You can use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) temporarily to help alleviate your distress.
See your doctor if you don’t get relief in a week, or earlier if you have severe pain or bleeding.
Based upon your signs and symptoms, your physician may refer you to one or more experts — including a physician with experience in the digestive system (gastroenterologist) or a colon and rectal surgeon — for treatment and evaluation.
You can help your doctor by being ready with as much information as you can. Here are some suggestions that will help you get prepared for your appointment.
Everything you can do
Be conscious of any pre-appointment limitations. At the moment you make the appointment, ask if there is anything you will need to do beforehand.
Write down any symptoms you are experiencing and how long you have noticed them.
Write down key personal information, including typical bowel habits and diet, particularly your fiber intake.
Make a list of all drugs, supplements or vitamins that you are taking.
Write down questions to ask your physician.
What’s the possible cause of my symptoms?
Is my condition going to be temporary or permanent?
Am I at risk of complications associated with this condition?
What treatment strategy do you recommend?
If remedies we try first do not work, what will you recommend next?
Can I be a candidate for surgery?
Are there any actions which may help?
I have other medical issues. How can these be managed by me ?
Besides the questions that you have ready to ask your doctor, do not be afraid to ask different questions during your consultation.
What to expect from the physician
Your doctor will probably ask you lots of questions. Getting prepared to answer them may book time to discuss points that you wish to spend more time.
How embarrassing are your symptoms?
What are your bowel habits?
What, if anything, seems to boost your symptoms?
Has anybody in your household ever had cancer or eczema of the colon, rectum or anus?
Have you ever had a change in your bowel habits?
During bowel movements, have you ever and your stools noticed blood on your toilet paper or blended?