Hemmeroids. I was told they come from gaining weight

@suspenseful (40326)
Canada
March 17, 2008 4:18pm CST
But now I am losing weight, but they are still there. I was wondering if I lose enough weight do they eventually go away or am I stuck with them for the rest of my life? Do they come because I am post menopausal, or did I inherit them and what is a natural way to get rid of them? They are driving me crazy. Is it because my dad had them that I have them?
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I always thought they were from straining too much when you poop since they are enlarged rectal veins. If you want to get rid of them, focus on eating more fiber, don't sit on the toilet for too long and drink enough fluids. I know there is a surgery for them.
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@jess368 (3377)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I was told surgery is the last resort. My doctor said the recovery is miserable, and your hemorrhoids should cause you to be in tremendous pain every day before you have surgery.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
I do like surgery. Mind you do not like doctors anyway. I eat a lot of fiber. I think there are mixed up inside.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
18 Mar 08
you can have them surgical removed, or shrink them with anusal or preparation h
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
I will stick with Preparation H.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
20 Mar 08
My sister in law had them so bad she had to get them surgically removed. What I thought was hilarious was her proctologist's name; Dr. Winky.
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@callarse1 (4794)
• United States
18 Mar 08
There is a very informative article on wikipedia. Basically, many things can cause it to fare up such as pregnancy, menopause, obesity, wearing tight clothing, and straining during bowel movements. Here is the direct article to wikipedia. It's very informative and has external links to learn more about the condition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemorrhoid Pablo
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@callarse1 (4794)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Thanks for marking as best response. I am so surprise that I was the one to be selected ;). Pablo
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I read the article and it did make sense. It proves that there are many contributory factors and that even if you do one thing wrong (like gaining a whole lot of weight or deciding to eat white bread instead of whole grains and fruit) and even something that a woman wants (like getting pregnant) can give you hemorrhoids. I mean the guys have it lucky. They have just straining, weight gain, and tight clothing. We women have to add menopause and pregnancy to the mixture.
@jess368 (3377)
• United States
17 Mar 08
My doctor told me that everyone has hemorrhoids. Its just a little bit of skin sometimes on the outside, and sometimes on the inside. Everyone has the extra skin, but not everyone has "flare ups" I am pretty skinny, and for me, weight has not effected my problem. I am not sure why it happens to some people, and not others. I do know that pregnant people tend to have this problem, and never again after they give birth. I dont think there is a sure answer in your question, just theories. Sorry about the problem, I know its not any fun, nor comfortable, nor pleasant !
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@jess368 (3377)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Also, not to be too disgusting, don't force a bowel movement. That causes flare ups. If your constipated, take some meds to help with that problem. If you "push" or struggle to have a bowel movement, that will just cause more issues.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I go to the bathroom every morning and even though I do not force my bowel movements, I still have blood at the end. Sometimes I have to use Preparation X and then a while later, I have to go again because the hemorrhoids shrink. It is getting frustrating because when I feel all right and do not use the Preparation X one day, the next day, the hemorrhoids flair up. I was pregnant and not being pregnant afterwards did not make my hemorrhoids disappear. Must be my bad luck.
• United States
17 Mar 08
If you have them you will always have them. I got them when I was pregnant and they never went away. I have had them for 6 years now. Most days they are fine but then others I want to die. I asked the doctor how to get rid of them and he told me the only way is surgery to remove the inflamed skin. The only thing you can do is to use hemeroid cream or pads to relieve the pain. I also know the more you stress your bum the more they inflame. You know like a really tough poo can cause them to get irritated and inflame. I make sure to keep them clean and use pads or cream as needed. I know they are a pain in the butt....no pun intened LOL... but theres not a whole lot you can do. Just keep them happy and dont strain yourself.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I had them for at least thirty years. The first decades they were not that bad, but as soon as I reached fifty, then it really hurt. I had to use cream all the time, and when we went on a trip, I sometime forgot to take some and did not want to ask anyone if they had any and I grew up thinking it was for very fat people and I was not that fat. But it is so embarrassing.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Are you taking calcium supplements? I know that if you're on calcium, you need to take enough magnesium to avoid constipation. Constipation could be causing the hemorrhoids. If you're taking 1000 to 1200 mg of calcium, you'll need 500 to 600 mg of magnesium, or 1/2 of magnesium to calcium. Stool softeners also help. Of course, you probably know about trying to get enough fiber, and drinking enough water.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
I used to have constipation, but not any more. I do not drink enough water, or rather it just runs right through me.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
18 Mar 08
preperation H usually does the job to get rid of them . but they do come back. It has mostly to doing with strain. Drinking to much acholhl, setting on cold things.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
That is what I use. I was hoping that by eating more fiber, exercising, and all that, they would go away. It sure is disappointing to know there is no cure that once you have them they are permanent. I hate having to get a tube of Preparation H all the time. It sure is frustrating.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 May 08
can get them operated on!
