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BenY
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   Posted 8/25/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't understand about the mucus. Right now (on steriods admittedly) things are looking quite normal, except I still see mucus. Does this means the colon inflammation has resided but the mucus membranes are still over producing? Or do I assume then the inflammation not fully subsided? I'm trying to judge when to reduce my medicine, and I'm not sure what to think about it.  A few weeks ago, I had a particularly maddening five days when I had to use the bathroom every hour and a half just to eject a "mucus plug", but that's another story.
 
Has anyone found an foods or medicines that work to reduce mucus production in particular?
 
Thanks!
 
 

Ben, 38
 
Symptoms started 10/06, diagnosed 4/07
Currently on Prednisone, which helps; Limited help from hydrocortisone enemas; No help from Rowasa; Bad reactions to Colazal and Lialda
Diet mostly: whole grains, pasta, potatos, rice, mashed root vegetables, green/fruit drinks, fish, lactose-free dairy, peacans, smoothies, bananas.


princesa
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   Posted 8/25/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I understand, excess mucous production is generally thought to be a protective response of the intestines to irritating substances. If this is true, find and eliminate the substance that's irritating to you personally and you'll reduce the abnormal mucous.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Possibly misdiagnosed
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 8/25/2007 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
How long have you been on prednisone?

It could be foods, stress, the prednisone, IBS (mucus colitis) continuing inflammation...
What other symptoms are you having..is there any rectal discomfort or urgency when you're having mucus...or is it during bms?

Would you consider to use probiotics? Are you taking any other supplements?

I don't see a lot of protein in your diet...you could consider to up it a bit.

quincy
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


BenY
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 60
   Posted 8/26/2007 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! I've been on prednisone for 3 1/2 months now, in various does from 40 to 5mg. For a probiotic, I'm drinking Kefir - it has like 10 bacteria and I figure the more the better! I'm am trying to get enough protein, I also have whey protein powder, peanut butter, cheese, soy (I should make my sig reflect this.) Thanks for the reminder, though, I wanted to introduce some beans - maybe lentils would be a good start.

I'll think about what could be causing irritation. I'll really trying to avoid anything that would be rough passing through the colon such as too much insoluble fiber, raw vegatables, popcorn, hard seeds, etc.
Ben, 38
 
Symptoms started 10/06, diagnosed 4/07
Currently on Prednisone, which helps; Limited help from hydrocortisone enemas; No help from Rowasa; Bad reactions to Colazal and Lialda
Diet mostly: whole grains, pasta, potatos, rice, mashed root vegetables, green/fruit drinks, fish, lactose-free dairy, peacans, smoothies, bananas.


birdiem
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   Posted 8/26/2007 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
maybe add a probiotic pill if the mucus keeps up...?
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
 
 
probiotics


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 25819
   Posted 8/26/2007 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
can you take Asacol? Can you still take Rowasa?

I think you should consider to get a stool sample/culture done...maybe there's something else going on that needs to be addressed.

quincy
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


pb4
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   Posted 8/26/2007 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I got rid of my mucus completely with the combination of bee propolis and fibre supplements, my GI is impressed to say the least, not to mention the cut back on my daily BM's thanks to those mentioned above and the rest of my regime of omegas 3-6-9, probiotics (primadophilus reuteri made by natures way) and vitamins A, B12, C-Calcium Ascorbate.

Do not take bee products if you're allergic to bees.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


birdiem
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Total Posts : 326
   Posted 8/27/2007 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
does anyone know how "bad" mucus is? i have it all the time and i almost just think it is normal now. what is it doing to my body? or what is it TELLING ME about my body?
katie

22

diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon

no cecal valve, removed during surgery





probiotics


Surgey... Again.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 8/27/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
hey there i was wanting to know the same thing. my doctor told me that it was just part of the colon. that is just how your body works....

Jase7777
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 8/29/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
i Get yellow mucus in flare ups but after taking ASACOL for a 2 weeks or so the mucus turns into orange color or so nevertheless it doesnt seem to disappear. is that normal....?

pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 18083
   Posted 8/29/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Of course there naturally is some mucus in our stools (sick or not) but excess mucus is a sign of irritation and the more excess mucus you have the more irritation there is.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 25819
   Posted 8/29/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Mucosal layer....makes mucus. Your colon needs mucus....it's the lubricant.

More means something is going on...and that could be stress, foods, meds, floral imbalance,  inflammation, ibs..etc.

q


*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


birdiem
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 326
   Posted 8/29/2007 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the info. that is what i figured but it is nice to have some "experts" weigh in.
katie
22
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
on antibiotics while undergoing further testing by doctor
will start VSL #3 when antibiotics are done.

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