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8 Habits You Didn’t Know Could Cause Hemorrhoids

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You’re lifting heavy objects

You may think it’s harmless to pick up one end of the couch while you’re moving, but it could cause you to bear down too hard. That increases pressure in the rectum, causing the veins (called the hemorrhoidal plexus) to swell like a balloon, saysDarren Brenner, associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a gastroenterologist at Northwestern Medical Group in Chicago. Boom: hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to avoid this completely. Try lifting correctlyyou know, with your knees, not your backcan help.

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