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Old 01-25-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Embarrassing to ask but I have what I think is an external Hemorrhoid that is not responding to a popular ointment. Do I see my primary care Dr. What sort of Dr. deals with this sort of thing?


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Old 01-25-2014, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Yes you start with your PCP and go from there. He/She may refer you to a gastroenterologist or possibly directly to a surgeon depending on how advanced it is. I had very bad hemmorhoids after giving birth and had to have surgery. Hope yours isn't that serious.
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Proctologist. They deal with "that" area.I had my external one removed in his office under a local anesthetic. No real pain.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Urologist? Gastro? pcp? It is a small marble like structure, no pain, no blood. I want to make sure it is not cancer. I had a Gay friend that died of cancer of the anus- painful and dehumanizing. It appeared on me after taking opiates after a total knee replacement, i.e.. Constipation. it popped out one day, using Prep H, seems to appear and disappear. Read on Web MD about a thromboid hemmorid.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I agree with PhxBarb, start with your primary care physician. He or she can most likely handle this common issue; if not you will be referred to the appropriate specialist.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:39 AM
 
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I once went to a proctologist for a similar problem down there. I found that the proctologist's waiting room had the most comfortable seat cushions I had ever sat in!

I realized I had finally found a doctor who understood the pain I was going through.
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