But doesn't hemorrhoids hurt and usually don't last for over a year? :|
Also, can a general practitioner remove it or do I need to see another type of doctor to do so?[/QUOTE]
It depends on the inflammation or irriatation. Mine are always present, but only if I have had flare ups of IBS (like going 10 times a day) do they usually present a painful or bleeding problem. But, I always feel them there as soft skinned lumps. Always. And sorry to say hemorrhoids are a lifetime problem. So lasting a year, yes, and much longer. They usually never go away without surgery. They just become less irritated and thus bother you less and you think they have gone away when they actually have just receeded. It also depends on if they are internal or external. Internal will retract as external will not.
As far as removal, that is something you would see a surgeon for and would be best to ask your GP about upon having him exam them. This is not an easy procedure and one that I have avoided even after 13 surgeries and being an old pro at the hospital bed. Some can be banded which is an easier procedure, but if they require to be surgically cut out. That is another story.
I am enclosing a link back to this board to another area of it with a recovery guide to hemorrhoidectomy. I do not think this is TOS violation as the web link is still to this board itself and not another board. So I am hoping it will stay for you to see it. Hemorrhoidectomy Recovery Guide Page 1