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@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
It has nothing to do with losing or gaining weight other than when you are heavy your body tends to put pressure on your bowels. I have had bad hemmoriods on a couple periods of time. I got them when I was pregnant with my first child and after suffering from them for about 5 years I finally got them operated on. I was so glad when I got them cut out and had no more problems for about 3 years, till I got pregnant again. I then got them back even worse than I had them the first time and this time I didn;t wait to get them cut out. I got them removed again about 2 months after I had my second child. That was 25 years ago and I don't have any trouble with them anymore. thank goodness
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Jun 08
My body puts pressure on my stomach. I have always been large boned as opposed to large fat. I have very thick bones, and I have no idea when they started. It must have been in my fifties, but I had always had problems with constipation even though I had lots of oatmeal porridge and fruits when I was young. I guess I needed more than the average person. They have not been that much trouble, just annoying.
@sunkissed (4332)
• United States
20 Apr 08
Well there are alot of things that can cause them.Gaining a lot of weight is one of the ways you can get them. I first got mine when I was pregnant, and put on 70 pounds. Mine would get so bad I would have to go to thehospital to get them lanced.But after I had my baby, they were still very bad,so I had hemeroid surgury,this was over 25 years ago.i still have problems with them.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
21 Apr 08
It is easy to gain weight here, in the winter, but getting rid of it does not get rid of your hemorrhoids. I find that I have switched to a different cereal and they are not as bad. I am trying to find a natural way to get rid of them.
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
29 Mar 08
Your weight may be a factor - but my first husband weighed next to nothing and had them because he sat in a truck all day. His doctor recomended not sitting so long and eating lots of fiber.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Jun 08
My father was quite large, and he had hemmeroids, and I had to eat more then the usual amount of fiber and fruit and vegetables then the average person. However recently I have lost weight on my behind and I find that I no longer are bothered with hemorrhoids. I came to the conclusion that it is not if you lose weight, it is where you lose it. Oh and I have been eating flax seed as well and for some reason it helps - I do not know about the almonds and walnuts though.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
29 Mar 08
If they are too bothersome, you may have to have surgery and that is not fun either. They can get better, but I know one guy that had to go get his drained about every two months. Corn starch helps alot.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
thanks for the tip about corn starch. I also heard that drinking chamomile tea helps as well. It is a lot better than surgery. I like to try natural cures as well. I find that Preparation H helps, but that means I have to keep using it every two or three days.
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
20 Mar 08
I don't know if hemeroids is genetic but I don't think it's caused by gaining weight. I know skinny people that have it. Did a physicial tell you this? If yes then you can disregard what I said.
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• United States
19 Mar 08
Don't doctors like to say everything is because of weight gain? lol That is only one cause of hemorrhoids. There are about as many treatments for them as there are reasons for them. I think a really good place to look for information on them is mayo clinic dot com. Try there and see if you are interested in any of the other treatments besides actual surgery. I would also talk to a specialist about it and not my regular doctor. Specialists are more up-to-date on new treatments. Good luck!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I hate everything is caused by weight gain. I know about that and constipation and childbirth, now there is hereditary, straining too much, diet. Maybe it is just from being human, then there is menopause. You know it seems as hemorrhoids is caused by "you did it to yourself.:" It sure does not make me feel very happy about it.
