Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Hemorrhoids - When To Worry?
0

18 posts in this topic

This is a bit embaressing but we talk poop enough around here that I'll ask my question... :ph34r:

 

I have had prolapsed hemorrhoids for almost 20 years. I blame celiac disease and hypothyroidism for decades of "C" that caused it; that and years as sitting down while a student.  Anyway, they normally don't bother me. Every few years I'll get a clot and it will become swollen and painful for a few weeks, and in the past it would occassionally bleed or get itchy, but no big deal. It's been bugging me more lately though.

 

About 3 months ago, "C" finally disappeared and changed to soft if not "D" types of stools ("D" is now more common place).  My BMs did a complete 180 degree turn, and increased in frequency from every few days to 2-3 times a day.  At the same time, it started to bleed after, or during, every single BM. It ranges from a small red spot on tissue to a red tint to the toilet, with typical being about an inch size blot of red on tissue. Every few days I need to "pad" the area with tissue to prevent staining my clothes, and it causes irritation from the increased "moisture".

 

So, I'm wondering when to look into treating these things? How common is this type of thing (after a change in BMs) and should I talk to the doctor about it? It's not that painful, mostly just irritating and a bit annoying, so I don't want to do anything invassive to fix it unless I should for some medical reason.

 

Any advice or words of wisdom? Thanks.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Could be an anal fissure from all that straining?

 

My sister (who would kill me if she knew I said this, but she never reads anything I write anyway much less come on here lol) had one and she had bleeding and eventually, it was painful and stinging, she reported.

 

and even though it is not my favorite thing to do either (go to the doc and have them poke around) , you may want to have it looked at?

Sorry, babes.

 

Oh, the treatment was a sitz bath and it resolved.! You could try that. Hope it helps.

 

ppstt... I am still on vacation and you did not see me.... B)  lol

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Who said that? I saw no one... :ph34r:

 

It could be a fissure but I don't strain anymore. BMs are pretty fast these last few months. the type where you have to find a toilet pretty quick.... I suppose it could still be a fissure... ick.

 

i don't like going to a doctor at the best of times, but a check-up for this? Ewww!  LOL ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

try the sitz bath anyway....it cleanses, soothes, may even solve the problem without a doc/probe session... and I agree  eww! 

I had a GI doc's NP who was a grouch and she had fat fingers and NO, I do not miss her at all.. I do not even go to that office anymore(shudder)

 

(still not me, still not really here..... :ph34r:;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would it be a bit less embarrassing if you talk to your OB/GYN about it? He/she could give you some advice on how to deal with it and let you know if it is something you should see a GI surgeon about.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I don't have an OB/GYN - up here they tend not to let you see a specialist until after a GP has seen your problem. At the moment I am without a family doctor... well, I had a family doctor but he was such a dolt I had to walk away to prevent an attempted murder.  ;) I see a new doctor in... October, I think.  Gotta love Canadian helath care!  LOL

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree it's probably a fissure. My whole journey here started with an extreme virus that 'purged' my body for a week, couldn't keep anything in and it was downhill from there. :huh: Anyway, that lead to hemorrhoid surgery as one prolapsed (don't EVER want to go through that again - prolapse was painful). Since then (10+ years or so) I have a fissure that acts up once in awhile (and couldn't eat gluten). I have had a colonoscopy then & four years ago because blood is always a big warning sign but all is well...it's just a fissure. Most of the time, no problem. I do find certain foods irritate it. Chocolate is a no go for me....and probably most dairy (I avoid it anyway). I don't know how that works but chocolate will bring the fissure 'back'...and the blood. Ok, I know it's sorta always there but it hides ! I don't want to irritate it!

 

Enjoy Life makes dairy free, gluten free 'chocolate' chips - I use those in my gluten-free cookies with no problems. I think chocolate is sorta concentrated dairy (?).

:mellow:

Try diet changes & see if it helps.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm with the Elf!

 

Chocolate and cheese...two of my fave foods (after a fresh baked french loaf... back in the old days....sigh).

anyhoo..

 

I love them,  but too much and I am venturing into D land and the straining and the burning and the...well, you guys get it.

:(  the Enjoy Life chips are less trouble for me, too. 

 

Diet changes, sitz bath, maybe the combo will work, N? 

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mmmm, those Enjoy life chocolate chips are EVIL! Addicting... I like to eat them mixed with nuts in the evenings but I haven't had it for most of the summer. I don't eat a lot of chocolate.... I could eat more, but I could eat none.... whimper whimper.

