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Questions About Hemirrhoids

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how do i know exactly if i have them? i explained my symptoms to my dr, and he said i did, and prescribed me first some hydrocortizone enemas (which i hated!! <_< ), then some cream to use there. the cream helps, but don't feel like it's enough. plus it was a $50 tube, which only works for a couple hrs, and i don't have the money to use it every time i hurt down there. what else works? also, my husband told me about some coworkers who used these enemas or something, i thought he said a salt, that is supposed to suck out of your colon the deposits that cause hemirrhoids-thereby reducing further outbreaks. anyone know about these? i seem to get them alot, and would like whatever i can get to help make them go away!! thanks!


Sweetfudge

Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

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Hi there,

I had hemorrhoids once....I"ll NEVER forget it. :huh:

The only way I can describe it is - - it felt like someone had a pair of needle-nosed pliers on my anus and was twisting it ferociously. Dear gawd! Creams did nothing. Eventually, they went away on their own - - but had they/it? stayed, I would have had it lanced...that is one treatment option that works.

I'm not sure why an enema would work - - a hemorrhoid is a blood vessel with too much pressure on it and it nearly bursts, but not quite - it bulges - hence the pain. Straining to defecate really contributes. If they get too big or too painful, I would look into having them lanced.

Ouch.......... :huh:


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Diagnosed January 2006

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells." ~Dr. Seuss

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i don't know if mine are constant, or if they come and go, but i seem to notice them most when i'm having other intestinal issues (after ingesting gluten, or something else i'm sensitive to). i feel them a couple times a month. they suck so bad!!! the enema my dr gave me was a form of hydrocortizone, but all it did was make me feel like i was on my period, except in the wrong area <_< .

the one my husband mentioned was supposedly some natural preventative that i guess reduced the chances of getting one. he says his coworkers swore by them, that they'd been hemorrhoid free for years. i'd love that!!! i'd consider the lancing, if i had $$ or insurance :(


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Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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One alternative to try for temporary relief-- Witch Hazel pads. They can be found in any drugstore and are pretty cheap. Keep them by the toilet (or in your purse, they come in a small tub) and dab the area every time you go in the bathroom. The relief is gentle and temporary, but they are helpful.

I found them very soothing to use on that whole area after the births of both my children. I also use them when I'm hurting from particularly bad bouts of diarrhea.

They might be worth a try!


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--Son, Lucas, age 7. Gluten-free since May 2007

--Son, Ezra, age 5. Gluten-free 10/13/07. Bipolar tendencies, massively improved on gluten-free diet! He's also allergic to a jillion antibiotics.

--My mother has Celiac Disease, dx'ed by Positive Blood Tests and Biopsy. Diagnosed Sarcoidosis 6/08.

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Another thing to try is a sitz bath, which you can pick up at a drug store. It's a basin that sit in the toilet, with a pouch that you fill up with warm water. There is tubing that goes from the pouch to the basin, and then it sprays up into the anal area to help soothe and reduce the hemerrhoids. Its like sitting in a warm bath, except you don't have to fill up the tub. It always works for me.

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I 2nd the sitz bath!!! They are most helpful for outer or close to teh surface hemmriods though. Another option is if they get very bothersome.....you can have them removed. They surgically take them off!!!!

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In addtion to the other suggestions, you can purchase at the pharmancy a special pillow for sitting on. The pillow has a hole in the middle to help relieve the stress when sitting.


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Gluten Free - 30 years

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You can also get the witch hazel pads in the form of wipes (Preparation H makes them). If you use them after every bowel movement instead of toilet paper, it will help to prevent them.

My husband's proctologist suggested this to hubby and said tp is one of the worst things for causing hemmorhiods.


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diagnosed with Lyme Disease 12/06

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I have suffered from Hemmoroids since I was 16...over 15 years now:( I use preparation H cream, enema to help the bowel movement, the Tucks wipes instead of toilet paper. Try not to strain...easier said than done when some days you may be constipated then a few hours later have diarrehea. Sitz bath will help. Don't lift or carry anything more than 15 pounds. and if all of the above doesn't work get them cut out. When I had my daughter they were HUGE and I couldn't wipe so I used a squirt bottle from the hospital which I am sure you could get one from the drug store and I put some anti bactereial soap and water and washed that area w/ that. Good luck. I am sorry that you are dealing w/ this...they hurt!

Jody

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thanks all for your ideas. feeling better today, thankfully! though i may just have to invest in those witch hazel wipes.

My husband's proctologist suggested this to hubby and said tp is one of the worst things for causing hemmorhiods.

interesting...


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Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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i don't know if mine are constant, or if they come and go, but i seem to notice them most when i'm having other intestinal issues (after ingesting gluten, or something else i'm sensitive to). i feel them a couple times a month. they suck so bad!!! the enema my dr gave me was a form of hydrocortizone, but all it did was make me feel like i was on my period, except in the wrong area <_< .

