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How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

How can I tell the difference between a hemorrhoid and an enlarged prostate?

Examination: A hemorrhoid is an enlargement of the veins around the anus. This can be seen at the opening of the anus or may slightly internal to the opening of the anus. Prostate swelling is further in but is not related to the hemorrhoid and is not part of the colon.

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


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Can internal hemorrhoids make you feel like you have urinary pain or an enlarged prostate?

Can internal hemorrhoids make you feel like you have urinary pain or an enlarged prostate?

Hemmorhoids: If having urinary pain follow up with doctor/urgent care, could be urinary infection, nerve effects, , peri-procedure infection/abscess due to perforation F/u with doc today

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Hello! Is there a correlation between hemorrhoids and enlarged prostate when it comes to defecating and urinating? Thank you!

Hello! Is there a correlation between hemorrhoids and enlarged prostate when it comes to defecating and urinating? Thank you!

Possibly: With prostate enlargement, obstructive urinary symptoms often occur gradually such as slowing of the stream, the need to strain to help force of stream and sense of incomplete emptying along with more frequent voiding. If obstruction is severe, hemorrhoids can become more inflamed when straining to urinate, resulting in discomfort. If this is occurring talk to your doctor.

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Would a colonrectal surgeon be able to tell if my prostate was enlarged when she completed a digital rectal exam and/or andoscopy while searching for internal hemorrhoids?

Would a colonrectal surgeon be able to tell if my prostate was enlarged when she completed a digital rectal exam and/or andoscopy while searching for internal hemorrhoids?

Yes.: While they may not routinely focus on the prostate portion of the exam, it would be something they could feel with the digital exam. Prostate size is not sufficiently visualized with anoscopy. There are folds of colon tissue that move out of the way with the finger test but sometimes obscure the anoscopy visualization. Since they don't focus on the prostate, though, they may not wish to comment

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Could you tell me what are other treatments besides medication for enlarged prostate?

Could you tell me what are other treatments besides medication for enlarged prostate?

Operative treatments: Besides medications and other supplements, most urologists will treat refractory BPH with procedures such as microwave therapy, laser vaporization of the prostate, or transurethral resection of the prostate.

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Can you tell me how to urinate fully with an enlarged prostate?

Can you tell me how to urinate fully with an enlarged prostate?

Depends: It depends on the degree (if any)of the bladder outlet obstruction If you have a feeling of incomplete emptying you should see a urologist who will do a uroflometry to measure how fast your flow is and a postvoid bladder scan to see if you retain urine and how much. A digital rectal exam will be done. If indicated you will be prescribed the appropriate medication. Usually an alpha one blocker.

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Please tell me what can reduce enlarged prostate?

Please tell me what can reduce enlarged prostate?

BPH treatments: The best treatment choice for you depends on several factors, including how much troublesome your symptoms are, the size of your prostate, other health conditions you may have, and your age. Drugs that can help reduce BPH are alpha-blockers, 5 Alpha reductase inhibitors or a combination of the the drug classes. Another newer treatment is with daily 5 mg doses of tadalafil. See a urologist

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Please tell me what does an enlarged prostate mean?

Please tell me what does an enlarged prostate mean?

Enlarged prostate: See a urologist (u) for treatment of enlargement of the prostate (p) gland that either can be benign or malignant. In prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatic hypertrophy, prostate gland enlargement can cause urinary symptoms. Untreated p gland enlargement can block the flow of urine out of the bladder and can cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. If malignant, see a u for treatment.

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What would pain associated with prostate problems feel like. I cannot tell life its the same pain associated with hemorrhoids I never had either?

What would pain associated with prostate problems feel like. I cannot tell life its the same pain associated with hemorrhoids I never had either?

Urinary discomfort.: Infections of the prostate manifest as pain and burning with urination and urinary difficulty. Symptoms of an enlarged prostate are decreased force of stream, delayed start of stream, dribbling, urinary frequency, urgency, and a sensation of incomplete voiding. Make sure you keep your stool soft with fiber rich foods and see your primary care physician for evaluation.

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Can hemorrhoids produce same symptoms as prostate enlargement?

Can hemorrhoids produce same symptoms as prostate enlargement?

Hemmorhoids: Many people present with "piles" and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems there are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help with these common problems. Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well it is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with this matter. The symptoms are usually very different than prostate issues.

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Can an enlarged prostate cause e.D?

Unlikely: In general, prostatic enlargement is unrelated to erectile dysfunction. The only connection is that the incidence of both increase with age.

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Enlarged prostate now. Can I still have good sex?

Of course: Prostate enlargement may interfere with urinary flow and cause symptoms such as urgency and night urination, but it will not affect the psychological, hormonal and physical aspects of sexual function and ejaculation. If you are have some ed, then you might see your urologist to rule out other problems but you should be seeing him anyway for enlarged prostate.

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Is there any natural way to shrink an enlarged prostate (due to older age)?

Not really: There are some natural remedies for the prostate, but most prevent enlargement and in the studies done in the german literature have not been shown to actually shrink it.

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Could I use a normal household item, or something from the hardware store, to shrink my enlarged prostate?

Never: There are no household items you can use to "shrink" the prostate gland. In fact, this would be very dangerous and can cause permanent damage. It is only treated with prescribed medications or surgery depending on the symptoms. See a urologist if you have difficulty with urination.

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Could a 16 year old male get an enlarged prostate?

Could a 16 year old male get an enlarged prostate?

Only if PROSTATITIS: 16 years old male can get inflammation of prostate cusing prostatitis which may cause some temporary enlargement of prostate but beningn prostatic hypertrophy occurs in men over the age of 50 and cancer of prostate is unlikely in a 16 years old male.

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What to do if I have many symptoms of enlarged prostate gland and I'm becoming worried. What could happen?

See urologist timely: Prostate size is not always linearly related with voiding symptoms. Voiding symptoms for a 34-y-o man may result from poor relaxation of bladder neck or urethral stricture. To detail & elaborate possible causes for troubling voiding in an individual young man, go to see a urologist for proper evaluation and Rx. 400-letter space and online discussion are not enough to detail, So, again, go to see..

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Can enlarged prostate cause constipation?

Can enlarged prostate cause constipation?

Should not: Benign prostate enlargement should not cause constipation. Follow with your urologist to make sure your prostate enlargement is benign. Also, see your primary care doc for constipation management. Unless you are checking for someone who is older, you are young for having enlarged prostate. Need seen to resolve both issues.

Dr. James Krick
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Prostate Gland Enlargement (Definition)

The prostate is located between the bladder and the penis in a male. An enlarged prostate refers to a gland that is abnormally large. This can cause an inability to urinate. An enlarged prostate is very common in older men. ...Read more


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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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