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   Posted 11/16/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Saw some mucous in my stool today. No pain, blood, etc. I typically don't see mucous ever. Well I should also say I started having solid bms a couple of weeks ago so they are definitely easier to visually examine. Not sure what to do and I am trying not to stress. I do have a couple of Canasa. If I see more as the day goes on I will go ahead and use one tonight.

I have added more fiber to my diet. Would that matter at all? That is really the only thing I have changed. Thanks guys!!!
Tabitha (Tab)

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   Posted 11/16/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Could the mucous be from your IBS? I hear that people with IBS have larger quantities of mucous then normal.
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   Posted 11/16/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm also "supposed" to get my period tomorrow. I'm still about 2 for the last 22 months. Maybe the IBS. Ugh...I just don't know!
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   Posted 11/16/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I personally wouldn't worry about a little mucous only  because it never really indicated worse things to come for me.  I see it every so often.  It would appear one day, be gone the next.  I wouldn't worry too much, unless it's an ongoing thing and doesn't disappear on its own in a short time period.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
5mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
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   Posted 11/16/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
My Gi said he isn't worried about mucous so much and that everbody gets it, even withoug UC, they just don't notice. I'll agree with the crowd, just keep your eyes open and try not to worry.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07
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   Posted 11/16/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I have gotten a lot of mucous without a flare starting.  When I do see it, I get a lot of sleep and eat very healthy.  No sweets, junk food, milk, limited carbs.
Dx:  2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 11/16/2007 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I, too, notice mucus on occasion, but it rarely leads to a flare-up for me. I wouldn't overreacted at this point and would just keep an eye on it for another day or two. If it continues or gets worse, or you get other symptoms, then it's time to worry.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 2x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)

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   Posted 11/16/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys! I needed to hear that!!
Tabitha (Tab)

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   Posted 11/16/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I find it very hard to "unlearn" the panic response to any lower GI change-- so it doesn't surprise me at all that you ask this question. Pain & bm frequency are probably the key indicators when another flare is brewing, though. So take a deep breath & tell yourself "No way! I'm on top of it!" / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 11/16/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Tabitha...excessive mucus means a change in bowel activity....even if it's ibs from stress or from food you've eaten or from the hormonal changes (which is most likely).

The fact is that you have UC, you're going to start your period and you see mucus. I'd say use the Canasa for at least 3 - 4 nights into your period..starting a prevention to keep the rectum nice and quiet.

It won't hurt for you to use them...and I commend your observation.

One bout of mucus on stool...or continual...if it wasn't your period I'd say let it slide (pun) unless it got worse..

My take on it.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 11/16/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup I agree with all of the above....I wouldn't worry if it's just a little especially if for the most part everything eles is still improved....STUPID PERIODS, then again, I'm sure once I hit menopause I won't be too impressed with that either.

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

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