Am I having hemorrhoid?

Janice - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Since my son arrived, he is two and a half months already, I been constipated all the time. Everytme I passed stool, there is always fresh blood in the toilet. Am I having hermorrhoid? I don't feel pain down there, but I am having heavy constipation. I need to strain very hard in order to get it through. I am nursing my son, is it okay take stool softerner? When is this going to be healed? Should I go see doctor? I am just horrifed by the blood I see in the toilet. Please advise. Thanks

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Kirstin - posted on 12/16/2010

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Im not guessing, I gave you advise based on what a lactation consultant AND my Dr told me. It is true that you dont need to drown yourself However it also tends to be true that nursing mothers FORGET to take care of themselves. You asked for an opinion and I am giving you one based on 2 MEDICAL proffesionals. If you dont want to go straight to medication like a laxative and you dont feel concerned enough to go to the Dr try paying attention to what your eating and drinking. The most important thing is to take care of you so that your body can take care of baby. I had the same problem and when I paid close attention I realized I was going all day without drinking even 1 single full glass of water.

Please remember that every single person on here including myself is a mom, If you want to try or not try what others are suggesting thats your choice but only a DR can give you true medical advise. Even tho some people will act as if they know as much as a DR chances are they dont. Good luck!

Janice - posted on 12/16/2010

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Thank You all for your suggestion. I will follow and hope my condition will improve.

Carolyn - posted on 12/15/2010

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its most likey a hemmorrhoid, or a fissure in the tissue just inside the rectum or the anus itself from passing/straining to pass hard stools.

it is absolutely okay to take a stool softener, my pharmacist recommend senekot. it has a mild laxative effect and softens the stool and will not pass through the breastmilk.

its what i took after not having a movement 5 days post delivery, mostly out of fear it would hurt like hell.

the more you strain the worst it can get. if you can feel a hemorrhoid try a hemorrhoid treatment cream. if not, it could be internal.

now if it is a large amount, i might go see my doctor just to be examined and rule out any other conditions.

from what i have read if it is a fissure or hemorroid the blood would be fresh, on the outside of the movement ( not in it) but shouldnt be a bowlful either.

i suggest doing some reading on the signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids so you can get a better idea.

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Rachael - posted on 12/17/2010

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increase your fiber and your water intake and you will have no need for a stool softener. You can also massage your lower abdomen in small circular movements which will also help stimulate peristalsis and get things moving. You should not have to strain to pass a stool. Water is the key, and we are not talking about increasing water to increase milk supply, rather to decrease constipation. Most medications even the "safe" ones will pass into your breast milk. It is up to you, but I am always for trying 100% safe natural solutions like water and fiber (from foods, not supplements) before I go for the less safe alternatives. You do not need to drink a glass of water each time you nurse, but make sure you are getting more than your 8, 8oz glasses a day.

Jessie - posted on 12/17/2010

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I am pretty sure I have been having this problem off and on since I had my son almost a year and half ago. gets lots of fluid, fiber and try a hemroid cream of some witch hazel down there. it may help to use something like vaseline before you have a stool. if you are taking a prenatel vitamin they always made me constipated even while pregnant. also, you son is drinking a lot of your own nutrients and if you aren't eating really well your body will take extra nutrients (fiber, etc) from you so your milk is perfect

Briana - posted on 12/17/2010

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I had a fissure after I had my son. It was PAINFUL to go to the bathroom. I would literally cry out in pain when I did. I took colace to help soften my stool and it was safe for nursing. And I disagree with the water comments. I drank A LOT of water and that helped because at first I was only drinking when I was thirsty...which wasn't often. Now I drink about 96oz a day. Extra fiber will help too.

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Kristin,
The only point we were making is that you don't need to keep track and force yourself to drink loads of water. If you feel like drinking then drink. If I drank 16 oz. or water every time my daughter nursed at that age I'd be drinking 128-160 oz of water a day. I'd never be out of the bathroom! lol.

From: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mo...
"Liquids: It is not necessary to force fluids; drinking to satisfy thirst is sufficient for most mothers. Unless you are severely dehydrated, drinking extra fluids is not beneficial, may cause discomfort, and does not increase milk supply. It is not necessary to drink only water - our bodies can utilize the water from any fluid."

Amy - posted on 12/16/2010

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Lots of water like Kristin said, there are days that I am driving home in my car from work and realize I hadn't had a single glass of water. Whenever I breastfeed I try to drink at least one large glass of ice water as a way of staying hydrated and making sure that I am actually drinking water. I've have hemorhoids in the past that I actually had to have surgically removed, the doctor told me that I should take fiber pills everyday to keep my stools soft. Like someone else said try to eat whole grains too. If you continue to have problems or start experiencing pain I would schedule an appointment with your doctor to ensure that it's really not anything more serious.

Jodi - posted on 12/16/2010

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I had horrible hemorrhoids after my first daughter, they didn't hurt or irritate me at all like all the commercials for creams lead you to believe! It could be hemorrhoid (which can break open and bleed pretty good) or it could be small tears in your rectum from straining hard and having large stools.

If I were you, I would try some Preparation H cream (most come with an instert in the box so you can inject it into your rectum to relieve internal hemorrhoids), Tucks wipes with witch hazel after passing stool and inbetween bowl movements. Make sure you're drinking enough water and not all at once, thrughout the day! Eat lots of fiber and see your doctor. I had to have my doctor remove 2 hemorrhoids for me (not very painful at all!) when they just wouldn't go away. Best of luck!

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Carolyn is right. Drink when you feel thirsty. You don't need to drown yourself. I keep a glass of water near me all day long. By keeping it close I find myself taking frequent sips. I would increase your fiber intake. Eat whole grain, wheat items instead of white (brown rice, whole wheat pastas, wheat bread, etc). You could also try drinking prune juice or eating prunes as they are known to help with hard stools. It looks like stool softeners with Docusate Sodium or Docusate Calcium are safe with breastfeeding. Always check with your doctor or lactation consultant before taking something just to be sure, but I bet you'll find that adding more fiber to our diet will solve the problem without having to take medications. More info:
http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/laxa...

Carolyn - posted on 12/16/2010

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well as far as the water goes i have read multiple times that drowning yourself is a popular misconception about breastfeeding and that so long as you drink to thirst you are generally fine.

it could as simple as a lack of fiber, too much iron, a certain food you are eating, or a wonderful side effect of vitamins.

Kirstin - posted on 12/15/2010

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You are not drinking near enough water would be my first guess... Breast feeding literally sucks the liquids from your body and you need to double or triple your intake. Always have a water bottle handy and try to drink 16 oz everytime you breastfeed. Thats what my Dr recomended, If you have a glass of water when baby is nursing you are drinking all thru the day... If you up your water and it still happens I would see a Dr. It sounds like you are just straining so hard that you could be creating small tears... Hope this helps...

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