About 3.5 years ago I noticed some small white fluffy mucus around my stool. I didn't really pay much attention to it but after a while I did become a little worried. I mentioned it to my doctor during a visit and he said it was nothing to worry about.
2 years ago I occasionally started to have a little bright red blood on the paper... not every time but occasionally. During my annual examn I again mentioned it to the doctor who actually checked the anus for hemmoroids and tested the stool on blood but came out negative. She too said it was nothing to worry about. Last year I got a full health check and my blood test was fine and they gave me the healthy as can be thumbs up so once again I wasn't worrried.
The last few months however I am starting to have a little bit of blood with every BM. It is wrapped around the stool, not dark in color but very bright red along with the white fluffy mucus that always seems to build up at the beginning of the stool. I also notice that sometimes when I pass gas and wipe off there is some greenish and bloody stuff coming out with a very foul smell. This happends rarely though but at this point I am really freaking out about it. I am seeing a doctor in 2 days and I just don't want to be send home again with the doctor saying that I shouldn't worry about it. What should I ask my doctor to make sure this is getting checked into? I am so worried about it that it is stressing me out bad! and it probably causes my bowel to react even more. My tummy is a bit sensitive lately as well and when there is some gas build up it even becomes uncomfortable and sometimes even a bit painful.
Sorry for the long post but I am really worried that it is something really serious.
Having bright red blood with almost every bowel movements and abdominal pain are enough symptoms to get medical attention.
Do you have changes in your bowel habits?
Do you have changed frequency of defecation? Do you find the size and shape of your stool changed?
Do you suffer from frequent diarrhea or constipation? Have you experienced weight loss?
Are you feeling tired? Do you have fever from time to time?
Have you noticed connection between greenish stuff in your stool and changed bowel movements(diarrhea)?
I am getting a bit worried because I had some of the symptoms that you have listed.
I have a white fluffy mucus around my stool along with large drops of bright red blood.
The size and shape of my stools are constantly changing and I am always constipated to the point where I am scared to eat. I am extremely gassy and when I do Gas normally blood comes out. I am feeling tired ALL the time and have been in bed for the past two weeks with what we think is a fever, I have also lost half a stone.
The strange thing is that my bowels mostly look normal in shape. Rarely they seem different in shape and texture wise unless I have been eating bad. No diarea or weird colors. The only time my bowel looks green is after eating chinese food? lol I don't experience weight loss either nor do I have fever. I feel just fine health wise. There is just the weird fluffy white stuff with a little bit of bright red blood. One time more then other times. Not really a whole lot but still, it is there around the stool. I usually have a Bm every day but in the weekends I seem to get a bit constipated and sometimes don't go for a day or 2. The symptoms do seem worse then too. I work nightshifts full time and during the week I sleep from 8 AM till 3 PM. The weekends I switch around to a normal day life to spend time with friends and family which usually causes lack of sleep and the constipation. This is usually when the green stuff with some blood comes out when passing gas on the toilet.
I just don't get it that I mentioned it several times to various doctors and they all told me not to worry. Today I have an appointment for an anual but I will mention it again and I am planning to convince the doctor to let me have a colonoscopy. I just want to know what is causing this so I don't have to worry and stress about it as much anymore.
I have been worrying about this so much lately that it seems to aggrivate the symptoms making me more gassy which is making my tummy become sensitive.
I will definately keep everyone posted here on what will happen next!
How was your annual appointment?
Did you convince your doctor to refer you for a colonoscopy?
If I'm your doctor I'll definitely let you have colonoscopy.
Do you feel some pain during defecations?
Are you straining for defecation?
Do you usually have bright red blood when you are kind of constipated?
White mucus in your stool can be due to malabsorption syndroms, inflamatory bowel disease( but you don't have diarrhea or constipation ) or colon cancer.
Having colonoscopy will ease your mind.
Please, keep us updated about your condition!
I went to the doctor yesterday and she actually looked inside with some sort of clear plastic tool. Pretty soon it became very obvious what the problem of my blood wa. Hemmoroids! She told me to start using a stool softener and metamusil so since yesterday I have beem taking this.
She also told me to watch my food intake and see when the mucus is more present because it could be my body doesn't like certain foods.
To answer your questions, yes I do strain occasionally when going to the bathroom. I also like to read while there and spend probably too much time on the toilet. I do not experience any pain, sometimes just a dull feeling near the exit area. I think the tummy ache was more from stressing about it as it hasn't been as apparent as it was now that I talked to the doctor
I mentioned the colonoscopy but as soon as she saw the roid she was convinced that it was the cause of my blood.
