Piles Symptoms…
…here are the clues

First let’s talk about what piles are.

Piles Symptoms appear when there begins to be problems in the lower part of the digestive tract.

There is a short muscular tube which connects the lower part of the digestive tract known as the rectum to the anus where body waste is expelled.

Piles are swollen blood vessels on the inside of the anal canal and are also referred to as hemorrhoids.

Within the anal canal are structures known as anal cushions which help to control and regulate the movement of waste through the canal. These cushions are filled with small vascular passages. They can become irritated and swollen most often because of excessive straining while having a bowel movement.

Piles are classified into two types: Internal and External

Piles symptoms can develop in a person at any age, but appear more commonly in people over the age of 65. Up to 75% of the population suffers from piles at some point in their lives. Being overweight can make you more likely to get piles, but the are not contagious. The existence of piles alone is not an indicator of cancer.

As promised here are some of the piles symptoms.

Common symptoms of piles can include:

  • A feeling that your bowels haven’t completely emptied
  • Itchy skin around your anus
  • Swelling around the anal opening
  • A tender lump near the anus
  • A slimy discharge of mucous
  • Bleeding during bowel movement
  • Pain and discomfort when wiping

(The presence of any of these symptoms should prompt you to see a doctor to determine whether piles is the issue or if there is some other underlying cause.)

Other issues with piles

One of the characteristics of internal piles is that although they develop inside the anal canal, they can begin to hang down and even protrude from the anus.

Because of the varying degrees of development in piles, they are classified into four categories according to severity as follows:

  • Grade 1 piles are swellings that remain inside the anal canal. They may bleed but can’t be seen from outside the anus.
  • Grade 2 piles are larger than grade 1 piles. They are pushed outside the anus during bowel movement but retract on their own afterward.
  • Grade 3 piles remain outside the anus after a bowel movement but can be pushed back inside manually.
  • Grade 4 piles do not retract on their own nor can they be pushed back inside. They remain outside the anus permanently and become very swollen and painful if clotting occurs inside them.

External piles are swellings that develop on the outside of the anus and are often more painful than the internal types of piles.

Why do I have them?

One of the next questions is obviously going to be “Why do I have Piles?”

That is the million dollar question. The development of piles is not fully understood at this time, but they are thought to develop as a result of increased pressure in the vascular structures of the rectum and anus.

Some of the factors that increase the likelihood of developing piles symptoms are:

  • Eating a low fibre diet
  • Excessive straining at bowel movement (constipation)
  • Often lifting heavy objects
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic factors inherited from family
  • Aging

Wisdom would indicate that you see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the piles symptoms. He or she can give a proper diagnosis of what is going on in your body.


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