In thinking 'piles' should be more talked about?

(105 Posts)
Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 14:39:10

First time in my life I've had them.. And OUCH!

But I'm sooo embarrassed.. I've had to make up a 'pulling a muscle' injury at work to cover why I keep wincing and squeaking when I sit down wrong!

Allegedly 40% of the population has had them.. So why aren't they ever talked about?

Or am I just a total prude lol

HeySoulSister Wed 28-Aug-13 14:43:10

the word 'piles' is a kind of nickname for they are talked about!

My DF talks about his all the time. I wish people talked about them less. grin

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 14:45:24

MrsTP - I wish I knew your husband we could compare stories lol.. I truly don't know anyone whose admitted to
Having them!

Thepowerof3 Wed 28-Aug-13 14:46:11

Are you pregnant Nickname?

currentlyconfuseddotcom Wed 28-Aug-13 14:47:19

40%?! Ouch.

ToriaPumpkin Wed 28-Aug-13 14:47:46

I've talked about mine (they followed labour) because I've got friends who wouldn't and I want them to feel comfortable asking for help/advice. I don't go on about them, even my husband isn't entirely sure how I treated them (think he prefers not to think about it which is fair) but I did rant about them four weeks post partum and if someone talks about after effects etc I've said I had them. A shocking number of people I've said it to gaze had them too!

My FIL is like MrsTerry's DF though. There is a limit to what I share grin

onlysettleforbutterflies Wed 28-Aug-13 14:49:01

My family suffer with piles, you have my full sympathy, they are incredibly painful and really inhibit every day life. Have you been to the doctor?

MistyB Wed 28-Aug-13 14:53:34

Good lord No!! But poor you!!

I hope you had your best 'I am in serious agony' face on when you went to the doctor. Witch hazel poured onto moist tissues are your friend.

sonlypuppyfat Wed 28-Aug-13 14:54:04

I had a flare up a few months ago and it was honestly the worst pain of my life. I was crying in my DD arms my DH had to sleep downstairs I have really had to look at my diet and try and drink a lot more water. Try and keep your motions as soft as possible that really helps. Hope they get better soon

SourSweets Wed 28-Aug-13 14:58:33

I always talk about mine. I had a baby just over 3 weeks ago and my god, I wish someone had warned me.

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 14:59:21

Noooo not pregnant! Just a bad case of constipation which literally turned me inside out cringes

LifeofPo Wed 28-Aug-13 15:02:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

littlemog Wed 28-Aug-13 15:05:01

water as hot as you can bare

eddiemairswife Wed 28-Aug-13 15:34:19

Had them with my third baby. When she got them with her first I said it served her right. She was not amused!

onlysettleforbutterflies Wed 28-Aug-13 15:35:57

Just a little tip, although not conventional and a bit yuck, when you're in severe pain and nothing is alleviating it, trying sticking one of these over that area blush [] it works I promise!

grimbletart Wed 28-Aug-13 15:46:53

You're right. I had them operated on over 30 years ago (they were so bad that none of the other treatments - creams, injections, banding - would do any good; but I was so embarrassed that I told my work place friends that the op was for "women's troubles". How daft is that? grin

PS - was the best thing I did - the op I mean, not the lie - as it was a complete cure after years of misery.

Fakebook Wed 28-Aug-13 15:47:39

Apparently it's hereditary, so your family will have a good idea about the problem. My sister has them too, exacerbated by pregnancy and child birth. I compare and share stories and pain with her. I would never share piles stories with my friends! It's a family thing!

OhTheDrama Wed 28-Aug-13 16:13:43

Yep I've heard they are hereditary too. You would love my dad OP, he is very vocal about the operation he had to remove his piles blush! I had them in all my pregnancies and boy do I not miss sitting sobbing on the toilet!

oh god me and my close buddies regularly discuss our arses, piles, shit, you name it. We are a mixed gender group all in our mid thirties. I was late to the 'piles gang' (although we all have mild to severe ibs and can't keep quiet when it comes to the quantity and quality of our bum custard)

my favourite piles conversation of all time came when my best mate was poorly as fuck with her pile. She was convinced it was visible through her clothes if she bent over (it wasn't). She sent her DH to the pharmacy in sainsburys for some kind of botty easing product. Her DH is really quite posh, and terribly naice. I was at home with her when DH rang from the pharmacy, and the conversation I heard went something like this

DH: DW, I'm here with the pharmacist. (strangled pause) she wants to know whether you'd like some anusol cream or a suppository? What would you like me to tell her?

