Hemorrhoids — swollen veins around the anus and in the rectum — are more prevalent among people with SCI than the general population. It is believed that this higher incidence is due to several factors, such as chronic constipation (which intensifies pressure and may weaken the veins in the rectal area), prolonged sitting, straining, irritation through repeated digital stimulation and/or use of suppositories or enemas.
A major sign of hemorrhoids in individuals with SCI is bleeding during your bowel management program.
People with SCI obviously cannot avoid risk factors such as prolonged sitting, and in some cases digital stimulation and use of suppositories. However, there are many foods that can help strengthen your veins and help prevent the development and/or recurrence of hemorrhoids:
A high-fiber diet is extremely important in the prevention of hemorrhoids. There is a strong co