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Is this a hemorrhoid? attached

Postby mdr500 » 04 Oct 2015, 00:30

I am a 38 yr old male, slim body type. Unfortunately, I sit too much, and not drink enough water along with a somewhat healthily diet, but probably not enough fiber. Anyhow, about 1.5 years ago I noticed I had blood on the toilet paper and in the toilet. It disappeared, then re-occurred every few months for a day, then again disappear for a few months. I did not take it too seriously... and did not make lifestyle adjustments to my detriment.

I was constipated recently, straining way too much, and it started to bleed again. I know better but obviously did not learn my lesson. It has been bleeding off and on for five weeks, with a few incidents that are worrying with the large amount (not surprising as it is a blood vessel but goes to show the damage is worse). About ten days ago I got very serious with my diet. No wheat products, no dairy products, no alcohol, no coffee. I am living on oatmeal, salads, greens, fruit, and a ton of water, plus a tbsp of benefiber everyday. My BM are very nice and soft and take probably thirty seconds versus the previous five or ten minutes of straining I was accustomed to. I started to also use Desitin, 40% zinc, and this product works extremely well to control the bleeding. There are only a few drops when using Desitin internally (I put a pea size on my finger and insert it). I talked to a doctor (he didn't look at it), and prescribed some HC cream, and the Desitin works better plus does not have a steroid which weakens the skin.

Couple questions. Can an internal hemorrhoid at this state actually heal itself and stop bleeding given my diet/water and a lot of supplements I am taking? I realize healing takes time but I am stressed out. Every BM scares me. This is a terrible way to live but at least it "appears" to be getting better with my major lifestyle changes.

Second question, regarding the attached photos. I apologize in advance as they are fairly zoomed in so might look worse than it is. One is without straining, and another is straining to show the protruding mass which I think is probably a hemorrhoid. Am I right assuming this is a hemorrhoid, and if so, does it look like something I can manage with diet/exercise/water or should it be banded which I am trying to avoid?

Thank you for any input.

Pic 2. Straining.

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Re: Is this a hemorrhoid? attached

Postby Savaici » 04 Oct 2015, 11:39

:wel: to the Forum!

Didn't look at the photos, but everyone, at sometime in their lives, has hemorrhoids. Personally, having had hemorrhoid surgery, I would never put myself through the pain of any sort of surgery to my rear again.! Worst pain I ever experienced and beats childbirth, hand down. I would stick to what you are doing, drink plenty of water, don't overdo the fibre for your weight, and use something like Miralax to keep things flowing smoothly.
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