Friend: Both! Get both! It's the size of my fucking thumb. It really hurts.

DH: Could I take both please. Yes cream and suppository please. Yes.

I was no help at all due to pissing myself laughing from the corner of the room at the thought of my friends DH dying inside but struggling on for his lovely missus.

Of course, soon after, I got my very own arse baby, and how they chortled when I rang to say I thought I'd definately either sat on or somehow wegded a piece of glass/splinter of wood up my bum. I too was in the unenviable position of limping to the pharmacy for cream and suppository. Mind you, instant blessed relief. Sigh.....

insummeritrains Wed 28-Aug-13 17:29:47

YANBU I've had ishoo's since birth of DC1 and it seems to be the only taboo amongst my friends. I talk to my parents about it as my DF has suffered with them quite a bit.

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 18:11:10

Trashcan, I laughed so hard at that post that I needed to apply more cream! blush

SHarri13 Wed 28-Aug-13 18:16:18

They're a bloody nightmare. 3 babies has made sure that mine are there all of the time. I had a thrombosed one web expecting my last baby, OMG it was horrendous!

BooCanary Wed 28-Aug-13 18:22:36

Its horrendous. I've had them since bad IBS a few years before DC. DC2 well and truly wrecked me though and I have bad flare ups now and again. If I have a sickness bug it nearly finishes me!


PoppyWearer Wed 28-Aug-13 19:16:01

I was very fortunate that one very kind work colleague warned me about them when I was expecting DC1. She just said in passing "oh and no one mentions it, but make sure you have some pile cream in the house for after the birth."

I think the pain from mine after birth was worse than the stitches, TBH.

dizzy77 Wed 28-Aug-13 19:16:24

See, I'm seriously considering nc-ing due to writing this. But I have post baby piles and they've been a nightmare since DS2 (never really sorted themselves out after Ds1 but were manageable). I hate the horrible cream and nasty applicator and am curious about the treatment options. I had to see the very worst, most unsympathetic GP at our local practice when I couldn't bear it anymore and he gave me the decent cream. Thankfully he also referred me and I've had the letter inviting me to see the specialist in about a million weeks time wondering if the health insurance through work will cover it but can't face the conversation!

PollyPlummer Wed 28-Aug-13 19:22:19

I had them when I was upfuffed and again recently.
I didn't realise that they would deflate after a few days. I have just got saggy grape size balloons around my arse now.
Has anyone successfully pushed them back up ?
I was too scared to, it hurt too much.

expatinscotland Wed 28-Aug-13 19:24:59

They are a nightmare! Hemoclin. It's the way to go!

ok, here's my recipe for ultimate pile success.

a) do talk about them, in the quiet of a good friends kitchen. It's rubbish suffering alone

b) always use moist toilet tissue (andrex is my personal favourite) for wiping after a poo

c) drink plenty of water - hydration is very important in pile management

d) avoid alcohol (see above)

e) when suffering an attack use cream on the outside of your bumhole and cream suppository inside using fingers not applicator (you can wash them after, and your bum should be kept scrupulously clean anyway with the moist tissues)

f) remember to laugh. Bums are funny.

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 19:43:46

Thanks for the tips ladies!

I'm a bit squeamish myself about the whole 'push them back up' I tried but it hurt like fuck they came back out again!!!

Though I only have one.. Granted its a biggish one nearly broke my neck looking in a mirror but it's only one.. Far too embarrassed to go to the GP.. But was debating banding it myself with dc's hair bands! grin

CharlotteBr0nteSaurus Wed 28-Aug-13 19:51:39

i am quite happy to bore my nearest and dearest about mine, especially as I was the first one in our group of friends to have a baby, so feel it's my duty to worn the uninitiated

mine started after I had DD1, returned when I was pg with dd2, but my worse flare-up was last month. i cancelled several social engagements in favour of lying (face down, obviously) on the sofa, whimpering, until the suppositories did their stuff. the offending haemorrhoid was so big I worried that i might in fact be growing a testicle.

candycoatedwaterdrops Wed 28-Aug-13 19:56:39

I've never been pregnant but I have piles. They are grim and weird feeling.

