Hemorrhoids and riding

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  • 06-14-2007
    jabpn
    Prep H or chamois cream/udder butter. Just keep it lubed while riding. You might prefer the chamois stuff over the Prep H as Prep H has fish oil in it (I believe) and can be quite a lingering smell on clothing.
  • 06-14-2007
    ttug
    well
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chris T
    Thanks guys, for the responses. Eyestrain, I really really doubt anyone wants pics with this thread. If you've got your heart set on it, send me the logistics of how to take a photo of that area and I'll e-mail it to you ;-)!

    I agree that following doctors orders are usually a good idea. However, with him not being a rider while others on here would have experience with it, I thought I might get a more "reasonable" answer (i.e., in my favour!) on here.

    John, thanks for your relating your experience. I didn't think riding would be a huge deal either, as more pressure/friction seems to be on the perineum, not your actual butt! Everything you recommended is exactly as my doctor recommended too. I hope I feel better soon too!

    Thanks again!

    Chris

    I know this sounds a bit gross, however, I popped one on a ride and while there was some initial pain, the thing shrunk back down and to date, its all good.

    I found that ice was the most soothing after a long ride. Just have a seat and a brew and you should be fine. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD avoid an infection.:thumbsup:
  • 06-15-2007
    CD08
    Although the sitz baths are soothing, my doc told me the warm water can actually be bad for the hemorrhoid. He said the hot/warm water causes more blood to go into the hemorrhoid and could actually make it bigger. I always thought the warm sitz bath was the way to go. He said cold water is better. Not that I have ever had one or anything....:rolleyes:
  • 06-15-2007
    mbcracken
    Drawing up one warm'ish sitz bath as I type this reply...

    Uhg!

    Cheers,
    Mike
  • 06-15-2007
    Export A
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CD08
    Although the sitz baths are soothing, my doc told me the warm water can actually be bad for the hemorrhoid. He said the hot/warm water causes more blood to go into the hemorrhoid and could actually make it bigger. I always thought the warm sitz bath was the way to go. He said cold water is better. Not that I have ever had one or anything....:rolleyes:

    I avoid hot water for that reason. I swear it made it worse. I do agree if their internal H's get on your bike and ride! A glass of water with an ounce of lemon juice 3 times a day and high fibre keeps it effortless. Heck keeps your weight down too!
  • 06-16-2007
    mbcracken
    So, would sitting on an ice pack help out too? Of course, not on the bike. :)

    Cheers,
    Mike
  • 06-19-2007
    dagger
    Can be removed surgically on outpatient basis. It will keep coming back.
  • 06-25-2007
    kgg
    2nd this
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rugger
    The key is GOOD fiber, and lots of water. DO NOT use metamucil or the other brand stuff, you should not need to get your body dependent on them.

    Best fiber is bran (i.e. raisin bran), flax seed, oatmeal, etc. Use only natural grain breads, no white bread or highly processed anything. LOTS of fresh fruits and vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower. etc.

    I keep Kellog's in business - 2-3 bowls of raisin bran every night does the trick, going on 20+ years now. I have tried metamucil and such at times when I've been travelling. It's completely worthless. In fact, I have yet to discover a good solution for travelling. Salads and fruits help, but they're not as effective as raisin bran.
  • 10-22-2008
    Sintesi
    Mom told me to tie a string around it and choke it off like a berry. So practical, unsympathetic and to the point ol' ma. She laughed too.

    I think this has something to do w/ her resentment of the pain of my child birth.

    Yes Sintesi has a hemorrhoid right now and it hurts.
  • 01-21-2009
    Magsdad
    Just got finished with my first one. Thrombosed, it eventually became the size of a half golf ball. And it hurt like HELL. Went to a doctor, she sent me to a specialist, the specialist said it needed to be cut out. She did a fantastic job (as far as I can tell, and I will definitely change my diet accordingly. Its the worst thing I have dealt with on my body.

    Been a week and still have not felt "ready" to ride. But I am close!:thumbsup:
  • 12-02-2009
    fatstratblond
    I just developed a grape size External Hemorrhoid on monday afternoon, Do not know what caused it, called the doc on tuesday got in to see her today, Wed, she said there is new treatment we can do right now, because we caught it early, she explained, and the procedure is, and was, Freeze with nitrogen poke it, that part hurt, and let the blood drain and she squeezed it as well, she put on some gause for the ride home so it would continue to drain. when I left it was less than 1/2 the size when I got home it was 1/3, and alot of blood, now I am soaking in epsom salts I hope this take care of it.
  • 01-21-2011
    tyro
    So, how long do these things take to go away?
  • 01-21-2011
    oily666
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    If you're not being monitored for doping, there are some bullet shaped cortisone suppositories that work well for major flare-ups. For daily use, especially when riding this is the best thing I've found. Way better then Prep H. Just don't tell the owner of the company. Cycling isn't ready for that.
  • 01-21-2011
    olr1
    Well now...
    I got haemorrhoids...

    I got mine after a racing trip to Belgium, riding the 40 miles from Ostend to Gent wearing a big rucksack containing my kit for the week.

    We arrived and I had the last salad sandwich in the shop, which gave me food poisoning. After going to the toilet for 7 times before lunch the next day I realised that something was wrong. When I got home, after repeating that 40 mile ride, with that same rucksack, I found I had developed a fine bunch of grapes.

    Get them fixed by your friendly surgeon. I did.
  • 01-21-2011
    tyro
    I am not being monitored for doping. I have both the prescription butt-bullets & DZ Nutz. I've been off the bike for 2 weeks now and it may be more of a mental thing than a physical one. I'll try a 30-minute stint on the rollers tonight.

