New COVID Symptom Will Make Your Bum Restless

( According to a newly published medical report from doctors in Japan, it’s possible patients suffering from COVID-19 have developed a new symptom – restless anal syndrome.

Yeah, really.

Restless anal syndrome is believed to be related to the more commonly-known restless legs syndrome.

Doctors reported one 77-year-old COVID patient who recently checked out of the Tokyo Medical University Hospital after a 21-day stay. Despite having fully recovered from the virus, he later returned to the hospital reporting uncomfortable new symptoms.

The patient told doctors that he began suffering “deep anal discomfort” leaving him with the “essential urge” to move his bowels. But even this did not offer any relief. As days went by, the patient discovered that physical activity appeared to relieve his stressed anus, whereas resting only increased his discomfort – especially during the evening hours.

The patient underwent a colonoscopy which revealed internal hemorrhoids. But that didn’t explain the spasms he was experiencing.

COVID-19 is known to cause a barrage of side-effects, some of which are neurological – including a loss of taste and smell, brain fog and numbness.

Doctors concluded that this restless anal syndrome must be another neurological side-effect, noting that his symptoms were strikingly similar to restless legs syndrome, which has been detected in at least two other recovering COVID patients.

According to Dr. Itaru Nakamura, the author of this report, the connection between the disease and restless legs syndrome is not yet understood. However, Nakamura’s 77-year-old patient may be the first recorded case of restless anal syndrome associated with COVID-19.

Restless legs syndrome is said to effect approximately three million Americans. Despite the name, its symptoms may occur elsewhere on the body other than the legs – including the arms or even the face. Some experts believe the condition is vastly underreported. According to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, there could be an estimated 7 to 8 percent of the US population living with some form of RLS.

To treat his patient’s symptoms, Nakamura prescribed him a daily regimen of the sedative clonazepam (Klonopin) to help relax his anal muscles. According to the report, the patient has continued to improve after ten months of treatment.