Hemorrhoid Pain Relief and Management

Hemorrhoids are a very common disorder found in today’s society, research shows that at one point, nearly a third of the US population has developed hemorrhoids to some degree. Everyone is prone to developing this type of disorder. The first and most significant symptom is hemorrhoid pain. This creates a very uncomfortable feeling for the patient that even simple daily activities like sitting, standing, and defecating can lead to painful hemorrhoids and other symptoms. Proper knowledge of the disorder is the key to prevention and proper management for those who have developed the condition.

What are the causes?

Hhemorrhoid natural cure and varicose veins are similar to each other and both are caused by the same factors. A person’s risks of developing hemorrhoids are determined by genetic makeup, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, heavy lifting, straining during defecation, and excessive venous pressure. Symptoms of hemorrhoids are characterized by bleeding, prolapse, anal discomfort, itching, pain, and anal discharge. Hemorrhoid pain is experienced due to the large number of somatic nerves found in the anal area that respond to swelling and inflammation of the veins. The anal area is very sensitive to vibrations, temperature, noxious stimuli and can distinguish the differences between solid, liquid and gaseous materials. This is why it causes patients to have a painful attack of hemorrhoids. The pain is described as continuous, sharp, stabbing, burning, and stabbing.

What are the pain relief treatments?

There are many surgical and non-surgical hemorrhoid treatments that can help control hemorrhoid symptoms. Non-surgical treatments prescribed by doctors include sitz baths, stool softeners, bed rest, high-fiber diets, and medications to relieve hemorrhoid pain. Other methods used to treat hemorrhoid symptoms include infrared coagulation, sclerotherapy, bipolar diathermy, cryotherapy, direct current therapy, and rubber band ligation, which is considered the most widely used therapy in the United States.

The treatment of choice for first and second degree hemorrhoids is rubber band ligation. This hemorrhoid treatment is a non-surgical procedure and is widely practiced; however, certain complications such as local swelling, pain, fecal and urinary frequency were reported after undergoing the procedure. In procedures that involve the application of multiple bandages, symptoms are more prevalent and 91% of patients report pain after the procedure.

There are also other surgical procedures that can be done to treat this condition, such as excisional hemorrhoidectomy. However, most patients chose not to undergo this procedure due to the painful and long recovery period. Pain after surgery is the main reason most patients choose not to have hemorrhoid treatment.

A new technique called stapled hemorrhoidectomy is performed by inserting round purse-string sutures and subsequent application of a round stapler. This is much less painful although it is still a surgical method; this is usually indicated for third degree hemorrhoids. But further evaluation of its long-term functional and symptomatic outcomes is still underway.

There are still many other treatments available to relieve hemorrhoid pain, both surgical and non-surgical procedures, but keep in mind that there are some limitations to each approach. So be sure to discuss the available methods with your doctor, in addition to the goal of reducing pain, you should also consider the safety, convenience, and also the cost of the procedure.

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About the Author: Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on Daily Mid Time Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: peter@dailymidtime.com