I've had piles for years but asympyomatic usually. A few weeks ago they really flared and since then I've been in so much pain, just never go. They tend to go in on their own but come out again. I hurt all the time even through to vagina and low pelvis but mostly in rectum. Doctor has referred me to hospital. I had a ct colonoscopy a year ago which was fine but I think they will want to do an ordinary one. Byt I really cannot face it, just can't. U have a very loopy colon, sometimes my heart very irregular and BP drops rapidly. I am 70 years old. If I insist would the NHS give me a short general anaesthetic because I the ct one was bad,,ma barium enema a few years ago made me think I was dying and it's all because if my extra loopy colon. It would waste their time trying to do it while I'm awake. I'm in constant pain and fear.