I went to a doctor that handles hemorrhoids and she did a ligation and I am so much more worse than before. I feel them and I itch and burn and sometimes cause them to bleed from itching, I can't help it at times. I've tried so many things and nothings working. I Will NOT go back to her! Help please.
Some of the best things for hemorrhoids start at home and they may sound silly or inconsequential but they DO help! First of all, increase the fiber in your diet by adding a fiber supplement like Benefiber, Metamucil or Citrucel. I prefer Benefiber because it has no flavor and doesnt thicken so you can add it to any non carbonated beverage or even to things like oatmeal, mashed potatoes etc. This will help to soften stools if stools are hard. Hard stools and straining to pass them can REALLY aggravate hemorrhoids! You also must drink a lot of water or juice to work with the fiber and for the fiber to work well for you-shoot for 8-8oz glasses of water or juice per day. Water is best but juices and some soft drinks are okay. Tea and coffee act as diuretics so they dont work well to replace fluids. Not only does fiber help with hard stools, it will bulk up diarrhea stools to make formed soft stools-this is what you want-soft formed stools that are easily passed with little straining. Diarrhea stools are no better for hemorrhoids than hard stools. Diarrhea can be acidic and very irritating to the delicate tissues down there! Speaking of tissue-DO NOT use dry toilet tissue after a bowel movement. Buy yourself some flushable moist wipes. You can find these in the toilet paper aisle and they are much, much gentler on your anal region than dry toilet paper and will get you clean much easier and much better without irritating your hemorrhoids. After a bowel movement or anytime your hemorrhoids are inflamed or itchy, you should do a sitz bath. You can buy set ups that go over your toilet and have a bag that you fill with warm water which you release from above you to bathe the area but just getting into the tub and running some warm water a few inches deep to bathe the area works well too. Keep the water running. You can also add some epsom salts if you wish as long as they dont burn. Get yourself some Tucks. These are little round soft discs that are soaked in witch hazel and you "tuck" them between your cheeks over the affected area to help soothe and cool the hemorrhoids. Sitz bath is better but these can work at times you are unable to do a sitz bath, like at work. There is also the spray anesthetics and foams. Good old fashioned Preparation H helps too. Use both the cream and the suppositories unless you are just really fresh post op. Have you tried "laser" or infrared photocoagulation treatments? I work now and again for a Dr who does these with fabulous results, even with some pretty bad hemorrhoids but it can take several treatments. You may want to consider trying this if you havent already. Much of what I wrote here is part of the regimen he puts his hemorrhoid patients on. Just by changing to a high fiber diet, staying well hydrated and taking good care of that area can go a long way to helping you feel better. Even if you dont do anymore treatments, just the lifestyle changes I have mentioned here should help you!
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