For most people, heartburn is an occasional and relatively minor consequence of enjoying a good meal (or sometimes of choking down a bad one). They pop a few antacid tablets to dampen the pain and go on their merry little double cheeseburger–eating ways. For other people, however, heartburn is the basis for horrific stories. Some people lie awake all night with their insides on fire, no matter how many Tums they take.
Constipation is a common reason for seeking medical attention. It affects 10‒15% of adults. It is most common among women and the elderly. The elderly are afflicted more because they are exposed more frequently to many causes of constipation, like medical conditions, medication, poor diet, low mobility, or immobility. Constipation doesn't necessarily mean you never make a bowel movement; it could also mean that you have infrequent stools, hard stools, excessive straining, or a sense of incomplete evacuation. Everyone's bowel movements are different. If your bowel movements suddenly decrease, you must try to decide what is the underlying cause.
The truth is that hemorrhoids is a very common—and painful—condition. In fact, approximately 75 percent of people in the United States will have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, with the peak age being between 45 and 65. The good news is that most hemorrhoids go away on their own within about a week and are rarely dangerous. However, this is of little consolation when you are in a middle of a bout with this uncomfortable condition. Read on for ways to treat a current hemorrhoid problem, as well as advice on how to prevent future occurrences.