dark red, mucousy, bad cramps

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Tommy asks:

I've had this for about three years now. They say its irritable bowel and lactose intolerance, but I think differently. Usualy when i have to 'go' I get gassy first, with really bad stomache pains. About a minute after that I feel as if i can't hold it in. I'm only 17 so i don't think this is normal. Sometimes my poo comes out mostly normal, but it has dark red (or appears to be) mixed in. I usualy notice it in little spots mixed around the poo. Some say that could be food coloring.

Along with all this sometimes I get mucusy poops, or what appears to be mucus. Sometimes it looks loosely formed and 'teary,' if that's what it's called. I do get dhiarrea once in a while, but not too often.

Can you give me any help or advice? I've seen a doctor. However, I'm afraid of needles and feel awkward doing a poop test.

Help Please Im sick of living my life by the bottle (Pepto Bismol).


Dear Tommy,

You should avoid any and all dairy products. Don't drink milk. Don't eat ice cream. Stay away from cheese. That is what your doctor meant by LACTOSE INTOLERANT.

You could also try taking Lactaid or some other supplemental enzyme created for use by LI folks, but it doesn't always work for everyone. If your particular reason for lactose intolerance is actually caused by an allergy to milk, all the enzymes in the world won't help you there.

Don't worry much about the red spots in your poo. If you have fissures or hemorrhoids, you will see blood on the toilet paper as well. Internal bleeding usually causes the stool to be black and tarry. Not speckled with red.

Irritaion of the lining of the intestines can result in a lot of mucus being seen in the poop. It is more common with diverticulits and colitis than IBS though. Lots of post nasal drip (swallowing excess snot) could also be a reason for mucus in your poop.

Since you have already seen a doctor and gone through the toughest part which is talking about your problems, I doubt very seriously that a stool specimen will be too hard for you to accomplish. You just smear some on a card or put a piece of poo in a container. No needles involved.

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22 Comments on "dark red, mucousy, bad cramps"

healthy 1's picture
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If these symptoms persist after eliminating all dairy from your diet, you might want to visit a gastroenterologist.

These might also be the first symptoms of IBD (Inflamatory Bowel Disease).
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ChiknGreez's picture
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I once adopted a vegan diet which lasted for about 4 years. I have since come back to my senses, however as a result of not ingesting any lactose for so long, I became what my doctor called self induced lactose intolerance.

My body doesn't have a natural negative reaction when it comes to dairy, however when the bacteria that break down these enzymes in your body don't have a food source, they eventually die off.

So to confirm your doctor's synopsis of your "condition" I have to say the temporary lactose intolerance I experienced was very similar to your experience. I was gassy before having to pinch one, and the ejections were so violent and solid that they sometimes caused bleeding just inside the anus (from sheer size, and tearing the anal lining) which caused some spots in my dook's and on occaision discolored the water!

My advice is lay off the cheese and your morning cereal. Try plain oatmeal with a teaspoon of honey instead, it goes down easy and comes out even easier!

As for your poop being covered in snot, good luck buddy!

Anal About Poop's picture
l 100+ points

All the symptoms you described are indeed associated with Lactose Intolerance. I developed the symptoms around that time also. I was 16 when I started noticing that a glass of milk would have a terrible effect in my stomach. It was almost instant bloating and diarrhea. It's a shame really because soooo many things have dairy in them. Bowl of cereal in the morning, forget it. Nachos at the ball park, nope. Cheesecake for dessert, dream on. Yogurt smoothie, HA!

The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
k 500+ points

Nothing worse than a snotty crap! When that happens I take immodium. It tastes better than Pepto doesnt turn your poo black annnnnd you rip THE MOST AMAZING farts ever because you cant crap your pants.

AHHHHHEMMMMMMMMMM JUST CLEARING MY THROAT!! ;)

healthy 1's picture
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The only time I have snotty poop is when I have a cold coming on. But if I eat lots of food with Habanero peppers, I don't get any more snotty poop.
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Lactose intolerance runs in my family, and I had it bad when I was a kid, so I stopped eating dairy altogether. After going a few months without dairy (well, I drank Lactaid milk), I built up a tolerance to dairy. It started with just a little regular milk on my cereal every morning for several weeks. Then I added in one more serving a dairy a day every few weeks. I'm a vegetarian now, and tons of milk and yogurt are in my diet for protein, and I only get sick if I spend the day solely eating dairy like ice cream, yogurt, and cheese (a rare event).

Building a tolerance doesn't work for everyone. But I used to get really sick after 1 scoop of ice cream or a little glass of milk, and that's gone now.

