Mucus and IBS??

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basa0806
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   Posted 10/13/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm actually from the Ulcerative colitis boards but I have a question for you IBSers. I've never been offically diagnosed with IBS but I'm almost positive I've had problems with it since middle school. But my question is for you guys: Have you ever passed mucus? I know its common for people with IBD's, which is me, but I've been in remission 6 months. I'm senior year of high school and I'm under and extremely large amount stress. I'm hoping some of you can give you're two cents...
Thanks! Be well!

Sam

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   Posted 10/13/2006 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sam,
Welcome to the IBS board! :-)
Yes, mucus is super common for IBSers. It's not unheard of for us to pass only mucus and no stool. As long as you're not seeing blood, mucus is totally normal.
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basa0806
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   Posted 10/13/2006 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats a HUGE relief because the last thing I need is for my UC to start acting up again! Thank you!

Sam

Diagnosed in September 2004 at 15

Currently taking, 12 Asacol, 25 mg Elavil, 2x immodium, Othro

REMISSION!!! Or something like it!

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”

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Keriamon
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   Posted 10/16/2006 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
If you can, try and lower that senior-year stress. Stress can activate your IBS or your UC. If you can fit it into your schedule, areobics, martial arts or yoga or tai chi can be a big help, as can freeing up your schedule by dropping highly competitve sports and extra classes (I didn't know until I got to college that most private colleges do not accept AP classes; boy, the disappointment showed on a lot of girls' faces!).

EnoughisEnough
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   Posted 10/18/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have seen mucus in my feces as well but I do have ulcerative colitis.....I just wish I could find a cure..Ive had enough of this...

meltinginsideout
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   Posted 11/4/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if the mucus you see is by itself or w/the stool.  I have a similair problem but
it looks more like jelly and is getting worse but no one knows why or what it is.  Let me know if you find something out.
 

pb4
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   Posted 11/5/2006 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have crohns and IBS...I used to have a ton of mucous both on it's own and with stool...I hardly ever have mucous (with or without stools) anymore, taking the prodiem stool bulker has helped with this and bee propolis has helped it too.

:)

minou
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I know the last message was posted in 2006, but I was so relived to come across this discussion that I just had to post. I have Crohn's and IBS too... and a BIG problem with mucous. I'm in Canada and haven't seen Prodiem on the shelves at my local pharmacy or Bee Propolis for that matter - not even in natural health stores. But someone told me about Puritan's Pride and I've ordered the Bee Propolis from them, then next time I'm in the states I'll look for Prodiem. I'm excited to see how the Bee Propolis works.

Thanks for the posts.

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I have proctitis and think that I am also suffering with IBS on top of it. I seem to always pass mucus with my stool and sometimes just mucus alone. I worry that it is the proctitis flaring but a lot of the time this isn't the case.
My GI said that mucus means inflammation and that it wasn't common for people with IBS to pass mucus but I think he is wrong. It seems there are alot of people who pass mucus with their stool.

Victoria x

 


pb4
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
minou said...
I know the last message was posted in 2006, but I was so relived to come across this discussion that I just had to post. I have Crohn's and IBS too... and a BIG problem with mucous. I'm in Canada and haven't seen Prodiem on the shelves at my local pharmacy or Bee Propolis for that matter - not even in natural health stores. But someone told me about Puritan's Pride and I've ordered the Bee Propolis from them, then next time I'm in the states I'll look for Prodiem. I'm excited to see how the Bee Propolis works.

Thanks for the posts.
I use Prodiem and I'm in Canada (Alberta), it's likely harder to find it in the states...I'm also the one that has both crohn's and IBS and have mentioned quite a few times about the bee propolis from puritans pride that I've had success with, it's in my local health food store at about 5 times the price that's why I buy from purtians pride online.
 
Be careful that you don't buy the wrong prodiem, as they have the fibre therapy (which is what I use) and they also make a laxative (which you don't want to use).
 
I'm anxious to know how the bee propolis works for you as well.
 
