Many times the existence of internal hemorrhoids is not very obvious because there is little visible evidence that they are there.
The presence of blood in the stool or on the toilet paper may be the only tips that there is a problem.
Although…..there is that annoying itch that you feel occasionally that is way up inside the rectum.
And what about the trouble you have keeping a bowel movement under control as you are trying to urinate.
These are just a couple of tips that might suggest that you have Internal Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are divided into two main categories. They are internal and external.
For the purposes of this discussion we are going to focus on the characteristics of Internal Hemorrhoids. But first, let’s review some of the common similarities that the two types of hemorrhoids share.
Because by definition the word hemorrhoid refers to the ductwork of blood vessels that surround the anal canal and the lower rectum area, we are talking about a bodily system that everyone has.
At least 50% of the population will deal with a hemorrhoids flare up at some point in their life. You are not alone. Also, whether the problem is an internal or an external hemorrhoid, the fact that the vascular structure becomes swollen and inflamed is the issue that causes the difficulty for the one who is suffering from the ailment.
The first problematic issue is that although there is a very high probability that you are only suffering from internal hemorrhoids, there is the definite possibility that you may have other more serious problems.
Somewhere else in the digestive tract there may be other problems that have some of the same symptoms (.ie. blood in the stool), that internal hemorrhoids would show.
The second issue of concern is that left untreated or ignored internal hemorrhoids can develop into a more serious condition involving thrombosis or clotting.
Anywhere there is blood in the circulatory system that is trapped and not moving there will begin to be problems. They could include infection, gangrene, or dislodging of the thrombus or clot and passage to some other area of the body.
All of these are risky. Occasionally during the strain of a bowel movement a hemorrhoid that was internal can be pushed out through the anal opening and become what is referred to as a prolapsed hemorrhoid which means it has literally fallen out of place.
The best course of action obviously is to have a competent medical doctor determine how severe your case is.
As was stated above, there is a high probability that the symptom of blood in the stool or on the toilet paper is and indicator that the hemorrhoidal tissue is inflamed and sensitive and has allowed the passage of some blood through the vessel walls.
However, until you know for sure what your situation is, you need to get a professional diagnosis.
One of the most common and effective ways to treat both Internal and External Hemorrhoids is to make some changes to your lifestyle to eliminate some of the conditions that cause hemorrhoids to flare up.
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