Tenesmus: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
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What causes tenesmus? 8 possible conditions

Tenesmus refers to cramping, rectal pain. Tenesmus gives you the feeling that you need to have a bowel movement, even if you already have had one. When you have tenesmus, you might strain harder to produce only a small amount of stool during bowel... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Find information on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including symptoms, causes, types, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment options, and prevention.

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2

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. It occurs when the lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and the rectum become inflamed.

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3

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic bowel disease that causes severe inflammation of the digestive tract. It is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea, and may affect your quality of life. Crohn's disease is characterized b...

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4

Anal Cancer

Anal cancer is an uncommon cancer in the anal canal. It's easy to mistake symptoms of anal cancer for other conditions such as hemorrhoids, which could delay a diagnosis. Human papillomavirus is closely related to ana...

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5

Anal/Rectal Abscess

An anal, or rectal, abscess occurs when a cavity in the anus becomes filled with pus. In addition to pain, it can cause fatigue, rectal discharge, and fever.

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6

Colitis

Colitis is inflammation of the colon. Read about the different types and associated symptoms.

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7

Radiation Enteritis

Radiation enteritis is a common complication of radiation treatment near the abdomen. It occurs when radiation irritates your small intestine.

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8

Chlamydia Infection

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that should be treated quickly in order to avoid complications. It is caused by bacteria that are usually spread through sexual contact. People with chlamydia often don't hav...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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