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Wed 28-Aug-13 19:57:43

I had mine removed. It was the most painful horrid long thing ever. I was in AGONY. It took me 4 weeks to recover and I didn't tell a soul apart from dp. Not anyone. I was so embarrassed

Incidentally The Most Painful Operaton Ever didn't work and I've still got an empty balloon thing and another pile sad

May I ask? Does it interfere with your love life? I can bare to let dp do the sec from behind. Which is a shame blush

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Wed 28-Aug-13 19:58:25

Sec = sex. My phone is as prudish as I am

SirRaymondClench Wed 28-Aug-13 19:59:30

My arse was like a blood orange in the months after my DS birth.
I didn't like to talk about it then, just slathered on the Anusol and got on with it.
Thought it would be bad after DD but it wasn't too bad.

candycoatedwaterdrops Wed 28-Aug-13 20:01:20

Sitting on the toilet and breathing seems to help my piles, not sure why but it does.

expatinscotland Wed 28-Aug-13 20:09:20

I've heard any op to remove them is horrid and can be unsuccessful. sad

Mine are external and believe me, there is NO pushing them back up!

onlysettleforbutterflies Wed 28-Aug-13 20:18:33

I have had the op and haven't had them since, even when pregnant. They also removed a fissure and cut the muscle at the same time so it was a horrendous op but not sure how it compares to a normal removal. Was worth it though!

Chesntoots Wed 28-Aug-13 20:25:15

I have them due to IBS. Its not the pain really, its the bleeding and I have to wear one of those always extra long towels every day.

I do talk about them to my mates at work. I was surprised how many other people have them but don't ever mention it. They all seemed a bit relieved someone had actually spoken about it!

NeedlesCuties Wed 28-Aug-13 20:27:01

OP, YANBU. I'd never really heard of piles and even now I'm a mum of two kids I still haven't read much anywhere about them.

I was untroubled until DC2 was about a month old when I must have burst a pile (didn't even really know I had one) and it turned into an anal fissure. Talk about pain!!!!

2 doctors examined me, had 2 different types of camera tests and was given lots of lotions and potions. Also was on waiting list for surgery to fix the fissure if it didn't heal itself (Google it if you dare!). But praise the Lord, it healed itself!

Twinklestarstwinklestars Wed 28-Aug-13 20:27:36

I got them when pregnant with ds3 who is 9 weeks. Anusol was the only thing that helped but they were awful.

Not namechanging, I don't care. I got them after DC2 and then one thrombosed and landed me in A&E. I didn't even know what it was until that happened so yes, I wish I'd been warned. I thought it was The End!

Thankfully I was on maternity leave as I wouldn't have fancied explaining to work that I couldn't come in because my arse had exploded.

InSpaceNooneCanHearYouScream Wed 28-Aug-13 20:46:12

Dizzy77 I work in Health insurance and about 20% of our calls are about piles- please don't be embarrassed- we speak to many people a day with problems they're embarrassed about. We are able to help a lot of people get em sorted quickly so don't hesitate to ring! smile

growingbytheday Wed 28-Aug-13 21:00:36

Pollyplummer -did you name change for this? grin

PollyPlummer Wed 28-Aug-13 21:04:55

No grin. Iam not aashamedof my deflated bum grapes, unless I know you in rl, in which case I am asskinng for a friend wink

raisah Wed 28-Aug-13 21:04:57

Lots of water and syrup of figs to keep your bowel movements regular and soft.

iklboo Wed 28-Aug-13 21:10:32

'The Grapes Of Kath' - one woman's struggle with haemorrhoids. I reckon it'll outsell 50 Shades.....

PollyPlummer Wed 28-Aug-13 21:19:08

grin the grapes of Kath

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 21:22:29

humu I can't even think about sex at the moment let alone positions! Your a braver woman than me grin dh swears he won't look but I know he will but I just want to have all the stuff that's meant to be IN my body.. Back IN it..

Wellwobbly Wed 28-Aug-13 21:25:28

This thread is killing me.

<< wiping tears, reaching for asthma pump>>

Oh, Mumsnet grin

BaconAndAvocado Wed 28-Aug-13 21:26:18

OP I completely agree with you.

After DS2 I had a very bad case of the Farmer Giles and, apart from labour, this was the worse pregnancy related condition, yet the least talked about.

Wellwobbly Wed 28-Aug-13 21:26:32


That's set me off again.

Both! Get fucking both! Ha ha ha ha haaa

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Wed 28-Aug-13 21:33:03

I've had them for ten years! I've have had to do it at some point!

And waxes. How can you have a bikini wax? The skinny young girl would be horrified

please DON'T TRY TO 'PUSH THEM BACK UP' it's a myth.... there are piles inside and piles outside!!!!

