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Constipation and mucus in stool and depression

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 18, 2008
  • 07:52 PM

For the past couple months I have had really bad constipation. I eat a lot of fiber to get more regular but it doesn't seem to help much. I have bowel movement almost everyday but I don't get very much out and it feels like I always have to go even after I have just gone, like I am not getting it all out. I even gave my self an enema and I still had to force a lot of it out. My stool sizes are smaller in diameter too. I have also had really bad gas, that smells really bad. I have a hard time sitting in class for an hour holding it in because it causes really bad cramps and I feel like I will explode. When I do have a bowel movement there is mucus in the stools and when I wipe there is mucus all over the toilet paper. I often feel weak and tired. I have also been dealing with depression and I am currently taking an anti depressant, but it doesn't say constipation is a side effect. The antidepressant doesn't seem to help very much either, I still feel depressed Another thing is if I don't eat for a 3 to 4 hours I get headaches and really shaky and anxious and I can't think very clearly but as soon as I eat I feel fine after just a few minutes.
I talked to my doctor about my symptoms but he kind of just brushed them off and gave me a different antidepressant. So I am not sure what to do. I am wondering if there is an underlying physical condition that could be causing my depression because meds and therapy don't seem to be helping.
Any advice would be helpful.

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  • im having the same problems. I have been on antidepressants for over three years now but even if constipation was a side effect surely it wouldn't have lasted this long? I am always constipated but feel as if I have a runny stomach with rumbling, way more frequent gas that is hard to control and when I feel as if I am going to have diaorreha I end up only passing pretty small clay coloured stools accompanied by mucus. What the ***l is that mucus anyway? As with you I also sometimes just pass that mucus stuff. Have only noticed the mucus the past 6 months. Any ideas??
    Nymphete 21 Replies
    • February 28, 2008
    • 00:43 AM
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  • Could be IBS-constipation predominant. I suffered from severe constipation and had tried it all...fiber supplements, laxatives, prescrip. drugs, etc. Strangely, the constipation cleared up when I took magnesium supplements regularly (250 mg once daily). This may not work for you, but it may be worth a shot. I still get the gas, which is annoying, but at least it isn't as pervasive as when the constipation was present. I'm not sure about the mucus, since I never had that issue.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 02:53 AM
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  • when I go to the toilet I have mucus and the doctor told me it's cos I don't go everyday so I must be constipated. I do live in Spain though so what did I expect?
    wazzie15 4 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 05:23 PM
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  • You may want to read what worked for me at http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=83385#post83385
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 10:26 PM
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  • You need to be seen by a GI specialist and don't delay too long on this either. Please look into SIBO and other infections, Irritable Bowel Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,thyroid disorders, Celiac Disease. Also get diabetes ruled out. The narrowing stools and severe constipation need to be investigated before the problems worsen. Medical problems can cause depression. Try to stay hydrated, keep up your electrolytes.The headaches, weakness, can be from dehydration over hydration so try to find the right amount of water, and eletrolytes to help. Gatorade and pedialyte sips can help some folks. How much fiber are you eating; sometimes too much fiber or not enough of the right kinds can make bowel problems worsen. Add fiber slowly. tdwi;) SIBOhttp://www.medicinenet.com/small_intestinal_bacterial_overgrowth/article.htm Irritable Bowel Disorderhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome/DS00106 Inflammatory Bowel Diseasehttp://www.emedicinehealth.com/inflammatory_bowel_disease/article_em.htm Colitis Forumshttp://www.colitisfoundation.com/index222.html IBS forumshttp://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/ Causes of Mucus in Stoolshttp://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/relatedconditions/f/mucusstool.htm For the past couple months I have had really bad constipation. I eat a lot of fiber to get more regular but it doesn't seem to help much. I have bowel movement almost everyday but I don't get very much out and it feels like I always have to go even after I have just gone, like I am not getting it all out. I even gave my self an enema and I still had to force a lot of it out. My stool sizes are smaller in diameter too. I have also had really bad gas, that smells really bad. I have a hard time sitting in class for an hour holding it in because it causes really bad cramps and I feel like I will explode. When I do have a bowel movement there is mucus in the stools and when I wipe there is mucus all over the toilet paper. I often feel weak and tired. I have also been dealing with depression and I am currently taking an anti depressant, but it doesn't say constipation is a side effect. The antidepressant doesn't seem to help very much either, I still feel depressed Another thing is if I don't eat for a 3 to 4 hours I get headaches and really shaky and anxious and I can't think very clearly but as soon as I eat I feel fine after just a few minutes.I talked to my doctor about my symptoms but he kind of just brushed them off and gave me a different antidepressant. So I am not sure what to do. I am wondering if there is an underlying physical condition that could be causing my depression because meds and therapy don't seem to be helping.Any advice would be helpful.
