Monday, June 11, 2007

Hemorrhoids

Several months ago I discovered that I had hemorrhoids. Don't ask me how, I just did. But I just had one hemorrhoid. I didn't have multiple hemorrhoids, just one. Or is it one hemorrhoids? Oh dear, I don't know the proper singular/plural for this. Anyway... I had a case of hemorrhoids.

But my point is that I had it, and now it's gone! I thought that I should mention what I've learned about this condition, since approximately 50% of all Americans get them before the age of 50.

What are hemorrhoids? Like most people, at first I didn't really know what they are, even though I've seen tons of tv commercials about them. Simply, they are swollen or enlarged blood vessels in your rectum. Don't worry, they aren't fatal. If you treat them properly, they can either go away (like it did in my case) or they can be easily removed by your doctor.

The main cause for hemorrhoids is too much pressure on the rectal veins. This condition is very common with pregnant women, sedentary lifestyles (office jobs), obese people, those with a fiber-deprived diet (constipation), or even people who excessively consume alcohol or caffeine (can lead to hypertension).

After looking at my own habits, I figured out that my problem was straining myself during bowel movements. This led to an external hemorrhoid. However, once I realized that I was causing my own problem, I just learned to "go with the flow" and not push too hard. After a couple months, the hemorrhoid went away!

There are a couple of good resources I've found (here and here) that describe causes, symptoms, treatments, etc. Check them out and learn a thing or two about your body!

Sometimes difficulties like these are good experiences. You learn to treat your body well and to not misuse it, otherwise problems start popping up. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body," (1 Cor. 6:19-20 NIV).

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