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Mucus and abdominal cramping
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.  

Thank  you for any other information you can provide.  Please respond to my email address if possible.  


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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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