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Bowel Disorders board

Greetings All
I am new to the board and let me say that I would greatly appreciate any help or advice that someone could offer.

First let me say that i am a complete and total medi-phobic. I am also a self-diagnosing hyprochondriac. This is not a winning combination. I have only been constipated once because I was on vicodin following surgery for a pilonaidle cyst. NOT fun. I am lactose intolerant though and I'm told my family has a history of having a spastic colon. I don't really know much about that. Having said that, here is the problem.

I am a 32 year old male with those wonderful hemorroids that we all love so much. I seem to have both internal and external. The external I have had for probably around 6 years and it flares up maybe once a year. When the flare up happens - some preparation H, a cold pack and a few baths usually make it subside within a week.

The internal one probably showed up about a year ago because it popped out and i noticed it when wiping. It went right back in within moments after the BM - but it subsequently returned during almost all bowel movements thereafter (hard or soft) but also always went away immediately following. At that point I talked to a client who is a colon and rectal surgeon. He explained basically what was happening and asked about blood or mucous discharge. I told him there was none of either and he said to drink a glass of Citrucel daily for the rest of my life.

I began to do that and within a couple of weeks the internal hemorroid stopped popping out. Shortly after I began to get itchy around the anus from time to time. This bothered me a lot because I felt uncomfortable and unclean. I would wipe to "scratch the itch" and the toilet paper would have a shading of poop on it - as though I had not wiped well after the previous BM.

I dismissed it as being laziness on my part and cut out the citrucel to see if it was what was making me itchy. The itching stopped after that. So I told the nurse at my clients' office that I thought the Citrucel was making me itchy and she said she'd never heard that before but to try switching to Metamucil cookies. She gave me a huge box and they are pretty nasty. But soon the itch came back again - accompanied by needing to clean myself again. So I stopped with the cookies, and the frequency of the itch decreased but did not go away. So this is where I am now.

Is the hemorroid (which is no longer portruding (or maybe the external one) discharging a mucous that is mixing with stool and making me itchy? This itchyness generally occurs within an hour after a random bowel movement and goes away once I re-clean the area. There is no blood and generally no soreness unless I wipe too many times with regular toilet paper. All of my stools pass with ease and rarely require any kind of pushing.

I read an earlier post where someone suggested the hemmoroid was preventing the anus from shutting. Is there any merit to this and could it apply to me?

Thanks in advance. I really don't want to approach my doctor client about this again so I am hoping someone here can help me understand what is going on and what I can do to help it.

C :confused: