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Question: Mucus on or instead of stool

 HealthConcerns - Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:23 pm

I've been having problems with constipation a lot lately. I don't think I've ever had regular bowel movements, but I never really paid attention to it until I had some problems a couple weeks ago and told my mom about it and she's been making sure I keep track of how often I have a BM. I've been taking stool softeners regularly and even done an enema a few times in the past week. I guess my problem is that I haven't had a BM in 3 days and then today I had a small one. I tried an enema and had another small one but I noticed there was yellow mucus on and with my stool. I've had another BM since then but no stool was present, only the yellowish mucus. I was just curious how serious this is. I already have an doctors appt for Wednesday the 12 when I'm home from college on spring break, but I was just wondering if this is something I should be more concerned about and if I should try to get an appointment earlier and take off school. Or go to the emergency room? I'm not sure what to do.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:46 pm

User avatar Hello,
Mucus in the stool is a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis, occasionally in Crohn's disease or a bacterial infection or obstruction. It is good you are seeing a doctor about this but unless you find yourself in acute pain, notice blood or other sympoms this would not be an emergency for which you would need to alter your schedule.

Meanwhile, try adding fiber supplements daily along with extra water intake. Metamucil, Citracel, or Konsyl are good choices. Mix in juice which automatically gives you a little extra fluid there too.

Good luck.

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