Who do I see about my butt?
October 27, 2010 7:03 AM Subscribe
I'm pretty sure I have hemorrhoids. What kind of doctor treats those?
I'm a very healthy chick in her mid-20s, but I have a very sensitive stomach and usually eat an extremely clean diet (no dairy or gluten and very little sugar). Last week I went on a bender and ate ice cream and pizza, had some extremely violent BMs, and for the past few days I have had that feeling... that I have a hemorrhoid.
I've been applying a hydrocortisone cream (proctosol) twice a day for the past few days. It feels a little better now than it did on Monday, but it still hurts a lot when I have a bowel movement (even though they are back to being well formed, soft, generally "good" poops).
Are there any other home remedies I can try besides:
- Sitz bath/soaking
- Drinking a ton of water/eating fiber
- Sitting on a cushion
- Walking around (as opposed to sitting all day)
I exercised yesterday and it definitely felt better for a while after that (maybe because of increased bloodflow elsewhere in the body?) but the effect seems to be temporary.
I'm starting to think that if it doesn't die down in a day or two I should see a doctor. My insurance is really great and I don't need a referral from my GP to see a specialist, which is good because my GP is really inconvenient to see (but otherwise amazing). So what kind of doctor treats hemorrhoids?