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Hemorrhoids for years - about to seek help - what to ask?
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Hemorrhoids for years - about to seek help - what to ask?

I've had hemorrhoid issues for about 11 years. For the first 9 years, they would only flare up once or twice a year, but as I'm getting older, they're flaring up more often. I have one that swells up before and after a BM, and then it goes down for a while. I've tried OTC products, and they help for a while, but it always comes back. I exercise daily, even if it's just a walk. I also eat a VERY high fiber diet, 40g or more a day. I also cut out soda totally years ago, and now I drink mostly water and juice. I've had my female DR ask me for year if I had pain, and for the most part they didn't, but now they are, and I also have bleeding from time to time. I've been given RX creams that help, but again, it's only short term. I'm thinking of seeing a DR about this, but I don't know what to ask, or what to expect. I'm worried about any type or procedure or surgery, just because of complications. Needing some advice and encouragement!
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Hello,

For the treatment, first of all make sure that you increase the fiber intake in your diet. Then local anesthetic creams,vasoconstrictors,protectants,antiseptics,analgesics(pain relievers),corticosteroids and keratolytics can be used. Non medical treatment involves sclerotherapy, Rubber band ligation,heat coagulation,cryotherapy and surgery.
With experience, many third-degree and some fourth-degree internal hemorrhoids can be treated nonoperatively. Rubber band ligation and cryotherapy have been quite effective before surgery can be sought.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
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up fiber intake and plenty of water in your diet. as you said you want to avoid surgery so should use lido-Nifedipine gel to treat hemorrhoids.
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