I'm 58 years old. For the past week I've noticed mucus when wiping after a bowel movement. This does not happen every time. My diet has not changed and I try to eat the necessary foods. I drink water every day with an occasional soda or iced tea. I drink no alcohol, nor do I smoke or take illegal drugs. My bowel movements have been regular but the last week has increased to about 1 time per daywhich I don't find as irregular. I am taking a medication for anxiety attacks and I do worry easily which could cause stress. I also have CAD w/ stents. The anxiety is under control but I have a tendency to worry a lot because as you know, anxiety and MI symptoms, mirror one another. What else could be causing the mucus in the past week? I haven't had any other symptoms other than the mucus and abdominal cramps/aching.
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Have you ever had problems with hemorrhoids. Mucus is often in internal hemorhoids. But, OK, you say cramping also. One possibility is a slight parasitic infection (food poisoning).
Has the color of the stool changed? Are (were) you taking any antibiotics recently?
Well, mucus is also in IBS (which explains nothing, I know). Mucus is also in colonic polyps. The only way of diagnosing polyps is colonoscopy.
I would recommend a hemoccult test for blood in the stool and maybe colonoscopy. Anyone had polyps in your family?
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