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Haemorrhoids

Piles

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“The Grapes of Wrath” is both a classic John Steinbeck novel and a name for haemorrhoids, which can be an uncomfortable and often painful condition. Otherwise known as piles, this is when blood vessels in and around the anus become swollen and inflamed, which is both an inconvenient and embarrassing location on the body to be affected. It is, however, a very common condition. Around 50% of people experience the condition at some time in their life, with pregnant women and the elderly most susceptible. Treatment will depend on the severity of the piles, but the symptoms may often disappear on their own after a few days.

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Hi. I have notice for 2 weeks ago a small like lump just inside my anal passage. It's very sore to touch.. Can't see anything in the mirror. Should I be worried? Had an STI CHECK last week all clear. But I do have a lump also behind my ear? Are THSES two conected ?





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Hi, I'm 20 years old and I have had a little lump hanging out of my anus for years. It will be a bit irritating from time to time, but no pain or bleeding. Sometimes the lump will be swollen up to the size of a pinkie finger and actually leak fluids, but normally it's a size of a pea but still hanging out like a little tail. This is embarrassing for my sex life and I really don't want to go see my family GP. What can I do to get rid of this "tail". I'm not even sure if it is an Haemorrhoid...?





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Hi found a lump by anus , thought it wasn't thing at first rubbing that was making it sore so wen I went toilet could feel this lump like something is in the middle of it so wen I looked an could see the lumps had black dot in middle sore to touch get a stinging feeling wen I go the toilet it hurts bought Anusol Suppositories 4 way used all of them but hasn't done anything lump still there ,, it's not itchy or nor is it bleeding like u can feel something in the middle please help !!! Had it a week now Liverpool women 36





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You have piles and have my sympathies ...I have suffered from these for years now and never known anything as painful

I had haemorrhoids for about 4 months now and d swollen part has refused to go back to normal,tho the pains have stopped about 3months ago after usin annuson but I was hopin it would go in and return to normal,pls what should I do.Thanks





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I'm a 22 yer old man. I can feel something inside my anus not sure if it is a heameroid it feels like grissle don't know how to explain it like a lump about an index finger inside? If anyone has any ideas please help?





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Hi I have an external pile I've had it a week now how it started was through itching on the anus, I had a bowel movement that day after scratching the itch with toilet paper I noticed a lump like something was hanging out of me. I couldn't push it back in at all, I tried a sitz bath didn't do much so tried anusol it relieved the itchiness and pain also shrunk the pile but still have the pile , so been using germorolds two days now it's shrunk the pile more it's easier to sit down but I've not had a bowel movement for a week it's left me paranoid and scared to go. I just want the pile to hurry up and disappear it's driving me mad. If it's still there I'll have to see my GP but for now im giving germorolds cream a try going to see how it goes but also I'll have to try and have bowel movement I can't go on any longer I don't want to be ill. Why do piles take so long to disappear?





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Hello my problem is that I had two years ago made treatment for hemorrhoids Barron method after 2 years the disease has returned.I go to the doctor but he tells me to use ointments and suppositories but it does not help once a week mal bleeding on paper and abdominal pain.The doctor said that nothing like that many people that have and me not to worry and with a few more visits and then send me to again treatment.I'm from month 4 to 5 times I go to the bathroom





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I'm petrified, I think I have a pile, it's hanging out of my bottom, I have had a bout of diarrhoea as have half the family from holiday and it's made it unbearable, using steps, sitting,walking, I am now so paranoid I'm not eating much as I am scared of needing a stool and will hurt too much, it's just so embarrassing and my mind is running away with me and I'm thinking is it a tumor or even cancer, soooo scared, the entrance to my anus is sooo sore, feels like the skin is very thin, burns when I poo I have to grab a towel to bite on





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i have a hard lump at the hole of my bum and is very sore i have it over a week what should i do





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Hi I'm 18 and for a long time I have had pain when passing a stool, a few months ago it was just small splits around my anus but in the last 2 months or so there is now a small lump on the outside, sometimes I have bad diarrhea and I could be on the toilet for a long time, it always bleeds too, it's really starting to get very painful now, I've bought all sorts of cream and gel for it but it just makes me more itchy or more painful! What should I do? I'm so embarrassed to see a doctor...





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