ModreB Wed 28-Aug-13 21:44:51

Sorry, I have had them since DS1, and he is 23yo. They have been banded, surgically stripped, banded again, stripped again, and they still keep coming back. They bleed so much that I need to use a sanitary towel sometimes.

I don't have varicose veins though, and the last time I was in hospital with them went into a clinical study about piles, and was told that my sphincter (sp) and bowel muscles are excellent, so they don't know why I keep getting them angry

And I find that the bleeding is worse when my poo is soft - what's that about then?

SeaSickSal Wed 28-Aug-13 21:46:14

I thought I had them for years. Turned out it was a really big skin tag which I had removed. Now I have a perfect bumhole.

But yes it would have saved me a fortune in Anusol if I had known the symptoms better and realized it was not piles. And I was too embarrassed to go to the docs too.

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 21:48:20

Ok seasick - fess up.. What's the perfect bum hole lmfao

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 21:49:01

I just thought about bikini waxes and actually felt faint! shock

expatinscotland Wed 28-Aug-13 21:49:10

Oh, trust me, this ain't no skin tag! LOL. I remember when I first got them. It was after I'd given birth to DD2. Midwife rang the doc from the house and said, 'Well, I've had 4 children and I wouldn't want to sit on that!'

Almostfifty Wed 28-Aug-13 21:52:19

Trashcan My Doctor told me to push them back up when I had them when pregnant! Mind, that was many years ago.

Had them twice since, luckily they've only been small.

Bloody horrible things.

SeaSickSal Wed 28-Aug-13 21:53:33

Mine. Mine is perfect. I used to have skin tags and fissures and now it is the perfect round hole. I had surgery, it's like a facelift for your arse but you get it on the NHS.

Sopster Wed 28-Aug-13 21:55:28

PMSL!!! Yet it's sooooo not funny when you have them! Had them on and off since pregnant no 1 and had a thrombosed one earlier this year. OMG the pain!!!!! Told couple of close friends (mums obv) who were v v sympathetic.

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 21:56:44

I just made a really traumatising stupid mistake.. All this talk of bleeding etc made me think 'ooh maybe I don't have piles at all!!' (Not had any blood).

I googled it. I google IMAGED it.

I don't think I'm ever getting some of those pictures out of my head.. One picture actually looked like someone was giving birth from their bottom it was that big I saw eyes!

PrivateBenjamin Wed 28-Aug-13 21:58:25

Don't use tea tree oil shower gel anyway, DP bought some and I used it last night. Jesus, I felt like that guy on the Airwaves advert, flying though the air on a fresh breeze.

PollyPlummer Wed 28-Aug-13 21:59:00

I made that mistake Nickname. I actually felt dizzy.

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 21:59:02

Seasick.. Is it wrong for me to be jealous of your bum hole? Because I think I am! hmm

mine is far from perfect maybe once this goes (and it will go!!!!!) I should treat myself to some type of anal beauty treatment! grin

Nicknameinvalid Wed 28-Aug-13 22:00:16

PrivateBen.. A thong is out too

Lethologica Wed 28-Aug-13 22:04:45

I had some for years, they didnt irritate me but they did bleed. I would mention them to GPs from time to time but not seriously IYSWIM. Eventually I had an op. It was quick and painless and I wished I had done it years previously.
I told my friends I was having a 'ahem' operation (said with a grin and raised eyebrows). There was lots of talk about it being a good thing to do but I don't think anyone actually admitted to piles. It's a bit silly really blush

Fakebook Wed 28-Aug-13 22:06:27

Mine got worse when pregnant last time. After childbirth I was in pain for months and months. I'd actually cry from the pain.
What helped me was regular pelvic floors but with the back passage. I read somewhere that piles are caused by skin getting loose around the rectum, so a bit like a stocking falling down and causing wrinkles. You have to smooth the stocking out by pulling it up, so it's the same with piles, except you do pelvic floor exercises to build the muscle up again.

I'm so stupid for getting pregnant again! I know my poor bum will suffer the consequences of this. Does anyone know if you need to strain more with a third dc born around 22m after your previous labour?

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Wed 28-Aug-13 22:08:21

lethologica was yours a haemorroidectomy (sp?)

Mine was so far from painful

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Wed 28-Aug-13 22:08:58

Painless I mean

AddictedtoCrunchies Wed 28-Aug-13 22:10:59

Are piles always grape-type lumps on the outside?

Or can the area just be sore and very itchy?

What is the best potion to use?

