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Seeing your doctor about an anal problem

Almost everyone is embarrassed about seeing the doctor about an anal problem, such as anal pain, wind, or anal itching. It is important that you get over this worry, so that you get treatment for the problem. Value your own health and think of your doctor simply as someone who is helping to maintain your health. Bowel or anal symptoms, such as constipation or bleeding, can sometimes be serious. People are literally dying of embarrassment because they do not see their doctor when bowel symptoms start, often because of a fear of examination of their back passage (rectal examination). Therefore they may reach their doctor only when bowel cancer is quite advanced. Although bowel cancer is much less common than piles, it is always a possibility and can be treated very successfully at an early stage.

Take control

Remind yourself that you are in charge of the consultation with your doctor. He or she cannot examine you without your permission. Therefore it is perfectly OK for you to visit your doctor and say ‘I have such-and-such a problem. At the moment I just want to discuss it. I don’t want to be examined’. When you have got over the hurdle of talking about the problem you may later feel quite alright about being examined, but it is your decision.

Think the problem through

What do you think will be going on in your doctor’s mind while you are being examined? Are you imagining your doctor will be mentally rating and criticizing your appearance? In fact, in this situation your doctor is interested in your insides, not your outsides. By the time he or she becomes a GP, your doctor will have seen literally thousands of backsides and is not interested in their appearance. In fact, he or she will be thinking about the symptoms you have described, and whether they match up with the findings on examination.

Take a friend

Would it help to have a friend with you? You might feel this would make it worse, but the right person can be reassuring, perhaps someone who has had a lot of medical treatment themselves and so is matter-of-fact about being examined.

What is involved in the examination

If you are a female and the doctor is male, he will ask a female nurse to be present during the examination. Like any other part of the examination, examination of the back passage is methodical, and all doctors are taught the following procedure.
The patient is asked to lie on the left side with the knees drawn up to the chest; this position helps to relax the muscles around the back passage. If you are feeling tense, breathe slowly and deeply with your mouth open. The doctor puts on a pair of gloves and separates the buttocks slightly to look for abnormalities such as piles, cracks in the wall of the anus (anal fissure), skin tags or warts. The doctor then puts some lubricant on the gloved finger, and places the fingertip on the anus, pressing slightly. When the anal muscle relaxes, the finger is inserted slowly and the tip is rotated gently to feel for lumps and bumps and specific structures (such as the prostate in men).The finger is withdrawn slowly and then the doctor inspects the glove for blood or pus. It is not painful, so if you experience any pain, tell your doctor. You may just experience a feeling of rectal fullness during the examination, as if you wish to have your bowels open.
Your GP might suggest inserting a short hollow instrument (proctoscope) to separate the walls of the bowel so that they can be seen clearly as the instrument is withdrawn. Again, this is not painful and your GP will not do this without your permission and explaining it to you.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Monday, December 20th 2010


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Posted by Optional on 02/04/2019 at 10:30

Hi I wonder if anyone has experienced these symptoms before and if so do they sound serious? After I have a poo I get a jaggy pain down below. No after a few days there feels like something swollen down there but I can’t see anything wrong. Any ideas

Posted by Optional on 17/12/2017 at 06:34

I am suffering from regular anal burning, what should i do.

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2017 at 10:09

I have had problems for years but at least this past year it seems everytime i have a bowel movement, i get severe hemorrhoids, then its painful, itches, bleeds,and even stings when i have to go pee. when i start to feel better i have to go poop again and the problem is continuous!! Not only that but bowel problems, diahrrea, constipation, nausea, cramps, its a major issue!!

Posted by Optional on 17/08/2017 at 01:22

Whoever you are, if you're reading this, go to the doctor if you think there's a problem. Don't wait. These doctors have seen SO MANY buttholes that yours is nothing special. I had surgery for an anal fistula 5 years ago, but I waited too long and it grew into a serious problem. I had to go for weekly visits to the doc to try to re-close the area, with female nurses all around. I'm an INCREDIBLY shy guy... but you get used to it. I'm going back to the doctor today, five years later, because the whole area is swollen and painful as of the last 24 hours. I'm not going to wait it out like last time - it's always a mistake. It's an important part of the body, and again, there's absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. Everyone has one. Yours is not memorable, or the worst! Wish me luck.

Posted by Optional on 02/08/2017 at 11:52

I've been having pain after every bowel movement. I've been using a sitz bath with very warm water soaking for 15 to 20 minutes, that relieves the pain for awhile, but it doesn't last. I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and was told that it was normal, I'm seeing a female gastroenterologist in a couple days, it's embarrassing telling her that my anus hurts. I'm on a preop regemine to raise red blood cells, was told back in march that I was going to have a lapcholy to remove my gall bladder due to stones. The anus pain is getting worse and nothing seems to help, taking psylium every day and apple cider vinegar. I have had CT's and xrays and was told everything was normal, this was all done about 2 months ago. I don't know what else to do, I'm worried about prostate cancer, my psa was .07 and was told my lymph nodes were normal. What else could it be?

Posted by Optional on 24/06/2017 at 12:16

Starting yesterday, I have anal bleeding. Today, it is bleeding quite a lot. I have to describe the situation to my parents for them to take me to the doctor, but I just can't tell them what is happening. I don't know what to do...

Posted by Optional on 26/02/2017 at 03:34

Hi I have sex with a guy and he really fuck me hard. After few days I can feel the pain somewhere right inside but couldn't reach my finger when I try to locate it. Now when ever I sit for long I can feel the pain. So what can I do.

Posted by TB on 12/09/2016 at 08:43

The problem when seeing a doctor about Anal pain or bleeding is that the ONLY recommendation seems to be colonoscopy. I have both anal pain and bleeding. I have had this for nearly 6 months. I have seen three doctors, one general, one surgeon, and one gastroenterologist. I have talked to my OBGYN on the phone. As yet NONE of them have actually looked to see what the problem was. My general referred me to the surgeon who wanted to do a colonoscopy and surgery. My OBGYN referred me to the gastroenterologist who also only gave me the option of colonoscopy. I agreed, but I had a horrible reaction to the Trilyte cleanser - I threw up for about 10 hours and became severely dehydrated and it never worked to clean me out. I did not get to have my colonoscopy and I wasn't offered another option. I have made an appointed with a fourth doctor to see if I can convince them to actually diagnose me so I won't have to be self diagnosed. I have good health care and money to pay if my health insurance will not cover but no doctor who actually wants to do any diagnosing.

Posted by Anonymous on 23/08/2016 at 08:20

I have problems when going to sleep. It is so ichy and i think it is on the inside of the butt hole. I am so embarresed to go to the doctor, can someone give me tips how to start the conversation easy?

Posted by Optional on 04/04/2016 at 12:51

Hi afew weeks ago I cracked my anal skin by wiping it it did bleed at first then it was OK but accidentally I did the same mistake again. I had only abit pain as i cracked my skin there was no blood in poo only on tissue sometimes no fever no constipation. I applied many creams and finally had to go to the hospital because there was now pus coming from somewhere that was not visible from out. Dr did clonoscopy and said I hah a 4mm cut in side of the anal wall but it will heel. I had cipro 750 mg antibiotics 2× a day for 7 days but today is the 8th day I still see some pus when I slightly press my anal ring near the anal hole. What is wrong I really have no idea. There is no blood no pain no fever no constipation and dr say my results at fine

Posted by Optional on 29/03/2016 at 02:13

for this problem which type of specialist I need to consult(EX:skin-Dermologist).

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2016 at 08:37

Been having bleeding problems for 2 years now, I'm 16 and I'm embarrassed to go to the doctors about this, I'm sure it's just tearing or something because it usually happens after I go to the toilet, it bleeds quiet a lot, no blood mixed in with the stool though.

Posted by Read this on 23/02/2016 at 06:06

Humans weren't designed to take a crap in conventional sitting position. You're doing it wrong, this species is supposed to squat while sh*itting. Its to do with how the muscles work, research it

Posted by rahul nathani on 27/11/2015 at 09:49

today i found that, my anal is having small one or two lumps of skin hanging. paining while doing poty. earlier 3 days before this was so painful that i was not able to sit on commode for doing poty. now it is less painful as compared to 3 days before. but still hurts while cleaning after poty. i never had this problem before in my life. i am eating spicy food since childhood but this never happened before. but today whn i saw my anal i was stunned. i remember that i ate very few pieces of bread with some veg stuff. also didnot slept for 18 20 hrs a day for 4 days. i think this piles is result of this bad practice of food. i should go to doctor as early as possible. thanks to this site.

Posted by John on 15/11/2015 at 01:02

I'm having a problem about my anus too. Well I'm just sitting and when I stand up to get water I saw a patch o bloodstain where I sit. Help!! Please!!

Posted by Soggii on 10/11/2015 at 05:47

Hello,Im having problem for 7 years now it has to do with my anal been experiencing uncomfortable painful itchyness with light colored blood when wipe with tissue it has been stopping me to do day to day stuff like walking long distance and playing sport the health service here sucks and need help real bad please help me.

Posted by mizi on 08/11/2015 at 06:09

Hello, am having a problem for more than 3 years.Due to my shyness am not going to see a problem is that am unable to poop ,everytime i go to poop and after i finish poop i unable to sleep as it hurt a lot,due to the bad painfull i go too poop only onces a week this had cause me loos 9kg of weight.i got at least for 12hour hurt in my ass Whenever i poop, i can see a dark red blood on the solid poop and on tishu paper also . What can i do to solve my problem

Posted by shazu on 17/08/2015 at 04:32

I have black small soft ball like meat on anas what can it be. plz answer

Posted by strance anal problem on 16/08/2015 at 07:58

Hi! I know i am suffering from very strange problem! 15 years back one morning i feel like my anal hole has increased (as we can feel little friction there was no such feeling, i have to force inwards from anal to feel same tightness). I discuss this with many doctors but no-one was able to answer the reason. although after 15-16 months suddenly that tightness in anal returned and life become as usual. 5-6 days back this problem again emerged. I feel no friction and again have to force inwards to feel normal. In morning before going to loo there is little friction or can say little normal i feel, but once i completed my toilet activities feeling of anal openness and size increased returned. I wanna know that if this is common medical problem, is there any history present of such patients? Is there any cure for the problem?

Posted by medo on 02/08/2015 at 11:09

I hve anal itching problem for the last 2 yrs and due to shyness i did not go for treatment. Kindly advice..

Posted by NP on 06/07/2015 at 07:38

When stool pass there is lot of pain and burning sensetion in my anus,there is formation of small tiny white pistuel so pls suggest me what to do

Posted by Lisa on 03/07/2015 at 09:50

Hello i was wondering if anyone could answer my question i read through most of what everyone said. Some f it is what i am going through. I bleed from my anal area every so often i think this is the 5-7 time it started to happen not long ago. I asked my parents the first time and they said it should be fine. Yet it happened again not long ago today. I went to the bathroom and used it but sometimes i normally get pain. Most of the time it is solid but sometimes it is diarrhea with the blood. When it is solid the blood stays together like clumps and looks gooey. I think it is more of a dark red to what i remember. My stomach hurts most of the time after and of course my buttocks does. I am female and very young. I am in the age of 14-16. Should i be worried or leave it be for now?

Posted by Hello on 05/06/2015 at 03:04

Hi , When I was pregnant 2years ago in the mid I got piles problem,a small lump /bead like something soft came out..and once had a gynae told that's normal and will be gone after delivery,she gave suppository and anal cream but I used very occasionally as it was on and my kid is 27 months old,still this prob is on and off..sometimes for around 20 days I won't see anything at all but suddenly will notice something there and the next time when I go to toilet I won't see anything..sometimes I feel itchy and something is poking there..feel like scratching sometimes have done too..very embarrassed to consult a doctor too..why is it persistent even after my delivery?wouldnt it be cured? I have a regular smooth bowel movements too ..most likely I feel when I pass stool so freely it comes out after a while..plz help me out..

Posted by Anonymous on 19/05/2015 at 02:30

Hiii, I am suffering from anal irritation from past four years. It is getting worse now i have skin iinflammation inside it. The skin is cut within an area of my anus so whenever I go for motion and wipe it to finish off, I could see blood on the tissue paper. I have cconsulted a doctor before where he suggested me a ontinment which work really well upon using it on regular basis but I feel it is still not effective to completely get rid of this problem because whenever I apply the cream, if I happened to go the motion then the cream gets wiped away. So I want a permanent cure with this Problem

Posted by Optional on 25/04/2015 at 11:52

Extremely well written and reassuring article. Wish author was my doctor!

Posted by Optional on 28/02/2015 at 05:49

when igng to lavetory so much of itchin and irritation is cmg and ihave constipation what i do sir

Posted by faith on 28/01/2015 at 10:14

I hve a growth on side of my anus & am pregnant pliz help me I dn't want to loose ma unborn child.

Posted by Albion on 28/01/2015 at 03:36

sir back passage blood leaking while goes on toilet it some pain also what ?

Posted by Optional on 23/01/2015 at 08:24

My Anal passage is small and I find it difficult to pass on my stools. I have to insert one of my fingers into my anus to make passage for stools to come out. This is there since birth and I am embarrassed to speak out. I don't have any pain of swelling in my anus. I would like to rectify this issue but don't know how to proceed. Please help.

Posted by Optional on 17/01/2015 at 05:48

Feeling pain in anal area and cant able to sit

Posted by Optional on 16/01/2015 at 04:15

i thought i had piles but they go from my anus to my vagina struggle to poo always getting pain and hitching also tummy pain

Posted by Optional on 07/01/2015 at 10:34

The most useful piece of information I've ever found on the internet

Posted by Emma c on 07/01/2015 at 08:07

Hiya, I have been in awful pain the last 2 months now and have tried every doctor and every hospital but its always medication and I'll be fine (as they have said) every day I get a different symptom and now its coming out through my vagina and anal parts, this all started off with excrushiating pains in my left side and my back , I have went to get seen about this problem but as parusual medication , I'm in a lot of pain and im starting to feel like it will never go away

Posted by natalia on 07/01/2015 at 12:17

Hi have just seen while going to pass stool that i have blood like a period from my back passage. i don't have pain or when passing stool. This is the first time for me. Im quite healthy. can you tell me what this might be?

Posted by Optional on 17/12/2014 at 07:35

Fantastic website! Wonderful to have all this in one place and so thorough. I enjoyed all the links in the article I was reading and followed many of them for further information. Knowledge is power and i feel very powerful right now. A+

Posted by Optional on 11/12/2014 at 09:47

I can't find anyone with the same problems as I have so I'll give this a shot and hope it works. I don't have a way to pay for health insurance so I'm unable to see a doctor about my concerns. I'm 22 and recently in the past few years I've noticed that it's becoming more and more difficult for me to poop. Since the beginning of this year 2014 I've have had it the worst:( I feel like I have to poop but when I do nothing comes. I'll push and push till I'm literally red in the face from trying so hard and NOTHING comes out! When I do finally get to poop it hurt soooooooo bad coming out my anus almost as if it's to narrow for anything to come out of?....if someone has been though this please let me know what happened and how I could possible fix this myself

Posted by John on 10/11/2014 at 09:41

I had piles before and used the cream and it stopped bleeding and went down recently I have been struggling again on the toilet and find my anus hurts I have also been experiencing bad stomach pains and a lot of gas there is no sign of blood yet!! Is it likely to be piles lack of fibre? Also were do I find out to go to have my anus looked at? Would it be my normal place Ie my doctor? Please help John

Posted by Optional on 28/10/2014 at 06:12

I was just sitting here in my chair and got up to use the bathroom and found blood on my pants from my rectum. I've never had that happen before. Only when i use the restroom i bleed alot. I've been to my GI and have had a colonoscopy only found a polyp. Why am i still bleeding like this?

Posted by on 23/10/2014 at 05:30

To Optional (21/10/2014) - please take a look at our page on Piles at for an explanation of first-, second- and third-degree piles

Posted by Optional on 21/10/2014 at 10:50

Pls any tym I poo I have some part of my flesh outside my anus like a coverage to my anus I don't know what it is

Posted by Optional on 06/10/2014 at 05:01

I have rectal clots which are deep red (Dark) in color. It happens when I strain while poo and close to the days my periods are about to start.. I am scared, kindly help??

Posted by on 31/07/2014 at 12:03

To Ari (27/07/2014) and Anonymous (17/07/14) - please take a look at our pages on Anal bleeding and Piles. (GP means general practitioner/family physician).

Posted by Ari on 27/07/2014 at 02:52

Okay so when I do pass a bowel movement, it bleed everytime. Almost like blood drips out too. But when I wipe, I get blood clots, and sometimes a white gooey substance. Should I be worried? Or not, because it also has a bright red color to the blood

Posted by Anonymous on 17/07/2014 at 05:34

I have had small bleeding since as far back as I could remember, but was always so little I assumed I had a cut or tear that was minor recently now that I'm 23, it has gotten alot worse, growing up with no health insurance I never went to doctors, I couldn't afford. Now with Obama care 8 have to have insurance so I'd like to take advantage of this. Thank you Mr president. (Not) what kinda doctor should I see, the blood isn't in my stool but when I wipe it's on the toilet paper, you keep mentioning a GP, what is that stand for ... please help?

Posted by Optional on 16/07/2014 at 12:08

I was woking early Friday morning(07/11/14) At 2:30am with my stomach cramping, boiling and rolling BAD!! I went to the bathroom throwing up with diarrhea. I starting sweating really bad!! Sweating lasted about an hour. Than I got really COLD(shaking cold). I was feeling bad for two days!! Sunday I felt alil better. Sunday I started see a red thick blackish maroon color from my anis when I wipe myself!! Should I waiting a couple more days to see it clears up are should I be concerned?!? What is happening?!?

Posted by Optional on 29/06/2014 at 10:02

I used to (and still sometimes have) anal itching. I scratched it a whole lot with toilet paper while I was on the toilet, and now it feels like my butt cheeks are permanently spread apart. My boxers ride up into my butt hole when I bend over and it's awful and can be embarassing. What should I do?

Posted by xyz on 25/06/2014 at 12:00

30 days ago I just felt a v small lump on my was there for about 10 days and it disappeared. Now from 5 days I am pain in both bumps and I feel a sort of pressing movement in anus.I want to know what is wrong with me .I am32yrs n 98 kgs n I have multiple fibroid n thyroid hypo.plzzzz suggest me the relief from this abnormality.

