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Posted by John on December 11, 2000 at 04:17:46:

In Reply to: Re: Just had one hemmorhoid removed with surgery posted by Roberta on December 07, 2000 at 03:25:25:

Hi,

Appreciated the frank discussion here. I've been getting hemorrhoids (or however you spell it) gradually for about 10 years (I'm 50). Mine are DEFINITELY from diarrhea (another tough one to spell) rather than from the opposite, i.e. straining. Recently, I've got a big one, about the size of a green grape, but oblong. I DO NOT WANT surgery. But this one, or whatever dietary thing that I'm doing to aggravate it, is really persistent.

For example, though, I love fruit, I think I have to just stop eating it. And the more fibre and roughage I eat, the tougher is the going, that just keeps going and going. Maybe cutting out the coffee (and the tea) is wise, cause I think my diet may be just too acidic and contain too much raw food (I've always been a health conscious eater).

So far, I've just resorted to Preparation H once or twice a week. Even before anything ever enlarged, I would occassionally just start getting these sharp pains down there just as I was about to go to sleep. Wierd!

Anyway, the question as to why I seem to have chronic diarrhea is really long and complex. I've spent lots of time over the years in tropical places (not Mexico, but like Mexico). I've had amoeba infections a couple of times. (They give you Flagyl to conquer that.)

Anyway, I've recently become less sedentary, but the information on the big medical sites seems very unhelpful, since all they seem to do is talk about not straining and eating more fibre. I mean, how elementary! Diet and lifestyle are certainly involved. And, they come and go, after all. I would just like to hear some more common sense when talking about how to get rid of them without surgery. That means what you eat, and the kind of exercise and how often, mental health, etc., etc.

Anybody got any ideas? For one thing, I need to eat foods that make me more solid (fibre doesn't do that for me, at least not anymore).

Thanks. J.

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