Internal hemorrhoids form when blood vessels inside the rectum become swollen and engorged. Although they form in the lowest part of the rectum, internal hemorrhoids are still far enough inside you may not even know that they’re there. In fact, everyone actually has internal hemorrhoids, but we only notice them once they become a problem. Constipation can cause internal hemorrhoids to worsen over time, but since there are very few pain-sensing nerves in the lower rectal area, you are unlikely to feel any pain. In fact, the most common symptom of mild internal hemorrhoids is minor bleeding. However, when internal hemorrhoids become moderate to severe, you will likely begin to experience those hard-to-ignore hemorrhoid symptoms.
When internal hemorrhoids do progress, they will often protrude outside the anus, becoming prolapsed hemorrhoids. An internal hemorrhoid that has reached this stage can cause some external hemorrhoid-like symptoms, such as itchiness and swelling. Since prolapsed internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids can cause similar symptoms, it’s sometimes difficult to know which is which without a doctor’s professional diagnosis. It is also not uncommon for both to be present at once.
Whether you’re feeling excess tissue around the anus or you’re seeing a small amount of blood on the toilet paper, your symptoms may indicate an internal hemorrhoid problem. The only way to know is to call a doctor near you and schedule a consultation. Ask about the CRH O’Regan System – a non-invasive, quick procedure designed to treat the source of your symptoms.