 

I am dairy free except for a couple of splurges into ice cream this summer...I guess I'm dairy light now.  LOL But I don't think the D is from my diet. My guess is that it is from thyroid medicine. As soon as I got my thyroid near to feeling good, soft stools started. Now that I feel good and my thyroid is adequately treated, D is present most bathroom visits. After almost 40 years of constipation, I think my body doesn't know what to do with that.  

 

I don't have much pain with it. A bit of burning sometimes, and ocassionally an itch, but that's it. Luckily I didn't have pain when my hemi prolapsed so many years ago.... I remember going to the doctor and telling her that I either developed a hemorrhoid or grew a tail!  LOL

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ooh....a handful of Enjoy life chips mixed with a handful of almonds with sea salt....yeah, baby that's my "I need something sweet and salty" snack sometimes. :D

(could also explain some of my weight gain  :ph34r: ) lol

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alright, you guys are a bad influence....um, have you tried the Enjoy Life 'Chocolate' chunks ? Mmmmm....,. :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alright, you guys are a bad influence....um, have you tried the Enjoy Life 'Chocolate' chunks ? Mmmmm....,. :)

 

I've seen them but I haven't dared buy them yet. For me, they would be a very bad thing... You shouldn't torment me! 

;)  LOL

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alright, you guys are a bad influence....um, have you tried the Enjoy Life 'Chocolate' chunks ? Mmmmm....,. :)

 

 

I confess I have!....in chocolate chip cookies and in my homemade oatmeal/almond flour granola "everything" bars and yes, they were as yummy as you think.. :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok Girls, killing me with the "sweet talk".

 

I proclaim to be the resident expert on hemorrhoids.   My hems came on in my teens.  I blame sitting on concrete as I was a swimmer.  Nevertheless they stayed with me my entire life in some shape or form.  Two years ago I hit "my limit".

 

I at that point they had progressed to 5 permanent grapes and numerous inside hiding, the inside ones are usually the ones that bleed.  Any bowel movements irritated the condition.  I saw a general surgeon.  You will find that any doctor you see will refer you to a surgeon.  You already know how to manage them so surgery in the next option.  

 

The consultation visit is enough to send one into seclusion.  Hint, they have a special moving table like contraption for best viewing and examination.  There is some type of rubber band thing they can do for external issues but I needing the full blown surgery.   For me, it was a long 2 month recovery full of a lot of pain and lots of pain meds and the first BM had me screaming and crying.  

 

In my case I would absolutely do it again.  It literally changed my life.  Since you don't sound nearly as severe as my situation, and if you feel it becomes a burden, then maybe look at the rubber band thing.  Just don't let it go so long as to go through what I had too.

 

Ok, gonna make some brownies!!!

 

Good Luck

 

Colleen

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Only THIS gang could openly discuss hemis, chocolate chips,  BMs and brownies in the same discussion and feel completely at ease about it.

I love us.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Only THIS gang could openly discuss hemis, chocolate chips,  BMs and brownies in the same discussion and feel completely at ease about it.

I love us.

LOL THAT is SO true!! :P  :lol:

 

GFlover - that table sounds ...well, eww.  :unsure: I don't think I'm as bad as you - I agree. Options for fixing this aren't fun, are they?   :rolleyes:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Really, I would try the sitz bath.....possibly while eating a brownie.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anucort-HC. No, really - ask your doctor about it (or a derivative). It's a solid suppository, and as a result it takes some getting used to, but once you do get into a pattern it helps so... much...

