The History of Hemorroids
Because there are many other diseases that may be mistakened for hemorrhoids, the physician should perform thorough examination of the patients when they complain of the symptoms characteristically linked with hemorrhoids. While the most common symptoms involve rectal bleeding and pain, these are really nonspecific because they may also point to a number of anorectal diseases.
The things that your doctor must find out from you in this thorough examination revolve around knowing if you have had any change in appetite, weight loss, change in bowel habits, abdominal pain to name a few.
If there is any complaint about bleeding from the rectum, the doctor will need to know how much blood there was and what color it appeared to be. He needs to know if the bleeding was profuse or occurring in spurts. He needs to know if there was any mucous discharge that accompanied the blood.
Other useful information that could be given to the doctor might revolve around familial history in connection with the said condition. Is it prevalent among other members of your family? How prevalent?
Your own habits and routines will also be asked of you. What is your diet like? He will want to know this to find out if you have a sufficient amount of fiber and fluid intake. An insufficient supply of either or both will answer questions to why you might be constipated, if you are ... and this is vita;l information, for constipation is a cause for anal strain, which is likewise a cause for hemorrhoids.
The other extreme, though, diarrhea, could also be a contributing factor. Also habits, such as the prolonged sitting on the toilet bowl, if you, for examply, are in the habit of reading in the bathroom; or heavy lifting if, say, you are a body builder not taking prper precautions to support the involved muscles. These are all relevant bitsof information that could help the physician with his diagnosis.
A patient complaining of internal hemorrhoids usually presents symptoms such as painless rectal bleeding during defecation. While a patient suffering from external hemmorhoids may complain of acute pain due to a mass at the rectum.
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