Hemorrhoids and IBS – How Do They Differ?

Hemorrhoids and irritable bowel movement are two totally different conditions, but both affect the rectal region of your body and share very similar symptoms in a lot of cases. Also, it is possible to be affected by both of them at the same time, as one can lead to another if not treated properly.

It is quite unfortunate to suffer from either one of those on their own, so being affected by two at the same time can be a real struggle and inconvenience for the person. In most cases, neither hemorrhoids or IBS can be treated by just applying a cream or consuming some type of pills. These type of treatment method are often only dealing with the symptoms, which can be fine and very relieving, but if you want to fully recover, certain lifestyle changes have to be made.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome And Hemorrhoids

Why can IBS and hemorrhoids happen at the same time? Well, irritable bowel syndrome is quite a common disorder that affects our large intestine. It can cause you a lot of discomforts, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Each and every one of these symptoms is putting you at risk of developing a nagging hemorrhoid issue, especially if you suffer from frequent constipation. Even tho IBS symptoms are very uncomfortable and can cause you quite a bit of pain, they usually do not cause inflammation, colon tissue damage and do not lead to cancer. Severe symptoms only affect a very small percentage of people, mostly depending on the type of lifestyle the person is leading.

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IBS Symptoms

  • Cramping and pain in lower abdominal area
  • A feeling of being full or bloated
  • More than usual gasing
  • Can also cause frequent constipation or diarrhea
  • Mucus can appear in the stool

Causes

When it comes to irritable bowel movement, it is often caused by a variety of factors, just like with hemorrhoids. Usually, it is a combination of:

  • Unhealthy diet – eating foods that your body is allergic or intolerant too might disrupt the whole digestion process. It often comes down to eating too much saturated fats, spices, chocolate, drinking milk or eating dairy products, drinking sweetened carbonated beverages and even alcohol like beer or wine.
  • Lack of exercise – this one is universal. Performed correctly regular exercising is always helpful when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. It improves your mood by stimulating the endorphin release, it also stimulates your metabolism which is good for digestion, it can significantly help reduce the stress levels, and you will also improve your cardiovascular system, allowing your body to deliver more nutrients and oxygen to your internal organs and muscles.
  • Sedentary lifestyle – people who work a lot in office, sat down long hours in front of a computer, are typically more prone to having problems with their digestive system. This is because if you regularly spend your time being sat down on a chair, especially if it isn’t adjusted to keep you in the right posture, it can lead to muscle tightness and blood clothing problems around the upper hip area. Remember, the hemorrhoid is a vein that got inflamed, swelled up, and shifted out of its normal course. If you regularly restrict the blood flow around your rectal region, you are are putting yourself at much higher risk of developing hemorrhoid or ibs.
  • High amounts of stress on a daily basis – stress is not the real cause of IBS, but it definitely can worsen some symptoms. A significant number of people who suffer from irritable bowel movement find that their symptoms are much more severe when they are more exposed to stressful situations like the first day in a brand new job or writing a final exam in school.
  • Other illnesses and health issues – things like aggressive diarrhea or severe constipation caused by food poisoning or some type of virus, can lead to developing hemorrhoids.

The way it works is that our intestines are aligned with layers of muscle that rhythmically contracts and relaxes to push the food along the digestion process. When you develop IBS, these contractions get out of sync and might get much stronger or lighter than normal.

Also, they might last longer or shorter, causing bloating, gas, discomfort, or even diarrhea and constipation. Sometimes the abnormalities in your gastrointestinal nervous system might also play a big role. This is why I always recommend that you do see your doctor and get it check out by a professional. Here is an article from MayoClinic that you can read about preparing yourself for an appointment.

Treatment

This one is a bit tricky because IBS can be caused by a combination of many different things. It is the main reason why IBS and hemorrhoids are commonly treated by mostly focusing on alleviating the symptoms to allow you to live with the minimum amount of pain and discomfort.

If you want to fully get rid of these health conditions, a quite significant lifestyle change would have to take place, and it could take quite a long time. This is why it is recommended to treat both symptoms and the causes. You want to alleviate the symptoms so you do not have to go through hell, but at the same time, you want to eliminate the main causes, so hemorrhoids and IBS do not bother you anymore.



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