i have kind of a long story for my problem
about 2 or 3 months ago i noticed a pain while going poo, sometimes accompanied by a blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet. at first i just thought it might have been a cut around my anal area; i have had these before and they healed on their own. finally about 3 weeks ago i checked my butt out in the mirror and noticed a pea sized lump sticking up on the edge of my butt hole. i went to the doctor the next day and he said it was a skin tag (not a hemorroid like i had thought). he gave me some laxitives to soften my stools (miralax) and said it should heal up on its own. i took the laxatives for 2 weeks with no difference i nthe lump - but a new one began to form on the top of my hole. i went to a different doctor the next day and she said that they were both hemorroids. she said if i used tucks as prescribed on the box and ate a little more fiber then they should clear up. i have been using tucks for a week - the original lump is not the slightest bit better, but the newer bump seems to have gone down a little and doesnt hurt anymore. my dad has problems often with hemorroids and he said that if the tucks didnt work within 2-3 days then there was definitely some kind of problem. what should i do? the first doctor i went to told me to make an appointment with a GI doctor, i dont know what this doctor does, but hte soonest appointment i could get was in october. i dont want to wait this long; i am going to college in 2 weeks and i will be a freshman, and with all that stress i do not want to have to deal with lumps in my butt and painful poo all the time. does anyone have any suggestions?
I hate to say this young man, but based on what you have said and what the Dr. told you is you have hemmoroids. (I have had the external ones refered to as skin tags as well, though I don't really think they are the exactly the same thing.) Mine started at about your age. Personnally, my experience is as follows. Tucks will work some. Usually they will reduce the swelling and stop bleeding. But over time, especially if you have hard bowl movements they will bleed again. I don't think those "bumps" will ever go all the way away. Mine never have. Also, you may want to try various over the counter products such as Preparation H, etc. Find one that works for you and you may have to change up from time to time. At least I do because one works for awhile and then it doesn't.
You really need to get more fiber in your diet. This will help with softening your stool which will prevent irritating them. Also, go to the health food store and pick up a bag of wheat bran. It will work as good as metamucil or the other various preperations. Just mix a tablespoon in a glass of orange juice and chug it. (Consider it pulpy orange juice). This should help. The more you irritate them the more they will hurt.
Don't feel bad. I got scared when I first got them because I saw blood in the toliet and felt them. I finally got up enough nerve to ask my dad about them. (He took a look, talk about embarrasing at 18 years old to have your dad look at your butt). He just said, welcome to the family, have the same problem as the rest of us and handed me the Preparation H. Try both the creams and suppositories and see what you like best.
hemorrhoid - dilated veins in swollen anal tissue
skin tag - overgrowth of skin
Not the same thing.
Wheat bran is good, if you don't mind the texture. Also good: BeneFiber. Smooth consistency, no taste, can be mixed with drinks or sprinkled over food.
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Yes, try and increase the fiber in your diet but ALSO drink plenty of water because if you take fiber supplements and don't drink enough water, you will become even more constipated. Try to include bran cereals, fresh vegetables and less meats. Just try carrying a bottle of water with you all day and drink it throughout the day.