I'm battling a bacterial overgrowth at the moment, and I'm having terrible IBS symptoms PLUS hemorrhoids. But after a week of these, I feel a whole lot better. More regular BMs (still some D, but that comes from the bacterial overgrowth, probably), a lot less pain, and no blood.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      103,885
    • Total Posts
      919,480
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Eeek confused! Positive biopsy, negative blood test???
      Thank you! My PA said that she still thinks it's celiac....but I don't feel like she's fully explained why. Some people are hard to get a solid answer out of! I think I'm gonna get a second opinion somewhere else.....appreciate the feedback. Makes me feel a little less crazy
    • Potato Crusted Quiche Breakfast Casserole (Gluten-Free)
      Here is the Potato Crusted Quiche Breakfast Casserole that my Significant Other came up with. View the full article
    • I'm actually scared to go to the doctor and could use some advice
      Hello Elle Among this online community you are not alone in either your symptoms or how you feel about visiting the doctor.  I for one understand the anxiety that you are going through, my own weird nerve stuff and other puzzling symptoms have had me really scared at times.   So much you are going through could very well be gluten related, it really could.   But if it isn't, in the end it is worth trying to find out what it is going on so you can get the treatment you deserve. After all, it could have a really simple, treatable explanation, once the doctors know what it is. I remember reading on another website something that has helped me with my own health anxiety - if one can summon up the courage to go and see the doctor, one should pat oneself on the back and be proud of oneself for doing the right thing.  I'm not terribly keen on the idea of being a proud person - but I think it was meant in the best sense, and it is always good to do the right thing, even if one does it afraid!  It always makes me feel that bit stronger when I'm in the waiting room at the doctors! There is lots of great advice above.  Do take it and make sure you come back if you need further support. There are some fantastic people here to help.        
    • I'm actually scared to go to the doctor and could use some advice
      Hi Elle......do you think you would have better luck obtaining a full Celiac panel from your GP or a gastro doc?  You really need to be tested for Celiac because of all your symptoms.  Many other people probably thought they were dying of some horrible disease because they had so many symptoms that docs ignored.  Very common problem for us.  Plus, your Mom has had "IBS" all her life.  I should add that IBS is not a diagnosis.  No one needs to be told their bowel is irritated......they already know that.  This is where the medical establishment, no matter where you live in this world, fail us.  They need to find the root cause and there always is one.  You also do not need to have any gastro issues to be a Celiac but you do have some, along with all your symptoms mentioned.  Anxiety is a huge problem with Celiac Disease and for many, it goes away just fine on the gluten-free diet, without need of meds...which should always be a last resort measure.  I have never had an anxiety problem in my entire life until after I was diagnosed with Celiac.  I may have had it but with all the other numerous symptoms I had, the anxiety may have gotten buried somewhere.  But guess what? On the extremely rare occasion when I am glutened or cc'd, I get major anxiety for about 4 days and then its gone. B12 is a water soluble vitamin so whatever you don't use, it exits the body in your urine.  It is pretty damn hard to overdose on the stuff.  I take a B vitamin everyday, very high quality ones and my B12 is usually in the high 600 range.  Optimally, it should be between 650-800 so yours was abysmal pre-supplementation.  Absorption can also be affected by PPI's.  You did notice improvement with the tingling sensation and fatigue once your levels were way up so take notice of that. My biggest advice is to get your mother and you tested for celiac, with a FULL PANEL. Then you'll have to wait and see what that shows. You could always trial a gluten-free diet if all testing is complete and the results were either negative or inconclusive. That sometimes happens with people, especially if they have Celiac's other cousin......non-celiac gluten intolerance.  This would be the best route to go with regards to your anxiety, unless it becomes disabling and you need meds, short term. Make sure you tell them that anxiety is a HUGE symptom of Celiac and it is not normal for younger people to have extreme anxiety like that, for no reason. Good luck to you and please call and make the appointment. I understand your fear....I hate doctors and it's pure mistrust. But sometimes you have to address a problem head on.    
    • newbie diagnosed mom - testing 8 yr old now
      good to know. I am not going for a biopsy. I do not have health insurance, i know i know please no political comments. My children do. My husband and I don't right now. If we lived in another state, we would have coverage. I just made an appt to do a full blood panel for my daughter this week. I would rather find some confirmation for her through a blood test, i feel a scope is too invasive for a child. 
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Jmg  »  admin

      Hello Admin!
      I don't know whether this is of interest to post on your articles feed:
      http://pratt.duke.edu/about/news/window-guts-brain
      Kind Regards,
      Matt
      · 2 replies
    • celiac sharon  »  cyclinglady

      Hello cycling lady, have you noticed my picture is showing up as you?  Have no idea why but it's rather disconcerting to see my picture and your words 😉  Do you know how to fix it?  You seem to have far more experience with this board than I do
      · 1 reply
    • Larry Gessner  »  cyclinglady

      Hi There, I don't know if there is a place for videos in the forum. I just watched "The Truth About Gluten" I think it is a good video. I would like to share it somewhere but don't know where it should go. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Here is the link if you have never watched it.
      https://youtu.be/IU6jVEwpjnE Thank You,
      Larry
      · 2 replies
  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      60,929
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Robyn08
    Joined