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Low fiber diet and hard stool, *mild* stinging after passing a stool, &stress&anxiety do all those things sound like they could cause a hemorrhoid?

Low fiber diet and hard stool, *mild* stinging after passing a stool, &stress&anxiety do all those things sound like they could cause a hemorrhoid?

Yes. See your doctor: Your doctor will give you medication to clean out your intestine. Then you'll take a bulk laxative for at least 6 months to have peanut-butter consistency stools at least every other day. Sit on the toilet nightly for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after dinner. Chronic constipation causes anal fissures, hemorrhoids & stretches the walls of the colon, causing diverticulosis & diverticulitis later. ...Read more

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Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance. ...Read more

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Can a hemorrhoid that's small increase if I am taking OTC and increased my fiber intake?

Can a hemorrhoid that's small increase if I am taking OTC and increased my fiber intake?

Yes: I assume you mean OTC stool softeners. These attenuate not cure hemorrhoids. See as proctologist and talk about banding ...Read more

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How long does it take for hemorrhoids to go away? (Or at least go down)? I'll admit I haven't drank much water recently or done fiber or suppositories

How long does it take for hemorrhoids to go away? (Or at least go down)? I'll admit I haven't drank much water recently or done fiber or suppositories

A few days ......: As you know, hemorrhoids are dilated rectal veins, like a varicose vein. Constipation, straining to defecate (usually due to constipation), poor fluid & fiber intake contribute. Soaking in a warm tub, increased fluids and fiber in diet, & using an OTC hemorrhoid cream containing hydrocortisone should relieve swelling and discomfort. I would give it a week; then see your doctor if symptoms persist ...Read more

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Will a low fiber diet contribute to my hemorrhoids?

Will a low fiber diet contribute to my hemorrhoids?

Definately: There are other factors such as genetics, hobbies like cycling, pregnancy, jobs that involve sitting and lifting, but bowel regularity is the most common reason for hemorrhoids in america. Hemorrhoids are a result of the pressure that builds up in the abdomen for any of the above reasons. If you can decrease that pressure by fiber and regular bowel habits, you can prevent hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I have had an external hemorrhoid for over 2 months. Pain stopped after PrepH more water and fiber but I still have a pink lump. What can I do?

I have had an external hemorrhoid for over 2 months. Pain stopped after PrepH more water and fiber but I still have a pink lump.  What can I do?

External or thrombos: It could be that you had external thrombosis hemorrhoid that after the swelling is down become more obvious if it is not painful you could leave it alone if you want it removed you need to see a surgeon good luck ...Read more

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Can stress keep or inflame hemorrhoids? I've drank a lot of water, ate/drank fiber and whatnot. Not nearly as painful but still has slight pain.

Can stress keep or inflame hemorrhoids?  I've drank a lot of water, ate/drank fiber and whatnot.  Not nearly as painful but still has slight pain.

No: Stress cannot directly affect hemorrhoid tissue. It can if the stress alters your oral intake and therefore your bowel consistency or habit. Be careful about blaming hemorrhoids for pain because that is unusual and often is something else like a fissure. An external hemorrhoid with a blood clot (thrombosis) can hurt but that is easy to diagnose as it is a painful lump ...Read more

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Can mild internal (non-prolapsed) hemorrhoids heal on their own using conservative methods such as water and fiber? Or does that just ease symptoms?

Can mild internal (non-prolapsed) hemorrhoids heal on their own using conservative methods such as water and fiber? Or does that just ease symptoms?

Yes to both.: Hemorrhoids are a part of normal anorectal anatomy. When they swell, protrude, itch and burn, conservative care is most frequently curative. Sitz baths with Epsom salts 3-6X daily for 15 min each over a 1-2 week period is most helpful. Prevention by avoiding straining at stools with fiber and increased oral water intake is helpful. ...Read more

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External hemorrhoid burst this morning. How best to heal it and keep them from returning. Upping my fiber, fruit, water, veggies, more activity too.

External hemorrhoid burst this morning.  How best to heal it and keep them from returning.  Upping my fiber, fruit, water, veggies, more activity too.

Thrombosed hemorrhoi: Sounds like u had a thrombosed hemorrhoid which burst open and releasesdthe clot. I would recommend soaking your bottom in warm water every day (×2) till it resolves. They may come back and I agree with everything you r doing. If you see a big clot still attached to it and its not going away, I would recommend seeing a surgeon to remove it. No need to put any ointment. ...Read more

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I have internal hemorrhoids. They've been inflamed for over 2 weeks. I've recently eaten lots of fiber and drank lots of water yet I still feel pain.why?

I have internal hemorrhoids. They've been inflamed for over 2 weeks. I've recently eaten lots of fiber and drank lots of water yet I still feel pain.why?

