Hi. Today my doctor diagnosed me as having hemorroids. I'm sure that my doctor is much more knowledgeable than I am, but after looking around on the internet I think that what I have are skin flaps left over from hemorroids. There are 2 flaps of skin which protrude from my rectal area, and they don't utch or hurt. I've had them for about 3 months. I don't remember ever having hemorroids, but I do bleed from my rectum when I use the bathroom every few months.
I guess my question is, how do I know for sure if these are hemorroids or just skin flaps? If they are skin flaps will they go away on their own, or is there anything I can do to shrink them? I really do want them to go away. Should I see another doctor? If so, can I see a general MD or a specialist?
Thanks in advacne to anybody that replies !
Hemorrhoids are sorta like swollen varicous veins --enlarged and lost their elasticity--- resulting in a sac like protusion. They can be external or internal. The only way to get rid of them is with medical assistance --- surgery, banding, etc.
A good way to make sure they give you as little problems as possable is to never allow yourself to get constipated. Constipation is probably how you got them in the first place. But, there are other contributing factors like straining when lifting something, prolong standing, sitting on cold surfaces.
I am a big believer in taking a water soluble fiber supplement like Metamucil so your BMs are gentle and without straining. This usually helps by making them not get inflamed.
God Bless--- Harry
[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 02-12-2003).]
Those little flaps of skin are called skin tags, and they can indeed be the result of hemorrhoids or even an anal fissure. If you still have some bleeding, then chances are you still have hemorrhoids, perhaps internally.
Skin tags usually don't go away. I had one and had it removed at the same time as I had a hemorrhoidectomy. You can check into that if you decide to seek further treatment for your hemorrhoids.
Any one here heard of the cryo therapy for hemmoroids? I heard it was sooooooo much easier than the conventional surgeries (banding etc) and had a much higher success rate!
any info would be great especially where it is offered ,in ontario.