I've had hemorrhoids in the past but I experienced this new pain around 4AM this morning (awakened by bad rectal and lower abdominal pain). I thought I had to go no.2 and / or gas.. it was neither! I sat in hot water and Epsom salt (it's called a sitz bath) and the pain went away instantly. I just so happened to have went to my Dr yesterday for a follow-up checkup (non-related.. I don't think anyway) but I didn't mention the hemorrhoids. I will definitely call my Dr later today to schedule for tests for precaution. Whatever the problem may be, it must be detected as early as possible!