Blood in mucous?? Scared!!

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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  just passed some blood (pink) in mucous that was discharged from rectum.  I had my loop ileostomy on Sept 23. This is first time there has been sign of any blood and it scared me.  Should I be concerned?  Has anyone else experienced this so far post op??? Thanks!! confused

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   Posted 11/10/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had this yet, but if I were you I would call the dr. just to be sure. If nothing else, it will give you piece of mind.

I was just telling my husband the other day, it's sort of weird to have a butt and not use it! LOL! (I hope that made you smile!!) I can't wait till my reversal.

I hope everything is fine with you. Keep us posted with what you find out.
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Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - 3/13/07
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
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   Posted 11/10/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
THIS IS TOTALLY NORMAL!! And don't be surprised if you pass a bowel movement too. The reason is you have a temp ostomy. The intestine is cut in half like a garden hose, one half sticks out of you (the ostomy) the other half diverts to your pouch/rectum. Seeing blood and mucus is a sign of healthy tissue. I don't understand why surgeons NEVER explain this!

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

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   Posted 11/10/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, totally normal. I get it all the time
Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.

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   Posted 11/11/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your replies!!  I was so stressed out about it.  This Forum is a wonderful place.  The doctors never ever tell us about the possibility of this happening!!  Thanks again!! :-)

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   Posted 11/11/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea it's normal, I had a mucous stoma the large intestine that sticks out the skin the other end my butt (like Suebear said hose cut in half) my mucous stoma I wore a folded 4x4 with tape over it just below my right side of my rib cage and it would pass mucous daily eaither into the bandage or pass like a BM as your intestines still are alive and working and its part of the natural fluid that the intestines produce to help with the pooping in normal conditions.
My mucous stoma had blood sometimes but it wasn't often and it had some smell with it but it would clear up and go away.

Post Edited (MDdave) : 11/11/2008 10:14:09 AM (GMT-7)

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