If rectal pain or bleeding occurs, many people chalk it up to hemorrhoids. But should you be so quick to judge? While hemorrhoid symptoms seem obvious, it is a lesser-known fact that colon polyps share some of the same signs.
While hemorrhoids are never flat, polyps can appear as either flat or raised growths in the large intestine. They rarely cause symptoms, but when they do, it could be confused with hemorrhoids. Because rectal bleeding, blood in the stool and constipation are all symptoms of both hemorrhoid and colon polyps, it’s best to see a doctor to decipher your digestive issues.
What’s the easiest way to figure out the cause of your rectal pain? Make an appointment with your doctor. He or she can evaluate the situation and form a plan of action, which may include a colonoscopy, to keep your colon happy and healthy.