Welcome to the Piles Wiki!
We’re going to take a little time here to understand the true nature of Hemorrhoids (US) or Haemorrhoids (UK). Yes, these are the correct way to spell them. We’ll go with the US spelling, just because the search engines like it that way.
Everyone has Hemorrhoids!
So, what do they do?
These blood vessels are basically part of the poop wrangling process. They fill up with arterial blood when you go to the toilet and help squeeze the fecal matter into those smooth sausage shapes that you see as the end result of your efforts.
And when your not going to the toilet the hemorrhoidal plexus provides around twenty percent of the pressure used to keep your sphincter closed. They are also used to protect the anal sphincter (anus) when stool is passing through. So, as you can imagine they are a necessary part of the whole system.
What are Piles then?
The piles and hemorrhoids that most people talk about are usually the result of abnormality or damage to the hemorrhoid cushions. They come in two distinct varieties. You’ve got the internal ones which occur in the upper half of the anal canal and the and the external ones which happen in the lower part of the anal canal and also in the anal sphincter.
How do people get Piles?
Unfortunately western medicine doesn’t do much research into the cause of problems so, there isn’t much data on this. Western medicine is more concerned with making the problems manageable rather than understanding or fixing the underlying cause.
That being said, the predominant theories revolve around intra-abdominal pressure. That’s just a fancy way of saying pressure in the stomach, intestines and bowel.
Lots more details on these theories in these pages. Piles Bleeding.
Don’t! About fifty percent (50%) of people suffer from piles at one point or another during their lives. So, there’s really no need to feel weird about it. If one of your friends gives you attitude about having piles, just smile and remember they’ll probably know the same feeling sooner or later. Interestingly piles seem to occur more in caucasians and people of higher social and economic level. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen to other people too but, take from this statistic what you like.
How do I get rid of them!
There are a lot of different treatments for piles, some natural and some not. Diet, creams, suppositories, all manner of “procedures” and surgery. Far too many to go into on this one page. We delve into them in greater detail on these pages.
Here’s another great piles wiki page, click here to visit it. It’s a bit drier and more clinical though.