Took 400mg ibuprofen, some overnight laxatives and a sleeping tablet last night and slept a full 7.5 hrs – that’s 25% more than I normally do. Feel great but my bottom is sore today and I had to rush to the toilet but didn’t yield much. I think some prune juice and a strong latte is the order. Let’s see if there is more to give; it feels like it.
Things are actually much better now. Whereas when I woke up this morning thought I would have to ask the consultant to flip off the bands I am now confident that I can go through this and it will be ok. I have managed to sit down for almost four hours for a conference call this afternoon and I feel ok. Still taking 400mg of ibuprofen every four hours and this probably helping. I am also taking laxatives and have started taking Fybogel – a fibre laxative product we got from Boots.
So all in all it is much better now.
Had I known how much pain I would be in after the surgery, I am not sure I would have gone through with the surgery.
My surgeon, I think, forgot to tell me about laxatives – which made overnight and this morning pretty much hell (!!!). I had real difficult going to the toilet for bowel movements and the pain from the banding of the hemorrhoids and the removal of the two rectal fibroepithelial pylons. Prune juice and espresso coffee to the rescue. It was such a relief when I had bowel movement although scary as it was very bloody.
Bloody because the scars from the rectal fibroepithelial pylons haven’t healed yet. My surgeon / specialist consultant had warned me about that – apparently this can continue in ten days after surgery.
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.