With millions of people having hemorrhoids, it seems like the problem would be commonly explained so it can be recognized easily. Unfortunately, many people end up having more severe hemorrhoid issues before they even know what the problem is. This is in part because of the embarrassing nature of talking about that part of the anatomy and in part because hemorrhoids, though possibly painful and uncomfortable, aren’t usually a drastic health risk. However, there is the possibility that a hemorrhoid can cause severe bleeding which can then cause anemia or even the possibility of bleeding to death. Though extremely rare, it does happen.
How to Know if You Have an Internal Hemorrhoid
Internal hemorrhoids are even more difficult than external hemorrhoids to self-diagnose. At least with external hemorrhoids, you can usually tell that something is there that doesn’t belong. With internal hemorrhoids, you may not feel a bulge. There is one there, though; after all, hemorrhoids are bulging veins, similar to varicose veins. They swell and can actually form blood clots.
One of the first symptoms most people notice with internal hemorrhoids is bleeding from the rectum. Even though there is at least one swollen vein, there may be little or no pain since there is very little pain reception inside the anal canal. Seeing blood is usually what alerts people to the fact that something is wrong.
Even if there is blood, you can’t just assume that it’s from an internal hemorrhoid. You will need to be evaluated by your doctor and given the correct diagnosis. Not only will this help you get the best internal hemorrhoid treatments, but it will also let you know if a hemorrhoid is really what is causing the bleeding.
There are also other symptoms of internal hemorrhoids. Anal itching, aching, trouble sitting for long periods, and an urge to go to the bathroom even when you have already gone can all be symptoms of internal hemorrhoids. When you get that full feeling like there is something there that doesn’t belong, you will want to take care of it as soon as possible.
Another problem with internal hemorrhoids that you won’t be able to ignore is when you get a prolapsed internal hemorrhoid. This happens when an internal hemorrhoid comes out through the anal canal. When this happens, it’s possible that it will get caught and have to be put back either manually or surgically. This can be very painful and cause bleeding or possibly even a rupture.
What to Do
If you have any of the symptoms of internal hemorrhoids, you should see your doctor so you can begin treating them right away. Taking care of it as early as possible will help alleviate the symptoms and prevent further problems that may require a more serious and aggressive hemorrhoid treatment.
Being healthy means taking care of every part of you, even that part. Don’t let fear or embarrassment stop you from getting the help you need to be healthy all over and all under. You will be doing yourself the favor of avoiding more problems later and feeling better now.