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Mucus in stool, pains in sides

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  • Posted By: Freewill
  • March 30, 2007
  • 08:53 PM

I have had a dull pain on my left side, just below my rib cage, for 6 years. I went to the doctor at the time, was given some muscle relaxants for my stomach and sent home. I went back again in a couple of weeks, since the pain did not go away. He told me that I was perfectly healthy (no sign of blood in my stool, etc.), and that I was suffering from IBS. The pain continued and, after a few more months, I went back to the doctor again - still told I was perfectly healthy, except for the IBS.

Just over 2 years ago, the pain suddenly intensified and I started noticing mucus discharge in my stool (only at the first part that comes out). It sounds gross, but it is usually thick white. I also noticed that my stool, at times (just the first part) is hard (like pellets).. I went back to the doctor, went through a rectal exam, had a stool test conducted, blood work, etc... and told that all was okay... that it was IBS. THere was no blood in my stool, etc. - although often I am convinced there is some blood mixed with the mucus.

Recently, the pain has moved to my right side - and I seem to have spasms further down my right side...

I frequently use the washroom, often feel like incomplete evacuation... The pain is not always present, but the mucus is - although the blood I did see was a very small amount.

Can anybody help me. I am a 40 year old male with now history of bowel cancer in my family - although my father has had IBS symtoms for years (with no pain)....:(

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  • Here are 2 links to info regarding symptoms and the proper tests that should be used to diagnose or rule out cancer. (Also check there for info under rectal cancer.) You mentioned bloodwork and stool test, but it's not clear what tests the "etc" were. Did your doctor do any of these tests listed in the links? If not, then it seems beyond reasonable to insist on further testing and/or change to a doctor who will take your symptoms seriously and do the proper tests. Good luck to you. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/DS00035/DSECTION=2http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cancer/DS00035/DSECTION=6
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  • Mucus in the stool is a classic sign of IBS. It can also be a result of gallbladder disease and excessive sinus drainage/allergies. The hard stool can be relieved by stool softeners or you can eat 1-2 lbs of grapes a day (sounds crazy, but if the stool softners bother your stomach like they do mine the grapes are actually more tolerable--also good for weight loss). Stay vigilant with watching for signs of cancer, but take a deep breath and be glad that your recent tests show no signs. Remember that the best test for colon cancer is a colonoscopy.
    emsbabydoll 73 Replies Flag this Response
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