Post-SHTF hemorrhoids…….

 

People laugh at the word and likely when you read the title you thought to yourself……”What? Is Rourke being serious? Is he really writing about ‘hemorrhoids’ of all things after the SHTF? Is this really on a preparedness website?

Yes, it is.

Nearly 1 in 5 of us will discover the uncomfortable reality that we have hemorrhoids. In a post-SHTF situation dealing with hemorrhoids won’t be pleasant and some preparation ahead of time will help tremendously. 

So – what are hemorrhoids? Well, they are a real pain in the….uh……lets move on. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the…..anus. Please excuse me as I know you may have questioned reading this and I am questioning actually writing it – but its important. The veins become swollen and enlarged. There are two types – internal and external. By their names you can probably guess their location in relation to the…….{clear throat}…….anus.

 

 

 

I am no doctor but from my research there is no specific known cause of hemorrhoids. Often straining excessively during a…..bowel movement can inflame the…..”area”. It is not uncommon for pregnant women to develop the condition. Internal hemorrhoids often result in pain and itching, along with some bleeding. External hemorrhoids are more painful as inflamed, swollen tissue actually hangs out of the anus. 

So – how are they treated? Again – I am no doctor so in a modern, civilized world if you find yourself within grasp of a hemorrhoid (not talking about your mother-in-law) – see a doctor. Treatment at home begins with healthy bowel movements. Diarrhea can inflame the situation. Keeping the…..area…….clean via wet wipes or baby wipes helps. Soaking in a bath also helps. It is important to try not to touch the affected area as additional inflammation can occur. 

Pain can be treated with Tylenol. Both pain and inflammation can be treated with Ibuprofen. Ice on the affected area helps reduce the swelling. “Ice on the affected area…..” Brrrrrrrrrrr……

From talking to people who have had hemorrhoids they often talk about the need for time to heal. They keep clean, they have little physical activity, and they soak often. A few tubes of Preparation H would be a good idea to put in the medical supplies tote.

I cannot speak from personal experience – but rather what I have read and what people have told me.

Anyone out there willing to share their experience?

Rourke

 


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23 Comments

  1. See your doctor NOW if you have, even the smallest of hemorrhoids. You can fight it with cortisone creams and ointments, but ultimately, it takes a Doctors care to rid you of roids.

    My doctor fixed mine while performing a routine colonoscopy. I could have kicked own colon for not doing it sooner. This is NOT something you want to bare WTSHTF.

    Tex

  2. I am not afraid to state my “piles” have been puckering for weeks. Spot bleeding as well. Sitting too long on the throne is real bad. You summed them up pretty well. I think that most folks that experience this condition can manage it with OTC medications: Preparation H, Nupricanol or Tuck’s pads. Some people are not so lucky and require surgery to cut the inflamed area away. I have heard horrible stories that compared post surgery bowel movements to giving birth. I am fortunate that I am not that bad. I believe that even the most simple health problems will be magnified in a TEOTWAWKI situation. Although it cost me several hundred dollars, I purchased medical stocks to carry our family for long term crisis. I used several checklists that were put together by preppers in the medical field. I recall of the wise words of a survival “guru”, Echo2 from the Emergency Essentials Forum (paraphrased) “What would you give for some Ibuprofen if your child had a fever”? Or, “What would you give for some Ambesol if your child had a toothache”? (Something to that effect). My family is preparing for economic collapse. We believe the dollar will lose the World’s Reserve Currency status and consequently, most of its value. Medical supplies will be worth far more than gold or silver. “Beans, bullets and band-aids” are the most precious items on earth. (I learned the 3 Bs from Echo2 as well).

  3. Rourke-you did a good job despite your hesitancy. Practical subject.My husband and daughter went through surgery and treatments for hemmorhoids. Physical and emotional stress can aggravate our bowel issues. I suggest along with Prep. H to have Prunelax (a natural product to help with comstipation) -especially important of our eating habits change. I use this product and it works very well. (and isnt harsh ).
    When the SHTF some of us will need Prunelax and others may need depends …. meanwhile keep the TP stocked.
    I chuckled over your cartoons !!!! Arlene

  4. There are a number of things one can do “naturally” to help alleviate the pain/discomfort and/or treat for hemorrhoids; may I suggest you do a search @ http://www.duckduckgo.com (not google; duck doesn’t gather your info and doesn’t sell it to anyone, nor do they give it to the gubment free!); two sites that I think worthwhile on this subject are: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsetol/a/hemorrhoids.htm and http://www.livestrong.com/article/381625-herbal-treatment-for-hemorrhoids/

  5. I am a 60 year old former motorcycle rider, I have known the pain of hemmies as well as many of my biker friends. I found a cure or at least a remedy, eat a dill pickle every day and they will go away! At leats it worked for me and many of my friends

  6. something to think about.. hemorrhoids are very common during pregnancy..just ask your female cohorts… so it is definitely to be prepped for if you anticipate pregnancies during SHTF…. you will be knight in shining armor if you are ready for even little known aspects of life…

  7. Unsulfured blackstrap molasses is a well-known remedy for hemorrhoids…and a good way to store sugar (shelf life of approximately 2 years. A Bing search will reveal a number of relevant articles…Bill