Posted by Sweetalicious on 15/06/2014 at 08:38

I have a problem with my periods. For years now i've had an unstable period problem. I normally go 5days but there are times where I don't get my periods at all(the longest was about 7 to 8 months) then the doctors prescribed pills that were similar to the prevent pills. After taking them my periods are regular again and normal. But after some time they stop, now recently, when I go to the toilet for no.2 excessive blood comes out, this only happens around my menstruation time. I've gained a lot of weight, I'm stressed, not as active as I would like to, I feel like the doctors i've seen do not understand my problem, please help.

Posted by on 10/06/2014 at 03:49

To Optional on 10/06/2014 Please take a look at our page on Piles:

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2014 at 07:21


Posted by Optional on 07/06/2014 at 04:28

I have a little soft lump of skin outside my anus, but it doesn't hurt and it doesn't bleed. I was scared that it was piles but now I'm not sure? Help!

Posted by Optional on 29/05/2014 at 09:03

I suffer from piles for over 2 years but its not bleeding just lumps push out when I'm passing stool which makes it really hard to pass out wat do u surgest I do DOC?

Posted by Optional on 27/05/2014 at 01:59

since last few days some soft skin is coming out from anus while passing stool.please advise what is it and treatment for it.

Posted by Kim on 25/05/2014 at 03:21

I was searching for information and how discuss this witn my Dr. This contained very helpful information.

Posted by me on 20/05/2014 at 10:25

I have been bleeding from my back side for about a week or two it seems every time I go number two the blood is squirting the toilet walls and I'm beginning to think I may have a problem lol not abdomen hurts a lot to I don't know what could be causing this and I'm not sure what to do

Posted by Optional on 20/05/2014 at 05:41

It is painful passing stool and there is a small skin tag on my anus . Also sometime when I wipe there is a good bit of bright red blood on toilet paper and in toilet . I tried hemroid cream but when I insert the tip into my anus it's almost to painful too do . Any advice ?

Posted by Optionalkid on 17/05/2014 at 10:18

For the pass few weeks my anal been scratching me and I used to scratch it alot with a brush or rag..not am using the toilet and it hurts alot...I used the toilet like and hour ago and its still hurting this is happening for a week now....can someone please tell me what to do....or what is this...?

Posted by Optional on 29/01/2014 at 12:17

Very helpful, thx

Posted by Optional on 25/01/2014 at 03:55

I have pile for a few years now never visited a dr about it but its a bit shameful during sex when my bf wants to touch me all over I need to remove it how can I

Posted by emma on 05/01/2014 at 09:29

Hello everyone for the last 3 weeks my back side is sore itchy and at one stage my hole bum was red raw then it cleared & it hurt when went to toilent I have the the runs one min then the next I can't go it really hurts I'm walking funny over it cause the pain I clean my self seeing red fresh blood please help ??????

Posted by nee on 30/09/2013 at 01:51

I have a heat boil kind on the nerve in the annus where we go for a motion.when I go in the mrning for motion after that I feel severe pain beacuse of that.this is the first time.Can you please suggest which kind of doctor I need to consult and what's the reason behind that.

Posted by Optional on 17/08/2013 at 08:58

If your female it has to be done by a female the nale doctor will go get a female to do the examination

Posted by Optional on 17/08/2013 at 12:49

I am suffering from ulcerative colitis. Sometimes at night I bleed unconsciously while it because of ulcerative colitis or some other reason?

Posted by Optional on 15/08/2013 at 09:28

Pls sir/madam I noticed whitish growth on mmy anus have been trying to push it in but could not.and I noticed it whenever I am passing hard stool and I don't even bleed when I pass stool, what should I do to get rid of it.thank you.

Posted by optional on 13/08/2013 at 11:58

having rectum pain somuchh....plzz suggest me doctors in india plzzzzz

Posted by Optional on 24/06/2013 at 08:25

Well See I have a Anal problem. I only been with my boyfriend of 9 years so I no nothing to worry with that but I am in pain on the outside. it hurts to wipe my behind and i can feel little bumps there too so I do believe it has to be red. I'm not so sure whats happening but i really am suffering and i been like this for a few years. I don't have insurance to go to the doctors Im kinda at a lost of what to do..

Posted by david on 18/06/2013 at 01:36

My anal hole is getting wet all the time and I feel bad smell coming from it. I feel it all the time and I find other people feels that. Maybe I can't hold my poo. After I use toilet smell gets stronger

Posted by Optional on 23/04/2013 at 04:23

Have burning ,itching,tenderness,and bleeding of the anal I've been using medicated wipes and creams but still there

Posted by cleo on 21/04/2013 at 03:00

I have pain when I poo or pass stool and blood drips off my ans and the pain is so unbearable. when I insert a finger inside, its like there is a lump there or like something is blocking my rectum or anal hole. And the pile comes out and never goes in back, feel pain when I walk, sit or lie down. What should I do please please.

Posted by Optional on 10/04/2013 at 10:06

i found the info i was looking for was more to do with problems in later 28 and need info on what the problem could be for someone my age

Posted by Anonymous on 21/03/2013 at 03:14

I am a gay male, so this is why this is an even more embarrassing problem than I thought it would be. I have never had anal sex before, however, I have inserted some objects that I probably shouldn't have. I do not do that anymore, and I haven't completely loosened my sphincter or abused it so much that there's nothing that can be done, but I've seen this...dimple-type thing just above my anus. It makes it look as if I have one hole on top of the other. I don't know if this is how it's supposed to look, or if it's because of my previous regrettable decisions, but I'm really worried. This looks absolutely terrible, and it just doesn't look right. I don't know if I should see a doctor or what.

Posted by Optional on 19/03/2013 at 01:51

thank you. i have to go to the doctors tomorrow an i'm scared/embaressed but this as helped me a lot.

Posted by Anonymous on 13/03/2013 at 04:43

I am suffering from anal pain since the end of december. i don't even know what the problem is. i experience pain every time i pass bowel movements. i researched about the pain i'm experiencing and have tried all the home remedies related to anal fissures but yet the pain hasn't healed. there is no bleeding however. Please suggest me docter in pune where i can go and show

Posted by mari on 09/03/2013 at 04:14

I have an issue my anal gets filled with a wjite sandy subtance i dont know what is it it scares me that itches and dont smell plesant what could b

Posted by Michael on 07/03/2013 at 07:21

Many of these sound similar to a problem called "Periodontal cyst". Research this for more info One clue is if there exists a foul odor in the dis- charge, you may very well have one of these. Do not let pictures scare you on the net because yours may be nothing like the one you read about I will add one more thing though, it is better to have the wound left open after surgery with daily packing changes or you may have to start over with another surgery. I do know from experience and it isn't something that will go away by itself.

Posted by Amit on 25/02/2013 at 04:13

sir i want to know actually what the problem is with my anal .. every thing looks ok here but there is a little uncomfort in my anus .and a sharp pain oftenly occurs when i do poo

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2013 at 09:50

Just had this problem, ita probably nothing buy will see the doctor on Monday as advised. To other people who have commented: if you are worried go and speak to your doctor! That's what they are there for.

Posted by paul on 21/02/2013 at 03:21

i hav been havein this pain for sometime now, my anus is out and am so unconfortable i cant sitdown propaly the anus is out like a bowel or pus

Posted by on 15/02/2013 at 11:14

To John 14/02/2013 - please see our section on piles for more information:

Posted by john on 14/02/2013 at 10:14, Nigeria

Hi,today only i noticed that somthing very soft skin has come out of my ass,i dont know whether it has come out of my ass hole or it is just next to it,currently its not paining but i am worried what it is and in future what will happen to it,it not a wart becoause its not black or that much hard,it is of same color as i have my skin all over body,i think it is containing vein also i can easily hold it in my two fingers,please suggest what it is and how to get rid of this.if you want i can send the pics also will wait for your reply . Thanks in Advance

Posted by on 05/02/2013 at 05:42

To Optional 31/01/2013 - please see our section on anal bleeding for more information.

Posted by Optional on 31/01/2013 at 04:32, United Kingdom

when i go to the toilet there is always blood when i wip not alot but some times there is and sometimes there isnt any

Posted by Optional on 23/01/2013 at 06:27, Canada

Three nights ago, my husband & I wanted to have anal sex. I wanted to make sure that my rectum was free of any stool, I inserted a gloved & lubricated finger in my anus & to my shock I saw a little bit of stool, but mostly red blood on my finger, I mentioned this to my husband & we decided it was best to not have anal sex. It has now been three days & I am still finding blood on the toilet paper & streaks of blood in my stool. Should I be worried, or should I just relax & wait for this to stop on it's own. P.S. I don't notice any actual dripping of blood coming from my anus. Thank you

Posted by Boy on 16/01/2013 at 12:46, Kenya

Am 20yrs old. I had never had a sex. But just masturbating. I have servior pain around my unus. Its like a round whitish sore. Now its a week since its started.everytime the pain is increasing am worried about it. I cannot sit or walk comfotable. Its really painfull. Please i need help. What should i do. Am worried about it. Help please

Posted by Gino on 25/11/2012 at 11:07, Spain

Hi, I got these problem, I made a small wound near my anus, because it was itchy at that time, (maybe because of the pubes between scrotum and anus) I was scratching then I accidentally scratch some skin off, it bled, by that time I thought it's gonna be like a normal scratch wound that will heal quick, but I was wrong, it's been 5 years now and I still have it, I know I should have gone to see a doctor but I'm too shy to see one or let alone someone looking at my anus. I tried to cure it by myself but nothing works right now I'm really scared, because I tried to touch it and I felt something hard beneath. Did someone had they same problem that I got? or just give me an advice. thanks

Posted by annal fissure on 25/11/2012 at 01:26, India

wanna best doctor who cures annal fissure through internal sphinctertomy, give me the complete information and their adress

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2012 at 11:06, New Zealand

after my last baby she was my 5th baby and 10lb 9oz I have a larger anal hole with skin tags that itches so badly I make it bleed it also feels as though it leaks and that causes the skin in my crack area to burn I have normal bowel movements so whayt could this be?

