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Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

While it may be embarrassing, and not something you want to share about with your friends over brunch, having pain down there (rectal pain) is a widespread complaint – 10 million Americans self-report hemorrhoids every year. Rectal pain is all too common – but there are so many possible causes to consider.

Pain in the rectum and anus is so prevalent because they’re made up of sensitive, highly vascularised tissues, responsible for removing waste from your body. As a result, there is an increased risk of damage to the tissues and blood vessels, and of bacterial infections.

But what’s causing your pain – and is it worth getting evaluated by a doctor?

When to See

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By |2019-05-20T17:01:01-05:00May 20th, 2019|Colonoscopy, Digestive Health, hemorrhoids|Comments Off on Pain in the Butt: What Rectal Pain Means for You

7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Are you considering seeing a gastroenterologist in San Antonio, TX? In most cases, my recommendation to those experiencing things like stomach pain or other digestive symptoms is to see your primary doctor first and they can decide if the cause is less severe than anticipated or needs the attention of a GI specialist. However, if you don’t have a primary care physician or if you’re experiencing chronic ongoing GI issues, you should ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist or contact one directly that participates in your insurance network.   

I often have conversations with first time patients where they let me know that they were unsure of what type of doctor to see for their symptoms, so

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By |2019-02-07T11:47:27-05:00August 7th, 2017|Bloating, Bowel Movements, colon cancer, Colonoscopy, hemorrhoids, IBD|Comments Off on 7 Reasons to see a Gastroenterologist

Treating Hemorrhoids – What are the best options?

The National Institute of Digestive Diseases describes hemorrhoids as swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum, which affect 3 out of 4 adults during their lifetime. Causes are generally from events that put extra pressure in the lower rectum like straining during a bowel movement, prolonged sitting or heavy lifting. Sometimes a patient has none of these risk factors and the cause of their hemorrhoids is unknown. Common symptoms are bleeding, feeling of fullness in rectum, itching/pain around the anus and protruding lumps from the anus.

Since hemorrhoids are so common, I wanted to go over a few basics

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By |2018-01-31T01:21:53-05:00December 1st, 2016|hemorrhoids|Comments Off on Treating Hemorrhoids – What are the best options?