Other factors: Internal hemorrhoids are normally painless. The reason why you may be experiencing pain has that you could be suffering with external hemorrhoids (which can cause pain.) Other conditions which can also cause pain include anal fissures. These are small tears in the anal region which can cause pain with bowel movements. It may be worthwhile for you to be seen by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Are there good fiber supplements that can help prevent my hemorrhoids?

Are there good fiber supplements that can help prevent my hemorrhoids?

Yes: Any fiber supplement (metamucil, citrocel, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to name a few) can help control your hemorrhoids by preventing constipation. If you don't have to strain to have a bowel movement, you are less likely to have a hemorrhoid issue. ...Read more

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I have grade 2 internal hemorrhoids that bleed without pain. Apart from taking fiber rich food, would doing kegels help?

I have grade 2 internal hemorrhoids that bleed without pain. Apart from taking fiber rich food, would doing kegels help?

No: No, but medication can rx the problem. Kegel;s exercises will strengthen the pubococcygeal muscle and levator ani, but do nothing to rx the hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I'm 28 yrs old drink 3-4 bottles of water a day have a good amount of fiber intake and hemorrhoids still flare off and on why? Is this normal?

I'm 28 yrs old drink 3-4 bottles of water a day have a good amount of fiber intake and hemorrhoids still flare off and on why?  Is this normal?

Increase fiber: Although you drink a good amount of water and get fiber it may not be enough. You can try to increase your fiber intake. Eating bran at breakfast even prunes. For lunch salad and see of this helps. ...Read more

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I've been told I have Internal Hemorrhoids. Had them checked out (recently too). I eat fiber. Drink some water. EXCRUCIATING PAIN using restroom. Why?

I've been told I have Internal Hemorrhoids. Had them checked out (recently too). I eat fiber.  Drink some water. EXCRUCIATING PAIN using restroom. Why?

Pain: The pain IS really bad and is due to the fact that there is inflammation of the hemorrhoids in the area in contact with the stool. A very raw surface. There are many things you can try OTC. Drink lots of water to avoid constipation. ...Read more

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Are fleet glycerin suppositories safe? I am having trouble going. Too big to pass and have hemorrhoids. Extra fiber and water is not helping. Do I use

Are fleet glycerin suppositories safe? I am having trouble going. Too big to pass and have hemorrhoids. Extra fiber and water is not helping. Do I use

Yes, but: I don't thing they would help much. Your best bet is to buy a few enemas. Follow the directions on the bottle. Try to hold the contents inside for as long as possible (1-0-15 min would be good) and then try to empty as much as possible. You may need to try again in a day or so. Consult your doc if this isn't helping. ...Read more

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Had appy in March. Could it have messed up my bowels? Problem with constipation since. Linzess? Increased fiber too fast? Too big to pass. Hemorrhoid

Had appy in March. Could it have messed up my bowels? Problem with constipation since. Linzess? Increased fiber too fast? Too big to pass. Hemorrhoid

No: The operation did not cause your constipation! It is highly unlikely that you developed surgical adhesions post-op. If you changed your dietary habits that could have caused the constipation which is almost always dietary in nature. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoid grade 3, bleeds for weeks/months when pushed back, needs to heal: low fiber a few days? Witch hazel wipes? No constipation, good shape.

Hemorrhoid grade 3, bleeds for weeks/months when pushed back, needs to heal: low fiber a few days? Witch hazel wipes? No constipation, good shape.

Do These In Addition: Do these in addition: —
use a stool softener, use a sitz bath, reduce the amount & length of time you strain to give the hemorrhoids time to heal (having a bm every other day is fine)
drink a lot of fluids, eat fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, nuts (cashew especially) can exacerbate the condition, stay away from nuts. Decongestants could make things worse. Suppositories could help.
Good luck! ...Read more

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External Hemorrhoids after the swelling goes down do I push it back in? Do I leave it. I eat a lot of fiber and workout. I do try to push out my stool

External Hemorrhoids after the swelling goes down do I push it back in? Do I leave it. I eat a lot of fiber and workout. I do try to push out my stool

It stay out: External hemorrhoid stay out, you do not have to push it back. You need to avoid straining and long sitting in the toilet,you can sit in the bath tub filled with warm water, if still bother you see a surgeon ...Read more

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I have internal hemorrhoids. These are big bubbles with a pressure pain. Doctors said only fiber could be taken to get better. But fiber is not helpin?

I have internal hemorrhoids.  These are big bubbles with a pressure pain. Doctors said only fiber could be taken to get better. But fiber is not helpin?