Posted by Lady1 on 04/11/2012 at 11:39, United States

I have no blood, no mucus, use many aids to help bowel movements and they are normal. I use probiotic yogurt which helps alot. My main problem is a very dull, but very steady burning pain in the anal area. Its like the pain is right inside the opening but just inside enough that you could not see anything with a naked eye. I have slight hemmorhoids but I don't think it is that. I know that constant burning is not normal and I am afraid of what it might be and have no idea what kind of doctor to go to. Does anyone know what type of doctor to go to?

Posted by Optional on 18/10/2012 at 07:30, United States

I have a discharge coming from my rectum. I have had several different procedures & they can't seem to know what's causing this & it is very uncomfortable & it makes my bottom raw & irritated. What can this be?

Posted by on 17/10/2012 at 12:26

To SANJEEV, for more information take a look at our section on piles, which explains what you can do to help yourself and when you should see a doctor.

Posted by SANJEEV on 17/10/2012 at 09:50, India

I feel inf lammed & mucus sometime while passing stool is it symptoms of piles

Posted by Lorna on 08/10/2012 at 03:57, United Kingdom

I am finding red blood on my knickers from my back-part and I am very much scared and I am too shy to speak up. Should I visit the doctor immediately?

Posted by Optional on 23/09/2012 at 04:55, United Kingdom

I poo a lot probably about 4-5 times a day Somme times more , I always get bad stomic pains then once I've had them I have to go and I have the runs most of the time but over the past 8 months or so there have been a few times when I've finished stood up wiped my bum and there's been nothing but a load of blood on the toilet roll , nothing hurts down there nd I can't feel any lumps do you think this is anything to worry about ?

Posted by Optional on 22/09/2012 at 02:09, United States

I was hoping for an answer that would say at the upper part of the butt, because i have been bleeding and i am getting worried it might b serious

Posted by Optional on 01/09/2012 at 04:55, India

i have piles, had no treatment done for it, but recently i have some burning sensation on near the anal hole, it burns on expansion and contraction and even if that part gets wet, dont want to see a doctor, what should i do?

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2012 at 04:30, India

I am suffering from anal pain since the end of April. i don't even know what the problem is. i experience pain every time i pass bowel movements. i researched about the pain i'm experiencing and have tried all the home remedies related to anal fissures but yet the pain hasn't healed. there is no bleeding however. Please help.

Posted by Embarrassing Problems team on 25/05/2012 at 11:35

To Derek Carroll on 14/05/2012 - you may find our section on Anal bleeding helpful at, and we would encourage you to visit your doctor.

Posted by Derick Carroll on 14/05/2012 at 02:31, United States

Hello, I have Recently have had a fairly amount of Blood coming from my Rectum, I am like most Very Nervous to go see a Dr. 1.) Because I'm Scared. 2.) Because i dont have medical Insurance. This whole Bleeding process has lasted about a Month, I kept telling myself it will Eventually go away, Well today it was an amount of Blood that Scared me and pushed me to get it fixed. Any Professional Suggestions?..

Posted by rose on 29/04/2012 at 11:53, United Kingdom

I was given suppositories for hemmeroids and a feelin of passing glass when I poo I've been usin them for 2 weeks and its still painfull. Any suggestions

Posted by Optional on 04/04/2012 at 02:00

terrible pain for about 3 hours after bowel movement.agony.

Posted by Optional on 23/03/2012 at 04:20, Philippines

Hi, I have noticed fresh red blood in my anus, it happens whenever I poop or pee. I feel no pain, but I can see drops of fresh red blood. This has been ongoing for almost a month. I don't feel any difficulty or pain whatsoever if I poop or pee. Can you help me please? I am scared.

Posted by Optional on 21/03/2012 at 12:29, United Kingdom

Please can anyone help? I have an extremely embarrassing problem which I can't talk about. I am sexually active and have a wonderful lover. But recently during lovemaking I have ejected very small amounts of faeces. I noticed the sheets were soiled to my utter horror!It's not much, but enough to be seen. Happily my partner has not seen it as I hastily cover up the evidence. But one day he will - and i dread it! Has anyone else experienced this? I feel completely mortified and ashamed.

Posted by Optional on 18/03/2012 at 04:46, Nigeria

pls my anus is geting too tight i can't insert my finger in it, when i see a doctor he said is pile but i am not experincing any bleed. Pls i want to know the actual problem.

Posted by Optional on 12/01/2012 at 05:52, India

i have pain in annal during passing stool and inner muscles coming out , it's very pain full, can any one give me advice to use cream to avoid pain

Posted by Optional on 26/12/2011 at 01:58, United Kingdom

I would firstly like to reassure everyone that the doctors trip is not bad at all. I am a male, and had a female doctor do the examination, but I felt comfortable all the time, and she explained everything as she went along. The problem is not solved however. I went in due to pains after passing a stool or exercise (straining the muscles i suppose.) And i was prescribed some local painkilling and hemmarhoids cream, which when i was using it stopped the pain. The blood was still present on the paper however. I am still experiencing pain and blood on the toilet paper at times, and it is stopping me from doing sports due to pain. Also, i feel my anus is a bit leaky. Is anyone else experiencing this problem, and seen a doctor that has solved the problem?

Posted by Optional on 04/12/2011 at 12:53, United Kingdom

i found it very useful. the best informative site so far. thanks. i think am going to visit my GP, i cant suffer in silence anymore.

Posted by Mkumar on 28/11/2011 at 04:52, India

Sir, a Doctor three days diagonosed my pile without protoscope and found that it is in third stage.In this regard,I would like to ask whether there is role of digestive system(liver and associated glands) in maintaining proper digestion ultimately culminating into piles?I have the habit cleaning my anus 2.5"with my index finger then only I get satisfaction after defaecation.But I have read related articles in this and now I am highly alarmed.thanks

Posted by Optional on 12/10/2011 at 11:28, United Kingdom

@PaulMD : I disagree entirely. I am a doctor in my 20s. I have performed many, many rectal examinations on many, many different people. I am heterosexual and have a great relationship (including sexual!) with my girlfriend. However, when examining a rectum, on ANYone, my mind couldn't be further from sex, perving at a body or anything similar. I gain no pleasure out of the procedure, just in the same way that I gain no 'pleasure' out of looking in someone's ears. In the same way, I also do not dread the procedure just because it's near someone's "naughty bits". It is an examination technique just like any other. The only thing to note is that, in general, a DRE is easier on a very thin person compared to a very obese person (same goes for examining a shoulder actually!) If doctors were unable to separate out work and 'play' then 'playtime' at home with our partners would become very wierd and very UNpleasurable'.

Posted by PaulMD on 31/08/2011 at 05:02, United States

"What do you think will be going on in your doctor’s mind while you are being examined? Are you imagining your doctor will be mentally rating and criticizing your appearance? In fact, in this situation your doctor is interested in your insides, not your outsides. By the time he or she becomes a GP, your doctor will have seen literally thousands of backsides and is not interested in their appearance.” You’re dead wrong about that, Margaret. If the patient is a 20 year-old sprinter, it’s a near certainty that the thoughts running through this hypothetical male doctor’s head won’t be 100.00% professional. He has a penis. He has testicles. And unless he’s in his 60’s, he’s probably got a good amount of testosterone flowing through his body. And just because he’s the doctor and she’s the patient and he has to perform a rectal exam to diagnose a problem doesn’t mean that his interest in the situation is 100.00% medical.

Posted by FIRST TIME on 10/08/2011 at 07:44, Nigeria

Hello.. Well its quite embarassing to have a pain in ur anal region, but i think its very necessary to tackle it on time. My problem is a painful sensation in my anus anytime i tense the muscles there..i have never had anal just started a week back when i was stooling, and i have noticed no blood or pus. Please i need advice or better still referral to ab good doctor i can have a chat with. I'd like to use a doctor other than my family doctor. HELPPPPPP

Posted by SHAJI on 08/08/2011 at 07:32, India


Posted by Optional on 25/07/2011 at 03:57, Kenya

nice piece stil struglin to get the courage but soon

Posted by Grace on 23/07/2011 at 07:07, Nigeria

I hv this symptom,can the pile be cured tired of this problem and i want to know the exact drugs to use.i hv been to both herbal and English doctor but still not gone.what do i do

Posted by Optional on 08/07/2011 at 03:23, United Kingdom

Thank you. My mother & grandmother both died from Bowel cancer so you always have a nagging doubt about blood from behind. I now feel a bit more confident about a visit my G.P.

Posted by Optional on 01/07/2011 at 11:45, United Kingdom

thank you it was usfull

Posted by Optional on 24/06/2011 at 04:38, United Kingdom

im 14 i done a poo at school anly to find out that there was poo and blood on the poo i have constapation is this why the blood comes out i have recently had a argument with my mum and dad due to somthing at school is this poo and blood thing due to stress and constapation thank you

Posted by Optional on 22/06/2011 at 10:57, United Kingdom

very very good info i will go and see my doc now that i no what will happen thanks dr margaret :)

Posted by Optional on 22/06/2011 at 12:14, Philippines

What if the bleeding of your anal is often? Sometimes it bleeds sometimes its not bleeding. Is it possible that there is a wound in the anal?

