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    Weight loss and hemorrhoids.....is there a connection?

    Sort of a touchy subject but, this is the second time in my life (I'm almost 42) that I have lost a significant amount of weight and at the tail end of the journey, I get a hemorrhoid. The first time was back in '99. I had lost approximately 35 lbs (and not the good kind of weight loss, I might add) and after the weight loss....BAM! My first ever 'roid. Now, 11 years later, I shed 20 lbs eating mostly primally and POOF! another 'roid.

    What could be the connection or can this really be that much of a coincidence? I have never had them in my life until these two episodes of extreme (for me) and rather sudden drops in weight.

    I hope you were finished with breakfast, btw.

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    Hmm, I would think that losing weight would make it better, not worse.

    Are you over-doing it on fiber?

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    See, you say make it better. It wasn't an issue before the weight loss. Not once did I have a problem while I was in the 175 to 185 range, but the first time I dropped to 140 (the starvation type diet) and now to 155 (eating primal), it rears its ugly head. I'm also talking over 10 years apart these episodes.

    And honestly, I had more poop moving problems with the CW diet than I do now. I befuddled.

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    Losing weight and 'roids are probably totally separate things. 'Roids are most often associated with pressure, like from constipation (frequently), pregnancy, etc. Before and while I was stabilizing my low thyroid, I was pretty constipated a lot of times. Now? Not so much unless I sweat too much at work (which was the case several times this summer). I also know that for some people, cheese gets them constipated as well.

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    I get bothered by them every now and then. In August I had a lot of success with weight loss and found that eliminating fruit & dairy from my diet along with more frequent intermittent fasting led to having no inflammation back there at all.

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    I bet it's in some way related to the different foods you eat when losing weight vs before you lose. Maybe fiber related, maybe fat related, maybe something is irritating. Is your weight loss associated with constipation during a transitional period?

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    I wonder if the way you're built in particular (veins relatively close to the surface, maybe?) was masked by the added fat padding before. Now that the fat isn't there, you're at a naturally higher risk of hemorrhoids? That would fit with your previous experience too, that skinny = 'roids.

    I dunno. Sorry to hear you're dealing with this!
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    I would not be surprised if there is some connection. I've never had a hemorrhoid in my 40 year life until after losing 50lbs on the PB.

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    I dont know if there is a connection or not. many years ago I got very sick and lost about 4 or 5 kg in a very short space of time - I was already skinny but became even skinnier at 46kg (yeah think nicole richie skinny) then I started working at a casino in the main bank and was lifting heavy coin a lot, and then I got haemorroids. I believe it was the lifting that was the problem. Once you've got the little suckers they are a pain in the arse (yes pun intended) and i dont think they ever go. I actually had mine injected to make them smaller when I had a colonoscopy a few years back which has helped but they're still there. standing for long periods brings them on. sigh

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    Like other varicosities, hemorrhoids are typically a 'tissue integrity' problem. Stretch marks too.

    Tissue integrity can be improved by upping dietary antixoidants, monitoring dietary zinc and retinol/vitamin A, protein and supplementing moderate amunts of antioxidants, zinc and A as required. nutritiondata.self.com is an excellent too for tracking intake

    Occasionally I rotate through a bottle of grapeseed extract, pycnogenol, green tea extract and take vitamin A at about 1/6th of my D dose per day. For me that means an average of 1000 IU vitamin A per day though I take infrequently: 10,000 IU every 10 or so days. But usually I forget and end up taking 30,000 IU once a month.

    I'll also add that I don't think supplements are ideal but rather a compromise when not eating the whole animal. Most of us here tend to eat only muscle meat and some liver. Few and far between are those eating brain, eyes, thymus, pancrease, kidney, lung etc. When we miss out on the whole animal, we miss out nutritionally.
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