:)
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pb4
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Victoria said...
I have proctitis and think that I am also suffering with IBS on top of it. I seem to always pass mucus with my stool and sometimes just mucus alone. I worry that it is the proctitis flaring but a lot of the time this isn't the case.
My GI said that mucus means inflammation and that it wasn't common for people with IBS to pass mucus but I think he is wrong. It seems there are alot of people who pass mucus with their stool.

Yes, it's true, people with IBS do pass mucus and mucus is also present for those with inflamation, proctitis means inflamation of the rectom and that is NOT IBS that's likely either crohn's or ulcerative colitis.
 
 
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almostbetter
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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there, Has your GI considered the chance that you have a yeast infection of the lower intestine? I thought I had c-dif (cloristridium difficile, since I was exposed to it, last summer from my mother in law, who caught it in the hospital - after they gave her three massive super-antibiotics-which she didn't need. She took flagyl, In two weeks I got sick, had diarhea for four days, then was tested and tested negative but the doctor gave me flagyll too. I took it for almost a month and slightly felt better but when I quit, it came back. Something told me to internet research it and so I went down to a holistic farm and bought some live pro biotics (refridgerated kind) and some lemon oil and montrose oil, which I take 2 X a day in a capsule and then the live probiotics twice a day. At last, I feel like I'm 1/2 way getting better. I also had a colonic and the technician said that the mucus on my light-colored stool was not as heavy as before but he thought that I didn't have c-dif anymore but I still had a yeast infection of the lower intestine (maybe brought on by the lack of good bacteria and all the antibiotics, I've taken for the last four years for sinus infections.

Anyway, the candidaiosis or small intestine infection makes more sense, since the stuff they gave me at the health farm, seems to be slowly working. By the way, I haven't had a sinus infection for 7 months because of the time-released Vit C, I take every day and the probiotics. The people at the holistic place, said that 20% of Americans have IBS and that they think that it might be a side-effect of the bad bacteria taking over (c-dif) as well as candidaiosis (yeast infection) as well as a resulting lactose intolerance and malabsorption of vitamins, resulting in anemia, poor color, yeasty smell in urine or stool, fibromyalgia-type symptoms and get this, little spirochetes start digging holes in your bowel wall, if not treated. It can also turn into spores that attack your lungs, making you short of breath.

Anyway, sorry this turned out to be so long - my first posting - what do you think?

sincerely, almostbetter

redee2moov
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   Posted 1/16/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Muscus can mean so many things that people often throw their hands up in the air and simply accept what their doctor says and prescribes.

There is mucus we need (such as the mucus membrane in our digestive system, that can protect us from too much acid), and there is mucus that harms us, (in our intestines it can coat the nerve ending that stimulate bowel movement), or indicates something is going on with us that is not good (i.e. a snotty nose from a sinus infection). There is cause to be aware, but unless you are experiencing a variety of other symptoms, especially pain, I would only be concerned for the sake of awareness of what you may be doing to yourself that could worsen.

Start out simple. 90% of the time, what comes out our bottom is directly related to what we put in our mouth. I have struggled with constipation most of my 48 years. I have learned when I eat hamburger (especially fast food type, and any greasy fried food, dairy, bread (especially white), and a few other food that tend to be mucus forming, such as sugar), I produce a whitesh mucus in my stool. And it usually accompanies (or should I say, triggers) increased constipation. Excess clear mucus, concerns me less, but I make dietary adjustments for that as well (maybe a little more fiber, vegetables, etc). Since I have lessened my constipation through an increase in healthy oils in my diet, it is not uncommon to see the clear mucus when I am on the high end of my oil intake. It seems actually assist the bowel movement. I only minimize it because I understand the problems too much mucus can cause.

Start there, then look to deeper isues, such as yeast infections, or worse. Mucus can form as a result of your body battling ailment. So as always, talk to your doctor, but dietary considerations may be all you need (and it helps tremendously with IBS).

Hope this helps.


mzladyt
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   Posted 2/18/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it a big problem is you see blood in the mucus? Sometimes it scares me to see so much of it. I just thought it was from the hemmoroids.

