I thought it would be useful to give a little background to my case, allowing you to better understand the hemorrhoid procedure/surgery I went through and why.
I’m a 41 white European man living in the UK. I’m originally from Scandinavia but I’ve been living in the US and UK for most of my life. I’m looking after my body, I eat well, I exercise or lift weights every day (the nurse asked me yesterday if I was an athlete), I’m a nonsmoker and I don’t drink excessively. My weight is 78kg (172lbs / 12 stone) and I’m 192cm (6.3 foot).
I’ve suffered from internal hemorrhoids for about ten years and consulted my doctor regularly, he would give me creams, which would alleviate the condition but not resolve it. About a month ago I discussed with my doctor again and was referred to a specialist.
I met with the specialist, he examined me and booked me to come back for a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. The Flexible Sigmoidoscopy was not great – it was painful but only for 20 minutes. And, agh – it included getting an enema – not nice!
The specialist consultant suggested banding my hemorrhoids and removing two rectal fibroepithelial pylons – I had the surgery yesterday.
I am starting this blog after going through hemorrhoid, or pile, procedure/surgery yesterday; about 24 hours ago. I have had a difficult night, which meant I googled loads of forums about hemorrhoids treatments and side effects etc. I didn’t find any step by step experience and thought it might help other people hence this blog. I plan to update over the next week or so to make this a reference (for what its worth) for other people going through the same in the future. I hope it helps.
Feel free to leave comments; I will try to answer where I can.
I think this will be one of the last posts on this blog relative to this surgery. I’m meant to see my physician again in about a month so I may post after that appointment.
Since my last post my condition has improved dramatically. I can now go to the toilet without being in pain. I still feel stinging from time to time – I assume that’s the healing not entirely done.
It took until just two days short of two weeks for things to normalize. I can now run well again but I’m weary of forcing myself too much in the gym. I’m still taking fibogel from time to time and I will probably continue that, especially if I slack and don’t eat enough fiber.
The piles / hemorrhoids seems to have gone; the don’t prolapse any longer and I’m only left with the stinging feeing and a ‘flap’ from where the stinging originates. I guess I’ll find out when I see my physician how successfull the procedure was.
Am I happy I got the procedure done? Yes. Did I underestimate the healing process? Massively.
I hope my blow by blow posts have helped someone. I would have liked better insight before I embarked on this journey.
Today is Tuesday morning and my surgery was on Wednesday morning last week – so, almost a week today.
I feel better. I slept really well and managed to have bowel movement this morning. Less stinging but it’s still there.
I’m hoping the surgery was worth it. I’m ready to put it all behind me!
I feel so much better this evening. I just got off a three hour train ride and didn’t need the toilet at all. I had been really scared that I needed the toilet and it wasn’t available – no need for that concern.
Let’s see how the night goes. It’s 1045pm and I’m heading to bed with a laxative and 400mg of ibuprofen.
Went to the gym this morning. All good. Read an article suggesting that any pressure you should channel to your core, to your torso, and avoid heavy lifting. I focused on chest with cable rows, back with reverse cable rows, and some arms with seated curls. As I said, all good.
Great night!!! I slept right through and woke this morning by the rain pounding the roof.
I did need the toilet about 15 mins after waking up and managed to clear bowels after three attempts. But – it’s stinging as hell.
That said. I feel much better today.
Good afternoon. I managed some bowel movement and it instantly helped relieve symptoms. I am drinking a lot and it seem to help. Less itching this afternoon; or maybe I am just getting used to the itching, stinging feeling. I feel everything is on the up at the moment.
Went for a run this morning; that went all fine. Got back and felt really ‘full’ tried bowel movement and very little apart from air. I have decided not to push/strain although it is so, so tempting to clear the uncomfortable feeling. Another bath, soothing and after having some brunch I finally had some meaningful bowel movement; nothing major but pleasantly relieving. Stings like hell but it is better than feeling you are going to explode.
Very little blood now – I hope that’s a good sign.
Getting really impatient. I need to be on top of everything on Tuesday and have a busy week ahead of me from then onwards. Grr – backside hurry up and get better please…