Posted by zen on 20/06/2011 at 04:06, Singapore

i hve found there are three soft sponge lump around my anus area . i am going to see the GP for this . good info here .Thanks

Posted by Optional on 06/06/2011 at 03:53, Barbados

what a relief

Posted by Optional on 22/05/2011 at 12:44, United Kingdom

It is very sore and has been for the past 5 days there seems to be no blood but a lot of discomfort i don't know what to do

Posted by Michele Austin on 13/05/2011 at 05:06, United States

I have told my Dr. about this problem. I have it can be caused by stress. I am taking care of my fiance who has terminal cancer, Lost my mom to cancer and my second husband to cancer in 2003. I am, and was, a caregiver to them. Could this be caused by stress. I have also heard that policeman get this frequently from stress of their jobs. I will see my dr. again, and print this out for her to see. I got a lot of info from your site, and I thank you very much. It is happening right now and driving me to want to scream from the pain. Lasts for over an hour and has been trying to spasm for four days. M. Austin

Posted by Optional on 29/04/2011 at 09:04, United Kingdom


Posted by "oh no" on 21/04/2011 at 02:21, Australia

Ive found out that i have one rather painful skin tag near my anus... (not on it) But ive looked up the symptoms when i first got it and i found hermorriod information. I FREAKED! I saw the part where hemorrids usually itch and mine didnt. i was so releaved. After about 2weeks with just putting germoline on it, i found that it started itching (not dramatically) but just slightly... i was so scared and booked an appointment with my local doctor. Im so scared so show him my rear!! :( i understand that he has probably seen lots of them, but that doesnt change my mind of being worried!! My appoinment is at 1:00pm today and im constantly looking at the clock.. :/

Posted by Optional on 11/04/2011 at 08:45, United Kingdom

hi a had a baby 2 years ago and after i went on the pill so i wouldnt get pregnant again and since i came off them ive been bleeding from the back passage and it is really painfull when i go to the toilet. please help, thank you

Posted by Optional on 09/04/2011 at 12:12, United Kingdom

Hello i would like to say thankyou for this site its helping me alot and has been put together very well. some doctors talk to me like i am stupid i know i have problems thats why i am here.i saw my doctor today about sleeping problems and he said well its because your sleeping pattern is disturbed well duh! yes i know but how do i solve this. now i was worried about telling him about my itchy anus problem but why should i let his bad way of talking affect thanks to this page im going to book a appointment with a different doctor and tell them my anus problem ps its for my own good

Posted by Sue on 08/04/2011 at 08:45, United Kingdom

Excellent article, very reassuring.

Posted by Pinini on 04/04/2011 at 02:44, South Africa

Hi Since I gave birth to my daughter,my anal is so painful when I go to the toilet.Now I am using Bullets to go the toilet. Please help

Posted by Optional on 29/03/2011 at 02:00, United Kingdom

my 16 yr old son goes to the toilet to make a bm. but when he does one there is more blood than anything so worried about him. he went to the doctor.but the doctor just told him that he would make him an appointment at place they could examine him. thats all. do u think that was right or do u think i should see another doctor. could u advise me please.

Posted by JIM on 25/03/2011 at 03:51, United States

What kind of doctor do you see if you get a dull pain deep in the anus every 6 to 8 weeks. the pain wakes me up from a deep sleep where i will go to the toilet and sit trying to make a bm but i don't need to go. just he pressure of me trying to go will make the pain go away after about 10 min. thanks Jim

Posted by Optional on 07/03/2011 at 06:33, India

The article is really useful for the one who suffers the problem , Thank you

Posted by Optional on 25/02/2011 at 06:07, India

Thank you for the information. Now I have more understanding on this.

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2011 at 05:36, United States

I think I have the courage now to go see my doctor for a problem on my anus. I am pretty sure I have hemorrhoids and have just been to nervous to do anything about it.. pheww..i can breathe now..

Posted by jj12advice on 18/02/2011 at 05:08, United States

I've had anal itching for the past 6 months & I've been tested for every type of std. However, I haven't gotten tested for genital warts! It is very frustrating and haven't seek advice from a doctor yet. I do drink alcohol often and eat a lot of fast food. So I don't know if this is a cause. I need help! Anyone know what this can be??

Posted by pipper on 17/02/2011 at 10:06, United States

When I do alot of walking and sometimes just sitting I have rectal spotting of blood when I wipe.What is this from? No pain at all but butt sometimes in the area feels brused or like a rock is in that area when I sit down.

Posted by Optional on 14/02/2011 at 01:42, Bahamas

People are literally dying of embarrassment because they do not see their doctor when bowel symptoms start,this help me alot

Posted by Optional on 08/02/2011 at 03:01, United Kingdom

My sleep is disturbed by the pain and irritation which causes me to make frequent visits to pass stool.Afterwards, the pain is severe for some few minutes and I sometimes notice bright red blood on the toilet paper.

Posted by Optional on 07/02/2011 at 10:39, India

i have piles for about 10-12 yrs.initially it was paining but now there is no pain only the skin is out what to do about outer skin

Posted by Optional on 04/02/2011 at 01:32, Ireland

when i wipe i see blood an d sometimes after i poop i see blood in the toilet

Posted by easy on 29/01/2011 at 12:22, South Africa

uhm.. so this morning i took my morning bowel movements and when i wiped there was surprising a significant amount of blood on the paper... like when u have your period? (for those who can relate). i wiped again and there wasn't more blood, so maybe i just pushed a bit too hard? there's no pain at all. but im also expecting my period now-ish, so i dont want to confuse myself or get unecesarily paranoid. should i see a doctor? or just wait and see if the next poop holds the same experience? sucky much?!

Posted by Watersport22 on 21/01/2011 at 07:31, Canada

Wow just the article that I was looking for. I find it kind of sad almost how people avoid doctors due to embarrassment, and I am included in that category of people! I really wish I could put my fears aside and get myself checked out, I just don't want anything going up my butt... I'm scared that I'd look like an idiot if I told that to a doctor...

Posted by Optional on 18/01/2011 at 12:50, United Kingdom

Article was helpful but I am still worried about the examination as I always have a very 'loose' bowel and am scared I will have an accident - any help or advice welcome.......

Posted by seze on 12/01/2011 at 08:49, United Kingdom

i found this information very helpfull.i was really scared about going to see my doctor because its embarrasing but after reading this i am going to get it checked and hopefully itll be sorted thank you for the usefull information.thanks

Posted by Optional on 12/01/2011 at 01:16, United States

had urge for bowel movement, started with small "rocks" in bowel movement and some nausea and pressure, then had diarrhea. Following this was continured pressure but when trying to relieve bowel only blood came from rectum. This continued off and on for about 7 hours

Posted by Optional on 04/01/2011 at 01:06, United Kingdom

hello, im 13 and iv'e been experiencing pain's in my anal region when excreting. for a few weeks i have not been eating properly.(loss of appetite.)and because of this been relying mostly on junk food. i have had the pains for about 2 weeks, and bleed almost every time i go to the toilets, it wouldn't be much blood, but i'm very scared about it. my mum has piles, and iv'e heard that it can be hereditary.the pains can be agonisingly painful,causing me to tence. i'm sure the pains are due to my anus and not to constipation, as i have been on a VERY fibre high diet for the past few days(breakfast:fruit and fibre,lunch: assortment of fruit,dinner: rice like curry(s)and before going to bed:fruit and fibre again.)i forgot to mention that i am also a vegetarian,(if that matters... iv'e also been experiencing very irritating itching, usually at night... i have considered going to a doctor, but am VERY sensitive about him/her seeing my penis, though the article did mention the doctor concentrating more on my anus, rather than other places. i have broken my right wrist so it's in a cast, which means i dont get to wash as much as i'd like to (every other day or maybe more) wondering if this might have anything to do with the itching? well that's about it- i'd be grateful for any feed back that you could give me, about the pains, the itching,any ways i can improve my diet, and about seeing the doctor, thank you!

Posted by Boongarneh on 25/12/2010 at 07:40, South Africa

I've had a very tough time for the last 5 months or so. I began feeling like I have piles, then I saw some blood on the toilet tissue after wiping my anal hole. The itching became worse and I thought it's related to spicy food or "hot chillies". I went to my GP who referred me to a specialist surgeon. I underwent so many tests and got admitted for three days. After such many tests, the specialist said all my organs are fine, no infection at all. I was told I'm suffering from PROCTALGIA FUGAX, which is "just a severe pain" I was given painkillers (tablets) to take when there is pain attacking me. Right now the attacks from this pain are becoming regular, especially starting at 12 midnight last up to 4am. It is so painfull that I feel like dying when theis excrutiating anal pain is persisting. My GP has given me sachets of MOVICOL which he suggested that I must take ONE SACHET before going to bed at night. It does sometimes assist me coupling it with strong pain tablets. What is worse is that my erection has been badly affected presumably because of this persisting anal pain. I've also noticed that the pain attacks me severely after I've eaten hard bread or rolls. This condition is really taking its toll on me. Can someone advise me what else to do because medical experts are saying there is no specific thing I'm suffering from except this proctalgia fugax. I AM THE MOST WORRIED PERSON RIGHT NOW !!!!!

