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I'm 22 and I think I might have hemoroids. I know it sucks :( When I have a bowel movement I have some bleeding. But i remember being really young about 16 and having the same problem. my boyfriend says it might be because i never ever drink water and my fiber intake is almost non existent. Could this be the reason? If so will drinking more water and eating more fiber help my problem whatever it is..... Thanks!!!!!
Feb 25, 2008 @ 05:05 pm

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Ali de Bold

Go to the Doctor

As always, go to the doctor rather than self diagnose. It could be something small that is easily fixable.

How are your eating habits? It could be a small anal tear from large bowel movements. Sounds gross but sometimes if your diet is out of whack it can cause really large/dense stool that rips you a little bit on the way out. This can cause the bleeding - esp if the blood is bright red, which indicates the injury is fresh and close to the exterior. If the blood is darker, it could be something internal.

Whatever you do, make an appointment with the Doc. In the mean time try to eat more veggies, fruits, drink more water. Hope you feel better soon!
Feb 25, 2008 @ 06:28 pm

I agree...

... with MissChickie. Don't self-diagnose, get to the doctor first! Hemorrhoids can flare up and then reduce (as far as I know they don't go away without special treatment) to the point where you don't notice them. There are several causes; here is a great info page - http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hemorrhoids/

As far as I know, you wouldn't get them directly because of your diet. They can develop if you often strain to go #2, which is probably because your stools are large and solid (as MissChickie already described) and this is often related to your diet.

If you do increase your fiber, you must increase your water intake dramatically. I suffered from chronic constipation for years - I'd increase my fiber like crazy, take Metamucil, and all the other remedies, only to make my constipation ten times worse. I later found out that fiber absorbs a lot of water, so you have to compensate for that.

Assuming you will check with your doctor about the hemorrhoid issue, I'd suggest you start your diet tweak first by drinking more water. If you don't like the taste, try Crystal Light (made with Splenda) or another low-cal sweetener to give your drink some flavor. You'll find that as you drink more, you'll crave more too. This is not only a good idea for your overall health, you'll also notice your stools getting softer and becoming more regular.

Beware of any drinks that contain caffeine - this is a diuretic and will make you purge water, and you'll get more constipated. On the other hand, some people find that a nice strong espresso in the morning cleans the pipes nicely - lol! Just don't go overboard b/c too much will irritate your bowels.

When you are well on track with more water (and fruits/veggies contain a lot of water, so this is also good), start increasing your fiber. Do it slowly to give your body a chance to adapt or you may plug yourself up quickly. It's also a good idea to eat yogurt daily to support digestive health.

I hope everything works out for you soon!
Feb 25, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

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