Internal hemorrhoids are inflamed blood vessels that occur in the walls of the anal canal. They can occur as small as a pea and can be as large as a ping-pong ball in the most severe cases.
Internal hemorrhoids often cause severe pain, especially during bowel movement and are commonly identifed by noticing blood on the stool or toilet paper. Internal hemorrhoids frequently cause itching which can range from a pleasant tickle to something totally unbearable.
Although it is still not known exactly what causes internal hemorrhoids, a range of frequently related factors which often lead to internal hemorrhoids have been identified. A few of the main ones are explained below.
Constipation:Those who are affected by constipation for long amounts of time are highly exposed to hemorrhoids. Straining excessively during bowel movement (as caused by constipation) often causes ruptures in blood vessels which lead to hemorrhoids.
Hard Stools: Hard stools which hurt to pass can lead to internal hemorrhoids due to increased shearing force on the internal anal canal. To avoid hard stools try to eat high fiber foods such as cereals and vegetables.
Pregnancy: Internal hemorrhoids affect up to approximately 40% of pregnant women at some stage during or after the pregnancy. This is due to an increase in blood flow and blood pressure while caring the baby in the womb. Internal hemorrhoids can also occur due to the straining during childbirth.
Lifting heavy objects: People (such as those who workout in gyms) are more likely to suffer from hemorrhoids as they are placing high pressure on their veins each time they lift heavy weights or objects. Squats and Leg Presses are probably the most risky exercises to perform due to the close proximity of the muscle group being worked to the veins in the anal canal.
Diarrhea: Prolonged periods of diarrhea are often related to the occurance of internal hemorrhoids. If you suffer from diarrhea for an extended peroid of time you should see your doctor or try the treatment methods mentioned below.
A number of different techniques exist for treating internal hemorrhoids. Choosing the appropriate one for you may depend on things such as cost, recovery time, and the severity of your hemorrhoids.
Surgical hemorrhoid cures can be very painful and very expensive. Starting at around US$1200 (price may vary depending on location) and with a recovery time of up to 4 weeks they are not convenient or realistic for everyone. Hemorrhoid surgery will definitely cure your current hemorrhoids but there is no guarantee that hemorrhoids wont return later to bother you again.
Creams and gels are interesting because some people have got results using them while others complain of nasty side effects such as burning and stinging. These side effects can become extremely painful and indeed complicate the hemorrhoids further (not to mention cause you a lot of additional pain and suffering). Most creams and gels target elimination of the pain and other symptoms that are common in hemorrhoid sufferers ” they dont target the underlying causes of hemorrhoids.
An alternative to internal hemorrhoid removal surgery and creams that we highly recommend you try before considering surgery (and using creams) is H-Miracle. H-Miracle is a book written by an ex-sufferer about natural cures for internal hemorrhoids (and external hemorrhoids) regardless of the severity. The H-Miracle website even claims that significant results can be seen in as little as 4 days.
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