Does Diet Coke cause bowel problems?
For the last few years I have been noticing that I'm getting a lot of mucous in my stool. Sometimes I will go to have a BM and only mucous (not a lot) is passed (no stool).
I have read that mucous is fairly normal, and that if you're getting a lot of it, soft drink may be a possible cause.
I love to drink diet coke and have a couple of 600ml bottles a day - could this be the cause of the problem?
I am also having a problem completing BMs. until a few years ago I would only need to wipe once or twice as my stool would usually come out in one lump - now my stool is often sticky and thin, and instead of clumping together comes out as a long ribbon which sort of breaks off. And I often need to use up a whole roll of toilet paper to clean myself. Would taking something like Metamusil help this, or am I not eating enough of something? It is driving me crazy.
I can't believe I'm writing this sort of thing in a public forum!<p>[This message has been edited by Pluto (edited 04-05-2001).]