Posted by New Mama (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on 02/03/2011
[YEA] I got my first hemhorroid while sneezing in my 7th month of pregnancy. I was shocked because I thought with a healthy diet I could avoid them. However, the pressure of the baby was enough. So, if you have them, don't feel too bad. Anyone can get them! That one was small and painless, but it wouldn't shrink. Six weeks AFTER my baby was born, I suddenly got one external and one internal (I believe; haven't had them checked by any professional) and had bloody stools with severe pain. I don't know why I got these weeks after the baby was born, except that it may have coincided with my probiotics running out. In any case, I was devastated by the pain around Christmas time, and saddened that I wouldn't be able to resume intimate relations with my husband. I didn't want ANYTHING near that area. It felt like a knife inside me when I used the toilet, and one night I couldn't even sleep for HOURS because of the pain. The only comfortable position was standing.
I put myself on a severe high fiber diet, but I am breastfeeding my baby, so I needed to make sure I was still eating fat and protein or my milk would decrease. It was very difficult to do this. After two days of this diet, the pain lessened, but there was no change in the size of the hemhorroids.
After searching numerous sites, I found this one and just happened to have some raw organic ACV with the mother. I started drinking a cup of warm water with a capful of ACV (about a teaspoon, I guess) each morning and evening. I would immediately brush my teeth because some people mentioned it is bad for the enamel of your teeth. I would also use a cotton ball to apply the ACV to both hems several times a day after using the bathroom. After a few days I noticed a MAJOR decrease in pain. The first morning after starting this, the larger hem was even bigger (swollen?) but not more painful. I was a bit nervous, but kept going. It took about eight days to notice a reduction in size of the hems, and since then every day has been better. The small, painless one (from sneezing) is very shrunken now, and sometimes I can't even feel it at all when I apply the ACV. The other one, the PAINFUL one, is much smaller, and I am SO RELIEVED! The one I believe is internal does not hurt AT ALL today, and I'm on day 12 of this regimen. Praise the Lord! I am so thankful for finding this website. THANK YOU!!!
I plan to continue this until they are gone. I do believe it will work. Some people mentioned four to six weeks, so I still have great hope that they will go away completely. Every other site out there says there is NO CURE for hemorrhoids except surgery. I no longer believe that! Thanks, Earth Clinic!!!