Sometimes, health problems can be embarrassing to talk about, even to your doctor. Hemorrhoids are one of those things that can be not only difficult to talk about, but especially difficult to be honest about. After all, who wants to admit that they have pain and itching in that area?
There are, however, symptoms you should discuss with your doctor and questions that you should have answered before taking medication, using some home remedies, or considering using more drastic and invasive approaches to treating hemorrhoids. There may be things you need to know, things you need to avoid, and even suggestions your doctor can offer that you might not think of on your own.
Important Symptoms to Tell Your Doctor
If hemorrhoids have been a recurring problem for you, you should tell your doctor. He or she may be able to offer information and helpful treatments that you have never tried before. He or she might also ask you questions about your diet and lifestyle habits and look for clues as to why you keep having this problem.
If you have any bleeding, even a little, you should tell your doctor. He or she may want to do an examination and possibly some other tests to make sure that the only reason you have bleeding is from the hemorrhoids. It is not unusual for a rectal exam (and maybe even a colonoscopy) to be done to see if there are any polyps or even cancer visible.
If you are having a lot of pain or itching, then even if you think it is normal with hemorrhoids, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to offer help with soothing those symptoms and coping with your daily life.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
As embarrassing as it may be to tell your doctor about all of your symptoms, it may be a little more embarrassing to ask questions that you might think you should already know the answers to or that are of a sensitive nature. No matter how you feel about it, you need to ask any questions you have about your symptoms, about treatments you are interested in, and about what you can expect.
You might want to find out how invasive particular treatments are. Asking about pain relief and itch relief might help your doctor know how you are really feeling, and he or she may actually know some things you can do to help with either problem.
If you are considering hemorrhoid surgery, rubber band ligation, or any other serious hemorrhoid treatments, then you will want to ask about those; how is it done, will there be a hospital stay, and how much does it cost?
All of those questions and any others you may have are important. When you feel embarrassed to ask your doctor questions, remember that he or she has heard them all. Nothing you say will embarrass the doctor, and no question is a stupid question. Knowing what you are dealing with and how you can take care of it the best way may come from talking to your doctor.