"I had minor hemorrhoids - maybe once or twice a year - a bit of bleeding and discomfort, sometimes a vein popping out a little, a bit itchy now and then. Nothing major but because my mum had them really bad (she ended up having four not-very-successful operations) and she started just like I did, I was always scared mine would get like hers if I didn't get them under control early. Thankfully, I didn't need your emergency measures, but I am doing all the preventative things you said. I'm not itchy anymore, no more bleeding and going to the toilet was never easier - so it looks to me like they're gone. I feel much better knowing I am doing everything I can to keep myself healthy and prevent the problem, instead of relying on doctors and drugstores.