HemorrhoidsOuch! What is this pain in my bottom?
Hemorrhoids are unusally swollen veins found in the rectum and anus. They are closely related to varicose veins
you might see on a person's legs. When bulging hemorrhoidal veins are irritated, they cause surrounding membranes to swell, burn, itch, become very painful, and bleed. Hemorrhoids are caused by too much pressure in the rectum, forcing blood to stretch and bulge the walls of the veins, sometimes rupturing them. Hemorrhoids may occur inside the anus (internal) or under the skin around the anus (external). An internal hemorrhoid may protrude through the anus outside the body. This is called a protruding hemorrhoid.
- Constant sitting
- Straining with bowel movements
- Sitting in the toilet for a long time
- Severe coughing
- Heavy lifting
- Bright red blood covering the stool
- Painful swelling around the anus
- A hard lump around the anus
- fissures or abscesses
- Irritation and itching
Hemorrhoids are generally not dangerous, just very uncomfortable. Rubbing, excessive cleaning or itching the area will make the problem worse.
Hemorrhoids In Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids are common among pregnant women. Hemorrhoids are common among pregnant women because the pressure of the fetus in the abdomen, as well as hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, cause the hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. These vessels are also placed under severe pressure during childbirth. For most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy are a temporary problem and given the right care will go away. During a pelvic check the doctor may notice swollen blood vessels.
If he does notice them, the doctor will examine the anus and a digital rectal exam may be performed. The doctor may also examine you with a proctoscope or anoscope. This is a lighted tube that is useful for viewing internal hemorrhoids. A proctoscope is used to examine the entire rectum.
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- Sitting in a warm tub
- Ice packs to reduce swelling
- Usage of hemorrhoidal cream
- Increase fiber and fluids to make stools softer
181 days ago.
Just wanted to share my experience for any future hemorrhoid sufferers out there. I've been plagued w/ them since my first labor/delivery and I am now 37 weeks w/ baby #4. Regular hemorrhoids don't bother me at all, but when one gets thrombosed, it's severe incapacitating pain. I had one get thrombosed on me for the third time in my third trimester. It happened on Monday evening. I was taking 3-4 epsom salt baths/day, full dose of maximum strength tylenol, rotation of 3 different brand suppositories and about 6 different topical ointments, including essential oils. I was getting no relief. Each night I was waking up earlier and earlier in pain and unable to go back to sleep. By Friday morning, I was up at 2:45am and in so much pain I basically woke up half my household from my crying. As soon as the Dr's office opened, I called and scheduled and appt. They confirmed it was a thrombosed hemorrhoid, stuck me 4 times w/ a needle w/ anesthetic (that hurt, but it is so worth it). About a minute later, I was numb. In 2 minutes time, they had cut the darn thing off, and fixed me up and I was ready to go home. The relief was immediate. After the anesthetic wore off, I thought I was in trouble, but I put some topical stuff on and my OB approved my prescription for percocet, but even before the percocet I was already comfortable. I ended up taking 1 just in case, and I have felt so amazing the rest of the day. After four and a half days and 4 nights or immeasurable suffering, I feel wonderful. So glad I got this taken care of. If you're suffering and your on the fence, go take care of yourself. I do recommend going to a specialist and not the ER or the OB/GYN though just so that you have a Dr. who does it every day. During one of my deliveries, I had the OB snip off some hemorrhoids while she was stitching me up and I ended up w/ fissures that caused me great pain for several months afterward, so I think there's a lot less chance of that when a colon/rectal Dr. does it instead. jcaratsi
412 days ago.
Hemorrhoids can be soooo annoying! This blog post was really helpful though ;)
pregnancy hemorrhoids FlowerPowerBabyLove
1198 days ago.
I just found out I have hemorrhoids. It's so frustrating. Uggggggggggghhhhhhhhh! >:! BestMomEva
1199 days ago.
Thanks for the tips about the hemorrhoid products. I found this other product that is supposed to help with anal itching, which is a symptom I was having.
So i did find out what the pain in my bottom was! A hemorrhoid. Kind of wierd to talk about, but its just another one of those things us moms go through to have kids. lol.
Anyways, the stuff worked for me. JessicaTa
1257 days ago.
For me, HemClear was the only product that got rid of my hemorrhoids. I recommend it to everyone. If I were you, I would try HemClear first, before wasting your money on cheap products that don't work. So, for those of you who just want me to get to the point, HemClear really works. It worked for me and I am so grateful to them.
Now, for those interested, here’s my story...
My hemorrhoids started in the past when I had my 2nd child. Very different than when I gave birth to my first child, it was an easy delivery. But, the hemorrhoids that I experienced with my first child had been even worse with the second. So, the condition must have come from the pregnancy itself, not the delivery. No matter what it was, the hemorrhoids were very painful.
Through the years, they simply became worse. It used to be hard to always eat the right food, to drink plenty of water, to get enough fiber in my diet and I used to be incessantly constipated. I’d then take a few powerful laxatives, and I would have diarrhea or soft stools for a few days, and the cycle could start all over again. I did this for years. I felt I used to be cleaning out my gastro intestinal track!!