  8. Yeah…. been there done that. I like everything you said. Just know that if you slack on the treatment or delay it for any reason they WILL get to a point that your described treatments will not work. If this should happen then your going to be in for a bad day. Mind you this only applies to external hemorrhoids. You are going to have to lance and pack the hemorrhoids. In none medical terms- break out your steril scalpel open up the hemorrhoid and pack it with gauze. You will also have to start a track of antibiotics. its going to suck big time. i have had hemorrhoids a few times they suck. But i have never had this preformed on me. I have been lucky enough to be on the cutting end of the situation. a topical anistetic will work very well for operation pain control. post op your going to want a pain med, stay away from the NSAIDs they are going to keep your blood from clotting correctly.

    dulce bellum inexpertis

  9. 1. Yeah…. been there done that. I like everything you said. Just know that if you slack on the treatment or delay it for any reason they WILL get to a point that your described treatments will not work. If this should happen then you’re going to be in for a bad day. Mind you this only applies to external hemorrhoids. You are going to have to lance and pack the hemorrhoids. In none medical terms- break out your sterile scalpel open up the hemorrhoid and pack it with gauze. You will also have to start a track of antibiotics. Its going to suck big time. i have had hemorrhoids a few times they suck. But i have never had this preformed on me. I have been lucky enough to be on the cutting end of the situation. a topical anesthetic will work very well for operation pain control. Post op you’re going to want a pain med, stay away from the NSAIDs they are going to keep your blood from clotting correctly.

    dulce bellum inexpertis

  10. I went to the doctor with blood in my stool and the doctor said it was hemorrhoids and to come back in 6 months. The bleeding got so bad, but no pain, that they performed a colonoscopy and found out I had colon cancer even though I have no family history of cancer and I am younger than 50. Lesson Learned?? Even a hint of blood in the stool should tell you to schedule a colonoscopy. It is better to catch it early then having to carry an ostomy bag around every day, all the time to catch your stool in.

  11. Vicks or mentholatum brings much relief…and because it’s in a jar isn’t subject to heat/weather like tubes etc. of other preparations would be…and much less costly! LOL

  12. There is some serious historical evidence that Napoleon lost at Waterloo because his hemorrhoids were so swollen he could not sit on his horse to direct the battle.

    The leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) may be used to produce a medicinally useful astringent. This plant extract was widely used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans and is a component of a variety of commercial healthcare products.

    It is commonly used externally on sores, bruises, and swelling. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent, which makes it very useful in fighting acne. It is often used as a natural remedy for psoriasis, eczema, aftershave applications, to prevent sweating of the face, cracked or blistered skin, for treating insect bites, poison ivy, and as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It is found in numerous over-the-counter hemorrhoid preparations. It is also commonly used by women to reduce swelling and soothe wounds resulting from childbirth.

    Yes, I grow it. Yes, it works for the purpose referred to in Rourke’s article. No, it will not erase an ex-wife from this plane of existence.

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Rourke, you running out of topics to discuss?

    • Harry –

      There is an endless supply of topics out there. Maybe my next post will be on why those with an “inny” bellybutton stands a better chance of surviving a survival situation than those with an “outy”.

      Hmmmmmm……

      Rourke

  13. It is distressing that the only pepper topic I feel expert enough on to write about is hemorrhoidsa but it’s true. Off the top of my head, I’ll give you my thoughts as a lifelong intermittent sufferer. There are two types, internal and external. Once I woke up with such an unpleasant internal feeling at 0300 that I went to the ER where a brief exam revealed an internal hemorrhoid. Several weeks of hydrocortisone suppositories took care of it, no surgery needed(whew). Most of the time I get external hemorrhoids. First rule to avoid hemorrhoids…don’t get constipated! You will strain and make yourself vulnerable to them. Bran cereals like raisin bran, prunes, other fruits and vegetables are best. Laxatives are a very last resort and used if you’ve screwed up and eaten lots of junk like bread and pizza. Drink any liquids throughout the day;they’ll help keep you on track. First treatment for external hemorrhoid is sitting in fairly hot water in a tub, the old “sitz bath”, also available as a plastic tub that fits over your toilet and is easier than filling a bath tub. Then get a prescription generic of hydrocortisone cream USP 2.5 per cent. Stockpile a few tubes of this as Prep H is too weak a concentration to do anything. This stuff also doubles as an insect bite prep as the hydrocortisone stops allergic reactions from the bite venom. Apply the stuff to your internal protrusion if not too high up, they enclose an applicator. Smear a bit on external ones but, keep in mind, you don’t want to do this for weeks at a time. One unfortunate side effect of long term hydrocortisone application is that it thins your skin, not a positive effect. There is a procedure supposedly easily done by your primary care doc, or, I suppose someone very close, which involves twisting a rubber band around the hemorrhoid, depriving it of blood, and causing it to eventually fall off. Have not tried that one. The best way to avoid these is to drink liquids, eat food with fiber, don’t strain, and don’t spend lots of time siting on the John doing your business.

    Maybe next time Ill write on best ways to use a G30 to clear a house but I’m afraid this is it for now. Hope it helps.

  14. Rourke,

    I don’t go to EE much any more, either. I am always here, or the other sites that you hooked me up with: rethinksurvival.com, Maine Prepper, etc. I hope they will let me in!

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