Tennie

minou
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   Posted 3/4/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Pb4... thanks for your reply! You're in Alberta? I'm in Quebec. I'll check again at the pharmacy for the Prodiem. The Bee Propolis hasn't worked :( I'm taking 1 per day and I've just started the SC Diet, as a last resort. I really hope it works... but from what I've been hearing and reading it looks like the mucous is here to stay. It's not easy on the confidence this Crohn's/IBS stuff...

Sherman Tank
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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
yes- this is a great thread. I have had both IBS and UC for over 20 years and only am just figuring out the mucus thing. Right now Im frustrated because my Hemmies are acting up (internal only-so its always a guessing game) and at the point they like to get to where I pass mucus with just air. So fun. When it isn't stinky I asume its just excess natural stuff that I get too much of but when it IS stinky, like now, I assume its the Hemmies getting inflamed. Oh- and I feel them in there- a throbbing, a bit of uncomfortable pressure, sometimes just little twindges, then blood with number two. Blood with air when they are really bad- I just sit and bleed.
And how does one keep INterNal Hemmies dry and clean. I ask you. Yeash. Theres both too much and not enough info out there. They take a long time to heal. But the mucus always scares me- as I fear they will get worse, which they have in the past, until they are quite painful (Im sorry but all this stuff about internal hemmeroids being NoT painful is a load of...welll..you know...)
I wish I could find out more about internal Hemmorhoids but it gets mixed up with external.
Diagnosed proctosigmoiditis/ UC 2004
Misdiagnosed with just Hemeroids since I was 12!!
Bad flare after birth of first son in 2004,
another bad flare pregnant with 2nd baby summer 2006
recent reallly bad flare Dec 2007- 1st time w/ prednisone
Asacol for last 4 years 3pills 2X's, ROWASA as needed up to 3X's a day,
now just Asacol 3 pills-2X's a day, probiotics 2X's, fish oil, diet
Tryed-acupuncture, herbal remedies


Denjski
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   Posted 3/20/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have some issues with muscus...I've seen it on my stool, usually when the constipation is worse, and, this part I hate..... the only way I can explain it is my butt sneezes.. its not flatuence, fart to others,

I have no warning, all of a sudden there's stuff in my underware......I've been lucky, its not too much and I have been close to a bathroom
It seemed like a good idea at the time


minou
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine is the same. Going the doctor tomorrow though. Really, really hope he can give me some answers... or at least a nudge in the right direction.

jeanneac
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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I am from the IBD forum as well. For years they told me I had IBS and perhaps I did at first, but then I had these episodes where I passed blood. I had terribly painful episodes that nothing helped. I was told I had stomach viruses or IBS. Several years back I had a CT scan that said I had inflammation. They did a colonoscopy and said all was normal. The biopsy said I had some lymphocytes in crypts but the Dr said that was normal. I have been to two other docs who said I had IBS. I got very sick again recently and got a CT scan. They said it was diverticulitis. After several rounds of antibiotics, I was not much better. This was going on two months time. I finally went to Mayo Clinic where they told me I had colitis. After the meds got into my system (colasal) I have been much better. I am just wondering how long I have really had colitis and not IBS. It makes me angry what all we have to go through with these types of illnesses. I am grateful for these forums because it seems like other people with the same problems help more than the medical community. Thanks to everyone for being out there!

diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


bubba1973
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   Posted 7/2/2011 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if anyone still visits this thread but I am a prime example of ignoring the situation until it was bad. In February 2010 I started passing mucous with stool and sometimes without and sometimes with blood. I attributed the blood to hemorrhoids and the rest to a bowel overgrowth. I had a colonoscopy on June 6th and they discovered a polyp the size of golf ball about 2 cm above my anal verge in my rectum. It took them three times to get the polyp out meaning 3 colonoscopies. Lot of wear and tear on your body. I still have the stem of the polyp in there but I no longer have a problem with mucus. It isn't just IBS. Go get checked and do it as soon as you have symptoms. I still have one more major surgery to get the stem out of there and of course have to wait out the results of the pathology. Don't wait. Run, don't walk to the doctor's office.

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   Posted 7/3/2011 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your post bubba. I'm glad that you went and got checked out as many people do leave it and ignore symptoms for a long time.
Hope your last surgery goes well.
Tori xx

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