Few people know this, but internal hemorrhoids are a progressive condition. If you leave them untreated, then they will progress through four stages. Each stage is worse than the previous one and, gradually, the condition becomes a lot more difficult to treat. Here, we want to walk you through the four stages, just so you know what to expect at each stage of the ‘process’. Ideally, you will take these symptoms into account and seek treatment the second you know that something is wrong.
Stage 1 Internal Hemorrhoids
Most people are not going to realize that they have hemorrhoids at the first stage. This is because the symptoms are quite minor. At the most, it is likely that you are going to suffer from some internal bleeding. This will come out in the stool. Of course, blood in the stool is never a good thing, so if you notice this then you absolutely must talk to a doctor who will be able to diagnose you. There is a chance that you may have something that is a whole lot worse than hemorrhoids.
The bleeding is more likely to occur if you are too ‘forceful’ when you are trying to pass a stool. Thankfully, if you do notice the hemorrhoids at this time then it is likely that they can be treated quite easily. It is unlikely that you will suffer from any pain or discomfort as a result of your condition, which is always nice.
Stage 2 Internal Hemorrhoids
At this stage, the hemorrhoids will start to prolapse. The bleeding is going to get a lot more intense. Generally speaking, the prolapse will occur when you pass a stool. A short while later, the hemorrhoids will start to retreat back into the anal cavity on their own.
This is something that you will still need to be on the lookout for. Those who are suffering from stage 2 internal hemorrhoids may still be unaware that anything is wrong unless they have a ‘feel’ around the area. You may notice that the hemorrhoids have prolapsed when you pass a stool, for instance. Generally speaking, there is going to be no real pain or discomfort with internal hemorrhoids that have prolapsed and, once again, it is going to be quite simple to treat them.
Stage 3 Internal Hemorrhoids
This is the stage where you will start to run into some serious issues. If you have stage 3 internal hemorrhoids, they will have made the transition to external hemorrhoids.
At this point, the hemorrhoids will have prolapsed externally and they are unlikely to go back in unless you manipulate them. As you may have guessed, at this point it is likely that you are going to be suffering from some pain because of your condition.
The hemorrhoids are not going to fall out randomly. Well, at least in most cases. They are going to come out when you pass a stool. It is likely that you are going to feel it too. You may experience some pain or irritation until you push them back inside of you. In fact, it is likely that you will experience some pain or irritation even when the hemorrhoids are inside of you.
If your hemorrhoids have prolapsed, the best way to push them back into the anal cavity is by gently massaging them. In rare cases, if you do not touch the hemorrhoids they may work their way back in on their own, although it may take a bit longer than if you were suffering from stage 2 internal hemorrhoids.
Of course, this stage is also going to be accompanied by some bleeding. It is likely going to be a lot worse than you were experiencing before.
While it is certainly possible to treat stage 3 internal hemorrhoids, it is going to become a lot more difficult. This is because the hemorrhoids will have become a whole lot more swollen. This means that it is going to be tough to reduce the overall size of them. Basically, the process is going to take a lot longer.
Stage 4 Internal Hemorrhoids
This is the final and the most serious case of internal hemorrhoids. Stage 4 is very much like stage 3 hemorrhoids. The key difference is that when the hemorrhoids have prolapsed, you are not going to be able to push them back in.
These hemorrhoids are very serious and can cause a great deal of pain. The only way in which they are going to get back inside of you is if you look into ways in which you can reduce the swelling. We are hoping that by this point you will have headed to your doctor who will have started the treatment for you, but you should have considered topical remedies by this point too. Thankfully, most people are going to spot that they have internal hemorrhoids before it even gets to stage 4 because it is going to be a slow process getting to this point. If you are making sure that your anus is clean and that any bleeding is dealt with quickly then it is likely that you are going to ever suffer from stage 4 internal hemorrhoids.
When Should You See a Doctor?
You should see a doctor as soon as you start to notice regular bleeding around your anus. Blood in your stool is never going to be a good sign. It means that there is a serious issue somewhere in your system which needs to be remedied. While hemorrhoids is not a particularly serious condition and in most cases it can be treated incredibly quickly, there is a small chance that blood in your stool can be a sign that you are suffering from something a bit more serious than hemorrhoids and it is an absolute priority that this is treated as soon as you can get it treated or you are going to be running into serious issues.
Of course, the sooner you start hemorrhoids treatment, the quicker your hemorrhoids can be cleared up.