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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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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...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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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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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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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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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