We will see how the extra fiber and softeners will help.
I'm glad that your problem is something that's very common and not life threating.
Bright red blood in stool or on toilet is most commonly caused by hemorrhoids, internal ones. Bleeding may be the only sign of their presence. They lie inside the rectum and you can't see or feel them and they are usually painless because there are few pain sensing nerves there.
Sometimes, internal hemorrhoids can be reason for appearance of dark blood in stool and more excessive bleeding as a complication.
Sitting on the toilet for a prolonged amount of time is always linked to swollen hemorrhoids, although there is no exact explanation for that link. It is best to avoid the practice just in case.
Constipation and forcing stool ( stool that is hard or large ) are causing damage to the tissue that supports the swollen hemorrhoids and are putting extra pressure on the anal sphincter( the muscle that surrounds the anal canal as well as the hemorrhoids ), resulting in swollen and irritated hemorrhoids.
Including a proper amount of fiber in your diet by eating plenty of whole grain foods and fruits and vegetables can lead to soft stool and you won't need to strain and seat for a long time on the toilet.
Also, it's recommended to practice good hygiene of that area( washing with antibacterial soup after every bowel movements, before sleeping and after waking up).
Hope this will be helpful!
It is several months later now and I still have the same problems, however lately it seems to be worsening. I feel like I have to go to the bathroom, I sit down, pass gas and when I am done and look back I see mucuslike white/greenish blobs in the toilet with blood mixed in them. It smells foul too. My stool is still covered with white mucus like slimy stuff and bright red blood most of the time, but also days where the stool looks perfectly fine.
My doctor keeps telling me not to worry but I am! Lately it also seems like my lower abdomen are hurting when either stool is building up or gas. How can I convince my doctor I really want this to be looked at? My last 3 attempts all ended up with her telling me not to worry and that it is caused by my hemroids
I would recommend that you get a second opition i would'nt have stuck with this doctor as long as you have go to a gastro doctor,You may have gastrol intestional problems,do you still have your gall bladder?? If you don't you should'nt be eating fried or greasy foods eat lots of veggies and fruits for you natural fibers,also fiber one bars are good, you may need to get another doctor to get results and have a refurral to a specialist, Hope this helps
Light red blood that covers stool, has source from lower intestinal track.
Mucus in stool, usually, indicates intestinal inflammation, and it can be due to over multiplication of bacteria and hypersensitivity to certain food products.
Bacterial overgrowth can also lead to green, foul stools.
Diverticulitis is characterized with bright blood, mucus and bacterial overgrowth.
Today I went to see my doctor once again and finally!!! she is referring me for a colonoscopy consultation and I have my first appointment on December 5th. I am actually happy that things are finally being looked at more seriously!
A little update. I will finally get a colonoscopy on December 30th! I am actually excited to get one so I will finally know what causes all the symptoms of mucus/blood etc. I am just nervous about the results I guess, not the actual procedure. I just hope that I finally get a diagnose so I can start trying to fix it.
i would like to hear what you find out from the doctor
i have been having the same problems for about a week now. i have always had stomach problems but this past week has been very strange. lately i have been having a strong urge to have a bm and when i go i have small, marble size pieces with white mucus all over it. also it is has a foul smell to it. it almost seems diarrhea like at the same time because when i wipe there is a lot of orangy/reddish jelly like gunk on the toilet paper. i have been using hemmoroid medicine for the past couple of days because someone said it sounded like that's what i had but it has not helped yet. if after this week i do not get better then i am going to make an appt for the doctor but i would like to hear what your diagnosis is.
i also wanted to state that i have not had any pain. sometimes when i have the urgency feeling i have a mild pain in my stomach that pretty much tells me i better get to the bathroom now but this has only happened twice. otherwise i have no pain at all, not even during my bm. i actually feel pretty healthy and i have not shown any signs of sickness.
Hi Jmerg, I don't experience any pain usually either. I sometimes have a bloated feeling though and it happened 2 or 3 times in the last 5 years or so that I woke up and had a lot of pain in my stomach and I can barely stand up. It is almost like a cramp but when I take a hot shower and relax it goes away but like I said, that happends rarely so I am not sure if it is related.
The mucus that comes out looks lightbrownish and sometimes white and yes, it smells horrible! I too have the blood on the paper when I wipe and sometimes it is mixed in with the little mucus drops in the toilet as well.
