Hemorrhoids can be difficult to deal with, especially if you don’t know how serious they can be and how to take care of them so they don’t get to the point of having complications. Internal hemorrhoids, especially, have the potential to have many complications that may be serious enough to cause a need for medical intervention.
Bleeding is one complication that happens more often when the hemorrhoid is internal, than when it is external. Though the bleeding is most likely from the hemorrhoid, you should talk to your doctor about it because there is always a chance the bleeding is coming from something more serious, such as colon cancer.
Thrombosis is another complication that can happen with a hemorrhoid. That is when a blood clot forms inside the hemorrhoid. It is very painful and must be treated immediately. Though more common with external hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids can also become thrombosed. A thrombosed hemorrhoid usually requires hemorrhoid surgery to correct it and may take over a month of recovery time.
Another complication that can happen when hemorrhoids are internal is that they may become prolapsed. This happens when the hemorrhoid goes outside of the anal opening. It usually goes back in by itself, but sometimes may have to be pushed back in manually. If it can’t be put back, medical intervention would be needed to fix it. If the sphincter muscle spasms and the hemorrhoid becomes entrapped outside the rectum, the blood flow may be cut off and cause a strangulated hemorrhoid. If that happens, immediate medical attention would be required. Usually hemorrhoid surgery is recommended for strangulated hemorrhoids. This can be painful and require more than a month of recovery time.
Internal hemorrhoids may be more severe than external when they are first discovered. The reason is that by the time there is pain and discomfort, the hemorrhoids may have become more severe than when they first began. Taking care of the symptoms immediately may save you the pain and trouble that having any of the more serious problems associated with hemorrhoids may end up causing you.
Hemorrhoids, both internal and external, can be controlled and healed with proper treatment. Early treatment is the key to preventing complications and serious hemorrhoid problems later. Making sure that you don’t run into problems with hemorrhoids may be possible. The sooner you treat them, the better your chances for recovery and healing, with no complications.
Having your hemorrhoids looked at by your doctor would be a good way to see just how serious they are now, and decide on a course of treatment to keep them from becoming a problem in the future. All of your symptoms can be treated, offering you relief and the chance to heal without greater problems.