Could your cell phone literally be causing a pain in your derriere? Well, don’t laugh because the answer may be yes!
In general, doctors recommend that you spend no more than 10 minutes at a time sitting on the toilet. Sitting too long can cause an increase in the pressure on the veins in your rectum, which in turn can lead to the formation of hemorrhoids. Doctors around the country report an increase in the number of patients complaining of painful hemorrhoids and the culprit may be your smart phone.
Are you guilty of taking your phone into the restroom, and before you know it you have checked your email? Or gotten caught up in a new level of Candy Crush? Well you are not alone. The average American spends up to 5 hours per day on their phone - that represents a lot of sitting whether it’s on the toilet or not.
So if you are tempted to multitask while in the bathroom, remember to set your timer for 10 minutes and then get up and get active. If you have already developed hemorrhoids, call and make an appointment with your doctor at GI Associates.