Hemorrhoids: Rectal Pain – A Common ConditionBy
Rectal pain is a common problem for both men and women. The pain may range from a mild discomfort to a severe one that can be incapacitating.
One common cause of pain is the presence of a hemorrhoid. About half of the population by age 50 would have experienced rectal pain due to hemorrhoids.
Imagine you are in a formal function or in a public place, and then you suddenly had an attack of butt pain. You look around but there is no place to run for cover. You struggle not to touch and scratch your butt.
Has this happened to you?
Wouldn’t you vow to find out what is the cause of your pain and stop it?
How about starting now…
Hemorrhoids develop when the normal veins within your anus become abnormally enlarged or dilated. It can form above the anal opening where it is not visible or within the anal opening where it is visible.
When they are not visible, they are called internal hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids range in size from a slight swelling under the wall of the anal canal to large sagging masses. The bigger they are in size, the more they are prone to prolapse or protrude out of the anal opening. A prolapsed hemorrhoid is considered a severe case of internal hemorrhoid.
Visible hemorrhoids are called external hemorrhoids. They appear grape-like and shiny due to the stretched skin.
External hemorrhoids can become severe when it bleeds, pools in the skin and forms into a clot – producing a hard and painful lump. This lump is called a clotted or thrombosed hemorrhoid. You wouldn’t wish to have this kind of hemorrhoid.
Find out why…
Most small internal hemorrhoids do not produce pain and are generally asymptomatic. They are sometimes left unnoticed and heal on their own even without any medical or conservative intervention. They are mostly painless because there is limited number of pain-sensing nerves above the anal opening.
However, external hemorrhoids can be responsible for most butt pain caused by hemorrhoids. This is because, aside from the numerous pain-sensing nerves within the anal canal, the location of external hemorrhoids is in the part of the skin that is constantly moving and shifting as we walk, bend, squat or sit. This makes every movement painful and uneasy.
The pain caused by external hemorrhoids can range from mild discomfort to extreme ones. Strangulated hemorrhoids are responsible for most excruciating rectal pains. You feel this kind of pain because blood supply is cut off from the hemorrhoid, depriving it with oxygen and in turn gangrene may set in.
Itchiness and burning sensations can also trigger rectal pain. These are the common problems faced by most people with hemorrhoids, and it is the very feeling of embarrassment felt by many. It is embarrassing because, in order to relieve the discomfort or the pain caused by itching, your instinct is to scratch the area. More so it is a “no, no” to scratch the insides of your butt just to relieve it, especially in public!
Whatever forms your rectal pain is, always remember that there are a lot of ways to relieve it (such as a Sitz Bath) and most relief measure are just within your reach. You just have to know what your options are.