Statistics can be useful
A whopping 13 million out of 298 people in the United States had hemorrhoids in 2006, a prevalence rate of 4.4%. Medical researchers have undoubtedly recorded one million new cases of hemorrhoids each year. Even so, many people ignore the symptoms of hemorrhoids, resulting in few seeing a doctor for medical treatment, with estimates ranging from half a million to three million per year. Oddly enough, 10 million people pay little attention to symptoms! Although the direct toll from hemorrhoids is very low, with less than 20 deaths per 100,000, this is certainly not a reason not to be concerned.
Firstly, the saying of more haste and less speed does not apply, but the opposite is true for the treatment and cure of hemorrhoids. Take action. Immediate action, which translates into the likelihood of a full recovery, is a great reason to act. Hemorrhoids may be the best news of all, as other probable causes may require long-term medical attention or may be life threatening.
Danger of death – true or false?
Symptoms of hemorrhoids, mostly blood from stool or bleeding stool, can be almost identical to a number of other illnesses. It is not a lie. Alarming results can occur with some of these diseases.
The colon and rectum are the organs in which these other diseases mainly occur. In the large intestine, the other 7 major diseases are colorectal cancer, colon polyp, diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, intestinal ischemia, and gastric ulcer. There are 4 other predominant complaints in the rectum namely anal fissures, anorectal fistulas, proctitis and rectal prolapse.
Complications from some of these other ailments can be life threatening. In this case, it can have serious consequences if the majority of the 10 million people ignore the symptoms of hemorrhoids. A very practical rule is appropriate; See a doctor if the bleeding lasts longer than a week. Once hemorrhoids are diagnosed, the symptoms described below also appear.
Hemorrhoids, hemorrhoids, hemorrhoids or hemorrhoids – different names, same symptoms
Hemorrhoids (American spelling), hemorrhoids (British spelling), hemorrhoids (possible misspellings) and piles are the same ailments. The name Piles, which is believed to be derived from the Latin word pila, which means ball, is more famous around the world. “Ordinary people call them heaps, the aristocracy call them hemorrhoids, the French call them figs – what does that matter as long as you can cure them?” says Ardene, a 14th century English surgeon.
Before moving on to other symptoms of hemorrhoids, we need to know the various medical names that identify a line that demarcates the end of the rectum and the beginning of the anal canal. This line, known in various ways as the pectinate or dentate line or anal edge or anorectal connection, separates internal (in the rectum) and external (in the anus) hemorrhoids. These different names are less important to the hemorrhoid than the fact that they demarcate the absence of painful nerve endings in the rectum and an abundance of them in the anal area. In comparison, external hemorrhoids can cause extreme pain, while internal hemorrhoids can be painless. This pain factor alone plays a crucial role in making decisions about treatment, whether it is conventional medicine or alternative remedies.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids – internal
Rectal bleeding, referred to above as stool bleeding or stool bleeding, is the most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids. Blood may flow in the toilet bowl, toilet paper may be colored red, and stools are glistening with blood.
The bulging movements of internal hemorrhoids during bowel movements clearly show the presence of hemorrhoids. Medical researchers classify bulging internal hemorrhoids according to 4 stages of prolapse or protrusion:
- a first degree internal hemorrhoid protrudes into the anal canal;
- A second degree hemorrhoid comes out of the anus and withdraws automatically.
- A third degree hemorrhoid protrudes outside the anus and must be physically pushed back.
- A fourth degree hemorrhoid is protruding out of the anus all the time.