Frequently Asked Questions About Hemorrhoids

 

I think I might have Hemorrhoids for the first time. Is there a cure? 

If you are suffering with some type of lower colon issue, it is best to get a medical diagnosis.  At least start with confirmation that Hemorrhoids is indeed your problem.  Several other conditions can be confused with Hemorrhoids including anal fissures.  Self-diagnosis is not recommended.  After you have had an examination, consider that there are several over the counter and natural alternative solutions for your problem. 


My doctor is recommending surgery. Is this my only option?

 In our view, surgery should be the option of last resort.  We have heard from countless people who opted for a surgical procedure, only to have their Hemorrhoids return.  While there are ever more seemingly less invasive forms of surgery such as banding, or use of laser therapy, none can guarantee your Hemorrhoids will not return.  A far less painfull (and less expensive) option starts with simply addressing your condition through a modified diet plan, and exploring an approach using natural supplements.


I have blood in my stools.  Is that a Hemorrhoid and should I be concerned?
Again, our recommendation here is that you see your doctor to know for sure. Knowledge is power, and without a firm diagnosis you may be self-diagnosing.  Blood in the stool need not be serious, but in certain cases, such as colon cancer, it may be.  Knowing how to proceed starts with knowing with surety what you are suffering with.

I just found out from my doctor that I have Hemorrhoids.  Is this something that I will have for life?
 
There is no cure for Hemorrhoids, and surgery is not a cure either.  If this is your first time suffering with them, you may be lucky and find they never return.  Age, diet, lifestyle factors, genetic predisposition, and medications taken may have bearing on future likelihood of them returning.

I have Hemorrhoids, but also suffer with additional colon problems. Could this be causing Hemorrhoids?
Constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, hard stools, and certainly I.B.S. can definitely contribute to your Hemorrhoids.  If your Hemorrhoids are lingering, and you have broader problems of colon suffering or digestive issues, you may look to solve that problem to really see success in helping with your Hemorrhoid symptoms
I excercise regularly, should I ease up on my routine to overcome hemorrhoids?
Exercise has long term benefit for circulation and overall health. However, one must take care not to bring too much friction or stress to the pelvic or anal area while trying to heal. For instance, squatting with weights at the gym could severely impede healing and promote bleeding. Take extreme care especially if running, stair climbing, lifting, or cycling during workouts. You may want to avoid those altogether when trying to heal up.
 


I have been using a cream/suppository, but I am only experiencing temporary relief, what should I do to solve the problem?
Most creams, ointments and suppositories found in the Hemorrhoid section of your drug store have little merit. Temporary relief products may provide short term relief for easing bowel movements while actually slowing the healing process. A person may become trapped in a cycle of using a topical solution and becoming dependant on it without improving their condition.
I read somewhere that sitz baths are helpful with hemorrhoid. Is this a good idea?
Sitz baths can be helpful for some, especially after a particularly painful bowel movement. However, in some people, sitz baths may increase the swelling and discomfort. Heat and moisture may be the culprits for increasing the already painful symptoms especially with external or thrombosed Hemorrhoids. Using Epsom salts in bathwater may have merit to ease extreme Hemorrhoid pain, but it may be best to resort to sitz baths only when absolutely necessary. 

Are there medications that can actually cause hemorrhoids or prolong the healing process?
There are quite a few medications that may contribute to Hemorrhoid suffering, or impede healing. They include some painkillers, cholesterol drugs, and some hormone therapies. Probably the most common medication for causing Hemorrhoids problems or slow healing are the use of certain laxatives and stool softeners. In such a case, it would be wise for a person to look for ways to modify their diet or include dietary supplements to overcome issues of hard stools or diarrhea. Taking a good fiber supplement would also be wise to help establish regularity.