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Living with hemorrhoids is no way to live. If you have problems with hemorrhoids, you are not alone. You have come to the right place. Three out of four people will develop hemorrhoids at some time in their lives. In fact, millions of Americans visit their doctors in the U.S. each year with symptoms of hemorrhoids. Many people keep quiet and try to manage the symptoms on their own. Sooner or later, they'll need to seek professional help.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anal area. Everyone is born with these vessels. Symptoms may include pain, cracking, bleeding, "sweating" or leakage, itching, swelling, or sensitive bumps.

 

How did I get these inflamed hemorrhoids?

Pregnancy, constipation, being overweight, prolonged standing, sitting or lifting, and a family history all contribute to the likelihood of developing hemorrhoids.

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a chronic bowel syndrome. Changes in bowel function may cause diarrhea and/or constipation. Research tells us that the intestinal tract is extremely sensitive to certain types of stimulation in IBS patients.

 

What stimulation may cause IBS flare-ups?

Gas forming foods, stress, and hormones may all aggravate the intestinal tract in IBS.

 

What is the best treatment for IBS?

Therapy must be individualized for each patient, depending on symptoms.

 

Anal Fissures - #1 in pain!

A small split, crack, or tear in he anal lining is called a fissure. Only an anal examination by a physician can diagnose anal fissures.

 

What causes a fissure?

Constipation, diarrhea, chronic anal irritation, and childbirth can lead to fissures.

 

What are common symptoms of fissures?

Painful bowel movements and bleeding are common occurrences.