Posted by Optional on 13/12/2010 at 10:13

would it be possible for a general nurse to examine you instead of a male doctor i am very embarassed to get checked over by a my male doctor, please help i am very worried x

Posted by vinoda on 10/12/2010 at 01:07, United Kingdom

sir, i really don't know what to do because now when I wipe my anus with toilet paper sometimes i see blood because maybe i scratch it and it's bleeding, I so this treatment on this website to powder a cotton wool with baby powder and put it inside my bum area and it is helping Im wondering if I can just keep it that way until it stop's please reply cause I'm to embarrassed to even tell my parents

Posted by walkwithFaith on 02/12/2010 at 02:36, Philippines

As i read this article, I feel sad bec it took me long to have courage to face this health problem. Like everybody else here, I was really very afraid that one day it would be too late for me. Before this I pray to the Lord to give me strength to overcome this. Thank you so much for all the informations you gave. Today, I plan to find solutions. I will get back to this site so I could help all those in pain. God bless us all.

Posted by Optional on 24/11/2010 at 10:02, Nepal

I am suffring from fissure and 2nd degre pile - sometimes it has got some releaf but again restart the problem, I have problem when I have in toilet, I saw with Doctor, he advised me for immediate operation but I feard because of longterm rest, I have no time. I don't want to operate if other treatment is possible, what do I do ?

Posted by Optional on 14/11/2010 at 08:24, United Kingdom

I have serious pain when i use the toilet, the pain goes up my back. sometimes just after using when standing up i feel a sharp pain for like 5 seconds and then the pain reduces. i have both a fissure and second degree pile..... it is so painful that i dread going to the toilet for number 2......

Posted by Optional on 09/11/2010 at 02:25, United Kingdom

very useful information although i keep getting piles i have had enough i want surgery

Posted by Problem on 22/10/2010 at 12:08, United Kingdom

I have found an I think is a skin tag in this area and I have pain just in side towards the back of my anal hole please could you tell me what this possible is Thankyou

Posted by Maria on 22/09/2010 at 11:27, Ireland

I am so much on pain!. It started with bleeding in the anus, I went to doctor ,gave me some cream and ok for a while. Later it became worst bleeding as I pass the bowels (not always) but the pain along up my rectus is horrible. I'm so scared. Two months ago I had a hysterectomy done, everything went and now I'm back with the pain inside me. What can I do?

Posted by Optional on 21/09/2010 at 10:25, United Kingdom

I sometimes have anal itching and sometimes pain when i pass a stool.When I have bowel movements, I sometimes feel as though there is more to come but I cannot pass it. I have also had some bright red blood when I go to the toilet. Ther also appears to be a little skin tag/lump above my anal opening.I'm very worried about it and scared to got to a doctor.

Posted by Agirl on 21/09/2010 at 03:00, Australia

Ok, when I use the bathroom for number 2 blood tends to come out and im quite afraid to know whats wrong with me..and my V area is itchy and all and sommetimes when I pee it burns..and I wanna go to a doctor so bad but Im scared their gonna tell my mom im sexually active and she'll kill me! Can anyone pls help..??

Posted by jason on 20/09/2010 at 05:06, United Kingdom

i have a anal problem, mostly itching and soreness but occasionally i do have bleeding, i went to the doctor and froze in front of him, changed the subject and made up an illness, i have used a few tubes of pile cream and still no better, i keep putting off going again! worried that it may be more than i thought at first and also the examination,

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2010 at 12:04

I had sex as i ejaculated felt little pain and then it went away. but as i passed urien a notice i started bleeding.

Posted by gary on 08/08/2010 at 09:48, United Kingdom

hello i have had prostitis for over three years and i am on tamsulosin 400mg take one a day i get pain when i ejaculate and a hot burning sensation in my bottom they say there is not a lot they can do as they dont know a lot about the condition and i just have to learn to live with it is there anything that you tell me that would help many thanks gary

Posted by Anonymous on 04/08/2010 at 08:54, United States

I suffered from an anal fissure a year ago, and it lasted almost 6 months. The first 3 months were the most painful, and I've never felt anything as bad as that (and I've given birth and broken bones before). So my heart goes out to anyone who's suffering from that horrible, awful, malady. I'll tell you exactly what helped me, as I did tons of research and tried everything under the sun. 1. Buy something called L-Glutamine pills and take 1 or 2 daily. You can find them at a local healthfood store because body builders take them as they help regenerate muscle tissue. Don't ask me why, but these helped more than any other pill I took. 2. Vitamins!! Take Vitamin C,E, and A once daily. C helps the immune system, E helps skin and muscle tissue, and I think A helps cel growth, I'm not totally sure, I just know they helped. (and really what harm can taking vitamins do anyway??) 3. Start taking a mild laxative every night before you go to bed. I experiemented w/ alot of them and I've found Miralax to be the best. Milk of Magnesia works well but it's soooo potent you've got to be very careful or you'll end up w/ a case of the runs the entire next day (no good, especially if you're at work/school!!) What I found the best was to take a cap full of Miralax w/ a full glass of water before bed. I would usually alternate between that and a 5 oz. cup of prune juice before bed followed by a cup of water. 4. If you're up for it, stop eating meat completely. Well I stopped eating red meat and chicken. I did eat some turkey in small portions. I ate tons of fruit and veggies, and beans. As gross as it may sound I swallowed a spoonful of straight olive oil every night before bed, because it provides a slick coating inside your intestines and makes things much easier going out, trust me. 5. This one is very important (well they all are really) and I still take tis stuff just cuz it's so good for you! Ground Flaxseed! You can also find this at a local healthfood store and it's not very expensive either. One bag is usually around 10-12 dollars and it lasts almost 6 months! You can sprinkle it on almost anything from salads, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, soup, sandwiches, pizza, etc. I highly recommend this! Please buy the ground stuff, not the pill form as the ground stuff is way more effective. Not only does it have awesome Omega 3's, it helps you go to the bathroom very well!! 6. I got a perscription from a rectal surgeon for a cream called Diltiazem. You apply it to the outside of the affected area about 30 min. before a bowel movement and right after too. I know, I do you know when you're going to go 30 min. prior?? Well after you start taking prune juice, laxatives, ground flaxseed, and eating lots of fruits/veggies you'll start to be on a regular schedule, trust me! After I started doing all of these things my pain went away greatly...oh, and I also took warm sitz baths about 2-3 times daily for about 15 min. each time. My pain really started subsiding about 4 months after I got the cursed thing, and I believe it went away completely about 6 months after I got it. I'm so deathly afraid of getting it again, I haven't stopped taking any of the above mentioned things to this day. Besides, all that stuff is really good for you anyways. Good luck everyone!!

Posted by Optional on 04/08/2010 at 05:23, Canada

This was very helpful information, it makes me less concerned and worried about my issue and seeing a doctor about it.

Posted by Optional on 03/08/2010 at 07:00, United States

I've had 2 rectocels last year. My syptoms now are feeling like I'm pushing around and object in the rectum and my bowel movement coming out flat. It's as though I've lost my nerve endings to push. So I have to physically bare down to the point I'm afraid I'll have a heart attach. Also, pain during intercourse. Doctor says the U muscle extremely tight and protruding in result causing the pain. Interstim stimulator has been brought up. But reading that is for urinary problems. My question is "will that help?

Posted by Gloria on 31/07/2010 at 09:46, United Kingdom

I have anal itching and pain for approximately the last 6 months. This has been on and off rather that continuous, however, it is extremely painful! Sometimes I am kept awake by the pain and need to take painkillers. When I have bowel movements, I sometimes feel as though there is more to come but I cannot pass it. I have also had some bright red blood when I go to the toilet. Ther also appears to be a little skin tag/lump above my anal opening. It acually looks like it's another hole! Please help me, I'm worried sick.

Posted by Muhammed on 30/07/2010 at 08:31, India

This is good information. I have one problems on anus one small balls grown, but no bleeding very smooth ,very minor pain feeling actually it is symptom of piles or not pls replay

Posted by Optional on 15/07/2010 at 01:04, United States

what kind of doctor can i see for anal pain

Posted by Optional on 14/07/2010 at 12:14, United Kingdom

after 2 ops still bleeding and sore no idea what to do now

Posted by Optional on 09/07/2010 at 03:34, Kenya

i have lived with anal itching for about 2 years now and my wife doesnt complain as having the same problem and after reading this document i think i have to see my doctor for parasital exams.

Posted by happy on 08/07/2010 at 06:45, India

i was also suffering from anal problems like fissure and piles both. for some relaxation, take some hot water and sit in this pressuring outside ur anal so that water goes in for atleast 20mins.this is really helpfull aftr that u can use any cream.

Posted by Justine on 07/07/2010 at 03:27, United Kingdom

This is still scaring me. I have problems facing up to my fears, Please, somebody...anybody please help me. I need to make sure my body's healthy. :'(

Posted by Optional on 07/07/2010 at 10:07, India

Please let me know whether to go and consult a skin doctor for anal problems or we have a separate specialization.

Posted by Optional on 30/06/2010 at 05:17, Singapore

my daughter is suffering first degree of piles . it can be cured. now started taking fruits lot. how long it will take to get cured. after passing toilet tiny paticle coming out. now iam pushing it to go in. so please advice she does not have any constipation problem. iam more worried in her young age she is suffering.

