mucus from rectum...

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   Posted 1/23/2011 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
hello...i've had my colostomy now for 20yrs due to a stricture in my colon...with quite a few problems in the past but, all has been pretty good for past 8yrs. give or take...originally had past  mucus ocassionally from rectum but then stopped all together so just thought it wouldn't happen again...until past 7/8 weeks ago started back with sever cramping and intense pressure...since then it has dropped back to only once a day when i have a bowel movement in the morning....get rid of mucus with minor push and its done...just curious why it started back and with so much severity....anyone with similar problem....debating if removing colon should be a question.... i've been with my  new gastro now for roughly 4 yrs....unfortunately my gastro has not been very helpful....compassion is a word that has been forgotten in the medical field for some reason....used to be a person went into the medical field because they wanted to help people...i remember hearing...why do you want to be a doctor...because i want to help people...i think that needs to be printed in bold letters where people entering the medical field can read it...compassion is spelled with a "C" not a "P" as paycheck....i will be getting off soap box now...any response would be greatly appreciated 

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   Posted 1/23/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only had my eliostomy for just over four years.  You certainly have more experience than me.  I have accepted the seepage of mucus as part of the program.  I have to eliminate it just about every time my pouch needs emptying.  My understanding is that all of your internal plumbing produces mucus.  If you still have your rectum it too makes mucus which has to go somewhere.  If not in then out.

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   Posted 1/23/2011 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
When I still had my colon/rectum I went through a few stages where it was bad/not so bad regarding the frequency and amount...I cannot tell you why it's worse at different points. I have to say I don't miss that now!!

Are you on any meds? Even OTC?

Welcome to the forum, too!!! tongue
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 1/26/2011 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kev,

I was told that mucous production can just really vary from time to time. Be glad you can get it out. I have bad rectal and lower colon scarring and an ileostomy and most times have to have my colon mucous suctioned out with a sig scope. Not bad and worth it for the relief, but just part of the program. Hang in. Rosemary

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   Posted 1/26/2011 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   

I totally agree with you on the Capital C for Compassion for med school students. I could write a BOOK about those docs I met without C because I was damaged by 2 docs and most of the other docs were covering for the docs that damaged me. BIG story. BUt anyway, one saved my life with the ileo and so far so good. That guy had lots of compassion and stood up against the White Coat Wall of Silence. Rosemary
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