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Old 06-12-2004, 06:51 AM   #1
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Unhappy Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

Sorry for such a gross title, but that's really what I need to know. I am a 33 year old female who has had IBS C/D most of my life. Since I quit my job almost 2 years ago, I have had a much better time (almost no D and not nearly as much C), so I guess stress really was playing its part. BUT, I still do have an occasional problem, especially shortly before my period. A couple days ago, I had a horrible D attack that was excruciatingly painful (one of my worst ever). It took me about 30 minutes of horrible, painful sweats before I could finally start to go. As far as pain goes, this was definitely one of my worst. I was almost on the verge of panic - like maybe I couldn't make it through. Anyway, I did a lot of praying and thank God, I finally did go and the major spasms subsided. I tried to go to bed but my stomach was so sore - more sore than usual afterwards. I hardly slept all night. Finally in the morning, my stomach still hurt and I was finally able to go a little. That's when it was all mucus (which again is not abnormal for me), but the strange part is that it was red! I was rather shocked when I first saw it. I know that blood is not common with IBS, but I was wondering if all that horrible spasming that was creating so much pain for me could have broken a blood vessel or something that would have caused the blood. I ended up going about 3 more times that morning (only small amounts) - only bloody mucus. Then it stopped and I haven't gone since (about 24 hours). I called my Dr. yesterday and I'm going to see her on Monday (regular Dr. not a gastroenterologist). I do have one hemmorhoid that gets aggrivated during these times, but it's not very far inside and I really don't think it was bleeding.

I have never had ANY of the GI tests done because my IBS is generally under control most of the time. Also, my mother and I have the EXACT same symptoms and she did have all the tests done to rule out everything else. I am wondering what they might do on Monday.

Also, does anyone take Librax for the terrible spasms associated with D? A friend of mine says that's the only thing that helps her. I have tried Bentyl and Levsin and neither of them did a thing if my spasms were already underway.

Thanks very much in advance for any help you can provide.

Jane

 
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Old 06-16-2004, 09:23 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

i believe what you have is polyps! this keeps your bowel muscles contracting violently...if you are having constipation problems blood is expected...fresh blood is what one sees near the exit point where polyps are found.....do you ever feel this sharp pain on your left side....incredibly painful...this is hard stool moving down ...you generally note it across from your hip bone when it starts and then it is like the hard stool has razor blades on it....you break out into a sweat the pain is soo horrible..but note it will move down and exit..if you have polyps..the more painful!.....if you are having this pain associated with diarehhea...this is the inflammation of the bowel tissues caused by a recent constipation attack or..polyps! as the soft or hard bowel passes by...it irritated the polyps ...or soars incurred by the consitpation being scratchy or sharp along the way...any and everything you eat will not agree with you for awhile.....you get to a point you are scared to go out to eat or eat at work...for you may start cramping and need to be near a restroom.....your always aware of where the closest bathroom is...once they remove the polyps or medicate the inflamation...you will feel like awhole new person....any blood beyond the bowel area would be black by the time you expelled it..unless you are bleeding heavily and constiently....so i would not worry...and make sure you get a doc who sedates you to where you don't know or remember what is happening...this will not be good if you get one who doesn't...and there is no reason for it! it was nothing for me when being sedated..but not being sedated will not do again! its all in the preference of the doc....so make sure you will be sedated...they will blow up your insides and it will hurt and they will take biopsies too...so just make sure this is clear that you want ot be sedated!
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Old 06-18-2004, 10:06 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

Hi,
What is polyps???I have this proble but never told my doctor about it just because I'm embrassed, what happens if I don't tell my doctor???I take meds for IBS is there a different med that you are suppose to take for this problem as well???

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Old 06-19-2004, 11:44 AM   #4
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

Hello,
If you do not get the polyps checked through a colonoscopy procedure...sorry my spelling is horrible today between my three kids and dog barking.....they can cause alot of problems and plus grow...i have had five colonoscopys and had new polyps each time....they remove them and send off for testing...making sure no cancer..ect....but they can cause alot of pain....alot...mess up your whole gastro track from tummy to bottom! given you are on meds already i would think your doc would refer you to a gastro specialist for the procedure...as long as you are sedated it is no big deal..but some docs do and some don't....find that out upfront...polyps are growths that look like cyst..when they become inflamed you know it...and when stool passes by you know it...most of the time the tissues are inflamed surrounding it.....causing the cramping...this in turn irritates the your gastro track ...from your tummy to your bowels....the mucus is produced from over activity...like a charely horse....except it is in the form of lower cramps....when your bowels contract to move normal stool movement along its normal and gentle per say....but when it is irritated..they go too far..smiles and behave in spasms that are painful....
once mine were removed...i felt soo much better...and if you have them you will too...but i bet you do i have been through this soo many times and i feel for ya.....nerves can cause this.....but you are already on a antispasm med. so they may change it...increase it..but bet refer you for the procedure...
blessings and feel for ya...it really is uncomfortable to live with...but once they are removed...you will feel better! if that is indeed whats causing it and it sounds familiar to my experiences with it....LOL

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Old 06-21-2004, 09:41 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

I am going through the exact same thing right now! I was diagnosed with IBS two years ago, but recently I've been having bloody mucus, severe abdominal pain an a fever for the past week. I went to the hospital and the doctor said that mucus and blood are not found in people with IBS. The most likely cause is Cronh's diease or IBD. I am having trouble getting a diagnosis due to the CT machine being down and long waiting lists for a scope.
Definately get this checked out. Good luck to you

 
Old 06-29-2004, 12:36 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

Wow--that sounds just like me--painful spasms and then you finally go but then it's diareaha--DOes this happen after you've been constipated for a few days?
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Old 01-24-2005, 06:38 AM   #7
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

My 2 year old son has had mucus and blood in his stool for 2 months and the doctors do not know what is causing it. It is associated also with stomach aches which seem to be alieviated by passing gas, or having a BM (which are both very foul, dead smelling). It is getting worse; sometimes the blood is a cranberry color, but mostly it is bright red. His stool is coated with the blood and mucus combination. He has been tested for every thing, giardia, parasites, and his white blood cell count is normal, as well as his hemoglobin.

He is scheduled for a colonoscopy in two weeks, which I dread for him. I am really hoping his condition will clear up by then and am desperately trying to find some natural cure. Could it be bloody disentary? Once I found him drinking stagnant water out of a bucket which was horrible smelling. And if it is a fissure, why would he have such foul smelling BM and stool? His stools are normal looking, besides the heavy coating of blood and mucus.

Thank you for your advise.

 
Old 01-24-2005, 09:09 AM   #8
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

I too have had the mucus before...I thought it was normal for me at least, what with the constant ingestion of mucous and snot I must do all night since I live with a sinus infection almost the whole year...
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:08 PM   #9
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

okay i have this too.. i also have chronic sinus infections and i thought that caused it but i was told that by the time the mucus goes from the head to the bowels it has been throu so much that it would be digested too so it is coming from my bowels... it is not a sign of IBS.. i am waiting for a scope myself ...i only have pain and discomfort on my lower right side that gets worse atfer a bowel movement.. so i have no clue what is wrong yet..

 
Old 06-15-2005, 03:18 AM   #10
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Re: Anyone ever have bloody mucus?

What is a normal amount of mucus i am having tests done for severe abdo pain on the left side that radiates all over while passing stools'which makes me very tired'naus'sweaty' i also have anal spasms sometimes that take your breath away.I seem to be passing a lot of yellow mucus that is wraped around the stools like elastic.I am now wondering if maybe i have polyps.Sorry for the graffic description this is gross.

 
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