Re: Mucus in Stool
IBS is a very common functional Gastro disorder that affects about 20% of the US population.
A group of Doctors(international) as well as other professionals that work with IBS and other GI problems met in Rome, Italy and came up with diagnostic criteria for these disorders. They developed and classified symptoms based on reviewing research, studies and the general group agreement that is outlined in a book-- "The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders" edited By Dr.Douglas Drossman,MD , published in 1994 and has since been revised.
The Rome Diagostic Criteria for IBS as well as all other GI disorders is contained in the book.
The following is a summary for IBS:
At least 3 months of chronic or recurrent symptoms of:
1 Pain or discomfort mostly in the lower abdomen that is;
a. Relieved with BM and/or;
b. Associated with a change in BM frequency--and/or;
c. Associated with a change in the consistency (diarrhea or constipation ---softer or harder)
2. Two or more of the following on at least 1/4 days or times/occasions:
a. Altered BM frequency(i.e.altered means more than 3 BMs a day or fewer than 3 BMs a week)
b. Altered stool formation --lumpy and hard or loose and watery.
c. Stool passage ---urgent or straining or incomplete feeling after BM.
d. Passage of mucus(white material) during a BM.
e. Bloating or feeling of abdominal fullness or distention.
Some symptoms may be more predominant than others such as diarrhea or constipation but mucus alone is not IBS.
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Take Care & God Bless---Harry
<p>[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 11-19-2001).]