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They first appeared when pg with dc1 5 years ago and got worse with dc2. Ds2 is now 2.5 and I'm sick of the bloody things.
I used to have periods of them going away for a few months but now they're just constantly there. They have bled every single time I've been to the toilet now for a year. I went to the GP about 6 months ago to make sure that's definitely where the blood was coming from and she confirmed irritated piles.
What can I do? Standing for an hour or more at a time makes them drop more and it's so uncomfortable
I used suppositories when I was pregnant and just after the birth when they were quite bad. I'm in one of those nice phases where they disappear for a while at the moment. Did the GP not suggest anything?
Ask your gp for Proctosedyl suppositories and ointment. After having piles for years and anusol doing nothing, I will be forever grateful to the GP who first suggested this. It cleared even my worst ever case of piles (after birth) up in just over a week...
I generally try and keep them at bay by using over the counter cream and suppositories as well as making sure I don't get constipated (I use lactulose if I am getting a bit constipated). Had a nasty flare up a few months ago and went to the Gp who gave me cream which did in fact clear them up after a week or so....can't remember the name of it but I do recall it was steroid based. If they are really bad and don't go away there are also surgical options you could discuss with the doctor.
Hope you find some relief soon. I know how bloody uncomfortable it can be...actually, I met up with my oldest girl fiends a while ago and we were all moaning about piles..saying how it is actually remarkable how something that can make you so bloody uncomfortable, and miserable, is so common and just considered a normal health problem. (We did then go on to have a fun evening..once we got the commiserating about piles out of the way!).
I'd go back to the doctor just to confirm again and see what else can be done. I was told that is what I had then another doctor said it was a fissure and finally none of those and I was refered and it is actually none of those and a large skin tag instead!
Ask for a referral to a consultant to discuss banding and/or injecting them. I have suffered horribly with them and was even considering having them removed but research told me the pain is incredible. I had them injected and banded 2 years ago and have only had one minor flare up since. Don't be fobbed off by your gp, piles are the most awful thing to have to live with!