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • IBS and IBD both can cause mucus in stools. Infections can do it. Some drugs can cause colitis with mucus. http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/relatedconditions/f/mucusstool.htm im having the same problems. I have been on antidepressants for over three years now but even if constipation was a side effect surely it wouldn't have lasted this long? I am always constipated but feel as if I have a runny stomach with rumbling, way more frequent gas that is hard to control and when I feel as if I am going to have diaorreha I end up only passing pretty small clay coloured stools accompanied by mucus. What the ***l is that mucus anyway? As with you I also sometimes just pass that mucus stuff. Have only noticed the mucus the past 6 months. Any ideas??
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • You need to be seen by a GI specialist and don't delay too long on this either. Please look into SIBO and other infections, Irritable Bowel Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,thyroid disorders, Celiac Disease. Also get diabetes ruled out. The narrowing stools and severe constipation need to be investigated before the problems worsen. Medical problems can cause depression. Try to stay hydrated, keep up your electrolytes.The headaches, weakness, can be from dehydration over hydration so try to find the right amount of water, and eletrolytes to help. Gatorade and pedialyte sips can help some folks. How much fiber are you eating; sometimes too much fiber or not enough of the right kinds can make bowel problems worsen. Add fiber slowly. tdwi;) SIBOhttp://www.medicinenet.com/small_intestinal_bacterial_overgrowth/article.htm Irritable Bowel Disorderhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome/DS00106 Inflammatory Bowel Diseasehttp://www.emedicinehealth.com/inflammatory_bowel_disease/article_em.htm Colitis Forumshttp://www.colitisfoundation.com/index222.html IBS forumshttp://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/ Causes of Mucus in Stoolshttp://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/relatedconditions/f/mucusstool.htmI am gng thru a similar situation and every time I feel that this is my last day on earth.Stomach is very sensitive to stress.It changes your body rhythm.Feeling of weakness on empty stomach is an indication of hyperacidity.Relax urself with some breathing exercises.Regulate your food timings.test urself for food allergies.eat well in the noon ,all other times keep your diet light and healthy.water should be consumed only an hour after meals.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 10, 2008
    • 10:04 AM
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  • For the past couple months I have had really bad constipation. I eat a lot of fiber to get more regular but it doesn't seem to help much. I have bowel movement almost everyday but I don't get very much out and it feels like I always have to go even after I have just gone, like I am not getting it all out. I even gave my self an enema and I still had to force a lot of it out. My stool sizes are smaller in diameter too. I have also had really bad gas, that smells really bad. I have a hard time sitting in class for an hour holding it in because it causes really bad cramps and I feel like I will explode. When I do have a bowel movement there is mucus in the stools and when I wipe there is mucus all over the toilet paper. I often feel weak and tired. I have also been dealing with depression and I am currently taking an anti depressant, but it doesn't say constipation is a side effect. The antidepressant doesn't seem to help very much either, I still feel depressed Another thing is if I don't eat for a 3 to 4 hours I get headaches and really shaky and anxious and I can't think very clearly but as soon as I eat I feel fine after just a few minutes.I talked to my doctor about my symptoms but he kind of just brushed them off and gave me a different antidepressant. So I am not sure what to do. I am wondering if there is an underlying physical condition that could be causing my depression because meds and therapy don't seem to be helping.Any advice would be helpful.I'm sorry to hear that. When your stool is still loose and thin in conjunction with a high fiber diet, combined with the urge to defecate, lethargy (feeling weak and tired), foul gas and cramps, constipation, depression, and your other symptoms; it fits a textbook picture of an anxiety disorder. Suddenly feeling anxious and tremor (really shaky) or worsening thereof also point to the same conclusion, however I am somewhat worried by the headaches - unless you eat rather small or light meals 3 to 4 hours is too soon for a "hunger headache." If you eat a carbohydrate heavy meal before their onset, then your headaches are a signal of reactive hypoglycemia and can be accompanied by anxiety and tremor as well, so you should get tested. Otherwise, it may adrenergic postprandial syndrome, in which case you would benefit from reducing (simple) sugars (in your life), eating every 3-4 hours (smaller portions), and eating more low (or moderate) glycemic index foods and less high glycemic index foods. Basically, "eating healthy." Finally, it distresses me greatly that your physician brushed you off after having diagnosed depression and then subsequently been told that you felt the medication had not helped. This is both unusual and unprofessional, and I fear it may have colored your opinion of medicine; please consider finding a new doctor, one who will be willing to listen to your concerns and take the time to explain your treatment to you, as well as see it through to its conclusion. Anxiety can be extremely difficult to cope with, depression even more so, and treatment may take a couple years as your medications (some of them will only start to produce a noticeable effect after a month or more!) and their doses will have to be adjusted in what is basically a guessing game. A psychiatrist will be able to help you best (and quickest), but it will still probably take time since everyone responds very differently to psychiatric medications (don't be discouraged, many people get lucky right off the bat), they will however be able to refer you to great psychologists (they often work in tandem with them) who in turn can help you learn techniques to