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In thinking 'piles' should be more talked about?

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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!

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 28-Aug-13 14:43:36

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!

trashcanjunkie Wed 28-Aug-13 16:39:30

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!

trashcanjunkie Wed 28-Aug-13 19:10:36


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