Sitz baths: Sitz baths help. Cortisone cream helps. If symptoms continue you need to be evaluated by your doctor to make sure it is hemorrhoids and not something more serious. You may need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Have had internal hemorrhoids;recently a small external.have constipation a lot. I had been taking fiber chews-stool is softer. Wipeding today, pain.noAF?

Have had internal hemorrhoids;recently a small external.have constipation a lot. I had been taking fiber chews-stool is softer. Wipeding today, pain.noAF?

See surgeon: Hemorrhoids are distended veins; they can thrombose, be filled with blood clots and cause severe pain. You need to have them examined by a surgeon or proctologist, who may need to remove the clot or otherwise treat the hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Having thrombosis or something hemorrhoids removed tomorrow, . Can I eat Banana w/Rocky Road Icecream, then drink the Konsyl fiber mixture right now?

Having thrombosis or something hemorrhoids removed tomorrow, . Can I eat Banana w/Rocky Road Icecream, then drink the Konsyl fiber mixture right now?

Bowel prep : As long as you are NPO for at least 12 hours before your procedure you can eat but I would stick to bland foods because you are going to rapidly transit everything through with the bowel prep/ Golytely or mag citrate. ...Read more

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Really sick and tired of hemorrhoids. Is there a way to rid them for good? I drink fluids and eat fiber (yes I'm overweight). Doc says no to surgery.

Really sick and tired of hemorrhoids.  Is there a way to rid them for good? I drink fluids and eat fiber (yes I'm overweight). Doc says no to surgery.

Yes: Hemorrhoids are a normal part of our anatomy. We have three and each has an internal and external component. The treatment should be based upon each person specific symptoms. Internal component can be managed with minor office procedures such as banding but external component requires surgical excision if bad. Medical therapy can cause them to shrink but by definition they cannot "go away" ...Read more

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Spouse has what appears to be hemorrhoid. Tried baths, PrepH, witch hazel, Advil, (ibuprofen) high fiber. Grossly uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

Spouse has what appears to be hemorrhoid.  Tried baths, PrepH, witch hazel, Advil, (ibuprofen) high fiber. Grossly uncomfortable.  Any suggestions?

Anusol: Should try Anusol HC which is a suppository. It contains steroid which usually results in reduction of the hemorrhoids. This is combination with high fiber diet and sitz baths will help. The Worst case he will need surgery which is outpatient, but can be very painful. ...Read more

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Healing from hemorrhoid flareup, stool very random/loose. High stress/anxiety. Pain keeps going/coming back. Help!? Have switched to high fiber diet.

Healing from hemorrhoid flareup, stool very random/loose. High stress/anxiety. Pain keeps going/coming back. Help!? Have switched to high fiber diet.

I would be intereste: In anxiety prior to flare. If alternating constipation and diarrhea could b irrtible bowel, a type of functional somatic syndrome. If pain persistent keep using the hemmorroid med, if u can't sit, may be a clot in hemmorroid. It can be hard to resolve without a procedure. You may have fissure in the skin. Treat flare, 2aleve 2x/day w/1gm tylenol (acetaminophen) 6hr. Anxiety 2B considered, tx may help ibs sx. ...Read more

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Had bright red blood on toilet paper after bm with pain. Dr said likely hemorrhoids. Have had bleeding since extra water and fiber. Need sigmoidoscopy?

Had bright red blood on toilet paper after bm with pain. Dr said likely hemorrhoids.
Have had bleeding since extra water and fiber. Need sigmoidoscopy?

Need exam first.: Blood per rectum may be due to a number of conditions. Although hemorrhoids are very common, you should undergo a thorough history and physical by a physician. This should include both a digital rectal exam and anoscopy. Depending on findings, it is possible that a sigmoidoscopy or ever colonoscopy may be recommended if indicated. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for internal hemorrhoids but still have hard stools. I've been taking fiber and stool softener, what else can I try?

I'm being treated for internal hemorrhoids but still have hard stools. I've been taking fiber and stool softener, what else can I try?

Mural ax: I'm a huge fan of miralax, (polyethylene glycol) it's safe, cheap and very effective. Try adding a cap (17g) of this dissolved in water or juice daily, you can increase or decrease the amount to achieve stools that are the consistency of (I know it sounds gross) soft-serve ice cream ...Read more

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When I poop, hemorrhoids pop out and suck back in when I'm done. No bleeding, just discomfort. How do I fix this (already drink water, take fiber)?

When I poop, hemorrhoids pop out and suck back in when I'm done. No bleeding, just discomfort. How do I fix this (already drink water, take fiber)?

Change diet: Your stool is likely very hard. You need to make it softer. To drink more water is good, you also need to decrease proportion of fried food in your diet. You may consider to take stool softeners.
Some medications/drugs affect gut motility. You did not mention if you take medications; if you do then medications has to be reviewed by your doctor. Go and see him. ...Read more

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