Hemorrhoids Treatment and Classification

Hemorrhoids Are Common

Although not often talked about, it is estimated that roughly 4% of the general population has or will someday have active hemorrhoids.  What is interesting is how the decisions that people make in terms of their hemorrhoids treatment can vary significantly from one person to another.  The medical world tends to lean towards a description of hemorrhoids as a symptom producing growth or enlargement and/or distal displacement of the normal look and feel of the anal cushions.  But to the common person, hemorrhoids are often thought of as enlarged bumps on the outside or inside of the butt region, and they usually follow with some bleeding and pain.

What Do Hemorrhoids Look Like

Anal Hemorrhoids

Anal Hemorrhoids

To get a better understanding of what is happening with the digestive system when hemorrhoids are active, please review the picture.  As the veins become enlarged and stressed, they can begin to feel painful to people living with them.  The pain from hemorrhoids is often magnified for people when they are sitting down on hard surfaces or even while sitting down in comfortable padded chairs.


Causes of Hemorrhoids

There are several common ideas behind what are the leading causes of hemorrhoids, they include:

  • prolonged constipation
  • poor diet (lack of fiber)
  • bacteria or other anal infections
  • stress

Signs and Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

Some of the most common patient reported symptoms of hemorrhoids are the following:

  • blood spots on the toilet paper (usually bright red, not dark red)
  • small noticeable bumps felt around the anus while wiping with toilet paper
  • painful moments when having a bowel movement that normally should be pain free

Testing For Hemorrhoids

There are a few different medical procedures which are commonly used to test and detect hemorrhoids.  They include the following:

  • Sigmoidoscopy: this is a moderately uncomfortable procedure where the lower part of the GI tract is examined with a scope tube.  The tube is inserted up the rectum and has an attached camera lens which allows the physician to view how things are looking on the inside.  Patients often report mild discomfort both during and after the procedure, but the pain is usually gone within a few hours after it is complete.
  • Anoscopy: similar to the sigmoidoscopy, the anoscopy uses a camera like tube and is inserted up the rectum, but only a few centimeters.  So the actual probing up the anal passageway is much shorter of a distance, which often means a less painful experience.

Hemorrhoids Treatment

There are many different types of treatment for people who suffer from hemorrhoids.  There are both Western medicine approaches which include medications, as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures, and then there are a whole range of alternative treatments that are also commonly used.  Because hemorrhoids are seen all over the world, every single country has similar and often times very different ways to treat this common medical condition. Here are some current treatment ideas that are in use:

  • Staying away from toilet papers that have added chemicals or odor fighting agents
  • Making sure to wear cotton only underpants that are less abrasive compared to other types of clothing that rest against your butt
  • Steroid Creams
  • Resting in a warm bath with some salt has been known to ease the pain and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids
  • Rubber Band Ligation: this is close to a surgical procedure
  • Radiofrequency Ablation: using an electrode with a radio frequency to coagulate the hemorrhoids

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I Think I Have Hemorrhoids Symptoms

Do I have hemorrhoids?

It is very hard to tell, but there is a definite chance that I might be living with some hemorrhoids.  And, the worst part about it all is that this may have been going on for a very long time.  Maybe even years.  I suffer from a different medical condition all together called ulcerative colitis, and that often requires me to use the bathroom far more than the common person.  Since this has been the case, my multiple poop breaks on some days, that very well could be a major contributor to the signs and symptoms of potential hemorrhoids.

What makes me think I have hemorrhoids symptoms? 

Here are a few reasons that I believe I just might have some hemorrhoids.  I’ll try to list them out for you:

  • I often feel like there is a slight bump down at the bottom of my colon or maybe is that called the rectum…
  • I know that I use that part of my body more than most people, and all this action in my rectum might very well be aggravating my butt region
  • most importantly, many people on one side of my family has had hemorrhoids in the past and I think that if our family has bad hemorrhoid genes, well, then I may have just caught them
  • last but not least, one symptom that is terms of symptoms is very common for hemorrhoids is some light bleeding every once in a while, its not much, but enough blood to have anyone concerned

What Is My Plan To Find out For Sure if I have Hemorrhoids?

Within the next few months, I am hoping to get a colonoscopy.  Now I know that you could probably just get creative and bend over in front of a mirror or get even a bit more creative and have your spouse/family member/ or really good friend do the looking for you, but I have a different concern too.  What if the hemorrhoids are located inside of your rectum.  What if you also have internal hemorrhoids?  What can you do about that?  So you get my point, I’m going to opt for the gastroenterologist to do his job and check me out the whole way through, inside and out, and let me know if I have these things or not.

Does anybody else have this same type of feeling about having hemorrhoids?



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