Piles: What Are The Symptoms?
Piles ( Hemorrhoids), are blood vessels in or outside of the rectum that become irritated, inflamed and swollen. This can happen for a variety of reasons, and most of the time we are not even aware we have piles until they become extremely sore.
Piles are seen as an embarrassing illness, with many people not wanting to talk about them and generally avoiding the subject. However, it is estimated that half of the world’s population will at some point in their lifetime, suffer from piles. They can also effect anyone of any age.
What Are The Symptoms Of Piles?
We only usually notice piles when they become sore when we pass stools or if we have continuous pain in and around the rectum. The symptoms we will commonly get include:
- A feeling as if your bowels are not empty, even if you have just been to the toilet. This can cause a feeling of fullness.
- Pain and discomfort during and after a bowel movement. This can lead to people with piles avoiding going to the toilet, so that when they do go, the pile/s will become worse.
- Lumps around the rectum.
- Bleeding from around the rectum area. You will notice this most on the toilet paper after you have been to the toilet, in your underwear, or occasionally in the toilet bowl.
- Slimy discharge.
- Itchiness. This is because the skin can become dry and irritated.
You have to be aware that these symptoms could be caused by conditions other than piles, so you should always go to see your doctor.
You may think it will be an embarrassing experience but try to think that doctors see this kind of thing all the time, and that half of the population experience piles at some point in their lives.
I hope you have learnt about the symptoms of piles and that it may not be as embarrassing as you may think when visiting your doctor.