Diagnosis of Hemorrhoids or piles.
Though it is embarrassing to consult a doctor regarding the issue of hemorrhoids, don’t worry it is a widespread condition and can be treated effectively. If you are suffering from hemorrhoids consult your General Physician Immediately.
Don’t suffer in silence.
People who suffer from long term constipation or Diarrhea are at more risk of hemorrhoids and any condition associated with irritable bowel syndrome can also cause hemorrhoids because the excessive strain due to the swelling of veins in the anus, this could cause pain when passing stool or sitting.
In spite of pain and discomfort caused by the piles the patients who suffer from this phenomenon will stay silent because they are embarrassed, and hoping that it may heal one day miraculously. Frankly, hemorrhoids cannot be treated on their own, and the patients should seek the help of the general physicians, who might escalate it to the specialists in severe cases.
Don’t bother you are not alone, and you will not be the first patient for the doctor. Doctors are treating many people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. So, don’t feel embarrassed.
Things to do before consulting a doctor:
1. Look for any blood or mucus traces in the stool.
2. Try recalling when did this discomfort or pain has started.
3. Have a note about your stool timings, position, etc.
4. Recall if any particular type of foods cause constipation or form hard stools
While going to visit the doctor, make sure the anal area is clean, don’t apply any ointments and cream around the rectum before the exam. If you feel like passing the stool, do so.
The questions a doctor may ask:
1. The time you spend on the toilet seat, and if there is any health reason associated.
2. If you have felt any discomfort or touch any fleshy parts protruding from the anus.
3. Regarding the itchiness in the anal area.
4. If you have to strain or put pressure while passing the stool.
5. If you have observed any reduction in the piles, or if you tried pressing them back.
After answering those questions, the doctor might want to diagnose the hemorrhoids with a physical examination. For this, you might be asked to lie on your side and pull the legs towards the tummy.
At first, the doctor will examine the outside of the anus to check for the presence of any external piles, signs of thrombosed piles and symptoms of infection.
If your piles are not protruding out or cannot be seen from the outside, the doctor will also do a rectal exam. The doctor will wear a glove and insert his lubricated finger through the rectum of the patient to look for any traces of piles or hard tissues, the doctor also checks for bleeding in the process. This might be a bit uncomfortable, and let the doctor know if you feel any pain.
Once your doctor has assessed the extent of your piles, he will do one of the following:
1. Prescribe painkiller pills, stool softeners, and local anesthetic cream. You might be asked to follow up.
2. If there are any signs of thrombosis are present, the general physician will refer to the general surgeon who will operate and remove the piles.