Preparing for Your Hemorrhoid Treatment

Your hemorrhoids finally got bad enough that you sought out specialized treatment. You got past the embarrassment of talking about your hemorrhoids to the doctor. Now you face the daunting task of getting your hemorrhoids treated.

You really don’t need to worry about your hemorrhoid treatment. No matter which treatment method Dr. Shapiro decides is best for you, the treatment itself will not be painful. You will also have no downtime and virtually no restrictions immediately after your treatment. Continue reading “Preparing for Your Hemorrhoid Treatment”

Symptoms of IBS Pain and Cramping

What usually sends people to the doctor is the pain and cramping that comes with IBS. Other symptoms, including hemorrhoids, often come out only as the medical practitioner interviews the patient. The abdominal pain that can be associated with IBS can be extremely painful.

Erratic Bowel Movements

If you are frequently constipated, your bowels are frequently loose, or your bowels switch constantly between the two, this is a sign that you have irritable bowel syndrome. Erratic bowel movements or sudden changes in your bowel habits can be an indicator. Continue reading “Symptoms of IBS Pain and Cramping”

How Fast You Will Heal After Hemorrhoid Treatment

HET_ProcedureHaving painful or uncomfortable hemorrhoids for any period of time can be enough to send you to the doctor for treatment. Yet everyone has a busy schedule, and no one wants a treatment with significant downtime. There are several different treatments available for hemorrhoids. Here are a few of them, as well as what you can expect for recovery times.

HET Procedure

Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy, or HET, is a common treatment for bleeding or prolapsing internal hemorrhoids. This treatment only takes about 10 minutes and is completely painless. There is little to no discomfort after the procedure, and you can return to normal activity immediately. Continue reading “How Fast You Will Heal After Hemorrhoid Treatment”

Ways to Cope with Hemorrhoids When at Work

Hemorrhoids are not just embarrassing; they are also extremely uncomfortable. If you have a severe case of hemorrhoids, you could actually be in quite a bit of pain. While you are waiting for your appointment or for your treatment to provide results, you may need to cope with hemorrhoids while at work. Here are a few tips to help you cope so that you can be comfortable and confident.

Pillow or Cushion

You probably don’t want to use a donut pillow at work. There is really only one purpose for such a pillow. You might as well declare to the entire office that you have hemorrhoids. Yet a pillow or cushion can be extremely helpful. Try to choose a pillow or cushion that is harder on the outside edge than on the inside, such as the pillows that tie onto dining chairs. This way you get the benefit of removing pressure from the anus without being obvious about your condition. Continue reading “Ways to Cope with Hemorrhoids When at Work”

Three Surprising Ways Hemorrhoids Affect Your Life

Hemorrhoids can be painful, uncomfortable, and concerning, especially if they bleed or if you have them for a long time, but you might be surprised at all of the ways that having hemorrhoids can affect your life. Here are just some ways that they affect you aside from the obvious implications to your health.

Avoiding Social Engagements

When you have painful hemorrhoids, you may find that you incidentally distance yourself from your friends and family. You may put off social engagements or flake on them entirely because you do not want to have to sit uncomfortably in a chair, booth, or bench. This can affect your personal relationships in many ways. And because you don’t want to tell them the reason why due to embarrassment, it can drive a wedge between you. Continue reading “Three Surprising Ways Hemorrhoids Affect Your Life”

Potential Hemorrhoid Treatments and When They Are Used

If you have chronic or debilitating hemorrhoids, there are a lot of treatment options available to you. Depending on the type of hemorrhoids you have and their location, there may be more than one option available. Here are three treatments we offer and when they are used.

Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy

Hemorrhoid energy therapy, or HET, is a newer treatment method for internal hemorrhoids. The treatment involves directing energy into the affected area to cut off blood flow to the hemorrhoid so that it can heal. This treatment is effective for internal hemorrhoids that are bleeding or prolapsed, as well as grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 hemorrhoids. Continue reading “Potential Hemorrhoid Treatments and When They Are Used”

Internal and External Hemorrhoids: Differences in Symptoms and Treatment

Did you know that there are different types of hemorrhoids? In actuality, everyone has hemorrhoids, and it is healthy to have them. Hemorrhoid disease happens when those hemorrhoids become inflamed. The blood vessels are under pressure causing them to distend. This is what is referred to as hemorrhoids by most people. Hemorrhoids can further be divided into internal and external hemorrhoids. Here’s what you need to know.

Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are located above the dentate line, which is the line distinguishing between the top two thirds and lower third of the anal canal. Internal hemorrhoids are in the top two thirds of the anal canal. This area of the anal canal does not have nerve endings, and therefore they are not painful. Internal hemorrhoids can cause bleeding with bowel movements, however, and you may notice blood on the tissue when you wipe. Continue reading “Internal and External Hemorrhoids: Differences in Symptoms and Treatment”

Three Reasons Not to Put Off Hemorrhoid Treatment

About 1 in 20 people suffer from hemorrhoids annually, and about 50 percent of people over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids. With hemorrhoids being so common, it is no wonder that there are a lot of different over-the-counter treatments and home remedies for hemorrhoids. But many people are not aware that sometimes a doctor’s intervention is necessary. Here are three reasons you should not put off seeing a doctor for hemorrhoid treatment.

Improve Quality of Life

Your quality of life is of the utmost importance. If you are constantly uncomfortable and in pain, it can radiate into other areas of your life such as poor work performance, poor mood that affects relationships, and other issues. If you have been suffering from hemorrhoids for some time and over-the-counter remedies don’t seem to be working, you should consider seeing a doctor for more aggressive hemorrhoid treatment that can get you back to feeling and acting like yourself. Continue reading “Three Reasons Not to Put Off Hemorrhoid Treatment”

The Dangers of Anal Fissures and their Treatment Options

Anal fissures are basically wounds in the anal cavity and sometimes begin as hemorrhoids. An anal fissure doesn’t lead to additional health problems, but it can lead to debilitating pain and digestive issues. It is important to seek professional and expert treatment if you have signs and symptoms of anal fissures.

Dangers of Mistreatment

There are a lot of treatment options out there for anal fissures that are not effective or can make the problem worse. Some doctors prescribe Preparation H or similar over-the-counter remedies, but these will prevent the wound from healing properly. Botox and other experimental treatments are often expensive and ineffective. If your anal fissures are not treated appropriately, it could lead to a longer-term wound that does not heal. The associated bleeding may also cause anemia. Continue reading “The Dangers of Anal Fissures and their Treatment Options”

How Medical Marijuana Treats Chronic and Debilitating Pain

Since Florida has legalized medical marijuana, more people are discovering how marijuana treats chronic and debilitating pain. Although hemorrhoids are not on the approved list of conditions that allow you to get medical marijuana in Florida, you may still be able to qualify if you have chronic hemorrhoids that cause chronic and debilitating pain. Here’s why you may be able to qualify and how marijuana can help you.

Understanding Pain

The nerve signals that our brains interpret as pain originate with receptor-bearing cells that are activated by temperature, touch, movement, or chemical changes. When you have chronic pain from hemorrhoids, the receptor bearing cells and nerves in the anus trigger nerve signals interpreted by the brain. The key to controlling chronic and debilitating pain lies in influencing these receptor-bearing cells and nerves. Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Treats Chronic and Debilitating Pain”

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