Admittedly, mental stress and anxiety are now a major problem to most modern people. More often than not stress negatively affects people’s mental and physical health. For hemorrhoids sufferers, the question they are concerned about is that are hemorrhoids and stress related? Yes, they are since emotional stress, in particular the chronic one, can be a root cause for the flare-ups. This conclusion might sound a little strange to some sufferers since they are often told that it is mainly caused by constipation, pregnancy, and straining at stools. So, now let’s find out that how does stress affect hemorrhoids flare.
Stress affects appetite
Having a stressful life can affect appetite. That’s to say, you may either eat very little or binge in order to decompress. As a result, the overeating and starving can cause a lot of health issues. When food intake is insufficient, decreased intestinal peristalsis tends to contribute to low frequency of stool passage and bowel movements. In comparison, eating too much increases the burden of digestive tract. Over time, overeating will lead to gastrointestinal disorders and difficulty in passing stools. Therefore, the stools will oppress the lower rectum and anus to cause local congestion, increased resistance in blood flow, increased internal pressure of hemorrhoidal veins, decreased resistance of hemorrhoidal vein wall, and in the end higher risk of hemorrhoids.
Stress makes you ignore the call of nature
Long-term stress often leads to a mental state of tension. The increased psychological anxiety can make you overlook the message when the nature is calling. Over time, holding back a bowel movement regularly will lead to habitual constipation, which is reckoned an important factor for this condition.
Stress affects working time
If people set a higher goal, they tend to be stressed. This is because they tend to work longer hours to accomplish the assigned goals, which often means a prolonged standing or sitting time. Unfortunately, sedentary life makes the perianal blood difficult to flow back to the heart. As you may know, in the inner wall of the anal canal there are so many clustered, intertwined haemorrhoidal venous plexuses, which are prone to poor reflux. In addition, because the rectal vein and its branches lack venous valve, the reflux becomes more difficult there. In this case, hemorrhoids are the inevitable outcome.
Thus, the longer periods of time the stress lasts, the higher risk of developing hemorrhoids a person may have. So, when you are stressful, you need to respond more actively to eliminate all kinds of stress sources, get regular rest, and develop habits of regular diet and bowel movements. Besides, once you experience symptoms like bleeding, pain, and prolapse, seeking professional help in time is necessary. Otherwise, bleeding can lead to anemia; constipation can cause chronic enteritis and anal fissure; prolapsed external hemorrhoids can contribute to perianal tissue necrosis and infection; female patients are also easy to suffer from pain, eczema, and gynecological diseases.
Many people refuse hemorrhoids treatment because they fear the pain occurred during the treatment. In fact, currently the equipment used for this disease is quite advanced. For example, the specialized hospitals often offer non-invasive therapy, which compared to the conventional surgery has a lot of more benefits – smaller wound, less pain, and quicker recovery. So, early intervention is key once stress-induced hemorrhoids symptoms occur.