Rectal Problems - Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to
answer the following questions:
- Is your main problem rectal pain, itching, or
- Are your symptoms:
- Present all the time, or do they come and
- Present only with bowel
- Getting worse?
- How long have you had this problem? Did it come on
suddenly or gradually?
- Have you ever been treated for a similar
problem? If so, what was the treatment? Did it help?
- What home
treatments have you tried for your current problem? Have they
- Have you had leaking of mucus or stool from your
- Have you noticed a change in the color, consistency, size,
or frequency of your stool?
- Do you have a history of
hemorrhoids or rectal disease?
- Do you have
a family history of
inflammatory bowel disease, or
- If you have had a
full-term pregnancy, did you have a vaginal delivery?
- Have you ever
radiation therapy to your pelvic area?
your symptoms begin after an injury, insertion of a foreign body, anal
intercourse, or a bowel movement?
- Do you think that your problem
may be related to sexual activity?
- Do you engage in
high-risk sexual behavior, such as having unprotected
sex or multiple sex partners?
- Have you ever been treated for a
sexually transmitted infection (STI)?
- Do you have other symptoms
such as fatigue, unexplained weight loss, fever, or pain elsewhere in your
- Have you recently traveled to a foreign
- What prescription and nonprescription medicines do you
- Do you have any
For rectal itching
- Is there itching or a rash present on any other
part of your body?
- Are other members of your family also
experiencing rectal itching?
For rectal pain
- How severe is your pain? Is it constant, or does
it come and go? Is it getting worse? Is it related only to having a bowel
- Does the pain feel like it is coming from the inside or
the outside of your anus?
For rectal bleeding
- What does the blood in your stools look like?
Is the stool mixed with blood, or does the blood coat the outside of formed
stools? Are there large clots of blood in the toilet water?
- Do you
have bleeding from your gums, blood in your urine, large skin bruises, or a
skin rash that looks like measles?
- Is your rectal bleeding
- Is the blood bright red or dark purple?
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 20, 2013
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