Posted by robert on 18/05/2010 at 08:59, Philippines

i practice anal sex and i think my anus is ripped. the skin below my anus (nearer to the spine) has ripped and has formed something like a flap. when i defecate, sometimes there's blood (but not always). it doesn't hurt. can you tell me which kind of doctor i should go to? thanks.

Posted by haseeb beg on 16/05/2010 at 04:29, India

I want to the exact period of pile reconvery

Posted by Optional on 14/05/2010 at 03:44, India

i think i m facing the problem of piles. But do tell me when should i consult a problem because i donot bleed regularly. actually i saw bleeding three times, Ist- one and a half year ago, second time do not remember exactly and third time yesterday

Posted by AnGeLtEdDy on 05/05/2010 at 12:46, Trinidad and Tobago

which doctor do you have to see in order to check you anal itch.........cuz i have had this problem for years so i need to get rid of it....please help

Posted by Optional on 14/04/2010 at 08:00, Puerto Rico

what kind of doctor should i go to?

Posted by Optional on 05/04/2010 at 01:59, United Kingdom

i have recently developed a soreness around the inside of my bum cheeks, and around the inside of my legs/scrotum, any ideas what it could be, i have been using sudo cream but dosnt seem to be working

Posted by Optional on 02/04/2010 at 02:45, United Kingdom

when i had a poo there was blood all over my poo and i have aching in my lower back is this a pile problem. i have had blood on my poo before but not amount

Posted by Optional on 27/03/2010 at 01:42, United States

Thanks. It's helpful to know the steps of how the doctors would examine this problem.

Posted by Sanjay on 20/03/2010 at 01:09, United Kingdom

I have prob with my anus i dont know what is that, when i came after toilet after 30 or 50 mins i feel something is leaking and when i use tissue there are some drop or potty it is happening with me since more then two year but i was avoiding because it was earlier happend some times but these days i m getting these prob very seriously and in big amount. i m new in uk and right now i m not registered with any gp , pls advice me if any once can do

Posted by Optional on 15/03/2010 at 02:43, United Kingdom

Yes this was helpful

Posted by RAKESH on 27/02/2010 at 10:55, India

I am suffering since last 8 months and don't know the right doctor to consult

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Posted by Alfred Goring on 24/02/2010 at 08:33, Guyana

this was very informative and hope to continue to read it thank u for alaying my fears about anal fisure

Posted by worried on 21/02/2010 at 06:18, United Kingdom

still have concerns and the embarrassment

Posted by Optional on 20/02/2010 at 01:02, United Kingdom

Been having anal itch for months so after reading all this information have realised I have been using every cream under the sun without success, only makes it worse. Have decided to go to Dr and have proper examination to relieve my anxiety.

Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2010 at 07:42, United Kingdom

i have been having anal bleeding for about 2 months. sometimes the bleeding is within the faeces and sometimes the toilet is filled with blood. i have a sharp pain when i try to poo and i be on toilet for like half an hour because it is soo painful. it's just so embarrising for a doctor to see your backside, i dont know wot to do?

Posted by dina on 07/02/2010 at 09:45, Canada

ive been having this fissure since last year and after injecting the botox, it become more painful and the skin tags become red and swollen like a grape

Posted by kevin bridge on 02/02/2010 at 11:33, Ireland

as well as itchy i get alot of pain sometimes its so bad i cant walk

Posted by jo on 01/02/2010 at 12:04, United Kingdom

hello i have bleeding too from my anal but its not every time i go to move my bowels its just now an then,it is bright red should i see my doctor 1/2/2010

Posted by Anonymous on 27/01/2010 at 10:02, United Kingdom

After looking on the nhs website i believe i havean anal fissure. i find it difficult to talk to people even close family and friends. i have several issues concerning my body, which is causing other mental health issues eg depression, stress, and possible an eating disorder. i dont feel i could talk to my doctor or even close family and friends as writing this is hard enough. is there any way i can treat any of the problems mentioned without having to see a doctor

Posted by ned on 26/01/2010 at 09:32, United Kingdom

To ease a fisure..when in the bathroom squeeze bottom cheeks together while passing waste it improves quickly.

Posted by Kalemire Paul on 21/01/2010 at 11:09, Uganda

Dear Editor, Thanks you for the information. I now have the idea and courage to face the doctor should a similar problem come up. Thanks

Posted by rukiye hassan on 19/01/2010 at 10:27, United Kingdom

large piles and blooding

Posted by AJW on 18/01/2010 at 10:18, Australia

family has problem - starts with ithing anus week or so, have all been wormed, after itching eases passing of poo really burns and anus is sore to wipe, to look at does not look sore. After passing some bright blood, 4 members of family have a same time.. nothing is really helping dr say fissure - how can it be passed on to other family members? Been going on for over 4 weeks - help

Posted by Anonymous on 17/01/2010 at 12:45, United States

i have just been having pain every now and then in the anal area and red in my stool which doesnt appear to be blood because it doesnt turn the toliet water any color when it touches the water

Posted by Chichi on 16/01/2010 at 11:08, Australia

i am 16 and have been having stabbing pains in my anal for a few years now, happened about a few times a year (not that often), but this morning i woke up to extreme stabbing pains in my anal and when i tried to walk i experienced more pain. my pains are really extreme and i cannot stand there acting as if its not happening, i end up holding my but, getting on my toes, bending weirdly and making weird noises to how painful it is. i am not going out in public today as i feel i would experience extreme embarrassment if i happened to have one of these pains when people are watching. i am a bit embarrassed to see a doctor about my problem but i really don't want it to be serious and get worse so i want it checked asap.

Posted by KRK koi choda star nhi on 10/01/2010 at 10:30, India

in the morning i saw that blood coming with my it piles related problem..m also feeling pain in my anal... what is this? KrK

Posted by Helen on 10/01/2010 at 06:22, Philippines

what type of doctor should i seek help regarding anal matter??

Posted by adelaide on 31/12/2009 at 05:02, South Africa

i have an anal pain that passes through my vagina and the pain sometimes feel like period pains should i be worried?

Posted by Jacky zarju on 14/12/2009 at 11:29, Kenya

I got my baby 3mnths ago via c section and since then,i strain alt wen pasin bowel n also fil a sharp pain,several hrs later i have pains tht so uncomfrtable to sit,walk and sleep

Posted by marem ali on 17/10/2009 at 12:23, Egypt

anal pain what is the pain and why ?

Posted by Rita Joyce on 04/10/2009 at 09:52, Ireland

much discomfort in my anal area sitting and wearing trousers, most uncomfortable when i pass motion as some of it stays in the anel area after i finish so i must wash my self many times and put some sudocream as i seem very dry not sore to touch but uncomfortable, ive had a colan procedure which showed a lazy gut i eat a very healthy diet high in fiber it has not helped, have back and leg pain which has been diagnosed as wear and tear in two of my discs i wonder if there is a connection have been, recommended to see osteopath hope you can show some light on my problem,thank you.

Posted by Me on 27/09/2009 at 09:47, United Kingdom

I feel my stools are just too big to pass sometimes. I feel them scratching out and have to hold onto something! Once it's out there is loads of bright red blood. for the rest of the day it throbs and is generally sore. After reading this I will make an appointment with a female GP. Thanks!

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Posted by jim on 03/09/2009 at 10:27, United Kingdom

This is a very helpful site and has put my mind at rest. Thank you

Posted by Anonymous on 17/08/2009 at 10:12, United Kingdom

Hi for quite a while now i seem to ear when i pass a large stool. it is never a lot of blood but i am worried that constant bleeding in that area could lead to an infection. i have a same pea sided lump where the bleeding comes from, I thought this was the body trying to protect itself but now I am not so sure. Is this something I should be worried be about?

Posted by westlondon on 14/08/2009 at 09:44, United Kingdom

I had a very itchy anus a few years ago, i was going insane in the end it turn out to be an allergy to milk, when i completely avoided milk and dairy products the problem went

Posted by first time on 19/07/2009 at 06:59, United Kingdom

hi i just pulled down my underwear to use the toilet and there was a blood stain on the back part, must've been alot because i chacked my trouser and it had gotten through my underwear slightly and stained my trouser aswel, i didnt feel any pain, or realise i could've been bleeding antil i saw the stain, and the stain looked like it had been there a while, when i checked with a tissue i wasn't bleeding so it had stopped, sometimes when i use the toilet the skin around the anus cracks and little tiny drops of blood come to the surface, is any of this serious? im worried about the blood stain, it hasn't happened before

Posted by shay guy on 17/07/2009 at 08:22, India

hi since last two day when i go do laterin , i get pain (while pressuring laterin), pls advise what to do

Posted by karen on 11/07/2009 at 09:52, United Kingdom

Ie had had stomache have had a bad stomache since thursday morning, but started bleeding on the evening, I dont have pain, but i am a bit sore now, and have had tummy ache. I am still going to the toilet but only passing blood, is this normal because of tummy bug

Posted by Anonymous on 08/07/2009 at 02:45, United Kingdom

hi my boyfriend is bleedin really heavly when he goes for a poo, its like a pink couler, he has no pain only when the lump inside his bum comes out and then he is in pain, i dont know what to do please help he wont go to the doctors!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 01/07/2009 at 01:16, United Kingdom

It seems that most comments come from men. Please talk to your wife about it! I am a wife, and I promise you that your wife would rather you told her. Yes, she will probably give you the confidence to go to the doctor, but you will have made that decision together. What a relief that will be!

