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When I tried to go number 2 I wiped orange mucus. What could that be. I am constipated.

When I tried to go number 2 I wiped orange mucus. What could that be. I am constipated.

Fissure: Constipation often leads to hemorrhoids and anal fissures (thin cracks in the skin). Your body produces mucous in the fissures to protect them during the healing process. Hemorrhoids and fissures often bleed when passing stools or wiping with toilet paper. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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I have lbs and have a lot of mucus in the stool. I am constipated most of the time. What should I do?

Certain about IBS?: You may be describing c-ibs (constipation-variant ibs). A coating of mucus (a colon lubricant) when present in large volume may signal not only problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), but also partial obstruction, infection, & even sloughed colon lining due to a variety of diseases. Are the mucus & constipation chronic or new phenomena & how comfortable r u with theibs diagnosis? ...Read more

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22 month old was constipated & had painful hard BM tonight with red blood and mucus in it. What could cause this?

22 month old was constipated & had painful hard BM tonight with red blood and mucus in it. What could cause this?

Stool retention: If they ever decided to hold a stool so they wouldn't have to stop playing & get changed, when they do go it is harder & hurts. Then they try to avoid going & the cycle repeats. The blood is a scratch in the passage way of the anus as a big or firm mass passes. If you get the kid soft it will stop. Mirilax is a good softener. Fix it now or it can become a years long nightmare. ...Read more

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Severely constipated. Relieved bowels had blood and mucus on it, plus blood in toilet. What could cause this? Should I go to my dr?

Severely constipated. Relieved bowels had blood and mucus on it, plus blood in toilet. What could cause this? Should I go to my dr?

Yes you should: See your doctor. Bleeding could cone from hemorrhoids or anak fissure. Get an exam ; discuss treatment ; prevention of constipation with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had life long constipation. Lately it's worse than usual and have hard stool and a lot of mucus. It sometimes is white and stringy. I am 19.

I have had life long constipation. Lately it's worse than usual and have hard stool and a lot of mucus. It sometimes is white and stringy. I am 19.

Ans: Well if this has been going on for long time I would assume you have had a conscious and lab work. I would also assume you are taking some kind of stool softener a since your issue seems chronic? Best here to see your doctor get another evaluation and colonoscopy first. ...Read more

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Hi I have a constipation problem and a lot of white mucus is also present in my stool. It is very difficult for me to push out also. Please help?

Hi I have a constipation problem and a lot of white mucus is also present in my stool. It is very difficult for me to push out also. Please help?

Constipation: Make sure you're eating healthy, getting regular exercise, drinking lots of fluid & eating lots of fiber. Check w/your family doc to make sure your thyroid is not underactive (hypothyroidism). Stool softeners are fine. Osmotic laxatives such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are ok too. But try to avoid stimulant laxatives like exlax to minimize dependency. ...Read more

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Seeing dr tomorrow for bloody mucus in stool and constipation. What is he likely to do to asses what's wrong with me? What should I expect/prepare?

Seeing dr tomorrow for bloody mucus in stool and constipation. What is he likely to do to asses what's wrong with me? What should I expect/prepare?

Complete eval: Expect a full medical history and gastrointestinal physical examination. Depending on findings, may recommend labs or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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My 6 mth old had a small amount of mucus with dark brown hard bm. 27kcal formula, 2tsp of lactulose daily, just started solids, usually constipated?

My 6 mth old had a small amount of mucus with dark brown hard bm. 27kcal formula, 2tsp of lactulose daily, just started solids, usually constipated?

See Pediatrician: Based on the information given, it sounds as though the child has other health/gi problems- 27 kcal is a very concentrated formula (breast milk and standard formulas are 20kcal/oz) and can contribute to constipation, which I assume is why you're already using lactulose. By itself, mucus in stool may or may not be worrisome, but any changes in premature or previously ill infants need assessment. ...Read more

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After a bout of constipation a few weeks ago my hemmoroids acted up and caused pain which subsided. I used prep h to releive it but as of now mucus?

After a bout of constipation a few weeks ago my hemmoroids acted up and caused pain which subsided. I used prep h to releive it but as of now mucus?

Hard to tell: Difficult to say without an examination, but you could have a small infection that is draining pus (area would be red and tender). If that is the case it should be treated and maybe drained. ...Read more

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Constipation, blood on toliet paper, and now some mucus on stool? What to take for it?

Constipation, blood on toliet paper, and now some mucus on stool? What to take for it?