Then I went to the doctor for a routine colonoscopy that they recommend you get while you turn 50. This new physician inquired of me “how regular” I was. In the beginning, I stated everything was just fine. Then, I assumed, perhaps what I was doing maybe wasn’t so normal, so I told him the truth. He was the most efficient physician I ever went to. I had been constipated like this for years, and other doctors simply instructed me to take extra fiber and alter my diet. This doctor in reality sat and listened.
He spent time with me and explained a lot to me. He informed me that I had turned out to be dependent on laxatives, that I had chronic constipation and that what was doing was “educating” my digestive system to rely on the laxatives. I could not have a regular bowel movement without taking something. He informed me that I had to stop using laxatives, cold turkey, and use a stool softener (Miralax) for a time period till I was again back to normal. And he scheduled a colonoscopy for AFTER I was regular once more. After all that, he told me that I had internal and external hemorrhoids, most probably from the constipation and diarrhea, not simply the pregnancy.
That was a couple years ago. In the time that lapsed since then, I found out about HemClear. I figured that if I could do away with one problem, maybe I can do away with the other one as well. I searched on line, and found that there was this product that was highly recommended. I read more and more about it and decided to buy HemClear. The more I learned, the more I thought this might be able to help my condition. I decided to move forward full throttle, and order 5 bottles of pills and one of the cream., which came out to about $25 a bottle which isn't bad at all.
I started to take HemClear, as it said on the bottle, 3 times a day. I felt my hemorrhoids improved already after the beginning week. But, since the actual hemorrhoids were nonetheless there, and I had 5 bottles, I continued taking them. After 4 weeks, I placed a call to the 800 number and asked if I should stop, since I assumed they were disappeared. The woman who replied urged that I keep on taking it for prevention-maintenance, as she called it. So, I did. I decreased to 2 capsules each day and I’ve been doing that for just about a year, I think.
They have not come back. I now tell everyone about HemClear! I am living proof that it works. Mama Sue
1362 days ago.
I had a problem with hemorrhoids after I started eating lots of starchy foods that I craved. I recently use something similar to HemClear, but it is cheaper and it worked very well. It is called HemRid and I am so glad I found it. Many of the other all natural medicines worked at first and then the hemorrhoids were back when I got off of the medicine. I cannot afford to take these medicines for the rest of my life, and surgery is not an option. I really haven't had any problems in about 2 months now after taking HemRid, so hopefully this helps the rest of you ladies and then you can just worry about the other pain in the butt.......our husbands! Just teasing. God Bless and good luck! doublemom
1484 days ago.
I suffered from severe hemorrhoids for about 3 years. Suppositories, ointments, and other home treatments helped to relieve pain and itching but did nothing with hemorrhoids lumps size.
I was tired of pain and discomfort after each visit to toilet, so I decided it is time to do something drastic. Hemorrhoids ligation and infrared coagulation didn’t cure it completely, but helped significantly. MrsJulie1973
1515 days ago.
What ever you do, don't have hemorrhoids cut out. That was the worse mistake of my life! They came back again when I was pregnant with my second child. Hemclear is great, but I would not recommend taking it while you are pregnant or breast feeding, even if it is an herbal medicine. There is a special seat to use that helps relieve the pressure and makes the pain go away within a few minutes. It was on the TV show called 'The Doctors' and you can read more about it on this blog post : Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy It is a must have for pregnant women. I found this for my younger sister a few weeks ago. She says it works wonderfully. I shopped around and found it is cheaper on their own website, which is listed in the article as well. Oh yeah, tell your hubby to rub your feet. It won't get rid of the hemorrhoids, but he doesn't know that ;) Good luck ladies!
1576 days ago.
If you go to Hemclear's website it has this disclaimer on the bottom. See for yourself:
"The information contained within this site is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have, or suspect to have any medical condition, you are urged to consult your health care provider. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."
Don't waste your money on internet scams. See a doctor. DanielM
1600 days ago.
I had internal hemorrhoids for many years. And my wife got them during pregnancy as well. So then we were both a pain in the backside! I searched online to help both of us cure hemorrhoids for good instead of constantly buying temporary relief products like Preparation H. I found that a product called HemClear is the only proven hemorrhoids cure on the market. It is a FDA approved and comes with a 60 day money back guarantee. It has been about 4 months now and my wife and I haven't had a single problem with hemorrhoids since. I noticed a difference after about 3-4 days of using the medicine.
It is safe for pregnant women because it is an all natural herbal medicine and not the man made stuff that has crazy side affects. After we tried this medicine, we are now looking into other herbal remedies to use instead of traditional pharmacy medicine. Hope this helps any of you hemorrhoid sufferers out there. My wife says I finally did something right, lol.
If you purchase the medicine, do not get suckered into buying the very top package unless you have really severe hemorrhoids. I got one of the middle packages for me and my wife and it worked just fine. It is the one that costs $100, but they offer cheaper packages. I just got that one because it was enough for me and my wife.
