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A 28-year-old female asked:

Is having one or two single loose stools (not diarrhea) a week ibs? i treated myself with loperamide. now constipated and i have mucus? ibs?

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Dr. Stuart Rosan
Family Medicine 47 years experience
It can be: IBS is usually associated with episodic pain, diarrhea and/or constipation , along with mucus. The traditional treatment is treating the symptoms, either the diarrhea or constipation. The real cause most likely is stress related , and also more prevalent in certain personalities that are more in the Anxiety/Obsessive traits. I treat patients with discussions , then SSRI's.

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