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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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.
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”
Hemorrhoids are common among most groups of adults, but perhaps one of the most troubling cases of hemorrhoids occur when one is pregnant or has just given birth. Hemorrhoids happen frequently during the later stages of pregnancy due to the pressure that the fetus is putting on the vessels of the pelvic floor, including the anorectum.Stay
It can be difficult to have regular bowel movements when you are pregnant or just after giving birth. All of the muscles of the pelvic floor are affected, which can make it difficult or painful to strain for bowel movements. Constipation is extremely common during and immediately after pregnancy, and the straining you have to do to have a bowel movement is one of the causes of hemorrhoids. Staying regular may require you to take a fiber supplement, increase fiber in your diet, and/or take the occasional laxative. Continue reading “Hemorrhoids, Pregnancy, and Childbirth: What You Can Do”
Hemorrhoids are very common, and there are several treatments available to relieve symptoms and resolve the condition. When over the counter treatments do not work or when hemorrhoids continue to flare up, you might need to seek the help of a doctor for these common treatments. Which treatment your doctor decides to use to treat your hemorrhoids depends largely on what type of hemorrhoids you have and how severe they might be.
Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy (HET)
HET is a new hemorrhoid treatment that is based on new technology. In HET, pulses of energy are sent to the veins that feed the hemorrhoids so that these veins can be decreased in size, cutting off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid and causing it to reduce significantly or disappear. HET is used for internal hemorrhoids, and it is most effective for grade 1 and grade 2 hemorrhoids that are bleeding or prolapsed. There has also been success with grade 3 hemorrhoids. Continue reading “Three Common Hemorrhoid Treatments”
If you frequently have hemorrhoids, you don’t necessarily want to see your doctor every time you have a flare-up. Even if the condition worsens to the point that you do need to see a doctor, you may not be able to get in right away. In either case, there are some self-care methods that you can use to help relieve your symptoms and keep them from worsening while you are waiting for treatment.
A sitz bath is a very shallow bath of warm water. You sit in the bath for 10 minutes at a time, and it is recommended that you do so at least twice a day. The warm water will help relieve symptoms and give you some relief, at least temporarily. The practice will also help ensure that your anus stays as clean as possible, which can help relieve symptoms and keep them from worsening. Continue reading “Three Self-Help Tips for Hemorrhoid Flare-Ups”