Okay, for a while now I've had a strange bouts of pain in my rectum that would bother me for several days and then go away ... And come back later. Until this morning I was baffled, and I really didn't want to go to the Dr. saying my rectum hurts.
But this morning I read about levator ani syndrome. I am convinced nearly 99.9% that this is what is going on down there ... especially after looking at diagrams of the levator ani muscle.
What I feel is this: a general ache in my rectum (this time on the right side - never bilateral) that aches from the rectum/anus area to just behind the base of my scrotum. The sensation is like a dull ache, not a sharp pain. It sometimes feels like there's a big marble up there or like I need to have a BM. It's clearly worse (or at least more noticeable) when sitting (or coughing), and doesn't bother me in the least when walking or jogging. It actually feels slightly better (temporarily) after a BM. BMs are normal (only occasionally somewhat loose). This particular episode has lasted about 3 days and I suspect that as usual, will be gone in another 2-3 days.
From what I've read, levator ani syndrome seems to have nailed everything I'm experiencing. Like I said, I'm 99.9% convinced that's it. In fact it wouldn't suprise me if it started due to the fact that I'm 50lbs overweight and sit for 9 hours a day at work in a not so comfortable chair, followed by an hour or two at the computer at home, again in an office chair.
But anyway, I need some feedback. Given that there is really no treatment for this condition, is there any real need to visit the doctor? For instance, are there any prostate issues which have these exact same unilateral symptoms? I don't want to ignore the problem just because it ceases on it's own, if it could be something more serious. But I've never heard of unilateral prostate symptoms, and hemmorhoids (sp) just don't seem to fit the bill. Any thoughts?