Do you Need a Hemorrhoids Checkup - Symptoms & Facts

Does your Condition Need a Hemorrhoids Check-up?

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 17 Nov 2015 - 17:22

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Do you know Haemorrhoids or Piles are one of the most common ailments known?  Any average person could be suffering from it. in silence for a long period before seeking medical care.  It’s a common problem that affects 50 percent of the population at some point in their life time. 

Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in and about the anus and lower rectum. Sometimes you may have hemorrhoids, but may not even realize you have it, as most cases of piles are mild, and the symptoms often disappear on their own after a few days. 

However, if you have any one of the following conditions, it helps prevent hemorrhoids slipping into the next stage or even before you are affected by it, by going for a check-up. Although specific causes for hemorrhoids are unknown, some of the following situations can lead to developing the disease:

  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Aging (over 45 years)
  • Persistent constipation or diarrhea
  • During or after pregnancy/child birth Heredity
  • Straining during bowel movements which in turn increases pressure on these veins
  • Faulty bowel function due to overuse of laxatives or enemas
  • Regularly lifting heavy objects  
  • A persistent cough or repeated vomiting
  • Pelvic  tumor
  • Eating high fat and low fiber diet.
  • A family history of haemorrhoids, which could mean you're more likely to get them.

There are two types of Hemorrhoids, internal and external Hemorrhoids. The focus here is, on Internal Hemorrhoids. This develops within the anus beneath the lining of the last part of the rectum and can cause severe pain if it is completely "prolapsed" - protrudes from the anal opening and cannot be pushed back inside. Internal hemorrhoids could be classified into four grades:

  • Grade I: No prolapse.
  • Grade II: Prolapse upon defecation but spontaneously reduce.
  • Grade III: Prolapse upon defecation and must be manually reduced
  • Grade IV: Prolapsed and cannot be manually reduced

The symptoms could be:

  • Streaks of red blood in the stools or toilet paper after having a bowel movement
  • Burning and pain during a bowel movement
  • Bleeding or protrusion during bowel movements
  • Itching in the anal and rectal area
  • When you go for a check-up for hemorrhoids you may be put through the following tests:
  • Colonoscopy (examination of colon with a camera)
  • Sigmoidoscopy (partial colonoscopy)
  • Barium enema (X-ray exam of colon)
  • Anoscopy (direct exam with naked eye into the anal canal
  • Rectal examination:  Your physician may examine the outside of your anus to see if you have visible haemorrhoids, and do an internal examination called a digital rectal examination (DRE). During a DRE, your physician will wear gloves and use lubricant to feel for any abnormalities in your back passage. A DRE is not painful, but you may feel some slight discomfort.
  • Proctorscope: In some cases, further internal examination using a proctoscope (a thin hollow tube with a light on the end that is inserted into your anus) may be needed which helps the doctor examine your entire anal canal. A small tissue sample (biopsy) may also be taken by the doctor to do a lab test for any tumours. It is best done by a specialist.

So, the next time you suffer from any of the above symptoms or fall into any of the above referred situations, make sure you go for a hemorrhoids check-up, before it slips into a chronic condition.

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.