Medical History for Hemorrhoids
Your doctor will ask questions about diet or bowel
habits that may contribute to hemorrhoids. Things that may cause hemorrhoids
or make them worse include:
- Eating a low-fiber diet.
- Not getting enough fluids.
- Drinking too much alcohol or caffeinated drinks (like coffee or soda).
- Prolonged sitting,
straining, or holding your breath during bowel movements.
or standing for long periods of time.
- Frequent heavy lifting or
holding your breath when lifting heavy objects.
Medical conditions that make you prone to hemorrhoids include:
- Personal or family history of
- Being overweight.
- Pregnancy and being
- Long-term diarrhea or constipation.
- Infection in the anal
- Liver or heart disease, which results in a backflow of blood
that increases pressure on blood vessels in the abdomen and pelvic area.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal|
|Last Revised||March 16, 2012|