“I don’t want to go and be humiliated at the doctor, when I can just wait it out, and it will pass!” That’s what my mother answered when I asked her why the heck she would not see a doctor for her frequent haemorrhoid crises.
Of course, most haemorrhoid episodes are thankfully not dangerous, and don’t need elaborate medical follow-up. Also, most doctors will not even examine you and will send you to the pharmacy with a prescription.
However, as a professional in the medical field, I have to oppose this shortcut. Firstly, no one is humiliated at the doctor. Whether you are suffering from haemorrhoid crises, gastroenteritis or an ingrown toenail, the doctor is there to cure you, not judge you. Your psychoanalyst does not mock your moods, the police do not laugh at your misfortunes after a burglary, your dentist does not judge you on the condition of your molars... Whether in the field of health or otherwise, professionals most commonly act as... professionals!
Likewise, your doctor will not humiliate you if you talk to him about your haemorrhoid problems. On the contrary, he knows the pathology, and will explain, reassure and, at worst, show compassion! They are trained and used to treating all parts of the human body, even the most private. Keep in mind that you are certainly not his first patient, not the last, to share this type of problem with him.
There is no objective or rational reason to be afraid of this consultation. And consulting a doctor is essential, especially in the case of a first crisis. This is because you are not a professional, and what you believe to be a passing and unimportant episode of haemorrhoids, could be of an entirely different order.
Irritations, itching and burning sensations, the appearance of “little balls” in the region of the anal canal or blood in the stools could certainly indicate a classic inflammation of the haemorrhoid canals, but it could also be the sign of formation of an abscess or anal fissure, which could sometimes require surgery. Even if you are used to this inconvenience, these symptoms must be monitored, since they can be misdiagnosed and lead to a more severe and more dangerous affliction to your health.
Without becoming alarmist, it is wise to consider that no symptoms should be ignored, and it is absurd to refuse to ask for advice from a professional. For my mother’s frequent but mild crises, our doctor recommended the Micro H range, complementary and effective. She was not humiliated, she was simply treated!