What do power lifters and a pregnant women have in common?

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Hemorrhoids can happen to just about anyone.

By Dr. David Gutman, Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists

They both tend to suffer from hemorrhoids.

But hemorrhoids can happen to just about anyone. They can happen to teenagers and they can happen to golden agers. So how and why do they happen?

There are several factors that may cause hemorrhoids to “pop” out. Most importantly is putting too much stress or pressure on the abdominal muscles. When you do that, it causes the hemorrhoid tissue up inside your rectum to inflate like a balloon. If it over-inflates from too much pressure, the internal hemorrhoid tissue may protrude externally.

Another culprit is that what goes in may not come out the way it should.

Normal bowel movements should be soft, formed and easy to pass, and happen once a day. But if your eating habits are poor and you don’t consume enough dietary fiber, you can become constipated. Constipation causes you to strain to make your “movement” happen, and this increased pressure can lead to hemorrhoids.

On the other hand, loose stools are often irritating to hemorrhoids as well. Diarrhea can not only cause hemorrhoids to form, but can also exacerbate the ones you may already have. 

I offer two, non-surgical methods to treat hemorrhoids. One reduces the blood flow that feeds the hemorrhoids, improving inflammation and causing them to shrink. The other is better suited to remove larger hemorrhoids. Both take just a few seconds to do, and since they are performed in an area with no nerve endings they can be administered right in the comfort of my office without anesthesia. 

There is virtually no pain, no prep needed, there are no major restrictions, and you don’t have to take time off of work. Our consultations are always free of charge and our procedures are covered by insurance. 

To reach Dr. David Gutman of Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists, call 216-772-4653. He has two office locations: 25200 Chagrin Blvd, Suite 109, in Beachwood; and 2660 W. Market Street, Suite 250, in Fairlawn. To learn more, visit SensitiveCare.com.