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Old 01-19-04, 08:58 PM   #1
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Hemorrhoids

Can riding on a hard seat give you hemorrhoids. I have been getting pain in that region and I am thinking of going to a doctor. Will he say to stop riding?
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Old 01-19-04, 09:03 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if a hard seat will cause them or not, but at times I have found a split seat to be more comfortable.
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Old 01-19-04, 09:18 PM   #3
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cut down on the chili & eat more vegetables...
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Old 01-19-04, 09:18 PM   #4
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Try preparation H.
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Old 01-19-04, 09:19 PM   #5
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Proctalgia can have many causes, hemorrhoids being
one of the more common, but for bicycle riders skin
irritation from friction, pressure and possibly infection
are equally likely. Hemorrhoids are inflamed sometimes
thrombosed varicose veins at the anal fringe and bike
riding is an unlikely cause for this (never say never).
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Probably saddle sores - clean your shorts often and change and shower asap after a ride. I found a great way to fight the saddle sore was to wear loose pants or shorts after a ride (and shower) sans underwear - but if you must, use boxers.
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No,
he won't tell you to stop riding. See your Doc, start eating better (more fruits 'n veggies (think salad). What do you have for a bicycle seat?
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Thanks I think I need some more fiber.
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Old 01-19-04, 10:46 PM   #9
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More fiber, but maybe the riding too?

I had a horrible case of hemorrhoids when I first started riding- I think I was too enthusiastic. I was just doing too much too soon. I was in a good deal of pain, and it didn't help to keep riding. Once I stopped riding and started treating it, the problem went away.

Drop me a PM if you are having problems with them, and I can give you some of the regime I had to do to cure my flare up.

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Try preparation H.
What is preparation H?

As someone who is prone to both, piles and Anus irritations, cycle induced or not? I am always interested in ways to aleviate the problem.
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Biking can cause hemmoroids if you valsalva alot (hold breath and push ) and this increases the intrabdominal pressure which can indirectly increase the hemmarhoids which are nothing but varcosities of the rectal venous circulation. But go see your doc because it could be a number of other things as everyone has mentioned.
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find out what you have..

First, figure out what you have. It may be just a saddle sore but could be an external 'roid or fissure.

Not to joke but a roid can be a major pain... I got my first this summer. It wasnt ride induced but it kept me off the bike for 2 weeks. If you do have an external one the best advice is to lube, lube and lube some more. Feels odd but better than the pain.

Willic,
preparation H is a roid creme, it lubes and helps to reduce swelling. I found it quite necessary.
good luck
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Old 01-20-04, 05:18 PM   #13
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all this talk is making me itch- u know where!
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Old 01-20-04, 05:25 PM   #14
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What is preparation H?

As someone who is prone to both, piles and Anus irritations, cycle induced or not? I am always interested in ways to aleviate the problem.
It is an over the counter hemoriodal itch ointment here in the US.
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A friend of the family just had surgery to remove/repair his hemorrhoids. Afterwards, he was in real bad pain. Although we made fun of him, I don't wish that on anyone and I would think twice before riding myself into hemorrhoid surgery.
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Old 01-20-04, 09:47 PM   #16
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I came down with my first case about a year or so ago.. THe first few days I was not comfortable sitting.. standing virtualy anything.. cycling was not bad though.. Of course I had badly constipated for almost a week that was the worst part.. after 3-4 days.. I could not ride.. I could not really do anything..
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Old 01-20-04, 10:35 PM   #17
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Update spoke to the pharmacist and she prescribed Sheriproct ovules. Yup you have to stick it up your but, tonight was the first time I stuck anything up my butt it was the worst. Anyway she said it should go away in a couple days so I cross my fingers and wait...
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I had some earlier this year. Took a trip to the doctor. After she took care of them and gave me a Rx, I asked her if it was caused from all the cycling I do. She said the chances of that were extermely small. She said it was more than likely caused from sitting on the pot too long. She bascially told me to do my business as quickly as possible and get off the pot and go ride.