I am going in on the 29th for the pre-op, start the cleansing of the colon that afternoon by drinking some salty stuff that I need to buy at the pharmacy and have to eat and drink clear liquid stuff untill after the examn. I go in the next day for the colonoscopy. I will post the results and experience here after
I just got back from my Colonoscopy and it was a breeze! The only bad thing was the prep the day before, what a mess!! I did the MiraLax / Dulcolax combo and boy did it make me puke ugh! No accidents thank God but I did need to sit on the pot holding a bucket since it came out both ways after the first 4 glasses or gatorade/miralax mix. I did get cleaned out enough though, even with all the puking.
The doctor didn't find any polyps but he did say that the colon close to the exit was very irritated/inflamed. He did about 16 biopsies and I am not allowed to take any NSAIDS or WSAIDS for a week. I think he mentioned that he was suspecting Crohn's but I will hear the results in a week and probably need to do a barium enema as well. I can't wait for the final results so I can finally stop worrying
This has been going off and on for sometime now. white fluffy mucus in my bm, in toilet after a bm, and sometimes a little blood on the tissue. I called the doc today and they said to keep an eye on it and if it continues to come in. maybe I should just go in tomorrow and see what is going on?
mjh123 you probably should go in. I was told for the last 3 years that I am too young for cancer and that it was probably a hemorrhoid or IBS, but the colonoscopy did show something that was not right so I am glad I was persistent to my doctor about it and she finally send me to see the Gastro doc.
Better to be safe then sorry.
All these symptoms everyone is talking about are ones that I have & I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis a few years ago. I was in remission for the last year & a half but it all just came back with even more blood & mucous and now it seems I'm never having regular bowel movements...just blood & really gross mucus every time. Anyone know if I should be alarmed because it's so much worse this time? I got back on meds (asacol) but there is no change at all. Should I call in a prescription for the enemas as well before freaking out? It's literally pools of blood accompanied by tons of white fluffy drops of mucus in the toilet. I think it's also stressing me out & that is making it worse.
Well, the results are in.... all biopsies showed ..nothing serious!! yay!! Although I do have a small area near the "exit" that is slightly irritated/inflamed. The doctor prescribed me daily Mesalamine enema's for the next 2 months which should take care of the problem he said. The enemas are meant for people with Ulcerative Collitis and/or Inflamatory Bowel Disease but he said I did not have UC so thats good. I am very happy that I had it all checked out!
I spoke with my doctor today and he said that I have Ulcerative Proctitis. That is the final diagnose
i am 16 years old.... i have been having a stomach ache for over 3 weeks now.... i have been throwing up on and off and some abdominal pain.... the doctors gave me some pills for acid reflux but that doesnt take away the stomach ache.... the only time my stomach ever felt good lately was after ive thrown up.... its getting hard to tell weather or not i am hungry.. my eating isnt the same... ive been having diarrhea constantly for the past 2 days.....ive been having a lot of mucus come up in the throat.... also i have a chest cold.....i also had white diarrhea twice yesterday and green mushy stool that looked like parsley flakes stuck together with sticky fluffy white stringlike thiings...im getting a little nervous... can anybody help me out
Eat healthy food, no doctors cure you but get your money. Never eat processed meat includes fastfood, such as hamberger. Eat fresh broccoli and banana and lots of green vegetables when you have foul smell and constipation. Eat nuts when you have high cholesterol. Never eat white processed rice but brown rice with germ part present. Never eat cheese or drink milk, instead get enough sun and fresh air outside. Sleep at night with no lights on!! Sleeping in total darkness at night can give you a strength to fight off from illness, and recorver your body. Sorry for shift workers.
Fresh fruits are good too. Get rid of snacks and cookies and soda!!!
You will be healthy then. Good luck guys~
I have to agree with you! A lot of problems come from what one eats or dont eat. I had blood in my stool for nearly a year before I finally told anyone about it (I was a teenager and was embarrassed), I finally told my mom about it because it was causing stomach pains and extremely bad periods. It ends up that i was consuming too much sugar...(carbs count too) and that it actually caused a lining to bleed which resulted in blood in the stool. I began to cut out breads and candy and (my two major contributors) and the my stool became regular again! I recommend eating lots of fruit,veggies, and beans and cutting back on your carbs and sugar. If it doesn't seem to help then perhaps consulting your doctor would be the next step.