Mucus In My Stools:
What can be more annoying than looking into the toilet when you are in the middle of ulcerative colitis symptoms and seeing something that is unfamiliar?
How often should people be examining their stools or poops if you want to call them that anyways?
It seems that for everyone with ulcerative colitis, what ends up in the toilet bowl is almost the most exciting or sometimes depressing part of the day. How strange is that.
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The first time I discovered mucus (the sometimes clear or white looking slimy stuff that you might see on the outsides of fish) was actually when I was on the toilet and coming out of my first big ulcerative colitis flare. It was the original flare up, which actually is an understatement. I had been dealing with (denying) symptoms to myself and everyone else for literally years and years. But anyways, when I saw the mucus it really shocked me. I thought to myself, geez, I am starting to finally feel better, and I am also starting to have formed bowel movements again, why is there something strange in the toilet?
Yet again, I threw myself back into denial, and just avoided thinking about what this strange slimmy mucus stuff was. I had no idea why it was attached to almost every crap that landed in the toilet bowel, and I really was worried that something was wrong inside of me.
What is Mucus?
Mucus is simply a secretion that comes from many different parts of the body. It is not limited to the intestines, but rather it can be found on the inner lining walls of the stomach as well as other organs of the body. It is not something to be worried about most of the time. The job of mucus is to protect and lubricate the areas that it attaches to. Due to its composition, it is not absorbed by the intestines. There are bacteria in the intestines that can actually break it down further and the mucus can sometimes become a food source for certain bacteria within the gut. Wow, that is some pretty crazy mucus information.
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Why Is There Mucus When I Poop?
So the question still remains, why do I have mucus in the toilet bowl all around my poops? This is where the science of what is going on with each person becomes a bit fuzzy. A reasonable assumption is that the excessive mucus is related to the inflammation caused by the ulcerative colitis symptoms. It is not nearly as hard to see, but everyone leaves a certain amount of mucus in the toilet, even normal people have mucus in their stools. When the colon is inflamed with colitis, it is often producing all types of things in higher quantities to compensate for the autoimmune attacks that are happening. It seems clear that extra mucus is just one of those things, and sometimes it starts to come out the rectum as well. Nothing to be freaking out about. If you are truly worried, you should feel free to talk with your doctor more about this.