This statement is really very telling IMHO. Do you have DH by any chance? I had problems with 'hemmies' for most of my life. For me they are caused directly by the effect of gluten leaving my body. Once I realized this, which wasn't until after diagnosis and a few good glutenings, they became much less of a concern for me. Painful yes, and I second the sitz bath for relief. The cortizone will help with the inflammation until the reaction subsides. The cortizone would also help with any internal 'blistering' or DH type reaction, ie. the awful itch when a reaction occurs but I wouldn't do anything about them as a preventative other than being gluten-free. Also with the reaction you mention from cream you should make absolutely positive that it is gluten free, gluten can be absorbed by the mucous membranes and if the cream is making you swell it may not be safe.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

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HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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The suggestions about temporary relief of symptoms are all good. Believe me, I've been there frequently enough.

I think it a good idea to eat a diet high in fiber, too, and drink lots of liquids. Take magnesium supplements if necessary. Do what is necessary to have bowels that function regularly and stools that are soft. My flareups come when I'm constipated or my stools are particularly hard. This seems to be due to my food intolerances.

If people still have problem when gluten free and having fiber and liquids (regular exercise, too), they should try going off dairy. That commonly binds people up. I remember that my problems got better, albeit not cured, when I eliminated dairy a number of years ago. Every time I try to have cow's milk, the interior of my large intestine turns to concrete.

On that lovely note, I'll leave you :rolleyes:


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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This statement is really very telling IMHO. Do you have DH by any chance? I had problems with 'hemmies' for most of my life. For me they are caused directly by the effect of gluten leaving my body. Once I realized this, which wasn't until after diagnosis and a few good glutenings, they became much less of a concern for me. Painful yes, and I second the sitz bath for relief. The cortizone will help with the inflammation until the reaction subsides. The cortizone would also help with any internal 'blistering' or DH type reaction, ie. the awful itch when a reaction occurs but I wouldn't do anything about them as a preventative other than being gluten-free. Also with the reaction you mention from cream you should make absolutely positive that it is gluten free, gluten can be absorbed by the mucous membranes and if the cream is making you swell it may not be safe.

I have DH and even my GI doc looked at me funny when I told him that I get 'rhoids when I am glutened, so I'm glad to read that I'm not such a freak after all (I love this place).

I use generic Prep H Cooling Gel (has more medicine in it than the witch hazel wipes), sometimes a calendula ointment and always take a magnesium/cal/vitD supplement.


Gluten-free after trying unsuccessfully and falling off wagon and becoming so sick--this is when the docs found the Hashimoto's, 2003. I have not eaten gluten willingly since then, until January, 2013. Past GI symptoms, delayed DH rash, biopsies on both have been negative, as well as IgE (all tests performed while not willingly consuming gluten). GERD dx in 2007, citric acid is worst offender. Mushrooms (the regular kind, that is) cause GI symptoms along with occasional rash (different than DH, the red dot kind) and I now wonder how many times I got sick from mushrooms and thought it was gluten contamination.

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I have DH and even my GI doc looked at me funny when I told him that I get 'rhoids when I am glutened, so I'm glad to read that I'm not such a freak after all (I love this place).

I use generic Prep H Cooling Gel (has more medicine in it than the witch hazel wipes), sometimes a calendula ointment and always take a magnesium/cal/vitD supplement.

Actually you are not a freak at all. In more medically advanced countries they use a gluten suppository and then biopsy the rectal tissue to rule out celiac. They also are working on an oral test that works the same way. Even those without DH will have a reaction. A much more civilized method IMHO, as it means they don't poison someone for months to still risk a false negative.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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This statement is really very telling IMHO. Do you have DH by any chance? I had problems with 'hemmies' for most of my life. For me they are caused directly by the effect of gluten leaving my body. Once I realized this, which wasn't until after diagnosis and a few good glutenings, they became much less of a concern for me. Painful yes, and I second the sitz bath for relief. The cortizone will help with the inflammation until the reaction subsides. The cortizone would also help with any internal 'blistering' or DH type reaction, ie. the awful itch when a reaction occurs but I wouldn't do anything about them as a preventative other than being gluten-free. Also with the reaction you mention from cream you should make absolutely positive that it is gluten free, gluten can be absorbed by the mucous membranes and if the cream is making you swell it may not be safe.

i don't know if i have DH. it's not obvious if i do. the only places my skin acts funny are on my scalp (big white ugly flakes and itching constantly), and the hemmi's which i have noticed do correlate with my body reacting to a food flare up (beginning to think i might be dairy intolerant as well as celiac).

Actually you are not a freak at all. In more medically advanced countries they use a gluten suppository and then biopsy the rectal tissue to rule out celiac. They also are working on an oral test that works the same way. Even those without DH will have a reaction. A much more civilized method IMHO, as it means they don't poison someone for months to still risk a false negative.

wouldn't that be excellent?!


Sweetfudge

Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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