tons of mucus and tissue(?) Need advice

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gumby44
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   Posted 12/18/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi gang,
I have been off Prednisone for about 3 weeks and on Pentasa, with no diarrhea or anemia, and I think I am in remission.  I saw my GI this week, and he sent me on my way until my next appointment in April '08.  I have been feeling good, and have been becoming progressively more adventerous with my diet and had Mexican food last night.  So today, I have had no diarrhea, but multiple bowel movements, followed by tons of white stuff that almost looks like shredded toilet paper and also clumps of slightly blood tinged mucus.  I also have the chills.  I have to work for several more hours, or I'd definitely be in bed!  Obviously, I am reverting back to a more bland diet, but do you think this is cause for concern?  My doc always tells me not to worry about mucus, but this seems excessive.  Does this mean I'm not in remission?  I really don't understand the whole mucus thing. Thanks for any advice!
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007


Zanne
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   Posted 12/18/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Go back to a bland diet for a few days before you panic. You probably just shocked your system. Don't worry over one event. I know, easier said than done! But just take it easy for a few days and see if things calm down, but do keep an eye on things and don't let things get out of hand.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Sarita
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   Posted 12/18/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey gumby! If you just saw your GI this week and haven't had any diarrhea, the mucus probably isn't a terrible sign; mucus is produced naturally in the intestines to help move your food along. If you were adventurous with the Mexican food (mmm, enchiladas), it could just be that your intestines are secreting more mucus because you ate something spicy/irritating. Now - back away from the salsa! Back away!
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gumby44
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   Posted 12/18/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Suzanne and Sarita,
I think I was just a little panicky. I like to think that remission is the real deal, like I can go back to my chocolate and Mexican food, but I do think I feel a whole lot better avoiding that stuff, remission or not:( I know you have both been having a hard time..I hope you are doing better. Thanks for the support. It is so great that I have a place to go with my Crohnnie worries, no matter how insignificant!
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007


Sarita
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I think our threshold for "insignificant" is a good deal higher than it is for the general population...most people with blood-tinged mucous in their stools would probably be having an aneurysm over it. And most people wouldn't even think twice about eating Mexican food. So don't feel like your worries are insignificant, ever!
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Marie-Claire
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   Posted 12/18/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I would definately go back to a bland diet, lots of fluids.... I have had relapses after "cheating" that have taken me weeks to "mend". Your body is trying to tell you something. I wouldn't panick, but keep an eye on the bleeding especially . We ALL cheat from time to time....and this being xmas is the prime cheating time for everyone. I have a terrible time at xmas sticking to my diet. I find if I only allow myself a nibble of something I really crave ( but I often can't stop at a nibble)I'll be ok. but many times, when I cheat, I KNOW I'll pay for it later.
Try and relax, get lots of rest, fluids ....and try to stay away from too spicy.
Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 


athensgirl
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   Posted 12/19/2007 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Please don't panic.  I am also in remission, but sometimes when I eat something out of the ordinary like Mexican or Chinese food, I also have more mucus and definately diarrea.  The difference is that when I am in remission the symptoms last only a couple of days, and then I'm back to normal.  Yesterday, I ate a hot dog for lunch, and I didn't have a problem.  One week ago I had chicken soup and I was in the bathroom all night.  Go figure!!!!

Zanne
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   Posted 12/19/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope things are back to normal today. But keep an eye on things for the rest of the week. If you are still having some issues, give your doctor a call on Friday if for no other reason than peace of mind. You don't want ot go into the Xmas long weekend worrying. It will only make matters worse.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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