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Levator Ani Syndrome


Presentation

  • Case Summary A 26-year-old male presented with a 3-week history of severe, intermittent, aching anorectal pain that would last for 30–60 minutes per episode and occurred between 1 and 3 times per day.[journals.sagepub.com]
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Localized Pain
  • It is a local problem in that chronic worry, anxiety and nervous arousal in certain individuals results in the local pain and dysfunction of the pelvic muscles. Without effectively treating both aspects, levator ani syndrome remains.[pelvicpainhelp.com]
Burning Pain
  • […] syndrome, Chronic proctalgia, Piriformis syndrome, Pelvic tension myalgia, Levator syndrome, and Proctodynia Left levator ani muscle seen from within Specialty Gastroenterology Levator ani syndrome is a condition characterized by brief intermittent burning[en.wikipedia.org]
Severe Pain
  • Inflammation or trauma of the coccyx can cause severe pain. A fall in which the person lands in a seated position can cause a micro-fracture or sprain the surrounding muscles. The resulting coccydynia usually resolves in a few weeks.[eu.floridatoday.com]
Rectal Pain
  • Those who are experiencing chronic or recurrent periods of anal or rectal pain or discomfort should consult a doctor.[medicalnewstoday.com]
  • Pain People with this syndrome may experience rectal pain not associated with having a bowel movement. It may be brief, or it may come and go, lasting several hours or days. The pain may be brought on or made worse by sitting or lying down.[healthline.com]
  • Proctalgia fugax Up to 18 percent of Americans have experienced proctalgia fugax (prock-tal-ja few-gaks), which is Latin for fleeting rectal pain. It is caused by spasm of the rectum, anal opening or surrounding muscles.[eu.floridatoday.com]
Rectal Pain
  • Those who are experiencing chronic or recurrent periods of anal or rectal pain or discomfort should consult a doctor.[medicalnewstoday.com]
  • Pain People with this syndrome may experience rectal pain not associated with having a bowel movement. It may be brief, or it may come and go, lasting several hours or days. The pain may be brought on or made worse by sitting or lying down.[healthline.com]
  • Proctalgia fugax Up to 18 percent of Americans have experienced proctalgia fugax (prock-tal-ja few-gaks), which is Latin for fleeting rectal pain. It is caused by spasm of the rectum, anal opening or surrounding muscles.[eu.floridatoday.com]
Tenesmus
  • Chronic proctalgia, Piriformis syndrome, Pelvic tension myalgia, Levator syndrome, and Proctodynia Left levator ani muscle seen from within Specialty Gastroenterology Levator ani syndrome is a condition characterized by brief intermittent burning pain or tenesmus[en.wikipedia.org]
Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Those who are experiencing chronic or recurrent periods of anal or rectal pain or discomfort should consult a doctor.[medicalnewstoday.com]
Myalgia
  • Levator ani syndrome Other names Levator spasm, Puborectalis syndrome, Chronic proctalgia, Piriformis syndrome, Pelvic tension myalgia, Levator syndrome, and Proctodynia Left levator ani muscle seen from within Specialty Gastroenterology Levator ani syndrome[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Levator ani syndrome has many other names, including: chronic anorectal pain chronic proctalgia levator spasm pelvic tension myalgia piriformis syndrome puborectalis syndrome Pelvic floor disorders Pelvic floor disorders occur when the muscles aren’t[healthline.com]
  • Continuous or frequent spasms of the levator ani muscles result in a chronic dull pain, and has been dubbed pelvic tension myalgia, chronic proctalgia, or levator ani syndrome...[eu.floridatoday.com]
Back Pain
  • You may also experience low back pain that may spread to the groin or thighs. In men, pain may spread to the prostate, testicles, and tip of the penis and urethra.[healthline.com]
Hysteria
  • Proctalgia fugax and levator ani syndrome have not been found to be of psychosomatic origin, although stressful events may trigger attacks. [3] Patients with levator ani syndrome also have "significant elevations on the hypochondriasis, depression, and hysteria[en.wikipedia.org]
Suggestibility
  • Gastroenterology Levator ani syndrome is a condition characterized by brief intermittent burning pain or tenesmus of the rectal or perineal area, [1] caused by spasm of the levator ani muscle. [2] [3] [4] The genesis of the syndrome is unknown, however it has been suggested[en.wikipedia.org]
Pelvic Pain
  • PAIN WITH MANY NAMES Because of the lack of communication between different specialties of medicine and the current fragmented nature of physician training, muscle based pelvic pain, whether felt in the back or front of the pelvic floor, is diagnosed[pelvicpainhelp.com]
  • "Anorectal and Pelvic Pain". Mayo Clinic Proceedings (review). 91 (10): 1471–1486. doi : 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.08.011. ISSN 1942-5546. PMC 5123821. PMID 27712641. External links [ edit ][en.wikipedia.org]
  • This can cause problems with storing or emptying bowels, as well as pelvic pain, painful intercourse, or erectile dysfunction. Symptoms of levator ani syndrome can be ongoing and impact your quality of life.[healthline.com]
  • Lumbar Myofascial Pain Syndrome · Pelvic Pain Syndromes 82. Proctalgia Fugax 83. Prostatodynia 84. Gluteus Medius Pain Syndrome 85. Orchalgia 86. Vulvodynia 87. Clitoral Priapism* 88. Gluteal Bursitis 89.[euro-libris.ro]
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
  • In fact, what is called levator ani syndrome, in our view, is more accurately called pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic proctalgia, or simply chronic pelvic pain syndrome because with this condition, more than one of the muscles of the pelvic floor can[pelvicpainhelp.com]
Prostate Tenderness
  • Physical examination revealed no prostate tenderness, lesions, hemorrhoids, or fissures and rectal tone was intact. The patient had moderate posterior rectal tenderness.[journals.sagepub.com]
Painful Ejaculation
  • In men, the condition can cause painful ejaculation, premature ejaculation, or erectile dysfunction. The exact cause of levator ani syndrome is unknown.[healthline.com]
Bladder Pain
  • Additional symptoms may include: bloating needing to urinate often, urgently, or without being able to start the flow bladder pain or pain with urination urinary incontinence Sexual problems Levator ani syndrome can also cause pain before, during, or[healthline.com]
Confusion
  • […] diagnosed as a number of different conditions, such as: LEVATOR SPASM PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION PROSTATITIS COCCYDYNIA CHRONIC PROCTAGLIA PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME CHRONIC PROCTAGLIA CHRONIC ANORECTAL PAIN This multitude of diagnoses has, obviously, led to much confusion[pelvicpainhelp.com]

Workup

  • After a standard workup, he was diagnosed with LAS and treated with oral cyclobenzaprine 5 mg 3 times daily for 7 days.[journals.sagepub.com]

Treatment

  • The purpose of our self-treatment is to help patients become free from having to seek additional professional help. For over a decade, research has documented our results of training patients with self-treatment.[pelvicpainhelp.com]
  • The patient experienced resolution of his symptoms after 3 days of treatment and remained symptom-free 6 months after completion of therapy.[journals.sagepub.com]
  • Treatment Physical therapy may help to treat levator ani syndrome. Other treatments may include botox injections and sitting on pillows.[medicalnewstoday.com]
  • Home treatment may not be enough to manage your condition.[healthline.com]
  • Other treatments include massage of the muscle, warm baths, muscle relaxant medications such as cyclobenzaprine, therapeutic ultrasound and biofeedback.[en.wikipedia.org]

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