Posted by Anonymous on 29/06/2009 at 12:52, United Kingdom

Your enquiry: hi ,i will start from the begining, up until about 4-5 days ago i could go to the toilet fine,stools were normal size.but now its hard to go and the stools are about 1/10 of the normal size pencil thin and its hard to go i have to strain ,and i try not to for ovious reasons,i think its constapation,but i am unsure and i dont go to doctors ever,people i have spoke to say you cant take a stool at all if constapatied, so it might not be that as i can still go a little bit ,this is really starting to worry me as i have never had constapation before ,also i am male and 24,and just before i had constaration,i tried to give up smoking and drinking it lasted 4-5 and this was just before this all happened and i was eating more fruit,any help would be much appreciated i have mailed before and you said to ring,but i couldnt,i cant go doctors even thou i no i should,i have been reading up online,and am very worried ,and dont no what to do .please any advice would help

Posted by Anonymous on 23/06/2009 at 11:55, United Kingdom

I have had anal bleeding for the last six months! maybe longer! it has actually become so bad that i am scared to go out with friends and just feel normal? If i do i have to wear a pad because the bleeding just happens at any time without warning. I do suffer with a lot of pain with this problem and some days sit in agony. I am a very active person and

Posted by Anonymous on 15/06/2009 at 08:05, United Kingdom

a few times i have had trouble passing feaces, to get it out i have had to hook it out with my finger (disgusting i know) but if i didnt it would feel very uncomfortable. on several occasions blood has come out too, today it happened again this time loads of dark red blood came out and fiiled the toilet, do u think i have anything to worry about?

Posted by Anonymous on 14/06/2009 at 09:31, United Kingdom

i have bleeding from the anal passage but no pain the bleeding has been for the last 5 days

Posted by keith on 14/05/2009 at 06:40, United Kingdom

i have anal spotting sometimes when i empty my bowels but not all the time it seems to be when i go to the toilet more than once but i dont spot all the time could it be bowel cancer?

Posted by Anonymous on 26/04/2009 at 05:39, United Kingdom

over the weekend i have been finding fresh red blood on the toilet paper i dont strain when i go to the toilet as i never have the need to, sometimes i have a mucus should i be worried

Posted by Triece on 20/04/2009 at 06:16, United States

I have had some stomach problems recently that lead me to being a little constipated and then over the past 3 days, I have been bleeding analy. I fill up the toilet with blood as I am having a bowel movement and then over the past 2 days I have noticed small blood clots as well. One of the blood clots was the size of a tootsie roll and the others are pea size. I also have some bloody mucuous looking stuff when I wipe. I am not on my cycle and no where near it, but I feel like I am with the cramping stomach and all the blood, only it is coming from my anus. Could you give me any advice? I hate going to the doctors.

Posted by anonymous on 19/04/2009 at 06:38, United Kingdom

I have suffered from external piles for a few years and creams have worked fine if i have had a flare up. However for some months now i have had quite a severe pain in the anus after bowel movement which lasts for several hours during the morning and afternoon. It only dies down by the evening and thankfully during the night so i do sleep ok. But once i go to the loo again in the morning, im back to square one again. I thought after reading sites like this i had anal fissures and have tried suppositories and ive even had fibre gel drinks to soften the stools even though i do not have trouble normally, going to the loo. Some days the pain is worse than others, and some days it lasts longer into the day than others. Im scared to go to the doctor, because the thoughts of anything going up my back passage to examine me, makes me feel quite panicky to say the least. But by the same token, im also scared i may NOT have internal piles/fissures and may have cancer or something, as yesterday i felt a lump (which isnt seeming to be IN the anus) but to the side of it. When i feel it,i have to press and i can feel something under the skin does feel a bit like a needle prick feeling sometimes when i do this. Is this what is putting pressure on my anus wall and causing the fissures? im really worried about it, but keep putting up with it hoping it will go away but ive had this for about 8 or 9 months now with hardly a day out of discomfort, so it aint going anywhere i know...please help

Posted by Anonymous on 16/04/2009 at 05:29, United States

I am embarassed about the apperence of my anus. can i ask my gyno about it or do i have to go to a specialist?

Posted by barbara on 11/04/2009 at 02:52, United Kingdom

last august i noticed blood when i passed waste, but it only happened twice in a few days, i went to the toilet this evening and the same things happened but there was quiet a bit of blood but not that much, should i go to the doctors or leave it?

Posted by Anonymous on 23/03/2009 at 09:23, United Kingdom

I have been to the docs to have an anal bleeding problem looked at already. I was told that there was nothing to be seen but was given a prescription for it 'just in case it came back'. It has stayed away for a month but I now have another appointment, different doctor, for the same problem, only this time slightly worse. I find blood on the stool, and on the tissue after I wipe. Not a good look, or comfortable, or confidence building. I would say to anyone reading this, you are probably reading it for a reason. Get yourself to the docs - you never know until the experts have a look. This site has put my mind at rest slightly with some useful information. Thank you.

Posted by Clay on 07/03/2009 at 11:33, United States

I could never go through any of the embarrassing process unless I know that no female medical workers will ever be involved at any point. Is this possible?

Posted by Anonymous on 06/03/2009 at 10:24, United Kingdom

often i notice small bits of stool around the anus. Why is this not eliminated.? I have internal piles Is this a reason?

Posted by darrell on 06/03/2009 at 06:32, United Kingdom

I have a problem with my back passage tearing when i pass a motion .I also loose blood when this happens and i have a throbbing sensation allday even when i break wind I have had operation for fistula piles and a polip non of which as solved the problem HELP PLEASE

Posted by sad and in pain a lot =[ on 04/03/2009 at 01:27, United Kingdom

i am 20 years old female and not pregnant i noticed my anus had become itchy two three months ago and ignored it, i now hav stage 3 piles =[[ (i kno ikno ouch!) i just wish i had gone to the doctor earlier i am in so much pain it is unreal and cream only soothes the pain for a short while go to the doctor get checked out otherwise u are condemning urself to days of pain an mysery i hope it goes soon! had it since saturday night!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 09/02/2009 at 06:02, Norway

thank you, this is a great site

Posted by Anonymous on 25/01/2009 at 06:36, United Kingdom

very helpful thankyou

Posted by Mrs C on 23/01/2009 at 04:56, United Kingdom

PLease please go to the doctor, tell the receptionist you do not wish to discuss with them they have no right to make you tell them, same goes for a phone call, say I am in an open plan office and wish to discuss it face to face with a doctor. It is your right demand it! Most conditions are very easily treated and most likely to be worms or thrush (very common around the bottom). However, the wrong "self-help" can just make it worse, most creams (especially anything with hydrocortisone or local anaesthestic) and excessive cleaning especially soap or wipes make it worse. Gentle washing 2-4 times a day preferably without soap (use very dilute baby soap and rinse really well) dry with a hairdryer and most of all try not to rub or scratch. An ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth can really help too.

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Posted by Anonymous on 15/01/2009 at 04:35, United Kingdom

I have had anal itching for about 2 weeks or so and it's drivin me mad ! its now become sore de to scratching and has now become VERY irritating ! I don't want to visit a doctor and just want some way to make it stop ! Any suggestions ?

Posted by BobT on 11/01/2009 at 12:32, United Kingdom

I find the worst part of any doctor's visit is getting past the receptionist. "Whats the problem" is not an easy one to answer, and it's stopped me for years from getting something done. I have no problem discussing with the Doctor, but NOT the receptionist!

Posted by Anonymous on 23/12/2008 at 05:22, Canada

I have had excessive sweating for years. I have hade a colonoscopy and found to be clear. However, the sweating and itching is constant. The scratching has sometimes been so intense that I have caused the sking to bleed. Sometimes any anal discharge causes great pain as if the fecal discharge was acid like causing a burning sensation. Sometime my bowel movements are solid and sometimes they are liquid during the course of a day. I have tried powders and washing on a regular basis but with no luck. I feel that the sweating is excessive compared to other parts of my body.

Posted by Anonymous on 23/12/2008 at 10:17, United Kingdom

Your article talks about discussing symptoms with a doctor in a surgery. How do you actually get to that situation? I am offered a phone call to me when I am sat in an opne plan office - so I refuse this then sit and worry because I can't easily get help.

Posted by faheem on 20/12/2008 at 07:14, United Kingdom

nearly 2 years i have bowl problem some time bleeding from my bowl,discomfort and after come back from toilet feeling bowl is not empty properly i am realy worried this situtation is on off plz help me

Posted by Oh bugger on 16/12/2008 at 12:30, United Kingdom

I've had tiny amounts of anal bleeding, only evident after pooing, for years on and off. It was always worse after a heavy week of drinking. It was that infrequent it never really concerned me. All though if I'm honest, I was probably just burying my head in the sand and hoping it would go away. Which it always has, for a while anyway. Things have taken a turn for the more serious today. It seemed like I lost a lot of blood at work today. (in the wc) it's really sacred me. I decided to google anal bleeding and I found this page. I'm now reading about the possibility of bowel cancer, and I'm really sacred. Has putting it off and hoping it will fix it's self all this time given me advanced cancer? Or do I just have bad piles? Either way I'm glad I've recently taken out life insurance, so I know my partner and baby boy will be ok. Off to the docs tomorrow, and not before time...


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