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damo123
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   Posted 10/15/2007 2:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone find that they get a lot of different "coloured" mucus. I've had white, brown, yellow, ruddy-red, pink, black......i know that blood can sometimes be mixed in with mucus and cause a colourn change but I think I've also got all these coloured forms of mucus in the absence of blood. Does the food you eat have anything to do with the colour of the mucus you produce?
2400 mg Asacol + 500mg suppositories as needed
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My colon appears to be acting somewhat normal (ssssshhhhh...don't jinx it)
 
 
 
 
 


Beth75
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   Posted 10/15/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
my theory is that the redder it is the worse the flare is. I'd like to know what the heck the color forest green means, have really only cut out stuff from my diet haven't added anything really new besides the meds.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday
Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 ;prev. Asacol 4800mg day,Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


quincy
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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I would say that if a small amount of stool or just bile is mixed in with a larger amount of mucus, it'll change the colour. Have you been taking digestive enzymes? Have you been having an excess of gas as well?
 
With IBS, some produce a lot of mucus.  Stool that's not formed would clearly mix with the mucus giving it a different colour.

With the pinkish colour, I'd say that's blood if you can't trace it to a food source.

Are you expelling only the mucus without stool? How many times a day are you going?

Are you taking probiotics?

Are you still on the suppositories nightly?

You should/could consider to start a good fibre supplement to help "absorb" the mucus if your food intake doesn't have enough.

Just a few thoughts/questions about it.
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!!)
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damo123
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   Posted 10/15/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for that Quincy. I've not been using digestive enzymes for some time now. From time to time I do have gas. When I have gas my mucus is more like the colour of stool.

I have one solid BM in the morning. Good texture and colour...maybe the stools are somewhat small. I could then have 1 or 2 episodes of mucus during the day. Not much though I always get mucus and a bit of loose stool late at night. I find that pretty weird. It's almost like my bowel works during the night to be able to form stool but cant form solid stool during the day.

I'm taking 500mg suppos. each night and probiotics in chewable form.

I'm not taking any fibre in my food. I was toying with the idea of starting Psylium Husks but things are pretty normal for me now and I'm afraid that something new might rock the boat!

Yeah you are right...the pinkish mucus had the blood-stain-ey appearance. Havent seen that for some time now. The ruddy reddish mucus initially looks like blood but when it dries on the toilet paper it actually loses its red color and dries into a brown stool like colour.

Colons have a mind of their own!!!!!!
2400 mg Asacol + 500mg suppositories as needed
Acidophilus
No Stress and a positive attitude (mostly!)
 
My colon appears to be acting somewhat normal (ssssshhhhh...don't jinx it)
 
 
 
 
 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/15/2007 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I find that I have less mucous, etc if I'm able to sleep a LONG time. I tend to think that my colon doesn't absorb the water as well as it used to and needs the extra time to do it's work.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
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Rhubarb
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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
dakotagirl said...
I find that I have less mucous, etc if I'm able to sleep a LONG time. I tend to think that my colon doesn't absorb the water as well as it used to and needs the extra time to do it's work.

The amount of sleep my hubby gets (or doesn't get) seems to play a HUGE part in his symptoms! He had a good day yesterday, but slept until noon or later. Today he had to get up by 9am for an appointment, and it's been one of his worst days in a long time. There have been no changes in diet or other circumstances, so we can only attribute it to getting less sleep! He just told me that he's had a lot more mucous today right before I read this - great timing! He's been off work since February, so he is able to sleep more than he did when he was working, but he still gets frustrated and feels like he's sleeping his life away at times.
Husband diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2003(?)
Hospitalized 4 times
Asacol, Imuran, probiotics, fish oil, Vit D, Librax, Zoloft, Metamucil
Started Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 7/16 - hoping for some relief!
(Still working on listing all his meds and doses of each!)


Sara14
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   Posted 10/16/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I also find sleep really affects my symptoms...more than any other factor, it seems. I have always needed a lot of sleep to not be tired...preferably 9 hours at least, but it's hard to get that much.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; experimenting w/fiber supplements (Metamucil and Fiber Choice); Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; ground flaxseed

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