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small lump to the left side of my rectal area

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I have had a small lump to the left side of my rectal area. It is not in my rectum but to the left. It has never bothered me until 2 days ago. I woke up and it went from the size of a pea, to the size of a quarter. I plan on seeing my Primary Physician, what could this be?

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replied October 14th, 2015
Hemorrhoids Answer A54312
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Anorectal Pain is usually caused by infection, inflammation or injury. The most common causes include Hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anorectal fistula, perianal abscess, Proctitis, rectal ulcers, trauma, inflammmatory bowel disease, anal polyps or cancer, and Coccyodynia/coccygodynia (tailbone pain).

The description of your history is indicative of a possible anorectal abscess or a cyst.

You might consider getting yourself examined by your physician, which can be helpful to diagnose the underlying cause .

In the mean time OTC pain killers like tylenol, Advil will help to reduce the pain. Other measures like sitz baths, high fibre diet, stool softners, high fluid intake will also be helpful.

I hope this helps.

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