It might surprise you – but here’s the real truth. All of us have hemorrhoids (masses, clumps and cushions of tissue in the anal canal) in our body. All is fine, until these hemorrhoidal cushions become too big due to inflammation. It is at this point, that we have piles.
The inflammation weakens the muscles of the anal walls and causes the tissues to sag and bulge from there. Piles can develop either inside the anus or externally, where it appears outside the anus. While, there is no age or gender that is more vulnerable w.r.t., piles but it is observed in people aged 45 and more.
Piles affects a lot of population worldwide but even today, despite so many achievements in health care, people struggle with the pain and discomfort that piles brings in its wake. In order to deal with Piles, it’s imperative that we understand why it happens. This will not only help you to find why Piles has paid you a visit, but will also help you speed up the healing process. Also, early detection helps control the condition before too much damage is done.
Causes behind painful piles
1. Strain over bowel movement
It is the most common reason for hemorrhoids. When we strain during bowel movement, it pushes the blood into the rectal veins and arteries. This causes swollen veins that push against the anal walls, resulting in weak and feeble anal muscles. Once the muscles get weaker, they start poking out of the walls.
People face strain in the toilet because of persistent constipation. When it becomes tougher to eject stool out of the anus, the nerves swell more and even rupture at times. Ruptured hemorrhoids tend to bleed when the condition worsens. This is accompanied by heightened sensitivity and pain.
No stool and excessive stool, both are a reason behind this painful ailment. Diarrhea – i.e., excessive bowel movement also strains the anal muscles.
We all love to sit in the loo and read newspapers and magazines…but is it really good for you? No it isn’t. Sitting for too long in the loo for no reason also causes excessive blood to be pumped to the rectal veins, leading to swollen veins that protrude out of the anal walls.
Sitting on a chair for long hours, like people who work at a desk are more prone to get piles because while we sit for hours at the same place, it puts pressure on your buttocks and hence risks of developing piles also increases.
It has been believed that excess off everything is bad and same is the case with piles. Standing for prolonged hours also tends to push blood down to the lower portion of the body, causing swollen veins and arteries and hence, inflamed hemorrhoids.
Over weight is a cause for many diseases, including piles. Excess of body weight tends to put pressure on the muscles of your anal walls, causing nerves to protrude out of the anal layering.
Lack of healthy diet, especially fibrous food, causes constipation and strain during bowel movement. Junk food, excessively spicy food, higher quantities of meat, coupled with lower fluid intake, lead to constipation, which leads to piles.
Besides bringing higher weight, the fetus also puts stress over the rectal veins, causing swollen arteries and veins, leading to hemorrhoids. Other factors like, lack of physical activity, change in eating habits and sitting too much can also contribute to developing piles.
Here are some causes that have been a reason for not letting you sit without pain. It’s important to learn the reason for your pain to avoid it from recurrence. Unless you know the reason, looking for a cure is worthless.