StickyProblem Wed 28-Aug-13 22:18:47

Thanks so much for this thread! I feel alone no longer....

Am just back at work after holiday, but when I first stopped work I thought I was making a diamond with my arse. Germoloids suppositories are my fave! Also, plenty of sleep...mine starts grumbling when I get too tired. I shout at it sometimes - "I KNOW I'm tired, you bastard, I don't need you throbbing and aching to tell me to slow down!"

LadyBigtoes Wed 28-Aug-13 22:25:04

Ah, I'm crying laughing at this thread. You are so right OP. I don't talk about them to anyone except DP yet statistically several of my friends should have horror stories to share.

Mine are mild thankfully, they were bad during pregnancy but then went away and only flare up when I'm really stressed or overworked. But I do have one of those "deflated balloons" (I thought it was just me!!!) and I hate it. I never appreciated my perfect bumhole when I had it. And no, you can't push it back up. It pops out.

Lethologica Wed 28-Aug-13 22:29:09

Yep, it was one of those... It was deffinitely uncomfortable but it wasn't painful. I was very nervous the first few times I went to the bathroom but it was fine. I was expecting it to keep bleeding.

I actually went to the bathroom the same day as the operation but had taken stool softener s so it was ok.

Maybe it's a bit like root canal surgery, sometimes its pain free and sometimes its hideously painful.

<<speaks from experience sad >>

samu2 Wed 28-Aug-13 22:35:08

My name is Sam I have the Farmer Giles.

They itch sometimes and keep me awake!

I even rushed to the GP once when they started bleeding.. I have fissures too.

samu2 Wed 28-Aug-13 22:39:07

Oh and my husband sometimes catches them when we have sex. I have to tell him to move as he is rubbing my piles.


LadyBigtoes Wed 28-Aug-13 22:41:32

"catches" them!?! aarrggh! <attempts to tuck balloon in. Again.>

PollyPlummer Wed 28-Aug-13 22:43:12

Youch samu.

samu2 Wed 28-Aug-13 22:43:30

well, rubs against them.

Bibblebo Wed 28-Aug-13 22:46:38

Cutting out bread and eating muesli instead is a great help!

Gurraun Wed 28-Aug-13 22:47:02

Oh my god they are worst things ever. I got two at 38 weeks pregnant. They thrombosed and were so awful they took me in for an emergency section as they were worried I'd haemorrhage if I went into labour.

They were vastly improved as soon as hefty baby removed but I'm lucky to have bupa so saw a consultant when baby a week old and he injected them with phenyl to kill them completely. That was 5 weeks ago and all sorted now.

I talk about them to anyone and everyone and urge any sufferers to get them sorted (camp at doctors and refuse to leave if necessary )

almostfifty that's appalling! I'd want to hunt down that fucker and do him/her some serious damage....

BatwingsAndButterflies Thu 29-Aug-13 11:36:20


I used to want children but among various other things, threads like this make me think I'll just enjoy my money and perfect bumhole forever.

SirRaymondClench Thu 29-Aug-13 11:49:49

Seasick have you considered a career as a bumhole model?
Because there must be a market for it (somewhere)

DoudousDoor Thu 29-Aug-13 11:51:12

I gave birth in France. When it was "checking out" time (4 days after the birth) the midwife came round to give me all the various prescriptions (painkillers for me, vitamins for DS etc.) and asked if I needed something for piles.

So it's very well-known here!

Foolishly I smugly said no and regretted it a while later. Have not had a lot of pain though yet just random bleeding and pain sometimes. Not even convinced it is piles. Thought it might be once when I went to the loo and it looked like a scene from a horror movie (and it wasn't period blood) but fortunately that's not happened again.

<raises hand>

I have piles, external ones, caused by IBS and stress. Doesn't matter how much water I drink, the bastardy things can be agony. Last xmas & new year was horrendous, but after much steroid cream and changing jobs they have subsided. I'm keeping everything crossed that they don't come back!

Nicknameinvalid Thu 29-Aug-13 14:57:02

Thanks to the advice on here (namely suppositories) they are feeling a bit better - still sticking out like I've got a tail tho blush and wiping ones bottom is a teeth clenching, trying not to screech experience.

Wellwobbly Thu 29-Aug-13 15:53:21

"Oh and my husband sometimes catches them when we have sex. I have to tell him to move as he is rubbing my piles. "

<<Wobbly bent double w mirth >>

No. These stories can NOT be topped.

brianbennettfan Thu 29-Aug-13 17:07:14

Had a nasty dose of the Farmers a few weeks ago.

