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Hemorrhoids, (some people spell the word hemroids,
which, although incorrect, does make more sense than the correct spelling does!) are popularly
referred to as piles. Hemorrhoids occur when veins in and near the rectum become enlarged by
increased internal pressure.
Hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments known in both men
and women. They have tormented people for centuries and have even altered history; Napoleon
Bonaparte had hemorrhoids, bad enough to make him unable to ride a horse. This, it is said, played
an important role in his defeat at Waterloo.
Hemorrhoids are so common that 85+% of the population will have
them. 60% of the population will at some point develop either internal or external hemorrhoid
problems that will be bad enough to require some form of treatment. Hemorrhoids themselves can be
caused by any number of things. Often, it's just a matter of over-exerting oneself during bowel
This happens because of hardened stool and constipation, which can
usually be traced to a low-fiber diet. In fact, A study of 70 consecutive patients with hemorrhoids
found that all 70 consumed a diet that provided them with less than 3 grams of dietary fiber per
day [HAEMORRHOIDS, Clive Wood, Editor (1979), page 29].
Other causes or contributing factors are prolonged sessions of
sitting or standing, pregnancy, advancing age and improper or inadequate sanitation.
Hemorrhoids are usually not a serious medical problem by
themselves. Because of this they can sometimes lull people who have significant bowel disease into
believing nothing much is wrong. But because they can bleed, and do so without warning, they can be
In reality, whether embarrassing or not, hemorrhoids are
nevertheless a very serious medical condition. Until I got hemorrhoids I had no reason to believe
that. I thought that hemorrhoids were annoying, uncomfortable, and often embarrassing, but rarely
serious. Like many others I suffered in silence rather than discuss hemorrhoid treatment with my
To avoid the pain I became less active, more withdrawn less
interested in the world around me; my entire life began centering on trying to get some relief from
my pain and discomfort, most importantly, around finding the right hemorrhoids treatment. I tried
all sorts of over-the-counter preparations, ointments and unguents. None of them really worked. If
they did help somewhat, it only felt less bad for a little while.
After debating with myself for a longish time I finally got around
to mentioning it to my doctor. His advice to me on which hemorrhoids treatments were available was
that I should continue using creams and ointments (that I had already tried and discovered to be
only marginally beneficial) and if it got any worse I should undergo surgery!
That was devastating news! There must be some less drastic
treatment than that available?
Finally, I realized that the common hemorrhoids treatments like
ointments, injections even the surgery my doctor recommended would only treat the symptoms, the
effects of hemorrhoids. Symptoms like blood in stool, anal pain, discomfort in sitting, etc. None
of these would eliminate the underlying or root causes of hemorrhoids.
So, I researched it and studied it. Here are the answers - they
come in three parts:
First, any issues with the digestive system, whether it be at the
top end (stomach ailments) or the other end (hemorrhoids) is directly related to your diet and the
overall health of your digestive system. Lotions and creams only attempt to mask the symptoms. They
really don't deal with alimentary canal problems that cause hemorrhoids at all.
Second, make sure the stool you pass is soft, not hard. Do this by
increasing the non-soluble fiber in your diet, consuming flax seeds and/or using stool
Third, look at the alternative medicine treatments/solutions/cures
that are available. There are some excellent, effective alternate solutions available. I found one
that worked for me, you can find one that works for you!
And never ask the opinion of a surgeon first! Remember, "When your
only/main tool is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as some version of
a nail!" ;-)