Q How is Piles diagnosed?
Most episodes of trouble from
haemorrhoids come and go quite quickly. If simple measures do not help or the
problem is lasting, keeps returning or worsening, then you should see your
doctor, especially if you have any other associated symptoms eg weight loss;
change of bowel habit; slime (mucus) in the motions; darker, changed blood
mixed in with the stools.
Your doctor will ask a few questions
and is likely to examine you and may want to feel inside the anus with a gloved
finger. Sometimes he will look inside with a metal instrument. This enables him
or her to confirm the diagnosis, and to rule out other, more serious problems
such as cancer.