I hope this is not something serious, but I am a little concerned. I am a 22-year old male, and have been suffering with hemorrhoids for the past two months or so. I have blood in my stool before, but went to the doctor, who after an exam said it was just a pile, which did heal in a few weeks. About two weeks ago I started having the same symptoms as before - it seems it's a recurrent hemorrhoid, but today there was quite a lot of whitish puss in my stool, acompained by a little red blood. I don't have a fever right now, and I am definitely going to see a doctor next wednesday (I am abroad right now). I know no one can provide a diagnostic on this forum, but I would be interested in any opinions over how serious this is likely to be. Thanks!
Pus is whitish/yellowis/greenish, mucus is translucent, fats are white/foamy/sticky. So, if it is pus, this is from inflammation or infection, probably in the colon, and possibly from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Other possibility is diverticulitis (search); which may get infected with bacteria. And then it can be food poisoning, but this would probably go with obvious diarrhea.
Stool test, blood test, colonoscopy - this is the order of investigations, you can expect.
Thanks for the reply. I have an update on my situation. My stools do seem to be thinner now, but not quite pencil-shaped (more like 60-70% of normal diameter), and there seems to be a mass of swollen veins just inside my anus, one of which almost came out when I tried checking. Maybe I haven't titled my thread right, because actually there wasn't pus in my stool proper, but it was expelled sort of spontaneously (through the most embarassing flatulation), together with a small amount of red blood. I haven't really been having any other sort of problem -- have checked for fever and am on the look-out for abdominal pain, but nothing so far; I know this can be potentially serious, and I will see a doctor as soon as I am back home, but in the meantime I can't keep myself from thinking about a lot of bad things. Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
Okay, that clears up my anxieties for now; I thought of the same explanation, but badly needed some reassurance; you're most likely right, it was probably mucus, as it was whitish and gelatinous; will stop thinking about this for a couple of days until I can see a doctor.
ive been having prombles lately im 24 years old and been to doctor to doctor ive just experenced mucus in my stool also having really bad abdomal pains for about a month!! i also have anxiety i really dont want to stress about this and trigger my anxiety should it be something to stress over or is this normal??
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