Constipation issues: Treatment depends on problem (do you have soft or hard stool?), circumstances under which constipation developed (dehydration, low activity, food intolerances, stressful times, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, past surgeries/ trauma with adhesions, rectal dysfunction), severity (stool volume, dehydration, how much blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration (acute vs. Longstanding?). ...Read more

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Have been eatting many fatty foods so now I am constipated and have been for quite sometime. Could this cause excess mucus stool?

Have been eatting many fatty foods so now I am constipated and have been for quite sometime. Could this cause excess mucus stool?

It usually doesn't: It would be a good idea to cut back on the fatty foods and add fiber to your diet, to improve the constipation, though. Fruits/veggies and whole grains. ...Read more

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I went to mexico last week and I've been constipated, whenever I am able to "go" my stools look rotten covered in lots of white n green mucus?

I went to mexico last week and I've been constipated, whenever I am able to "go" my stools look rotten covered in lots of white n green mucus?

Constipation: It could be a result of a change in the bacteria usually found in the local water supply or you could have picked up an intestinal parasite. Try taking a probiotic for several days. If this does not improve things, you may to see an md for stool testing. ...Read more

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Constipated but able to go very little bits. Felt the urge to go and only a lot of mucus came out. I am able to pass gas. Should I go to the ER?

Constipated but able to go very little bits. Felt the urge to go and only a lot of mucus came out. I am able to pass gas. Should I go to the ER?

Primary care doctor: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... The Dr. Can evaluate and may sometimes prescribe drugs such as Linzess or Amitiza (lubiprostone). ...Read more

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Constipated and passing a lot of gas, whenever I force myself to go it's coming out a little hard wit something like mucus on it. Could it be the colon

Constipated and passing a lot of gas, whenever I force myself to go it's coming out a little hard wit something like mucus on it. Could it be the colon

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more

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My low part of colon has stingy mild pain, almost at groin. I have semi constipation with few mucus. Not too disturbing been there for1 week I guess?

My low part of colon has stingy mild pain, almost at groin. I have semi constipation with few mucus. Not too disturbing been there for1 week I guess?

I'm trying to figure: Out what you mean by pain in "low part of colon." Your large bowel/colon is in your abdomen; we cant know for sure that is causing the pain so I am going to presume you mean very low abdominal pain, near the groin. Then "stingy" is an unusual description of abdominal pain; makes me consider your skin?? With bowel changes, consider irritable bowel and push fluids/fiber/exercise for constipation. ...Read more

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I been having mucus in my stool it went away the blood is gone my stool is nomal I been constipated uncalled my dr 2 times she won't take me in baddiet?

I been having mucus in my stool it went away the blood is gone my stool is nomal I been constipated uncalled my dr 2 times she won't take me in baddiet?

Check with f/doc: I did not get what you are trying to ask believe you have blood +mucous in your stool also consti/. You better check with any clinic or your family doc for through exame. ...Read more

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Mucus in stool long time, just realized this is bad. Had chronic constipation, changed diet fixed for 3 weeks. Still mucus; Noblood in stool: 4 FOBT?

Mucus in stool long time, just realized this is bad. Had chronic constipation, changed diet fixed for 3 weeks. Still mucus; Noblood in stool: 4 FOBT?

A small amount ok: I realize it is difficult to estimate "What is a small amount? " Helpful that you improved your constipation with diet, and that there is no blood. Also reassuring that it has been present for a "long time" with no other concerning symptoms. I would say that if it is more than a tablespoon per bowel movement, you should be evaluated. Infection, colitis, and cancer would need to be excluded. ...Read more

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Can daily constipation cleared by laxative in toddlet cause mucus in stool?

Mucous in stool: It is normal to have some mucus in stools, but if it is very noticeable for an extended time, you need to discuss this with your toddler's pediatrician. One thing, if your toddler is constipated on a daily basis, the mucus could be due to that. Mucus in the stool can be due also to infection (due to antibiotic usage?), irritable bowel or an obstruction. See the pediatrician to be sure. ...Read more

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Why do I have mucus in stool and constipation when I drink coffee? Stopped drinking coffee for a week and mucus went away?

Laxative: Coffee often acts as a laxative but it is unusual to have mucus in the gut from drinking it. However if avoiding it solves the problem. That is the answer to your question. ...Read more

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White mucus? After my food poisining yesterday I've been constipated with lots of gas & just white mucus comes out not a lot just with farts!

White mucus? After my food poisining yesterday I've been constipated with lots of gas & just white mucus comes out not a lot just with farts!

Should resolve: After a food poisoning episode, some mucousy discharge may be normal, and should resolve in time as the healing process occurs. ...Read more

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Constipation (Definition)

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