Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I’m worried that I may have hemorrhoids.
  • I have hemorrhoids, and this is a follow-up visit.
  • I have hemorrhoids, and I’m sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I’m worried that I may have hemorrhoids.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on February 11, 2014

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign that I have hemorrhoids?
  2. What exactly are hemorrhoids? What causes hemorrhoids?
  3. How are hemorrhoids diagnosed?
  4. Would suppositories, creams, stool softeners, or other over-the-counter remedies help?
  5. What else can I do to ease my hemorrhoid symptoms?

I have hemorrhoids, and this is a follow-up visit.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on February 11, 2014

  1. Are my hemorrhoids getting better?
  2. Should I change any of the treatments I’m using?
  3. Would changes in my diet help keep my hemorrhoids from flaring up again?
  4. Should I talk to a nutritionist?
  5. Can exercise or other lifestyle factors help reduce my risk of hemorrhoids?

I have hemorrhoids, and I’m sick or having problems.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on February 11, 2014

  1. Are my problems a sign that my hemorrhoids are getting worse?
  2. Could my problems be caused by a condition other than hemorrhoids?
  3. Should I have any additional tests done?
  4. Should I consider surgery or other treatments?
  5. What are the risks of surgically removing hemorrhoids?