The Connection between Crohn’s Disease and Hemorrhoids

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

Hemorrhoid pain is a common ailment. In fact, about two-thirds of the world’s population will experience hemorrhoid problems at least once in their life. What is not quite as common is Crohn’s Disease, but for many people these two conditions are intimately related and cause a world of discomfort and frustration.

In places like Hollywood and Beverly Hills, hemorrhoids aren’t usually mentioned in polite conversation. This is even true among those struggling with Crohn’s Disease or IBD in Los Angeles, though maybe it shouldn’t be. Thanks to little discussion of the subject, many people who suffer from Crohn’s also suffer from hemorrhoids in silence.

It is time to spread awareness about hemorrhoids and the problems they can commonly cause for those with any sort of inflammatory bowel disease.

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Understanding Hemorrhoids while Struggling with Crohn’s

Hemorrhoids are veins in the anal lining that can become twisted and swollen. They can develop inside the anus or directly outside of the anal canal, and are classified as either internal or external depending on their placement. Wherever they are located, hemorrhoids are tender to the touch and often become incredibly itchy. They may bleed, leaving streaks of blood in the stool that look different from the bloody stools many people with Crohn’s Disease complications have experienced before.

Hemorrhoids are even more common among those with Crohn’s Disease than they are among the rest of the population. This is because the symptoms associated with Crohn’s, including chronic diarrhea and constipation, can put additional pressure on the rectal veins. Controlling your Crohn’s Disease symptoms through medication, diet and surgical intervention with the guidance of your colorectal specialist can help you reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids as well.

Hemorrhoids are not as severe as Crohn’s Disease, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored. Excessive bleeding from hemorrhoids can lead to anemia, while the chronic pain and itching is enough to drive anyone mad. Hemorrhoids don’t always go away on their own and often require removal, which is quick, safe and can typically be completed in a general office visit. Speak with your Los Angeles colorectal surgeon if you find yourself struggling with hemorrhoids after being diagnosed with any form of IBD.