gas w/ mucous
Posted 31 July 2007 - 09:23 AM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:10 PM
Posted 01 August 2007 - 03:41 AM
Posted 01 August 2007 - 10:02 PM
Hi, sailaway. Oof. I have just endured the registration process on my slow computer so I could tell you that you're not the only one. Unfortunately, that's about all I can tell you, since I have no idea what's the deal with the over-production of mucous.My IBS (primarily C type, unlike yours) is pretty constant. I was diagnosed years ago, like you, but haven't had asymptomatic times. I manage it, mostly, with exercise, drinking lots of water, trying to keep the insoluble fiber intake consistent. I can usually manage the constipation by drinking black cherry juice. I take stool softeners daily. If the constipation gets bad, I take about a half-teaspoonful of plain milk of magnesia.But this mucous business is new and exciting . That's happened within the last year or so.I rarely pass gas spontaneously; that control is probably a symptom in itself. Mostly it's because I am too inhibited, but especially lately, it's because I can't be sure what's going to happen. Will it be the innocent release of wind, malodorous but tolerable when I'm by myself? Or will there be a mucous-y surprise?OMG, how I hate this discussion. Hate hate hate it. But this is the place, right? Okay: I have noticed that when my abdominal bloating is more severe, and is accompanied by pain, I can go to the toilet and pee a little, with nothing else happening. I know to wait, or to try to lean over while pressing my abdomen, and before long, offloading of gas and mucous ensues. Sometimes it's clear, sometimes, yellow-tinged. Sometimes a blob plops into the toilet; sometimes the evidence is only on the TP.So why are we making this unwelcome substance? I don't know. I mean, I know that the human gut is lined with and protected by mucous-producing tissues. And I know that my nasal sinuses produce mucous in massive quantities when I'm suffering from allergies or when I have a cold. So are our intestinal mucous-producers stuck in over-drive because of they've reached a threshold of constant irritation or spasms? Maybe after sufficient disruption of motility, some switch gets stuck, sort of.I feel certain it has nothing to do with infection - it seems to be plain old mucous. Now, the pain and distention I can often relieve (partially - always partially) by taking hyoscyamine sub-lingual tablets (generic for Levsin), but it has done nothing about the mucous itself.Are you afraid, like I am, that this is the first step toward an incontinent old-ladyhood? By the way, I am past menopause, but very active.
Apparently I *am* the only one with this problem. God, that's depressing.