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Have hemorrhoid, painful to sit, paranoid. What would the cost of treatment be?

Hi, I currently am unemployed in the uk receiving job seekers allowance ice had problems with hemorrhoid a for a while now and have only been to get them checked about 2 years ago, I fear they have grown much worse. I was wondering would surgery be free for me as I'm on benefits or if not do you know roughly how much it would cost. Also I feel they prevent me from working as I find it extremely painfull to either sit or stand at times. Could I be eligible for dla? Personally I would prefer to get them sorted get a job and get on with life although I'm very paranoid about going to my gp.
Asked On : Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

If you are a UK citizen or a legal immigrant and you have a NHS number , you are entitled to free care which would include any surgery that your doctor may believe is necessary.

Surgery is not the first option for haemorrhoid. Because it is believed that low fiber diet and straining contribute to the condition , initial treatment is aimed at these.
This means increasing fiber intake, fluid intake and avoiding straining when using the bathroom. This would shrink the hemorrhoids and reduce symptoms.

It is important to use a diet rich in vegetables , fruit, whole wheat products, oats, barley , flax seeds, psyllium seed and methycellulose.

The use of sitz baths when the hemorrhoids are inflamed may be helpful.

If there is no response to change in diet then your doctor may suggest surgery.

I hope this helps
Answered: Wed, 26 Jun 2013
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