manage stress, explore your concerns, and help you in many more ways. Until then, to reduce bloating, cut milk out of your diet (less dairy = less gas, in general), eat smaller meals and more often (bring snacks to class!), and incredibly unoffending (at least gastrointestinally) foods are your friends! These include most grains, but oatmeal really stands out. (And it's so good!) Also watch out for soy milk, it can be tough for your GI tract until it adapts, which can take quite a while. I hope this helps you, at least to relieve some of your immediate concerns. Since your antidepressants may take time to work, try your best to take them religiously, and don't stop! If they still don't work when they should, the dose can be increased, but this must be done over weeks too (and then you must come down the same way); hence my suggestion of seeing a psychiatrist who would be able to follow and monitor you closely, adjusting as necessary. Remember, when you walk into a doctor's office, you are seeking help (arguably of the most crucial kind), therefore do not be tolerant if the doctor cannot fulfill your needs - look elsewhere.Best wishes and better future medical care experiences to you,- Steven
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
    • 07:49 AM
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  • Sorry, forgot to mention that you should never force a bowel movement (this can cause really severe problems, hemorrhoids are just a starting point). Try a black coffee enema, and prunes (but time it right, eat them before your last class perhaps (~ 5 pm?) - you'll be clean in the morning). Good luck!- Steven
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
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  • I've had these issues and I started eating one or two pears daily and it worked. I hope this will help you all. :D
    dkh0511 1 Replies
    • January 23, 2009
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  • have you had your calcium levels checked?
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  • Hi there, I am not going through quite exactly the same thing, but I have had about 3 weeks of hardcore research to figure out how to fix myself. Everything that has been said here is truly accurate, and you should take heed. I know for one thing, that as much as Stool softners and natural laxatives (e.g. sennakot vegetable laxative) are a great short term solution, in the long run your system will rely on these products. The natural way is the best way. I had 5 days of absolute ***l, but it taught me a very hard lesson (if you are interested, its a long winded, very gross, but very real post, so here's my post regarding this -> http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=44539 ) I didnt read anywhere that you have come up with an exercise plan and a rock solid healthy diet. Before you go crazy (which I know I was and still can be about it all) looking for answers with doctors, try yourself for a moment. I am doing it all right now, myself and of course places like these.I had/have extreme anxiety, I was and still am withdrawing, but I found solice in bananas, pears, juice (prune, and any others, 100% only, no cocktail sugar juices) water, multivitamins, not much dairy, stopped caffeine (i know that would be very hard since you are in school and try to juggle everything, but you will notice your anxiety slow down without it! Coffee can stimulate bowel movements though in the morning and a couple cups of coffee isnt bad) I believe I have an anxiety disorder, but I do not want to go to a doctor for it. I want life as it is, good and bad, Im tired of everything being dull (which medicine will do), and its amazing what exercise, healthy food, and an honest intention to help yourself can do. The question I had to ask was, "Do I want to be better? Do I want to live life in excess and fix everything later? Or do I want to be around for my wife and soon (hopefully) my kids? Or do I constantly want to be chasing happiness or live it? You are without a doubt not alone. You are very lucky to have found a place like this, and you are trying to avert this situation. Keep going, but take a step back for a moment and look at things. What can you do to help yourself? What can you do that will ultimately give you happiness? I know that exercise, a healthy diet, and a logical and strong will, will make you better. Its possible you have some sort of ailment that is underlying here, but after everything I have researched, your body listens to your mind, and it can play nasty and aweful tricks on your body if you dont give it the right tools to work with (diet, exercise, will) But what do I know? Im just a 27 year old Car Sales Manager. So sorry to post such a long message but I think you needed to hear it from another. I think I needed to share it too. The guest Steven12345 who posted twice was an amazing post and I wanted to say how great it is that there are professionals out there who get it, and get what you, I and everyone else is going through. Thanks!!I also wanted to say that even though it is a good thing to fix symptoms, or lead yourself to what symptoms can be caused by, its not always a disease, its your body and mind that can do these things, and even cause a disease so to speak. ( I cant express what Im trying to say here, but I hope you understand)Seek professional help if you think it will help (and it really can) , but the true victory will come when you can try to do it on your own. I am walking proof of that! It feels so liberating to join the people whom I look at daily and wonder how they had the discipline to take care of themselves and get through life better than we are right now. I am not out of the water yet, I have a long road of tough, hard lessons and patterns to establish, but I am prepared to open my mind to it, and give myself the ultimate victory of a longer, more enjoyable life.Oh and btw the mucous stuff is lining, and will go away with a proper bowel program, when you are constipated your insides are at war, and lose usually. I have since had proper movements on day 6 and the blood and mucous has gone or very little now. So thats a logical assumption about you as well. Try to stay away from things that have a stimulant affect on you. It does not help anxiety at all.
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