Welcome to Healing Well! :)
I have never had my gb out however we have a few members here that can give you some insight on that. Many have found lots of relief from medications that bind the bile, its actually a cholesterol medication called Welchol and I think there is another one called Questran that you may want to ask your doc about
. This may be the cause of your diarrhea because the bile goes straight through you since there is no storage per se. My husband had lots of problems with diarrhea for about
3 years following his gb surgery but has very minimal anything now.
Mucus is very normal for IBS and does not necessarily mean inflammation. Mucus is a normal secretion for everyone in the colon. Extra mucus in IBS is mostly caused by the intense spasms of the colon which cause extra mucus secretions. For IBD (not to be confused with IBS) sufferers, the mucus is from the ulcers (the ulcer pus).
There are many tests that you can get to rule out other causes however that would be up to you and your doc. He/she most likely will give you choices and it helps to read up on your options so you know what to expect. Besides a colonoscopy, you can get a barium enema (a.k.a. lower GI series). You may not need invasive testing at all depending on the questions your doc will have for you. I hope this helped you a little.
Please keep posting and keep us updated on your progress and your road to answers :)
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