Mucousy Stools Symptoms
Regular bowel movements are normal, but it is always worth monitoring when our bowel movements include mucousy stool as the presence of excess mucus can indicate a variety of medical conditions. A range of symptoms are typical when mucousy stool is present.
### Symptoms of mucousy stool include:
Inability to detect bowel movements
Mucus is naturally produced by the body to assist in the digestive process. It acts as a lubricant to help food pass from the mouth to the stomach and is critical to the functionality of the colon and intestines. Glands within the rectum also produce mucus. In short, it is not unusual for mucus to coincide with stool. Increased mucus may also accompany short bouts of diarrhea or constipation, but increased amounts of mucus, particularly if prolonged and associated with the mucousy stool symptoms previously mentioned, should be further analyzed to determine a cause and treatment.
Mucousy Stools Causes Overview
There is a big distinction between the importance of various types of mucous the body produces. A runny nose, for example, could be an increase in mucus, but not be a cause for concern. When increased mucus is associated with bowel movements, however, it is important to make note of all associated factors to help identify a cause of mucousy stool symptoms. While an increased amount of a mucous may be normal, there are significant medical implications to some cases of mucus in stools. Common causes for mucus in stools include:
- Bodily Function: The body naturally creates mucous in the intestine, colon, and rectum. Mucus in stools may be a normal occurrence or isolated incident. Vaginal childbirth may also cause mucus in stools in women.
- Bodily Issues: Changes to the body can result in how we move our bowels. Fecal incontinence, diarrhea, and constipation can all be caused by natural, short-term changes in the body and cause mucus in stools.
- Functional Disorders: Increased mucus in stool can be a byproduct of inflamed bowels.Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an example of a disorder which causes such an effect.
- Autoimmune: Autoimmune disorders typical results from the body's immune system attacking healthy body tissue. Certain disorders, like Crohn disease, impact the digestive system and can cause mucus in stools.
Systemic disease causes:
- Cancer: As the body fights cancerous cells, particularly in the digestive system, an increased amount of mucus in stool is possible.
2 Potential Mucousy Stools Causes
Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.
1.Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Doctors think that IBS is caused by the brain sending wrong messages to the bowels, such as during times of high stress, causing physical changes.
IBS is a chronic condition that may last for years, but it is not life-threatening and does not damage the bowels or lead to more serious illnesses.
- Top Symptoms:
- fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, constipation, stool changes
- Primary care doctor
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Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.
- Top Symptoms:
- stomach bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pain when passing stools, rectal bleeding
- Symptoms that always occur with chronic constipation:
- Symptoms that never occur with chronic constipation:
- unintentional weight loss
- Primary care doctor
Mucousy Stools Treatments and Relief
Passing stool is one of the most common bodily functions. It is done to remove undigested material from the body. A healthy lifestyle often results in normal bowel movements consisting of normal stool. Mucus in stools may fall in line with this bodily function but may also signify an issue with the body. If the condition is caused by lifestyle choices, it can also be treated by altering lifestyle. If, however, a more significant issue exists, a medical professional will likely need to be involved.
It is recommended that you contact your doctor if any of the following are experienced:
If you have Crohn's disease or IBS, then you may already understand that mucus in stools could happen and have a path to treatment. When excess mucous appears for the first time or exists for a prolonged period, then treatment options may not be so obvious. Steps towards treating mucus in stools can include:
- Diet: Eating healthy and balancing the food groups can help promote positive digestion and minimize mucus in stools. Drinking a lot of water, avoiding fatty foods, and limiting dairy may all be necessary. Taking dietary supplements such as iron, calcium, and vitamins D and B12 may also help.
- Over-the-Counter Medications: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Advil may help reduce symptoms. Fiber supplements or laxatives may also help promote healthy bowel movements.
- Prescription Medications: Your medical professional may prescribe a range of medications designed to treat the specific cause of mucus in stools. These medications might be taken orally or rectally.
- Surgery: In extreme cases, and when mucus in stools are linked to larger disorders, surgical procedures may be required to relieve mucus in stools and other symptoms of the disorder.
Often times, the best way to help develop a course of treatment for mucus in stools is to arm your doctor with the best information possible. Observing your stools and noting information about the mucous such as frequency, amount, and duration can provide valuable insights. Mucousy stools do not always indicate an underlying issue but, if it is determined that they do, advanced treatment dictated by medical professionals will help provide the best relief possible.
Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mucousy Stools
- Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
- Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
- Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
- Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
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Mucousy Stools Symptom Checker Statistics
People who have experienced mucousy stools have also experienced:
- 10% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
- 9% Diarrhea
- 4% Constipation
People who have experienced mucousy stools were most often matched with:
- 16% Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)
- 5% Chronic Constipation
Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).