Had my first colonoscopy yesterday because of abdominal pain and constipation. Was told everything looked good, only thing that was found were two internal hemorrhoids. I was surprised because I've never had any blood ever, no terrible pain, only some itching but very very rarely. I didn't know much about hemorrhoids until I looked it up. Wow. The doctor told me to keep a high fiber diet, lots of water, and I am taking miralax every day now. I wasn't told anything about the hemorrhoids or anything else to treat them. I am a little scared. I don't want any pain and I don't want them to protrude or something. I've read they don't go away unless you have surgery and that it is painful. I don't know what size or level they are or anything. Will my lifestyle changes work?? I feel like I have so much I need to keep track of with food and liquids and getting more exercise, and trying to not get gas or bloating at the same time. I don't want my abdominal pain to continue, and now I have to worry about hemorrhoids at the age of 19. Does anyone have any good advice for me?? I go back to review with the GI in two weeks.
I just had the colonoscopy done a couple days ago. Didn't have any biopsies and nothing else was found. My GI told me to start taking miralax every day right after I had the procedure done. I'm going to see him in a couple weeks to discuss how everything is going.
Glad to hear you got through the colonoscopy alright!
I got hemmorhoids at age 23 after the birth of my first child; but the other poster is right, if you live long enough, everybody will get themn eventually.... My doctor said they will never go away, but you can keep them in check and prevent flare ups with some changes in diet and lifestyle. 25-30 grams of fiber, in the form of fruits, vegetables, beans, flaxseed and other whole grains, plus 8-10 glasses of water; you might consider asking your doctor about a fiber supplement such as Citrucel or Metamucil, rather than the Miralax, which can be harsh and possibly habit forming. The Citrucel counts as part of your water and fiber also. The water is important; fiber without enough water will cause constipation. You don't have to drink all of it at once either, just space it out through out the day. And important, try never to strain on the toilet, and also try not to it on the toilet longer than 5 minutes. If you can't finish your business in that time, try again later. Walking and regular exercize are helpful to prevent constipation. With any kind of luck, once you can get your system regular, the abdominal pains will go away. For what it's worth, I've avoided the surgery all this time with diet and exercize; you may never need to even consider the surgery, that is for extreme cases only. Hope you feel better soon and let us know how you're doing!
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