@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
19 Mar 08
I had them once right after I gave birth with my 1st child but it was caused by my pushing too hard during delivery. But after a month or so, it just returned back to normal and I never have them again even after a gave birth to my second child. A lot of people said that its because of straining too hard or because of gaining weight. One reason could be weaker muscle tone too in that area. I suggest you consult a doctor since that could really get very uncomfortable.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I got a needle when I gave birth. I have large bones and there was little space inside. It could be because I had constipation even though I had a lot of fiber. However I do find that I need more salads and fruits that many people, and I did gain weight gradually from thirty onward, so that could have contributed to it.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
18 Mar 08
It could be partially genetics, diet too. As we age our body doesn't process stuff like it used to. As I get older I'm having this unfortunate problem. I have to watch what I eat and make sure I have soluable fiber in abundance. Sugar, processed foods sure don't help and I suffer the consequences. I don't think they ever go away completely, but would be interested in a medical opinion. whit
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
My father had them, or my mother, or both. Anyway there was the tube of Preparation H in the medicine cabinet. I was a kid then and I had no idea what it was for. I thought it was grownup stuff, well it is us grown-ups who get it.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Hemmeroids are varacose veins in the rectal area,and i think anyone of any age or weight can get them...I do not think they will go away just by losing weight...it could however cause you to have more problems with them if you gain weight because of the heaviness of the pressure of the weight..Hemmeroids come & go,they flair up at times and then other times they will not be such a bother...
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Jun 08
I am not bothered with them right now. That is because I lost weight in my rear end, not in the place where I wanted - the stomach (grr! ) I hope they disappear permanently, the hemorrhoids, I mean. Because when they flare up, I have to have a whole week of putting that little suppository with the Preparation H up my rear end and then I have to have another bowel movement after. It takes a lot of toilet paper.
• United States
18 Mar 08
I am not 100% sure what causes them but It would make sense that maybe gaining weight would cause them. I know that straining and pushing causes them, like when having a baby or being constipated. But I have been told that they never go away. You may not have pain or irritation from them all they time but they will be there. Try talking with your doctor about how to make it more bearable.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I did have a baby but that was when I was seventeen and none since then. I also had trouble with straining even though I ate a lot of oatmeal, I guess I must have been one of those people who needed to eat more fruits and whole grains then usual. I wish there was a cure other than surgery.
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Weight sometimes is a factor in having hemmroids, but if you are not significantly overweight it shouldn't be a problem. I am pretty heavy and I don't have them that often. Sometimes sitting for long periods of time will also cause them. There are a number of reasons why you could have them. I don't know that they are hereditary though. Most often, if you sit for too long, have stomach problems that you go to the bathroom often to "poo" that will also cause irritation and eventually hemmroids.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
My father used to get them, and I suspect mother as well, because when I was a child, I saw Preparation H and wondered what that was for. And sometimes I have difficulty going, it is if I have to go but it takes a long time for the stuff to come out.
@ruby222 (4848)
18 Mar 08
Well lol ive had my dear little `friend` since I was expecting my twins!! Hes determined to stay put,and as he is 32 years old im not going to move him on now!!! My weight has fluctuated but he has remained in postition!!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I have no idea how long I had mine. I know that as soon as I was in my mid fifties that they really started to be bad. I have gradually gained weight and now I am losing it, but it is still there. I figure that since my dad had it, that I would have them too. That sounds much better than getting them from sitting a lot and eating the wrong food.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I think they are caused by bowel strain and probably other things as well. I only got them when I was pregnant but my brother gets them frequently. There are many meds...over the counter for them. I'm sure if you search on line you can find a natural cure. My brother went to the doctors for his and was in much more pain afterwards. If you see the doctor on it ....choose one you trust.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 May 08
I use Preparation H. I have no idea when they started, I suspect it was when I was in my thirties, but I know that even though I ate a lot of oatmeal when I was younger, well the only time we had much fruit was in season. So it could have been diet, but it also could have been hereditary because my father had them. I suppose it is one of those things that you got without deliberately intending to. I do not want to go to the doctor's. So far, I am getting better.