The other issue is to make sure you keep yourself clean back there. Shower after every ride and never wear cycling shorts/bibs that aren't clean. Using butt butter or chamois creme is also a good idea.
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I woke up feeling ok but after riding for 1 hour I had to stop from pain. Where can I get lube or what brands should I look for.
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I woke up feeling ok but after riding for 1 hour I had to stop from pain. Where can I get lube or what brands should I look for.
I use the Assos chamios cream. You can get it online. I have found it at a local bike shop also, but when they run out it takes them like a month to get it back into stock, so I just buy two at a time, which last me about a year.

World Cycling Productions sells it online:

http://www.worldcycling.com/merchant...gory_Code=BODY

Also, it will take a while for you to totally heal up, so don't over do it at first.
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danr, oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess what I got scheduled for tomorrow --------

I had a really bad flair up early Nov, & was leaving for a week hunting trip into Wy. Prep H just wasn't doing anything. I called Family Dr who prescribed Analpram HC 2.5%. It contains 2.5 % hydrocortisone acetate. Pharmacist told me to be sure to wash off of hands (duh - who wouldn't wash hands after putting it on).
Cream took care of problem quickly and allowed me to enjoy a pleasant trip.

Mid Dec I decided to have it fixed, surgery scheduled for tomorrow.
How much Bike affected/caused this?? Don't know.
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Don't blame the bike.

I am not a Dr. nor do I play one on TV but I don't believe that riding causes hemorrhoids. It may irritate them however once they have flared. Hemorrhoids are caused by a number of reasons. Lack of Fiber, too much fatty foods, prolonged periods of sitting or standing, and last but certainly not least genetics.

Some people just get the ornery things no matter what they do. One thing that I have learned is the key and that is to stop focusing on them. It is ok to treat them if there is too much discomfort but don't let it rule your life or kick you off the bike.

Your doc should be the one to have a look and tell you for sure but I can tell you from experience that they are like kids. Once you have them you likely have them forever. Just don't let them take control of you.
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danr, oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess what I got scheduled for tomorrow --------

I had a really bad flair up early Nov, & was leaving for a week hunting trip into Wy. Prep H just wasn't doing anything. I called Family Dr who prescribed Analpram HC 2.5%. It contains 2.5 % hydrocortisone acetate. Pharmacist told me to be sure to wash off of hands (duh - who wouldn't wash hands after putting it on).
Cream took care of problem quickly and allowed me to enjoy a pleasant trip.

Mid Dec I decided to have it fixed, surgery scheduled for tomorrow.
How much Bike affected/caused this?? Don't know.
I dont think riding caused it but it sure made it worse. Anon rider could care less with a slight case of H but a rider spend his time on the seat and it has to be comfy. If this thing dosent heel permanently I will have surgery to fix it like I did with my eyes. Too many injuries have stopped my training before so if this continues thats it... Baron let me know how your surgery goes.
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This is maybe just me... But I avoid Dairy Products, I`ve Learnt by the test of time and painfull experience that the likes of Cheeses, Milk and creams course a painfull flare up so I avoid those kind of products as much as possible....
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Old 01-23-04, 08:50 AM   #25
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This whole topic stinks!

I had an anal fissure in the early 90's and refused treatment for nearly a year because I just knew it would result in surgery-which I don't like(who does, right?)and after a year of bleeding like a leaky facet everytime I went to the bathroom(no. 2, ya know)I finally gave in and went to The Man.

Of course the only course of action was surgery! Figures. You just know you're in for something bad when you get on the operating table laying face down. Woke up with zero pain. Then they removed the surgical packing in my Whoopsy Daisey and I saw Gandhi, Malcolm X, the Dali Lama, Bruce Lee and JFK all standing by my bed I was in so much pain. I'm talking the kind of pain that makes you hallucinate, the kind of pain that can make you speak in tongues like Robert DeNiro in the final scene in Cape Fear.

However what was even worse was after I started healing-about 2 weeks later-I started having these spasms back there... I called them Butt Flinchers. Gawd, they were MUCH worse than my pain one day post-op. I'd be sitting, minding my own business and all of a sudden the muscles around my you-know-what would start spasming for like 5 minutes... red hot pain!!

This has nothing to do with H-Roids per se but(hehehe, he said "but")it's the same general region so I thought I'd share the unhappy details.
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