outside of the anus (external) or may be hidden from view inside of the rectum.

Hemorrhoids are common occurring in 10 million Am...

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Lower gastrointestinal bleeding

The digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI), tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. Lower gastrointestinal bleeding refers to internal bleeding from the large intestine, rectum, or anus, usually caused by hemorrhoids, ischemic bowel disease, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: rectal bleeding, severe rectal bleeding, moderate rectal bleeding

Urgency: Emergency medical service

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Anal fissure

An anal fissure is a break, or tear, in the mucous membrane lining of the anus. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body. A fissure is caused primarily by constipation, which leads to straining to pass large hard stools; trauma caused by insertion of objec...

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Chronic anal fissure

Anal fissures are splits or tears in the part of the anus closest outside of the body. They're very common and typically affect the young and middle-aged and both genders, equally. 11% of people will have an anal fissure in their lifetime.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: rectal pain, pain when passing stools, painful rectal bleeding, hard stools, mild rectal bleeding

Symptoms that never occur with chronic anal fissure: unintentional weight loss

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Rectal Bleeding

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Do you have a history of constipation?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
  • Do your symptoms worsen when sitting?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Painful Rectal Bleeding Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced painful rectal bleeding have also experienced:

  • 6% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • 5% Rectal Pain
  • 5% Constipation

People who have experienced painful rectal bleeding were most often matched with:

  • 77% Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • 11% Hemorrhoids
  • 11% Anal Fissure

People who have experienced painful rectal bleeding had symptoms persist for:

  • 33% Less than a day
  • 29% Over a month
  • 23% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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