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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress and anxiety cause hemorrhoids?

Can stress and anxiety cause hemorrhoids?

Not really: Moreso from straining from constipation, hard stool, childbirth, or some tendency. But some people's anxiety affects their bowel habits, and rarely anxious people have trouble relaxing their anal schincter. ...Read more

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Treating Hemorrhoids (Checklist)

See a general or colorectal surgeon
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Use stool softeners
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Increase fiber intake
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Increase hydration
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Are hemorrhoids caused by stress?

Are hemorrhoids caused by stress?

mechanical strain: When you strain while defecating, it increases pressure in the veins of your anus which can then cause them to balloon out. Sitting on the toilet too long, having anal sex, being obese, having chronic constipation or diarrhea, and having a low fiber diet or even being pregnant can cause hemorrhoids. So, indirectly, the answer is yes if stress causes you to have the runs or constipation. ...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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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level is rising, stop what you're doing.
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Rate level of distress you're feeling from 0 (none) - 100 (overload)
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Ask yourself "What bad thing am I expecting to happen?"
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Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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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 6hr. Anxiety 2b considered, tx may help ibs sx. ...Read more

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Can anything other than sitting or straining prolong or inflame hemorrhoids? Stress? Back Pain/Arthritis? Even if you drink water and fiber, why stay

Can anything other than sitting or straining prolong or inflame hemorrhoids?  Stress? Back Pain/Arthritis? Even if you drink water and fiber, why stay

STRAINING: Hemorrhoids are a normal part of our anatomy. We are born with 3 primary hemorrhoids all with an internal and external component. Anything that would cause us to strain or puts downward pressure on pelvis (pregnancy) can cause the tissues to engorge and cause symptoms. Internal component would bleed PAINLESSLY and external component causes irritative symptoms such as itcing, burning, stinging ...Read more

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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider EMDR as a form of treatment, discuss with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques to help when flashbacks occur
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Are hemorrhoids stress induced?

Are hemorrhoids stress induced?

Agree w Dr Jacobson: Stress can be related to constipation which can be related to hemorrhoids. To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation or yoga. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...Read more


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