i am 18 yrs old male. my problem may or may not be hemorrhoids. i am not sure. but here is what has been happening:
- noticed pain and bleeding during bowel movement starting about 8 or 9 months ago, has gotten better and worse during that time but in the past week or two it is the worst it's ever been. it started around the same time i began to lose weight and has gotten worse and worse as i've lost more weight (intentionally).
- only itches occasionally and is painful during and right after a bowel movement, but feels 'sore' most of the time and bleeds when i walk around, pass gas etc enough to leeve blood marks on my underwear and through into my pants.
- my stools are average i think, not diarrhea but not hard and large either, i used to pass them two or three times a day but lately ive been holding it to once because it hurts so much
i don't really know why i have this problem. i do sit around a lot but not any more than i used to. i used to eat a lot of red meat and cheese but i have reduced them and started eating more fiber and drinking more water, and it doesn't seem to be making it any better. there is one medication that i have to take twice a day that gives me an intense urge to make a BM and i am wondering if i should just do it without straining or try and hold it in longer, though it is rather uncomfortable.
i have considered getting a creme but ive heard it only helps itching and the itching isn't common and doesnt bother me that much, not as much as the bleeding. i also will see a doctor if the problem doesn't go away after trying new things for a few weeks, but i would rather not and there's nothing suggesting to me that it is a more severe problem. my grandfather has ulcerative colitis i think and had to get a colostomy and my father has had hemorrhoids but other than that i have no history of colorectal disease.
any suggestions on other things i should do?