The doctor I used to go to for my hemorrhoids told me that he has known about this medicine for a while, but he can't recommend it to patients for legal issues. That kinda pisses me off since I spent so much money on doctor's visits in the past few years. Well I guess that is just how health care works. Good luck to all of the pregnant women out there and I hope this really helps. Like I said, it worked for me and my wife. If it doesn't work for you, DO NOT forget there is a 60 day money back guarantee. mywitty1
1642 days ago.
I hate to say that they never really go away. I got some when I gave birth to my DD over 6 yrs ago and its still there. I didn't haveany troubles with pain or itching until last week though when it hit me with a vengence. My doc prescribed Proctofoam and it seemed to help. Also keeping the area really clean and dry seems to help with the itchiness. Witch hazel wipes, like Tucks or Prep H work well too. cinderella*~**
1644 days ago.
i gave birth 4 weeks ago, and i have just got hemorrhoids, its painful to go to the toilet to poo and there is often blood and some itchyness, how long do they generally take to go away by themselves? john4568
1701 days ago.
I've been suffering with hemorrhoids for a long time...Not only were they painful but also rather embarrassing. I remember having to tell my friends to slow the golf cart down because “my back hurt”. I went to a ton of Doctors and nothing seemed to work until I went the organic route. This is what I used [url=http://bit.ly/ez14l2]here[/url], I am sure there are tons of organic solutions but this one worked for me!
1808 days ago.
Hi, I realise I am about 2 weeks late responding but... I am 28 weeks pregnant and have horrible hemorroids. A friend suggested a natural cure and it worked like a miracle for me,
Mix fresh aloe (buy a aloe plant and snip of a leave)vitamine E oil and zinc togethe and apply to hemorroids. I swear ,2 days later they were almost gone and the itching and swelling are gone. I know it is a little messy but it works! mommylin
1823 days ago.
I have just got really bad hemmrhoids external ones and they really hurt bad I can't sit down and can barely walk and its been going on for 3 days I want to cry. i haven't selpt and I can't do anything. I have a two year old and I am due in 2 weeks and want this to go away. I am using acream but it doesn't work and either does the baths. I am going to see my dr tomorrow. I was thinking of going to the emergency as they were that bad. I took tylenol 3s to get rid of the pain a little at night so that I could sleep a little bit. Now they have just started to bleed a little bit..... shellyseamonkey
2217 days ago.
ive had the worst ever, with both pregnanies but the triplets were the worst, i still get hemroids and i had my babies 6 months ago.. but the worst part is, i have theese HUGE poops i take, its gross but im not afraid to share, anyway theese hemorids were killing me and blood everytime i pooped.. then i started to take miralax, it helps so much!! attilakhan
2219 days ago.
More than 50% of Pregnant women have hemorrhoid during pregnancy. I found very useful information in
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2248 days ago.
mommymelissa.. I was at the doc today and he gave me a cream to use to get rid of them.. He said it is normal due to pressure inside.. go see your doc mommymelissa
2248 days ago.
I think I have hemorrhoids. My bum is itchy and I also have blood on tissue and in toilet...I do not really want to go to the doctor for this but would like to get rid of it ASAP! Need advice ASAP! Thrilled1981
2249 days ago.
Anyone else experiencing hemmroids? I went to the bathroom and saw some blood on the toliet paper and some in the toliet. I tihnk they are internal since I do not feel itchy or any pain... Anyone have the same? What med or lotion will help?
2266 days ago.
hey to pp moms...how did your roid react to giving birth?...did it hurt alot, did it burst...what happened,,I have one and Im terrified now of natural birth being that im pretty sure that whole area down there is going to strectch thin.. babaliciousbex
2333 days ago.
omg,last pregnancy i has real bad piles was off work with them and everything,my boyfriend used to have to poke them back up for them to slide right back out...no dignitity in pregnancy...so feel for u,would of had them surgically removed but was too close to my dd,,but i never got told it would be dangerous to have vaginal delivery because of bleeding......i am now preg again and they are back with a vengeance :( anglewings
2336 days ago.
just came out from hospital from really bad roids. had to give me local as general wud b harmful 4 baby. it was so painful, they cut it opened and drained it and on antibotics painkiller. it still swollen just hope it will be gone b4 labour, im 35wks preg. they also said ive 4 more small ones. Aprilraine
2365 days ago.
I got one after giving birth, it hurts during a BM, but doesn't itch or anything, it's just annoying. I've never had them before, is there anything I can do to make it go away or will it disappear on it's own? TonynOllysMommy
2367 days ago.
liz- if your doctor is that concerned, I would lean towards listening to them. If you are not 100% convinced, get a 2nd opinion. I know how embarrassing this all is!! I had them YEARS before I got pregnant with my son and my doc warned me they would get worse...I did all I could to prevent that, and they got BAD. I pushed for 3 hrs to deliver my son, you can imagine! My doc pushed them back in for me at my 6 wk pp check. That did wonders, was EXTREMELY uncomfortable at the time, but within a few days, oh my goodness! But, if your are prolapsed already...I would really voice your concern and ask your doc what all options are, if you are not satisfied with the answers you get there, seek a second opinion!! Hopefully it all works out for the best! :)