Posted 24 August 2004 - 09:16 AM
Posted 24 August 2004 - 09:53 AM
Sometimes it helps to know you're not the only who suffers with this.. I had to tell my doctor that I saw blood recently... I think it was because my system was so used to loose stool that when it was solid one day, it hurt and probably did some tearing. Kinda gross... I know. But even for that instance, he wanted to make sure that nothing else was going wrong.
I wish I could offer some advise on the constipation... usually if I have that problem I drink some coffee (I goes right through me). There are many people here who I'm sure could offer some helpful advise on it though.
Good luck with your doctor!
Posted 24 August 2004 - 10:09 AM
I had a similar problem (turned out the be a hemmhroid), and I'm only 25, so was also embarassed about this. I told my GP that when I got there, and she said "I see this every day." When I stopped to think about it, it made me much less embarassed to have to have that bit examined once in ... my life, I think, at the least, not very often, but she may have to look at one after another every single day! Made me feel a bit better... ;-)
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me
Posted 24 August 2004 - 03:06 PM
There are many OTC salves for hemorrhoids (including Preparation H), but the BEST, simplest solution for shrinking hemorrhoids and reducing pain is a sitz bath. That doesn't mean sitting in the bathtub in hot water, which can dry your skin and not even effect the hemorrhoids, depending on your tub position. You can buy sitzbath bowls which attach to a toilet seat at a hospital supply store. You just fill them with hot water, as hot as you can comfortably stand without burning yourself , and sit on the toilet with your buns immersed in that hot water for 5-10 minutes or whenever the water is too cool to help. Do that 5-10 minutes after every bowel movement and before bed, until your hemorrhoids heal enough to stop bleeding. That soothes pain, shrinks hemorrhoids and helps them heal. Unfortunately I didn't learn about the sitz bath device until AFTER I had hemorrhoid surgery which followed a botched, banding procedure. Your doctor might prescribe a salve (I used a xylocaine salve successfully until my hemorrhoids got really bad) or even prescribe a sitzbath.
As far as resolving constipation, I was misdiagnosed with IBS and used wheat bran for years to cope with constipation. Obviously that exacerbated my celiac symptoms and made my constipation WORSE. Meanwhile drinking liquids and eating lotsa produce fiber didn't help, but I started taking Magnesium supplements to draw the fluid into the stool. Nevertheless, avoiding gluten helped to resolve some of my constipation. However, eliminating DAIRY (since I have casein intolerance) helped the most to resolve my constipation. Unfortunately that was 5 years AFTER that painful hemorrhoid surgery.
I suspect many celiacs who had diarrhea for years preceliac diagnoses, now experience more constipation, because they never had to focus on eating enough fiber for regularity. Without celiac induced diarrhea, some may now have to cope with constipationHowever fiber is good for both constipation and diarrhea, but not the OTC pill or drug forms. The safest fiber comes from gluten-free grains, fruit, vegies and nuts, without any added chemicals. However I've found taking Vitamin C and Magnesium also helps for regularity.
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