Second what expat wrote a couple of pages ago about using Hemoclin. £16.99 at Boots (ouch) but very effective.

Feel sorry in my heart for those who have had a thrombosed pile, they are worse than childbirth. My perfect bumhole vanished when I had DD1 at the ripe old age of 21.

Nicknameinvalid Thu 29-Aug-13 17:27:50

Am I alone in wondering how they can be 'caught' whilst having sex? Either I'm doing it wrong or I have no imagination...

Unless of course he frequently 'misses' the goal hmm grin

And I suspect that seeing as this tho

Nicknameinvalid Thu 29-Aug-13 17:28:41

Argh! Bloody iphone!

I suspect I'm slightly over thinking this as this thought occurred to me whilst driving on the motorway today grin

Almostfifty Thu 29-Aug-13 18:13:59

Ahh Trashcan she was the most lovely doctor I'd ever had. Saw me through all four pregnancies, and we both cried when I moved away.

Her husband was also a doctor. She said he was, 'Very sympathetic to people who had piles...' The poor sod probably got her pushing his back up for him!

vjg13 Thu 29-Aug-13 19:43:59

A relative of mine only went to her GP when it WAS THE SIZE OF A HEN's EGG! Even the GP struggled to not gasp when she saw it.

shudder..... ooooooh fucketty fuck fuck

and why don't we have more friggin bidet action in this country? Somebody I knew had an electric shower fitted next to the toilet. She was marrying a muslim chap who had to wash his parts five times a day before praying. I have thought upon this many times. I'd like to wash my parts every time I wee or poo. Just with water. It'd be luvverly.

SeaSickSal Thu 29-Aug-13 23:43:39

SirRaymond I have. But I don't think the world is ready to deal with the perfection that is my bumhole.

FiftyShadesofGreyMatter Fri 30-Aug-13 08:35:50

SeaSickSal could you please elaborate on your skin tag op. Please pm me if you don't want to share with the world, thanks grin

Mine have come and gone since DS1 was born. Had an awful case about two weeks ago, thanks to MN as soon as they appear now I get the suppositories! Luckily my GP has given me daily movicol now as my meds seem to have a bit of a bunging effect, which was Not Helping. Took me ages after the birth of DS1 to realise that the majority of my undercarriage pain was piles rather than fanjo pain grin

My mum has had her thrombosed ones operated on twice, once just after having DD2 (who is now heavily pregnant and suffering with her own!) and once again more recently. She is very upfront about it and made her young male colleagues blush when they asked if she was okay as she'd been in hospital.

Yonihadtoask Fri 30-Aug-13 09:13:44


I too, am a sufferer. Am awaiting a date for my op - as have been in real pain with them.

But it is embarrassing - and other people think you are being a big old softie, and wimping out of activities because of piles.

However mine have eased a bit, still there. But in the first month I slept not a wink. I had a (imaginary) goblin kicking me up the arse all through the night with a pointed shoe. I was mainlining Co-Codamol - which in hindsight was the worse thing to be prescribed! Grr..

I doubt that the op will be a breeze - but I want to be back to normal, and not have this cluster of grapes hindering my bum wiping. Grim.

I have told all my friends about it, most have suffered, but not to the same extent.

Buzzardbird Fri 30-Aug-13 10:10:51

My 'chalfonts' (chalfont st.Giles) really itch...anyone else's do that?

StupidFlanders Fri 30-Aug-13 10:25:57

Ok I'll talk- I started a couple of threads when I got mine a week before my c section. The dr said she was glad I wasn't having a vaginal birth.

The entire week I was either sitting on ice, trying to lie down and crying.

They thrombosed. It was unbearable- worse pain than when I recovered from a c section without pain relief.

I will not have any more children and I've insisted when we renovate, the ensuite will have a bidet.

I tell everyone who is pregnant to drink heaps of oj - even though mine came from no where. I feel guilt at the joy that mine went straight after birth- I really feel for those who suffer regularly.

Mimishimi Fri 30-Aug-13 10:46:30

I got them after both children were born. If I am particularly constipated, I will get them now but that's pretty rare...maybe once a year for a day or two. Lots of fibre and lots of water are the only things that help prevent/alleviate the condition for me.

Buzzardbird Fri 30-Aug-13 10:50:30

The sonographer told me to eat any cereal I wished for breakfast but always put a tablespoon of pure bran on it. Good advice though still have 'nobbies' (nobbie styles)

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