    I never had any grapes, only a raisin-sized thang at its worst state in the beginning. Now all that is left is a flap of skin, itching, and the feeling that something is awry 'down there'. (sorry for the graphic)

    Just got back from the doc and my 'roid is the external variety and there is nothing they can do for me.

    I'm not a patient patient. I went from doing a nice 15 hrs a week of nice base training to an absolute stand still. :mad2: :cryin: :eek: :confused: :mad:
  • 01-21-2011
    Hughsdad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tyro
    So, how long do these things take to go away?

    A week or two I would think, for the type you describe.

    +1 on diet and exercise as a preventative measure. Back in my couch potato chips & beer days, I often had the bothersome little buggers. Never got really bad as some have described, fortunately. Onto a diet high in fiber (lots of fresh fruit & veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds) and as low as possible in processing, plus plenty of exercise, and I haven't had a problem or itch in 7 years. Of course, the couch potato part of my former life doesn't apply to anyone here.

    For me, Nupercainal worked really well for the itching and pain, as it has a topical anesthetic.
  • 01-21-2011
    tyro
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hughsdad
    A week or two I would think, for the type you describe.

    +1 on diet and exercise as a preventative measure. Back in my couch potato chips & beer days, I often had the bothersome little buggers. Never got really bad as some have described, fortunately. Onto a diet high in fiber (lots of fresh fruit & veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds) and as low as possible in processing, plus plenty of exercise, and I haven't had a problem or itch in 7 years. Of course, the couch potato part of my former life doesn't apply to anyone here.

    For me, Nupercainal worked really well for the itching and pain, as it has a topical anesthetic.

    It's been 2 weeks already and it's still hanging around. It was not a diet issue for me. I did some new squats and really strained on one of them. I felt it happen but did not know what it was at the time. It wasn't until the next day that I knew something was odd.

    The doc told me today that if I would have come in to him that day, they could have cleared it up for good. Well, I tried to make an appointment but they couldn't see me for 5 days. Thanks for the advice doc, but you might want to tell the schedulers to put a "rush on the 'roids".

    The whole experience has given me newfound respect for the guy in the Prep H TV ads.
  • 01-21-2011
    twinkles
    A few years ago, I had a hem or a boil around bunngie, but riding my selle smp glider saddle was the most comfortable part of my day. I just used hemcure and lotion and it was gone in a couple of weeks. I'm not really sure mine was a hemeroid, cause it wasn't terribly painful, but my saddle with the huge cutout was perfect for keeping me on my bike.
  • 01-21-2011
    Hughsdad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tyro
    it's still hanging around.

    Ha! I'd say I wish I could other advice, but in a very selfish sense I'm glad I don't have the experience to be able to.
  • 01-24-2011
    tyro
    Happy to report that things are better. I was able to ride a couple of easy days over the weekend. It's not getting any worse and there's no pain. Hopefully it just fades and becomes a distant memory. I do not wish this on any of you!
  • 01-25-2011
    shomyoface
    Use scissors and a plaster....should be good to go after a few days
  • 01-25-2011
    tyro
    What is a plaster?
  • 06-01-2012
    GetFitwithMonica
    Hemorrhoids and biking
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chris T View Post
    I've searched the forums, but I guess nobody has been brave enough to bring this up before, so what the hell, I'll bring it up myself. I'm sure I'll be the butt of your jokes (pun intended).

    Don't read the following if you have any bit of a weak stomach.

    I developed an external hemorrhoid last week that has been persistent. I raced yesterday, which seems to have irritated it enough that it started to bleed. Went to the doc today, and got all the meds, etc. to hopefully fully treat it and get rid of the sucker.

    So, I know what caused it, how to treat it, but my question relates to riding. The doctor has said to give myself a week off, but as I'm sure others can relate, I don't really want to lay off the riding for that long, especially since it's not overly bothersome when riding.

    Given that my doctor doesn't understand my obsession with biking, I'm wondering if others that have experienced this problem can give me a more realistic estimate on how long I should lay off biking? Feel free to PM me if you don't want to admit it on the open board. After my "examination" by the doctor, I feel I have nothing more to hide :)!

    Thanks!

    Chris

    Hi Chris, I know it is hard to share a story about hemorrhoids! However, I think this is something worth mentioning to people who bike regularly and do a lot of intense biking where they are straining their muscles in the pelvic floor area. One of things that happen when you ride intensely is bearing down on the pelvic floor muscles. After doing this repeatedly for years, hemorrhoids may appear. Of course it goes without saying that you should have a good, fiber rich diet to prevent bearing down when you are on the toilet.:blush2: However, it is hard not to do this when you are climbing a steep grade on a mountain!

    Here is one preventative measure you can take: do kegels. You can look up how to do these on the internet (but think of how it feels to try and restrain a bowel movement and you get the picture). Look for "kegels for men" They are primarily directed toward women because the pelvic floor muscles can be weakened during childbirth. However, they can also be done by men. Also, practice your kegels at times when you would normally "bear down" on the anus:blush2:

    If you get in the habit of several times a day practicing this kegel during what would normally be a "bearing down" on the pelvic floor muscles, you will begin to strengthen this muscle group. START NOW! Because the older you get, the weaker these muscles get!!:(
  • 06-01-2012
    41ants
    Cycling should be fine, but I would definitely avoid squats and deadlifts...
  • 06-01-2012
    SOME_1_ELSE_1999
    I have to admit i clicked on this post from 2006 only cause it said hemorrhoids in the title and had a picture