Painful Bowel Movements And Thin (Pencil) Stools

Reviewed on 1/23/2023

Painful bowel movements can occur in the presence of inflammation or injury in the anal canal. An anal fissure is an example of a condition that can produce painful bowel movements. Certain cancers may partially obstruct the bowel and produce pencil thin stools. Seek the advice of a doctor for changes in your stool or painful bowel movements. Always describe concerning symptoms to your doctor.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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