What does Mucous mean?

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LondonRed
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   Posted 9/10/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doesn't see worried but I am. I get lots of mucous now, it even comes out on it's own.

Does anyone know what this means? What does Mucous represent? The anxiety of seeing it is nearly giving me D!

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Mesalazine Suppository at night.


quincy
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   Posted 9/10/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
It means the colon is being "active"....it could be from IBS or from inflammation.

If you're having bms with urges to go and it's only mucus...I'd say it's because of inflammaton.

You're not on any oral 5ASA meds??

The other thing...are you meaning first thing in the morning or during the day? The suppository can "look" like greasy mucus.

You pegged another aspect....."the anxiety of seeing it is nearly giving me D!"....slow your thinking about that down a bit for you'll perpetuate the cycle.

As well...ask your doctor for a 'script of dicyclomine...it'll slow down some of the spasming and maybe help with the mucus.

My take on it.
quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
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LondonRed
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   Posted 9/10/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The mucous happens during the day and not at any other time, it almost feel like an urge to go. I don't really have much urgency anymore and only go 2 or 3 times a day. It just freaks me out when I see mucous or blood as it means active inflammation as if my colon is falling apart.

I am on 5ASA rectal meds and have been on them 2 days.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Mesalazine Suppository at night.


suebear
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   Posted 9/10/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Your colon is not falling apart. It sounds as if you flare is mostly controlled and the disease is just minor. To put your situation in perspective, I had daily bleeding for over 2 years and I am still here. Don't panic. Have you given any thought to talking with someone about chronic illness? When my UC was at its worst I went to a psychologist who specializes in chronic illness and learned some wonderful tools for calming my anxiety. It really helped and gave me some much needed peace.

Sue
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

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Excess mucus for IBDers is normal (as Q stated, it's normal for IBSers as well)...don't freak out, it isn't necessarily a bad sign like death or your colon falling apart (at least anymore than it is from having IBD), it's just a common thing with having IBD, inconvienant yes, life threatening, no.

:)


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burnabygirl
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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have at least 5 BMs with brown loose stools (which look like undigested brown peanuts) in the past couple of days. Sometimes it comes with formed stools.
Is this what you call mucus?
I was still having loose and formed stools on thick blood a week ago. And now I just see a little pink blood on the tp and not in the toilet bowl.
I am using Salofalk enema every night. Can anybody tell me if I'm getting better or worse? confused
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 75 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsule (Metamucil)


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Mucus from the anus actually looks like snot from the nose/phelgm from the throat, that's the kind of consistancy it is, basically because that's what mucus is.

What you're describing sounds more like diarhea not mucus, mucus is "slimey".
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burnabygirl
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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh dear. I never thought it's diarrhea because it's not watery. And it doesn't make the water cloudy. When I was having diarrhea I couldn't see anything but a bowl of brown water. I thought I'd got better when I stopped having diarrhea and started to have these 'loose stools'.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 75 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsule (Metamucil)


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe it's not complete D, loose usually is the next step before D, but there typically isn't peanut looking things in mucus, mucus is slimey, gel-like formation like I described above.

Maybe you've gone from D to loose and you're on your way to formed...keeping fingers crossed for ya!

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


burnabygirl
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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you!
I just wonder if I'm getting better or worse. I feel good, though, and have just added bee propolis 3 days ago to my supplements list.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 75 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsule (Metamucil)


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you find much success with the bee propolis, I found it helps me alot and my GI encourages me to contine with it, he said because it's 100% non-toxic that it's perfectly fine to take daily and indefinitely (I've been taking 2 pills once every day for almost 5 yrs now)..infact one of the many things it helped me with was mucus issues, it also completely stopped my bleeding and cut my daily BM's way back (in about half) and it stopped ALL my lower back pain that I'd get with each and every 30+daily BM's (I'd literally sit and cry on the toilet every time it was so painful) thanks to the bee propolis that's all behind me now.

I'm glad to see you're already taking probiotics (daily and indefinitely I hope) same with the fibre supplementation.

Keeping my fingers crossed that you're on your way to remission!

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


burnabygirl
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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember you recommending bee propolis in other posts. Coincidently, my neighbour also recommended it to me last week so I decided to give it a try. I found one which is made in B.C., Canada, where I live. yeah
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 75 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, psyllium capsule (Metamucil) and bee propolis.


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hence the name "burnabygirl" :)

I'm in Alberta, and it's good that you're taking one that's made where you live, I've heard that in that case people have better results...I havn't been able to find locally made bee propolis so I buy mine online from puritans pride and like I said, it's helped alot so I'm happy with it.

I'm glad you're trying it, I hope you have tons of success with it...be sure to post your results either way since this can be helpful for others whom might be considering giving it a try.

How are you finding the metamucil? I chose to take Prodiem stool bulking therapy tabs myself which are similar to metamucil. I believe Prodiem is pretty easy to come by just about anywhere in Canada but apparently only a few US states carry it.  The Prodiem contains pysillium which is why I like it, I'm not sure if the metamucil does or not.


:)


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


burnabygirl
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   Posted 9/11/2008 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
In late July I asked my GI doctor if I could take fibre supplement and she said yes. Then she wrote 'psyllium capsules' on a sheet of paper (not a prescription) and handed it to me. I took the piece of paper to the pharmacy in Costco and was given the Metamucil capsules.
After taking the Metamucil tablets for a couple of days my diarrhea were all gone. I think it has helped me a lot. I'm taking 1 capsule morning and night.
By the way, I checked out my journal just now and noticed that I haven't seen any thick blood since I started taking bee propolis, just a little 'pink' on the tp. smilewinkgrin
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 75 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, psyllium capsule (Metamucil) and bee propolis.


LondonRed
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   Posted 9/11/2008 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.beevitalpropolis.com/

I have spoken to them too, they really do seem like the real deal and very genuine.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Mesalazine Suppository at night.

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