Now back to our topic of internal hemorrhoids, external hemorrhoids, prolapsed hemorrhoids and thrombosed external hemorrhoids.
So, what is the difference? Are they all the same thing? You know you have hemorrhoids , but, what do you need to know to make the best decision about how to treat them?
This article will help! It explains some of the differences and what doctors look at in order to evaluate how you should be treated.
Thrombosed Hemorrhoid ~ What Exactly is It?
Doctors consider two types of hemorrhoids –internal and external.
Internal hemorrhoids occur inside the rectum and above the pectinate or dentate line. External hemorrhoids lie outside the anal canal below the pectinate line. The anal canal lies below the rectum and is the last place waste rests before leaving our body. The pectinate line separates the upper two-thirds of the anal canal from the lower one-third. Doctors will use this line for deciding which type of hemorrhoid you have.
What Does A Thrombosed Hemorrhoid look like?
If you have a skin covered lump that is painful in your anal area, you can probably suspect an external hemorrhoid. This type really does tend to be more painful! This is because it has many more nerve endings than internal hemorrhoids will have.
The swelling of the nerve endings also lead to some itching. When these external hemorrhoids develop blood clots, they develop thrombosis and become a thrombosed hemorrhoid. This can even go on without notice at first.
Doctors don’t really know why this happens. But some do believe that most external hemorrhoids could be traced back to some kind of trama.
This could be something like physically straining while giving birth or even passive straining while sitting for long stretches. This could be things such as driving cross-country or sitting at a computer for hours on end.
The best way to tell whether you have a thrombosed external hemorrhoid is to look at the color. They take on an unmistakable bluish purplish or dark red color just beneath the skin because they are the result of a blood clot .
Here are some of the differences in the types of hemorrhoids people develop. Unfortunately, you can even have both internal and external hemorrhoids.
Considering the Pectinate line of separation ~ It’s one thing when your hemorrhoid takes place below it. and it’s a totally different type of thing when hemorrhoids are above the line.
Generally you can’t see internal hemorrhoids unless they drop below the anal canal. These hemorrhoids are referred to as prolapsed they contain fewer nerves and external hemorrhoids and as a result are usually less painful.
However, they do bleed when something irritates them.
4 Grades of Hemorroids
Doctors categorize hemorrhoids using grade levels that increase with the severity of the piles. To evaluate the severity they consider whether the hemorrhoids are prolapsed and the degree of bleeding.
Doctors generally classify hemorrhoids as one of four grades.
Grade 1 ~hemorrhoids that bleed internally but have not prolapsed that is they’re not visible below the anus
Grade 2 ~ hemorrhoids that may drop and prolaps if the person strains to force bowel movements. However, these hemorrhoids return inside the anus on their own once the straining stops and the bowel movement ends they’re not in a ‘prolapsed state’ yet.
Grade 3 ~ straining causes hemorrhoids to prolapse and they don’t return inside the anus by themselves. When the bowel movement ends, you can actually push them back inside the anus using your fingers.
Grade 4 ~ hemorrhoids protrude with straining or by themselves. In this most severe state once outside the anus they stay outside and you can’t push them back inside with your fingers. They’re often thrombosed meaning they are gorged because of a blood clot and very painful.
These are the kind of hemorrhoids that caused hall-of-famer George Brett one of the most durable players in baseball history to leave the second game of the 1980 World Series during the sixth inning.
The bad news is that the pain can be excruciating from thrombosed hemorrhoids. If you have thrombosed external hemorrhoids it will hurt to sit, stand and move! Checking with your doctor is what you need to do next.
By paying attention to your symptoms you can probably guess which type of hemorrhoid you have. We already established that for a severe thrombosed hemorrhoid you should see your doctor. But, if you have less serious hemorrhoids you can start to heal and prevent further hemorrhoids by just changing a few things and being proactive. There is a system that can teach how to do just that!
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