Sadly, there are stigmas associated with experiencing the symptoms of hemorrhoids. That is true, even though this ailment is a very natural problem we will all likely experience at some time. Hemorrhoids affect the vast majority of people at least once in their lives, not just pregnant women or older adults.
For both men and women, aging presents increased vulnerability to development of hemorrhoids, frequently referred to as “piles” in some countries. Pregnant women are also highly vulnerable to this disorder. As their body changes to accommodate a growing baby, particularly during final months of gestation, piles may appear. Teenagers and young adults are experiencing hemorrhoids in higher numbers every year, due to our fast food society, nutritional imbalances and lack of exercise, among other causes.
Unfortunately, no one is immune to hemorrhoids and anyone suffering from them suffers the same irritation – even if the patient is someone rich and famous. Below are some people you might be surprised to learn suffered from hemorrhoids:
- Marilyn Monroe (1926 to 1962) – Just as one would expect, the highly polished superstar sex symbol kept her hemorrhoids a deep secret.
- Elizabeth Taylor (1932 to 2011) – Lovely Liz had many health issues throughout her lifetime. Hemorrhoids were likely the bane of her backside as she worked hard to endure other illnesses.
- George Brett (1953–2012) – It is almost tragic to know that this Kansas City Royals 3rd baseman was kept out of a game in the 1980 World Series due to hemorrhoid surgery. Apparently the surgery went well as he returned to the field for the next day’s game.
- George Clooney (born 1961) – Even the “Sexiest Man Alive” can experience hemorrhoids. When listed with Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, one almost starts to wonder if having hemorrhoids is actually a rite of passage for the sexy people of the world!
- Alfred the Great (849 to 899) – King Alfred of Wessex issued a sort of “holy curse” upon himself, praying that God would suppress his lusty ways by giving him an ailment that would deter his drive but not take away his ability to rule. God listened.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 to 1821) – According to wartime lore, Napoleon could not mount his horse for the Battle of Waterloo due to plaguing hemorrhoids.
- David Livingstone (1813 to 1873) – The African explorer and medical missionary was well acquainted with the affliction, having had piles many times.
- Karl Marx (1818 to 1883) – The Prussian-German philosopher and all-around intellectual developed hemorrhoids while writing “Das Kapital.” He joked to a friend by letter, “I hope the bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles.”
- Ernest Hemingway (1899 to 1961) – American author, journalist and world traveler Ernest suffered many ailments. Hemorrhoids likely did not add glamour to the list.
- Gerald Ford (1913 to 2006) – The once highly active 38th U.S. President diminished in athleticism due to his painful hemorrhoids.
- Jimmy Carter (born 1924) – The 39th President of the United States opted to have hemorrhoid surgery to fix his irritating problem, immediately following the end of his administration.
Fortunately for celebrities, politicians, sports heroes, famed world travelers, royalty and even the “every man,” the symptoms of hemorrhoids can be alleviated these days through widely available treatments and procedures. Surgery is no longer the only way to start enjoying all life has to offer without hemorrhoids, anymore.