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Old Yesterday, 07:02 AM
 
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Watch your diet.....see if it`s something you may be eating. Now a days, doctors like to pawn you off to specialist, pass the buck. I would say get the test done. It will be worth your peace of mind.
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Old Yesterday, 07:25 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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One thing I read said that most doctors will tell you it's hemorrhoids, but it can happen for other reasons as well, such as being allergic to the soap you use, to certain foods, to moist wipes, or even from wiping and washing too diligently.

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When you're in Kentucky and you hear hoof beats coming down the road, it's a good bet it's a horse and not a zebra-- although that's not completely impossible.


Yrs ago, my kid was 5 y/o and playing on the floor with toys while I watched TV. Something funny was said about hemorrhoids and my son laughed. "Do you know what hemorrhoids are?" I asked. "Sure," he answered. "They burn. They hurt. They itch. Everybody knows that." Commercials.


Consider the other end of your GI tract. Your lips mark the boundary where there's smooth, wet mucosa inside your mouth, and regular skin outside your mouth....Same thing on the other end-- there's a boundary between inside mucosa and outside skin. Only the skin side has a sense of touch or pain.


Hemorrhoids (just varicose veins) that occur under the outside skin cause symptoms and can be seen just by looking. Internal hemorrhoids don't cause symptoms (unless they're so big they feel like stool stuck there) and can be felt by an examining finger.


Treating externals hemorrhoids with astringents to toughen up the skin can help. Internal hemorrhoids can be helped some with steroids. Minor cases usually take care of themselves. More serious cases require surgery or banding...


....but none of that treats the cause, which is increased venous pressure in the area. That's usually caused by physical factors like straining at stool, sitting on the commode for too long, straining while lifting heavy objects,etc ..OR-- by the veins being blocked up by tumors.


Other causes of itching can include worms, fungus, dry skin from improper hygiene (too much; too little, residual soaps & creams), excessive sweating, etc etc.).


Colonoscopy would be a good step if the pt is over 45 y/o or so, if there's a family history of colon ca, if the problem persists despite simple treatments or an obvious cause.
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Old Yesterday, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Get the colonoscopy. If you have interior hemorrhoids the Dr. can usually just remove them at that time.
This is the most sound advice. Why risk something very serious? I would much rather deal with the hassle of the colonoscopy and have it be normal than treat for hemorrhoids and have it be cancer.
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Old Yesterday, 11:20 AM
 
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I am 34 years old and I went to the GI doctor a few years ago and told him my symptoms which is my butt itching and blood on toilet tissue sometimes. He said he think itís hemmoroids and he gave me cream for itching and cream for pain. The cream helped

Fast forward to now I went to another doctor because of the same symptoms and he said he wants to do a colonoscopy. He tried to put his finger in my butt but I couldnít handle it so he said heíll do a colonoscopy. I wind up eating the day before the colonoscopy so I couldnít get the test done. Plus I was nervous about the test and donít really want to do it anyway.

The main symptom that is bothering the most is the itching anus. I can be walking down the street and it start itching. I also sometimes have stomach pain too.

My parents were shocked that the doctor asked me to do a colonoscopy at my age. The 1st doctor said itís hemmorroids but this 2nd doctor wanted to do a colonoscopy to make sure itís that.

My question is what should I do? Does anyone here think itís hemmorroids based on my symptoms? Could it be something else? Do I really need a colonoscopy
You could have
External hemmorroids
Internal hemmorroids
Both are very common.
Or you could have cancer

I had one done. So what. Donít worry youíre not gonna turn gay bcause doc shoved his finger or a camera in your anus. Oh and follow the damn directions.

Get a colonoscopy moron.
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Old Yesterday, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I have dealt with hemms all my adult life and I'm 80..changed diet a lot, cut way back of Meats and added much more greens and fiber foods. Take magnesium faithfully and a rare bird around these parts, NEVER have done a colonoscopy and I'm NOT a moron . And trust I am OK.
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Old Yesterday, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am 34 years old and I went to the GI doctor a few years ago and told him my symptoms which is my butt itching and blood on toilet tissue sometimes. He said he think itís hemmoroids and he gave me cream for itching and cream for pain. The cream helped

Fast forward to now I went to another doctor because of the same symptoms and he said he wants to do a colonoscopy. He tried to put his finger in my butt but I couldnít handle it so he said heíll do a colonoscopy. I wind up eating the day before the colonoscopy so I couldnít get the test done. Plus I was nervous about the test and donít really want to do it anyway.

The main symptom that is bothering the most is the itching anus. I can be walking down the street and it start itching. I also sometimes have stomach pain too.

My parents were shocked that the doctor asked me to do a colonoscopy at my age. The 1st doctor said itís hemmorroids but this 2nd doctor wanted to do a colonoscopy to make sure itís that.

My question is what should I do? Does anyone here think itís hemmorroids based on my symptoms? Could it be something else? Do I really need a colonoscopy
I would get another opinion. Yes, at 34 having a colonoscopy sounds a bit over the top, but if you get the same suggestion from another doctor you may want to consider it. It does sound like the typical hemroid (spelling) problem.
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Old Yesterday, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I have dealt with hemms all my adult life and I'm 80..changed diet a lot, cut way back of Meats and added much more greens and fiber foods. Take magnesium faithfully and a rare bird around these parts, NEVER have done a colonoscopy and I'm NOT a moron . And trust I am OK.
You think because of your diet you will never get colon cancer? Talk about naive. But that's your deal. Colonoscopies save lives. That is a fact.
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Old Yesterday, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I would get another opinion. Yes, at 34 having a colonoscopy sounds a bit over the top, but if you get the same suggestion from another doctor you may want to consider it. It does sound like the typical hemroid (spelling) problem.
That is why I suggested a third doctor. With two very different viewpoints I think a third would be a sound plan.
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Old Yesterday, 12:05 PM
 
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TREAT YOURSELF FOR PINWORMS FIRST!!!!! If you have pinworms, which you could have picked up anywhere, and is very common in people who put their hands to their mouths, such as nail biters, you could have gotten pinworms. The treatment for it is safe, and is available over the counter.

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wa...EALw_wcB&o=acs

and repeat it again a week later.

If that doesn't work, then go see a proctologist. They are gastroenterologists who specialize in the tushy. I agree that a colonoscopy is a bit much, but if you're unable to even tolerate a rectal exam.
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Old Yesterday, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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TREAT YOURSELF FOR PINWORMS FIRST!!!!! If you have pinworms, which you could have picked up anywhere, and is very common in people who put their hands to their mouths, such as nail biters, you could have gotten pinworms. The treatment for it is safe, and is available over the counter.

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wa...EALw_wcB&o=acs

and repeat it again a week later.

If that doesn't work, then go see a proctologist. They are gastroenterologists who specialize in the tushy. I agree that a colonoscopy is a bit much, but if you're unable to even tolerate a rectal exam.
Pin worms usually show themselves. But it is a low cost solution. I agree with seeing a proctologist.
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