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Indigo658
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   Posted 1/29/2011 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried posting in the IBS forum but no one will reply so I thought I would try here. I just started having problems with hemroids. I am going to the GI doctor on Monday. This is my first time to see a GI doc for this. Can anyone please tell me what to expect when I go see him. I have had several anixety attacks over this. What is he going to do to me? Is he going to let me be treated with medication first or is he going to try one of those procedures first? I hate it when I have these attacks they just about put me under everytime. Please if anyone has gone through this would you please help me here. My nerves are just about gone!!!
Thanks so much for any advice.

Indigo658
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   Posted 1/29/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much. I hope to get an answer soon. I was up all night with aniexty attachs over this.

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   Posted 1/29/2011 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Relax. Your first visit is not going to be any different than an initial visit with any other doctor.

He is going to get a health history, find out how long you have had the problem that brought you to see him, what you have tried to remedy the problem up until now, do an exam and then recommend a course of treatment. Odds are if he is wanting to do anything more than prescribe some medication it will be scheduled for a later time.
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   Posted 1/29/2011 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother suffered from them. She was treated with medication first. When they caused her so much pain she couldn't take it she had the surgery. The recovery was a little bit tough for her, but then she was in her 70s.
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   Posted 1/30/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dad had them too, and they tried medication first before he went in for surgery. They don't do surgery unless they're really painful or if they feel that the constant irritation is posing a danger. don't worry. Hugs, Lee
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   Posted 1/30/2011 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
GI docs don't treat hemorrhoids. You need to see a proctologist, also called colorectal surgeon.
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   Posted 1/30/2011 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Some GI's do treat hemmis, Alcie (mine did)...if they require surgery, they will send you to the colorectal surgeon (I've had thrombosed necrotized hemmies)...they will also be able to tell if you indeed have a hemorrhoid or fissures (many people get fissures and mistake them for hemmies). fissures are breaks in the lining in the anus (see the wiki site: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_fissure

Just a thought, but you could also ask for help in the Crohn's disease and UC forums as we tend to deal a LOT with GI's and these issues and we tend to have a lot more traffic there

I agree with a previous poster in that you will probably give a history, and depending, they may want to see what's going on (but nothing too invasive at the start)...depending on the issue, you may start out with ointments...
I hope all goes well, take care!

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   Posted 1/30/2011 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie said...
GI docs don't treat hemorrhoids. You need to see a proctologist, also called colorectal surgeon.


That would come as a big shock to my GI as he treats them.

There may and probably are GI docs who don't, but there are those who do. It is probably a doc to doc thing as well as what is available in a given area.

The last time I checked the nearest proctologist to me is about 140 miles away, which is probably pretty common for those who live in more rural settings. The same holds true with many specialities and as a result many of the specialists we do have in this area have what could be called expanded specialties.
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