I highly recommend it. There's nothing to lose in trying it (other than potentially smelly bathrooms after hardcore diarrhea).

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You just need to stop eating your boogers.
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poofuck's picture

I had the same problem once and it happened in a public swimming pool.

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l 100+ points

If a doctor says your lactose intolerant, it usually means your lactose intolerant.

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Obvious answers to questions. Say, I have one:

Every 4th time I poop, my turds come out square. It's quite painful and my hole slams shut. Can't find a local doctor to help me.

UGH!


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Nonconforming Asshole. A condition which simply requires a minor attitude adjustment. Doctors can't really help much in this case. The asshole just really has to want to change.
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Rob01's picture

Hi there please can you give me some advise on my problem.

I'm a 29 yr old male and a piles suffer for about 10 years now. Generally i dont have bleeding issues after passing stools but recently ive had a lot of bright red blood dripping while passing the stools. The blood stops when i stop straining and the piles shrink back inside. The bleeding stops when im on a strict diet and starts again if i stray from it.I did notice some dark red slime around the sides of the area, is this normal for piles? Will the bleeding stop by itself? Should i be worried? im really worried and afraid to see my doctor.

Fudgepump's picture
l 100+ points

IBD, diverticulitis, dietary problems, even just simple stress - could be any one of a number of things. Changing your diet sounds like a good idea. I'm glad you've seen a doctor, but it sounds like you didn't get much benefit from the doctor or his work. Maybe try another doctor, or a gastro-enterologist. Doctors are service providers, just like auto mechanics, and some are simply better than others. I severed my relationship with the GE who diagnosed my problem 2 years ago, but not because I felt he was incompetent: we just didn't "connect" on a personal level. That feeling of connection is very important (to me) especially with a doctor .

Geena's picture

Stop taking Pepto!!! It causes constipation and discoloration of feces.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Sounds more like Crohns Disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticular disease - I'd be getting a refferal to a colorectal surgeon and get yourself a colonoscopy. If you have red spots then it probably is just haemorriods - that said, frank blood can be seen in your stools when you have rectal bleeding, or are bleeding into your sigmoid or decending colon - transverse and behind you'd usually get the black, tarry stools that STINK to all hell. I'd be seeing a specialist however..

The Shit Volcano's picture
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You might also rule out gallbladder problems. Yes, it seems odd, but I had some of the shitty symptoms you described before mine was removed. It was amazing what sort of weird shit came out of my ass, including snotty shit, white shit, grayish-yellow shit, black shit, shit with hunks of food in it, green shit, soft-serve million-wiper shit... Ugh! At least now it has settled for mostly the same sort: liquishit!

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I am seriously alarmed by what's going on with me. My poop is black and tarry. I need an answer. If I have internal bleeding, is it serious? I've told my dad that my poop has been like this for the past few hours and he refuses to take me to the doctor. How do I solve this problem?

Is this "internal bleeding" serious and where is it coming from?

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It's coming from inside you, stoopit!

Ok, seriously, I know you're scared. It could be serious, and it might just be that you have a bad diet. What have you eaten in the last 24 hours? Did you eat any type of meat or something that you normally don't eat? Do you get enough fiber in your diet? If you're normally a no-vegetable/fruit kid, this is most likely why you have funny poop at the moment.

If you're having what could be internal bleeding, it would most likely be from the small intestine or stomach, because the blood is only black if it's been digested. If it was red, it would be from your lower colon.

If it continues into tomorrow, find some information on the internet, like WebMD or some verified medical site and show it to your father. If he still refuses, then talk to an adult at school. Another adult might not be able to persuade your father to help you, but then at least others will know that you're having this problem.

Listen, if you start having stomach pain, then get your butt to the school nurse immediately. I'm not talking gas, I'm talking sharp, intense, non cramp-like pain.

You'll probably be OK. Good luck, Kid.


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CAN IBS LEAD TO OR CAUSE HAEMORRIODS?

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Yes.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

HI i have been have problems for along time,It all started at high school when i was trying to hold a fart in,but eventauly i had to run to the toliet and let every thing out.So every day before school i would get up early and force out a bowel movement.This was working fine and i could go out happily but 2 years later i have been having weird dark paches in a tan coulour bowel movement.i always have to go for toilet in the morning and about 5 oclock.They are mostly formed but sometimes loose.Thers has been cases when i have done my bowel movement but sortly after i have had loose bowel movments.

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This could be dysentery. I know someone that had that before and this soud similar with the mucus part. I still dont understand how you would go and eat dairy products after you have been told by a professional that you are lactose intolerant. I think that is your problem right there. Hope you're poopin better by now, because no one likes an unhappy pooper.

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