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Comment from: schmed, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I have MS (multiple sclerosis), and 'luckily' my only problematic symptom is pain, for which I am prescribed various pain medications that cause constipation, which cause, you guessed it, severe hemorrhoids. I found a 2.5 percent cortisone cream my daughter used, that helped. After a usually rough, bowel movement, swelling is profuse, only to be down significantly by the end of the day, but I cannot get rid of these 'grapes'. I cannot stop the pain medications as they get me through my neuropathic pain filled day. I use Miralax but the constipation is always there, which is the main problem, but these hemorrhoids are abysmal and ruining my sex life, as I do not want to do anything with them there, and they are pulsating.

Comment from: burning bad, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I have been burning from hemorrhoids for the past 3 months off and on now, and on a scale of 1 to 10 it's a 20. I can't walk or sit or anything because of the burning. I have tried everything and nothing is effective.

Comment from: merrillpa, 65-74 (Patient) Published: July 30

I reduced the swelling and symptoms by taking low dose colchicine an anti- inflammatory used by gout sufferers , try 0.5 mg per day ,check for drug interactions before using.This drug is by prescription only in some countries.

Comment from: Jo b, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

A safe and easy way to get non-messy relief from external hemorrhoids is to gently clean by dabbing it with wet paper towel or baby wipe. Then get a medium-sized cotton ball, and with some pressure, try to force the vessel back into the anus and let the cotton ball stay at the base of the opening for a short time. This will prevent the vessel from falling back out and getting squeezed by the sphincter, which is the cause of the pain. I do this and it works right away. Next time you have a movement, the cotton ball will flush easily and you won't have to touch it. Repeat the procedure whenever you feel the bulge and pain. This is inexpensive, easy, almost painless, and not embarrassing.

Comment from: TaxFossilFuels, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 08

Fit male with healthy diet including plenty of fiber, internal hemorrhoids developed over 10 years to the point where they often bled and had to be pushed back in. Once, they bled through my pants onto my chair at work. 3 weeks ago, banded a big one, it seemed to stimulate more frequent bowel movements, it was sore for almost 2 weeks, and it took 9 days for it to fall off. At 2 weeks got the smallest one banded, which was much more painful as I was still sore from the first one, but I was much less sore than with the first, the band fell off after only a few days, and after only a week I'm not feeling sore at all.

Comment from: Freeatlast!, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I am 38 YO white male and have SUFFERED from internal hemorrhoids and external anal fishers for about 3 years. They would burn and itch, especially at night. I could not sleep without taking hot bath (even 2-3 time per night near the end) and long trips in car were out of the question. I could not work comfortably or exercise. I tried everything that is available in the US and a few products from China and from the Middle East. Lidocane (5%) ointment I purchased from amazon helped me a lot. I got the most relief from the product I picked up in Beirut Lebanon. It was called Procto Synalar manufactured by Grunenthal. On the box it labeled as a mixture of Lidocane and Flucinoloni acetonidium, which is probably a steroid. It was miles and away better than the Hydrocortisone suppositories I got in the US. Once the hemorrhoids reach a certain stage there is little else you can do but get the surgery. I finally relented and got the banding surgery. It was $769. Insurance usually covers 50-80%. I prepped for the surgery by making sure I was "cleaned out" by taking Metamucil and making sure I drank a lot of water to ensure soft stool before the bands are in place. I also took Tylenol before and after the procedure. Avoid Ibuprofen since there could be bleeding from the operation. The actual procedure takes about 2 minutes. They insert a metal cylinder to hold the anal cavity open then band the hemorrhoid. I had three. They won't do more than 2 at once because of the discomfort so I had to return 3 weeks later to do the last one. There is a lot of discomfort and moderate pain for the first day. BUT THE BURNING AND ITCHING WAS GONE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. It feels like you have to go to the bathroom really badly. Try and resist this feeling as much as you can. Take a warm bath as soon as you get home as this helps relax the anal muscles. Try and find something to do to keep your mind off the pain for the first few hours. I played my guitar. The pain gets much less by the second day and by day four I felt fairly normal. Bowel movements can be a little tough so make sure to keep drinking water and taking stool softeners. It was worth all the discomfort to be free of these horrible things. And the discomfort was not as bad as the pain from the hemorrhoids themselves.

Comment from: Geraldine Guttierez, Female Published: June 10

I have read in an article that the warm water soaking treatment is best for thrombosed external hemorrhoids, this is because it can lessen the pain and the itchy feeling it brings to the person.

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