Rectal Pain & Bleeding Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

Rectal pain and bleeding are symptoms that can signal a number of issues with the digestive tract. If you suffer from repeated or continuous rectal pain and bleeding, the board-certified gastroenterologists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, can help you identify the cause and best treatment to relieve your symptoms. To receive an evaluation of your gastrointestinal health, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Rectal Pain & Bleeding Q & A

What is Rectal Pain and Bleeding?

Rectal pain refers to pain and discomfort in the lower colon and anus. Rectal bleeding refers to any blood that passes through the anus. 

Rectal pain and bleeding can be quite alarming and are often the signals of a number of acute and chronic conditions. If you experience rectal bleeding, you may notice blood in your stool, on toilet tissue, or in the toilet bowl.

What Causes Rectal Pain and Bleeding?

There are a number of common causes of rectal pain and bleeding. They include:

  • Anal fissures (tears in the anus)
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids


These conditions are highly treatable and typically no reason for stress or concern. In rare cases, rectal pain and bleeding are caused by more serious conditions like rectal cancer, colon cancer, and Crohn’s disease. 

Your doctor evaluates your digestive health to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition. 

When Should I See a Doctor About Rectal Pain and Bleeding?

If you experience persistent or severe rectal pain and bleeding, you should schedule a visit to Illinois Gastroenterology Group and speak with a specialist about your digestive health. 

If dizziness, nausea, or fainting accompany your symptoms, seek immediate medical attention as these can be signs of shock. In most cases, the right treatment can successfully address rectal pain and bleeding. 

How are Rectal Pain and Bleeding Treated?

Because there are so many possible causes, treatment depends on your diagnosis. To determine your diagnosis, your doctor begins with a discussion of your condition and a physical exam. Depending on your condition, they may perform a number of additional tests, including:

  • Digital rectal exam
  • Blood test
  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy


These additional tests help your doctor check for obstructions, damage, and other abnormalities. Treatment may involve dietary or lifestyle changes, medication, or minimally invasive surgery. 

Illinois Gastroenterology Group specializes in safe, compassionate, evidence-based patient care. Your doctor determines the best treatment based on your in-depth health evaluation and explains the process in detail, so you understand what to expect. 

To speak with a specialist about relieving your rectal pain and bleeding, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or schedule your appointment online.