Stress & Hemorrhoids – How One Can Cause The Other

If you’re in a stressed-out place, you may have a lot going on physically. Headaches and muscle tension are commonplace, and definitely an upset stomach factors in there as well.

Most of us get a knotted-up stomach as the first sign of building stress, and that’s not surprising. Why? Well, your gut is full of sensitive nerves, just like your brain. So, just like your head, your entire digestive system reacts quickly — and strongly — to stress. In fact, the gut is sometimes called the “little brain” because it has the highest area of nerves outside your head.

Knowing that, it’s no wonder that stress causes butterflies in your stomach, even constipation and diarrhea. Those conditions mean that your digestive process isn’t going smoothly, which can lead to the straining to have a bowel movement that can cause hemorrhoids. That’s why it’s important to get a handle on stress, and calm things down before your entire system gets thrown out of whack.

If you do develop hemorrhoids, however, take heart: Once you’ve gotten your stress under control, your dietary system should get back to normal and that will help ease things down below. In the meantime, there are many over-the-counter and home remedies you can use to help ease the problem. If those don’t help, however, you should make an appointment with a professional to see what else might be required to keep those hemorrhoids from causing an all-new round of stress.

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