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Question: Lower Abdominal Pain with mucousy/oily Bms


 amazing_gracie - Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:49 pm

I am a 49 yr old female with a history of GERD, HTN, Depression, and Osteoarthritis. Ive had a total hysterectomy 13 years ago, and a knee arthroscopy 2 years ago. My Grandfather had colon cancer, Father had cancer of the brain and passed away at the age of 45, Mother had lung cancer and passed away at 77. I have a brother with diabetes, juvenile onset, sister with emphyesema, another brother with antiphosholipid antibody syndrome and he has suffered a stroke as a result of that. My current medications include estrace 2mg qd,celebrex 200mg qd, nexium 40 mg qd, lisinopril 10 mg qd,provigel 200mg qd, sonata 10 mg qd @HS prn, and celexa 20mg qHS. Over the past 6 months I have had frequent episodes (at least every 2 weeks) of severe lower abdominal cramping/pain with diarrhea. When I have these episodes the stool frequently looks mucusy and oily and sometimes have bright blood attached to them, and float. These episodes usually last 1-2 days and then go away as spontaneously as they began. I then return to having normal bowel function with regular BM's 1-2 times a day. Could this possibly be irritable bowel syndrome, or should I seek out a gastro consult.
Thanks!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:51 pm

User avatar Hello,

Yes it could be irritable bowel syndrome. The description of oily stools could also point to steatorrhea or malabsorption. I think you should consult a gastroenterologist.

Best regards.

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