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    I've never thought I had a problem with defecation, but recently discovered I have hemorrhoids. I suspect it came from my pregnancy and delivery. When I strain or have bulky stools, I can feel the hemorrhoid. If bowel movement is smooth, nothing happens. In the former situation, the hemorrhoid usually disappears after an hour.

    So, now I am thinking that to avoid aggravating the problem, I should try to have smooth bowel movements, and keep the poop small. I get constipated pretty easily, and even eating lots of fat doesn't give me diarrhea as it does to almost everyone I know. I cook everything in coconut oil, tallow, or ghee now, in addition to eating lots of oily fish, fatty cuts of meat, lots of coconut. I still think my bowel movements aren't as smooth as should be. I read online that eating more fiber is supposed to help with hemorrhoids, but doesn't that make poop bulkier? Any suggestions how to deal with hemorrhoids?

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    My mom has been struggling with it for years. She eats a mostly vegetarian diet with little eggs or meat and has had to resort to surgery and suppositories to ease her symptoms. They've been mostly unchanged, but what seems to help with hard stools seems to be eating a few servings of pineapples and papayas daily.
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    • #3
      Prunes probably would not hurt anything. If you can choke them down.
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      • #4
        Fiber = no no no no no. Bulking up your poop is going to make it SO MUCH WORSE. So you are saying that the consistency is inconsistent? Some times are better than others? It seems like it would be worth your while to start a food and poop log, as odd as that sounds, so you can identify foods that might be clogging up the works.
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        • #5
          I struggle with them thanks to pregnancy. Miralax, prunes, and chocolate are your friend. Tucks/witch hazel wipes, too. Good luck!


          Originally posted by JennGlob View Post
          Prunes probably would not hurt anything. If you can choke them down.
          choke prunes down? You're joking, right? The ones I get taste like a candy bar. I love em!
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          • #6
            Fluid intake is actually the most important part. Your colon is where the majority of water absorption happens, and if you're dehydrated, it will take everything it can from the fecal matter before it gets out, resulting in dry, hard stools. Drink more fluid.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
              Fiber = no no no no no. Bulking up your poop is going to make it SO MUCH WORSE. So you are saying that the consistency is inconsistent? Some times are better than others? It seems like it would be worth your while to start a food and poop log, as odd as that sounds, so you can identify foods that might be clogging up the works.
              Yes, the consistency is inconsistency. I started a food log about 3 weeks ago, and noticed I'm more blocked the day after eating more veggies.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                I struggle with them thanks to pregnancy. Miralax, prunes, and chocolate are your friend. Tucks/witch hazel wipes, too. Good luck!

                choke prunes down? You're joking, right? The ones I get taste like a candy bar. I love em!
                I remember those pregnancy days. I was always constipated!

                And I definitely likes prunes a lot more than papaya...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
                  Fluid intake is actually the most important part. Your colon is where the majority of water absorption happens, and if you're dehydrated, it will take everything it can from the fecal matter before it gets out, resulting in dry, hard stools. Drink more fluid.
                  I feel like I drink quite a lot of water. Well, drink to where I don't feel thirsty. But I will try to drink more to see if it helps.

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                  • #10
                    I thought of one more thing today (coincidentally while trying to have a giant pregnant man poop). SQUAT! I've found that getting into a deeper position really helps. I like to steal my 4yo's little step stool to help me out a bit. It gets my feet off the floor and a bit more power behind me. Sorry if that's TMI.
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                    • #11
                      LOL! We live in rural India, and our toilet is a squatting toilet. It helps, but when constipated, I still need to strain... Additionally, I discovered if I squat for too long (more than 5 minutes?), I get lightheaded when I stand back up, and almost passed out once.

                      Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                      I thought of one more thing today (coincidentally while trying to have a giant pregnant man poop). SQUAT! I've found that getting into a deeper position really helps. I like to steal my 4yo's little step stool to help me out a bit. It gets my feet off the floor and a bit more power behind me. Sorry if that's TMI.

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                      • #12
                        Can you rock back and forth over that toilet? (not sure, thinking perhaps you might fall in??). I find the movement helps.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bron View Post
                          Can you rock back and forth over that toilet? (not sure, thinking perhaps you might fall in??). I find the movement helps.
                          I tried this-- actually helps! Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            I find extending one leg forward and to the side changes the angle of things and helps the poop pass more easily. I also take a magnesium pill in the evening which gets things going in the a.m..

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by newberrycrater View Post
                              I also take a magnesium pill in the evening which gets things going in the a.m..
                              Forget everything else you've read and just DO THIS.

                              Start with 500mg RIGHT before you go to bed with 4oz of water.

                              If that doesn't help, then I will send you my first born.

                              Wait, no., second born... he is evil.

                              But really, if that doesn't help, then try 600mg the next night.

                              OR, you can do what I do, and take 400mg around 12 in the afternoon,
                              and then 400mg at bed time.

                              If that doesn't help, I will eat my socks. Promise.

                              Julie

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