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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there! I am usually on the Lupus forum but had a question about some issues I have been having and figured you all could probably lead me in the right direction. For the past few months I have been seeing a lot of mucus in my bowl movements. I went to my primary doc and told them about it and he ordered a stool sample. It came back normal. At that time, I was still passing stool. Well now, it has primarly turned into mucus only with an occasional normal stool. Sometimes I feel like I need to pass gass but it ends up being mucus...it will range from yellow to green to brown with occasional strands of blood. The blood doesnt happen a lot, maybe once a week. This started after I was takin off Imuran and put on Cellcept. I thought the problem was cellcept but I have been off it for awhile now...my current meds are in my signature...could any of these be causing this problem? I am starting to get more and more worried because everytime I use the bathroom, even to urinate, I pass mucus. I don't even think I am passing enough stool to even collect another sample...Anyone have any advice for me? Anyone had this happen to them? Thank you for your answers in advance and sorry this is so gross!!!

Amy

 

21 yrs old, Systemic Lupus , lupus nephritis , raynoids , Carpal Tunnel

Cytoxan, Prednisone, Lupron, Zofran, Mesna, Lisinopril,  Ambien, Flexeril, Ultram, Darvocet, Ferrious Sulfade, Calcium, Vitamin B12, Aspirin 81 mg, Vitamin C

The Old Normal is no more so I and we have to find a New Normal...

 


medchrt1
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   Posted 8/22/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
the first drug on your list cytoxan? for what reason do you take this. I was going to say that perhaps you recently have a fast digestion to be passing green, as the liver produces the bile, the green indicates the fat has not fully processed. I am not familiar with cytoxan, so I looked it up: Cyclophosphamide is a drug that is used primarily for treating several types of cancer. In order to work, cyclophosphamide first is converted by the liver into two chemicals, acrolein and phosphoramide. Arent you first concerned about this drug.I am not an expert, but that drug is affecting your liver. The darvocet is another drug affecting your liver. Perhaps there is a reason you have 2 drugs targeting your liver??

pb4
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   Posted 8/22/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you passing stool more often than usual as well? What were you on imuran for, did your doc already suspect you of having an IBD (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)? Mucus is related to either an IBD or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Cytoxan is also used when Lupus/Lupus Nephritis does not respond to other treatments. I had my first treatment of it about 2 weeks ago. I have been having this problem a lot longer than the new meds...I was hoping it would help the problem but it seems to be getting worse!
 
No, I am passing a lot less stool than usual. I was on Imuran for Lupus but they took me off it because I progressed to Kidney failure so we knew this med wasnt helping anything...or at least we thought it wasnt! No, the time i mentioned it to the dr, he thought it might be parasites or due to infection because I also have a weakend immune system due to the meds. I haven't mentioned it again because it is rather embarresing for me to talk about. I haven't told my family, just something I am trying to deal with but it is starting to get a loss worse and my bum is getting really sore!!!
 
on thursday I go and get a lot of blood work done to make sure the cytoxan is working properly and isnt causing hidden side effects. I know I am get the C3 and C4, CBC with diff, ALT, AST, and basic metabolic blood test. Hopefully thihs will show something? Can IBD be seen in blood work?

Amy

 

21 yrs old, Systemic Lupus , lupus nephritis , raynoids , Carpal Tunnel

Cytoxan, Prednisone, Lupron, Zofran, Mesna, Lisinopril,  Ambien, Flexeril, Ultram, Darvocet, Ferrious Sulfade, Calcium, Vitamin B12, Aspirin 81 mg, Vitamin C

The Old Normal is no more so I and we have to find a New Normal...

 


lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 8/23/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor always asks me about mucus as it can be a sign of overactivity in the colon, mucus was my first symptom which I had about 6 months before my first ever flare....but having said that I sometimes get it when I'm in remission and a little constipated, you said you're passing less stool than usual so maybe its a by-product of that?
 
There are blood tests that look specifically for IBD but I've never had these, my disease activity is easily picked up in a standard FBC through the CRP/ESR etc.
 
 


Keeper
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   Posted 8/23/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Mucous is usually an indication of something that the gut is trying to eliminate. It can be bacteria or parasites. If you are showing green in your stool it could be either a bacterial growth or bile. You don't say anything about C or D, so it is strange that you don't see more stool. I would be concerned about some kind of infection happening in your gut. Collect some samples of the mucous and ask your doctor for a req for a culture.
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