The two most common gastrointestinal problems are frequently interrelated – hemorrhoids and constipation. Hemorrhoids are caused by increased pressure on the veins in the rectum or anus; the two most common causes of this increased pressure are constipation and pregnancy.

Most minor, small hemorrhoids disappear by themselves with no intervention. Hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy normally resolve shortly after childbirth. If the underlying cause of the hemorrhoids is not addressed they can become large and painful, sometimes bleeding and causing major discomfort. There are a number of different treatment options. Your physician at Asheville Gastroenterology Associates will discuss what course of action is most appropriate for your individual case.

The best way to avoid hemorrhoids is to prevent constipation. In order to avoid constipation, you need to make sure you are drinking enough water (about 6-8 glasses a day), and getting enough fiber in your diet. The recommended amount of fiber intake is 30-40 grams. If you are unaccustomed to eating a high fiber diet it is important that you add it gradually to avoid gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

  • Bright Blood in Stool
  • Painful Bowel Movements