- A 77-year-old man developed deep pain in his anus weeks after having Covid-19.
- He had never experienced the eerie discomfort before and it did not improve after defecating.
- Doctors told her it was an anal variant of restless legs syndrome, which has been linked to Covid-19.
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A man in Japan developed “deep anal discomfort” several weeks after recovering from Covid-19, according to a recent case report published in BMC Infectious Diseases.
Doctors at Tokyo University Hospital diagnosed him with “restless anal syndrome,” an unusual variant of restless leg syndrome. RLS variants have been observed in the abdomen, bladder, and mouth, but this is the first anal presentation described in the medical literature.
The 77-year-old man reported a disturbing discomfort of approximately 10 cm – the length of a golf pencil – deep in her anus. He told doctors that he felt like having a bowel movement, but pooping didn’t relieve the sensation.
His symptoms worsened at night and during rest periods, which is consistent with restless leg syndrome, the doctors noted. Plus, she was able to get some relief from exercise, another common feature of RLS.
A colonoscopy revealed that apart from some hemorrhoids, nothing was happening inside the man’s rectum. He had no brain abnormalities, bladder disorders, or erectile dysfunction. Also a little bit of anxiety and insomnia, the feeling of unease was his only health problem since Covid-19.
Several weeks earlier, the man had been admitted to the hospital with a relatively mild case of Covid-19 that included a sore throat, cough and fever. He had a mild fever for 10 days and was treated for mild pneumonia.
The anal discomfort started after he recovered from his respiratory symptoms and sent him back to the hospital. Doctors determined that because the patient had never experienced the restlessness in his anus before, it was probably a Covid-related syndrome.
After treatment with Clonazepam, a medicine used to treat seizures, the discomfort in the anus resolved.
Long-haul carriers have reported some strange persistent symptoms, including regular RLS and other neurological disorders. Symptoms like brain fog and the ringing in the ears can last for months after the initial infection, putting Covid survivors at elevated risk of Psychological distress.