|Anal Cancer or Hemorrhoids?
Aug 18, 2013
I was diagnosed with HIV and HPV, last year. I started treatment immediately. Now, I'm undetectable and have a 600 CD4 count. Recently, I noticed a lump on my anus. I went to the STD clinic, to rule out the possibility of any STDs. Fortunately, my tests came back negative for STDs. However, I was diagnosed with thrombosed external hemorrhoids. I followed my doctor's treatment regimen and within a few weeks the lump disappeared. However, I can feel a hard sort-of bumpy mass inside my anus. I asked my doctor about it and he thinks it may be internal hemorrhoids. I followed his treatment regimen, again, but it won't go away. I'm severely constipated and have trouble "going" even with the help of a laxative. When I finally do go, it's very thin and pencil-like stool, bloody, and covered in mucous. The size of my bowel-movements don't compare with my food intake and I've lost 20 pounds, in the past 2 months. I'm beginning to worry if I may have been misdiagnosed (hemorrhoids) and it may be anal cancer. Do you have any advice?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Although most of your symptoms are still consistent with hemorrhoids, may be worth while to see a gastroenterologist for at minimum anoscopy or likely a colonoscopy.
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