basically....it's increased activity in the colon that creates the excess mucus. It could be a mechanical defect in how the colon acts/reacts as in IBS. . It could be from inflammation as in infection or UC or CD, MC...etc or it could be from IBS. Both can cause spasming in the colon..and the apasming can cause the increased activity which causes more mucus. Some will get more mucus without increased expulsion, some would get increased expulsion and mucus...could be only mechanical, could be disease, could be both....
clear as mud.
I think for either, an antispasmodic and fibre supplement and probiotic can help.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3 + 1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); 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 !!!