Strange but true: although hemorrhoids can cause torn tissues and bleeding, you may not even notice it. That’s because internal hemorrhoids live somewhere north of a barrier known as the dentate line, which distinguishes the tissues of the GI tract from the tissues of your skin.
Below the line, you feel and experience everything just as you would elsewhere on your body: scratches hurt, burns burn, and so on. Above the line there are no nerve endings to alert you of any changes in surface cells, leading to a somewhat surreal situation wherein you can have a superficial injury or condition and be completely unaware it has occurred.
But internal hemorrhoids alert you to their presence in other ways. You may find bright red blood in the stool or in your toilet bowl. You may experience a diffuse itching sensation that is hard to pin down. And you may have ongoing issues with defecation, or find that it is harder to strain and push than it was in the recent past.
The only way to know for sure if you have internal hemorrhoids is to visit a hemorrhoid expert, or hemorrhoid doctor in Los Angeles.
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