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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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Had pancreatitis a few weeks ago, better now. Have abdominal discomfort and lots of white mucous in stool. Eating normally. Is this much mucous normal?

Had pancreatitis a few weeks ago, better now. Have abdominal discomfort and lots of white mucous in stool. Eating normally. Is this much mucous normal?

Pancreatitis-careful: Your body is not ready to digest a 'regular' diet. Eat less fat and carbs for now, follow up closely with your doctor, sooner if discomfort worsens. ...Read more

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Stool paler than normal with mucus and white spots. Should I be worried? Had liver/pancreas blood tests done recently, normal results.

Stool paler than normal with mucus and white spots. Should I be worried? Had liver/pancreas blood tests done recently, normal results.

Stop worrying: If you feel generally well, are maintaining your weight, and can take part successfully in sports, then there's no reason to concern yourself with the vagaries of stool color and complexion. You describe some abdominal pain and you do need to find out whether this should be managed as functional bowel disease, or whether you have gallstones, or if there's any evidence it may be something else. ...Read more

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My 5 year old just had very green mucus on/in her stool. Complains often of stomach aches. What should I be worried about?

My 5 year old just had very green mucus on/in her stool. Complains often of stomach aches. What should I be worried about?

Mucous is unusual: Regardless of the color, mucous in stool can be a sign of infection or inflammation in the intestines. If the stools are loose or watery, this is even more likely. I would recommend that she see her doctor and that a stool test be done to check for a bacterial/parasitic infection or malabsorption of fats and proteins. Tests can take 3-5 days to obtain results. ...Read more

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Daily abdominal & back pain, occasional spotting, mucous on stools for 4 weeks+. Transvaginal u/sound clear. Awaiting GI referral. What could it be?

Daily abdominal & back pain, occasional spotting, mucous on stools for 4 weeks+. Transvaginal u/sound clear. Awaiting GI referral. What could it be?

Two issues: The spotting and the mucus are not likely related. Each will have a cause. The gyn doc could help explain the spotting. The GI doc the mucous. Either issue can be related to the back pain. ...Read more

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Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Typical IBS symptoms: As you suspect, these symptoms indeed are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. But they aren't particularly suggestive of proctitis (inflmmation of the rectum). Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease) can cause similar symptoms as IBS, and also can cause proctitis. So I suggest you raise these questions with the doctor who diagnosed IBS then follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a niggling pain in the upper abdomen for about 4 weeks and I also have a lot of mucus in my stools and now I'm starting to worry a little?

Get seen.: The pain has persisted for 4 weeks and not gone away, so you need to get seen. Hard to say what this could be without much more information. Clearly, it is time to be examined in person. Get checked this week. In the meantime, avoid alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, greasy foods, and recreational drugs, if you take them. ...Read more

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Pain in abdomen, with some blood and mucus in stool. Is this like salmonella?

Possible: This is not a home diagnosis. There are too many possibly serious illness which may present like this and you should be seen by a physician quickly. ...Read more

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During the past few month I have been experiencing lower, left hand side of abdomen pain with small slivers of bllod and mucus in my stools.

During the past few month I have been experiencing lower, left hand side of abdomen pain with small slivers of bllod and mucus in my stools.

Colon?: Diverticulitis commonly causes left lower abdominal pain, sometimes exacerbated/relieved by a bowel movement. Inflammatory colitises can cause symptoms. Constipation. Kidney issuesyou should see a doctor if it has lasted longer than a few days or if it is severe and limiting your daily activities. There are other causes as well and you may require a ct scan or colonoscopy to help sort them out. ...Read more

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Mucus in stool stool is yellow movement in abdomen pain all over but mostly upper left abdomen and lower right. What could this be?

Mucus in stool stool is yellow movement in abdomen pain all over but mostly upper left abdomen and lower right. What could this be?

Many things: Denise, your symptoms could be several things from infection with virus or bacteria, food poisoning, inflammatory bowel disease, parasitic infection...the list is extensive. Best to see your healthcare provider for evaluation. Sorry I could not give you a more focused answer but the list is very long of what this could be. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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What causes tender aching skin and muscles especially on lower left abdomen? Other symptoms include blood, undigested food and lots of mucus in stool

What causes tender aching skin and muscles especially on lower left abdomen? Other symptoms include blood, undigested food and lots of mucus in stool

Your Doctor can help: Blood in the stool is always worry some. You can go and see your gp and ask him to examine you and check you blood for any problems. For a young person, you are already affected by more problems than I would expect. You need to exercise daily and eat healthy diet (this is just general advice which may get your mind off the illnesses that are affecting you a bit sooner than later). ...Read more

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