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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.
  • Sitting 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:

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Exercise to Ease Constipation

If your bowel habits are sluggish and you suffer constipation, maybe some exercise can help speed things up. According to experts, exercise does more than tone your heart and other muscles. Exercise is essential for regular bowel movements. In fact, one of the key risk factors for constipation is inactivity.

Read the Exercise to Ease Constipation article > >

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal
Last Revised March 16, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 16, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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