Patient Comments: Hemorrhoids - Symptoms

What symptoms and signs did you experience with hemorrhoids?

A Doctor's View on Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Read the Comment by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

If you have suffered from a hemorrhoid, you know how painful and uncomfortable they can be. The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids include pain and pressure in the rectal area (often feeling like you need to have a bowel movement); a burning or itching feeling around the anus; bright red blood in a bowel movement, toilet water, or on the toilet paper; or a lump of tissue around the anus. In general, internal hemorrhoids do not produce symptoms other than painless rectal bleeding as described previously. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: mrbum, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

About a year ago I noticed some bright red blood on my toilet paper after the toilet. I put some cream on and thought that perhaps I had a small cut on my anus. Felt a bit like a paper cut. Slight pain went away. Year on and same thing happened, a few days ago. So being insured I thought Doc can have a look. Went in yesterday and doctor had a look and reported that I had internal Hemorrhoids, on a scale of 1 to 5 they were a 3. He gave me some internal cream with a special dispenser (doxiproct) to use for a week and some tablets to take for 3 weeks. We discussed worse case scenario and he said that if bleeding were to continue he would book me in and check my bowls for cancer using an endoscope. I have said well do it anyway as insurance is paying for it. So next wednesday I am having a a 1.5 m scope up my bum. Of the joy. I am lucky tough, my hemorrhoids do not hurt. Don't know what caused them. I go to gym every day for an hour, am fit and healthy, don't do anal sex. I suppose it's just Gods way of having a laugh.

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Comment from: Ruth K, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Please: don't assume it's hemorrhoids, mine turned out to be squamous cell anal cancer, stage 3, N-1. I was 63, a recent widow. I am now in remission but if Ms. Farrah Fawcett had not passed away when she did, and if my best friend had not read the newspaper listing her symptoms and bought this to my attention, and subsequently to my doctor's, I wouldn't be posting this. This is a rare cancer but masquerades as a hemorrhoid.

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Comment from: peter, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

From the age of 25 i have this thing call piles even now as i write this its swollen bleeding painful try many things know what to do.

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Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

Am feeling a severe pain in my anus, I felt a swollen lump in an my anus. I've tried some antiseptic & an antibacterial tablet that relieve the pain but the pain came back this morning.

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Comment from: Perchon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

Bleeding, pain, and a swollen protuberance are all classic symptoms of hemorrhoids. Now, before you go under the knife check out Hemrid or products like Hemrid that are successful against hemorrhoids. Good luck.

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Comment from: cjstudent54, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

Since earlier this month, it's the first time that I've seen a lot of blood. I believe I've had external hemorrhoids, but now I have internal. I've heard a little blood looks like a lot and mine is a bright red. I have an appointment at a stomach doctor in January. There's no pain, but my anxiety level over worrying about this has raised. This is from the use of long term pain medication from several back surgeries.

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Comment from: Wesley, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

My hemorrhoids had itching followed by severe pains and blood, then itching again followed by pain. I did not know what to deal with. Pain does not respond to pain killers. Unable to sleep all night long for the past two weeks. I am using Viodor antiseptic cream, Tibb-Pilo tabs and some antibiotics. They are not helping much.

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Comment from: k_carroll2010, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I got an external hemorrhoid when I was 17, I'm 20 now. I have never had any problems with it. It does not hurt. It will itch every now and then, but nothing serious. I want to get it removed because its just embarrassing but I don't know what the best thing would be. I don't think any type of cream would work considering the size. And I wouldn't mind having surgery, as long as its not too painful of a recovery. I cant miss much work. I'm very grateful that I don't have any pain from it. Its like its just a piece of dead skin on my anus.

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