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   Posted 8/20/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just finished reading a year or more of messages. Though my doctor diagnosed IBS my symptoms are nothing like what I've been reading here.. I have no diarrhea, gas, bloating, or pain (I am feeling very fortunate). My primary symptom is just 10 - 15 urgent daily bowel movements of regular consistency but with varying amounts of mucous all day and all night. That's it! I can deal with the bowel movements. I'd just like to stop wearing and changing panty liners 24/7. I also suspect I always have a mild odor. I tried up to 4 Immodium a day. It is no different if I take none. I have have had 3 colonoscopies. The first showed nothing, the second, microscopic colitis, the third nothing. I was diagnosed with diverticulosis 5 or more years ago, no diverticulitis. No pain, no gas, no bloating. I eat lots of fruits and vegs, little red meat.

Anyone have a clue as to what my problem is?


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   Posted 8/20/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately IbS is a catch all diagnosis for "we can't find any physical reason for your problem." After they have ruled everything else out it is IBS. It is a syndrome, no a disease per se so the fact that you have the frequent bowel movements puts you in that category. Perhaps someone else will have an idea. One of the ideas that is frequently suggested is to take Caltrate-d as that can help with the frequency. Some Doctors say more fiber even though it is given for constipation. My cousin has had your problem all his life and he swears by fiber supplements even though the doctors don't agree but he is the one that ought to know.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell:-)
I am surprised you have so many BMs a day yet you feel fine - no pain, gas, bloat, etc.  You're almost lucky (almost!).
I'm baffled.  Have you been tested for parasites?  Are you on any medication that could possibly cause this?  Allergy to any food?  Have hyperthyroidism?  Have had radiation therapy?  Diabetes?  Are you a competitive runner?
That's all I can think of for now that could cause D with maybe no pain.
I am astounded Imodium does nothing for you.  Have you tried the extra strength?  I take 1/2 of 1 pill and it clogs me up for 2 days.
I will keep thinking about this because I am absolutely intrigued.

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   Posted 8/21/2008 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I would be very suspect if you had a colonoscopy showing microscopic colitis and are also having nocturnal bowel movements. Smacks of inflammatory bowel disease (of which microscopic colitis is one, although rarer than the other two, Crohn's and UC). What did you GI say about the colitis? Treatment options, etc.?
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