mucus, blood and alcohol

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Chris asks:

I've had some weird symptoms lately. I'm 26, Male 145 pounds at 5'9. I eat 2 meals a day and the last month or so I have noticed a yellow mucus when wiping after a poop.

Very recently within the last week I have noticed that my poop is broken down, almost flaky with a light tan color apposed to the dark solid matter. Also after wiping again it was mucus.

As of early this morning my poop came out half reddish-orangey color and half tan. It was broken down still flaky looking and I was getting mucus during wiping. It doesn't hurt and I don't feel pain of any kind. But I was a bit freaked out as I watched it stirring in the toilet. You could slowly see the reddish-orangey substance part from the poop to the bottom of the toilet due to the water. My thoughts are it was blood compacted into my poop.

Why is this happening now? I’ve been eating the same food I have been for years. Some things I do know is if I don’t get a good nights sleep my body functions as far as my intestines go don’t function well and I find a greater need to relief myself.

Also I noted that a lot of consumption of alcohol will result in my visiting the toilet later in the evening to relief myself. It generally comes out liquid. Recently, I’ve started “the shakes” the next day after drinking. I was told that was a withdrawal symptom thou I rarely drink. But when I was out of town for 6 months, 9 months ago I was binge drinking.

And spicy foods… I used to be able to eat them no problem just as I used to be able to drink alcohol no problem but now in the last 2 years this has changed.

And no I haven’t seen a doctor about it. Not something I am yet prepared to ask assistance with.

Dear Chris,

Congratulations on your first step toward recovery. I see your inquiry as really being a cry for help. Based on the information that you have provided, I feel that you are in denial about the fact that you are an alcoholic.

In the same paragraph that you stated that you "rarely drink", you also used the words "lot of consumption of alcohol" and "binge drinking." The shakes that you are referring to are not only a sign of withdrawal, they are a symptom of chronic alcohol abuse. Casual drinkers can get a whopper of a hangover on occasion, but the tremors are usually a sign that things are a lot more serious.

The poop that you have described is your liver's way of screaming at you to get some help! Bile secretions have been blocked and this is causing the lack of brown coloring in your poo. The mucus is a sign of irritation in the lining of your intestines. You may have already developed ulcers that are beginning to bleed and this is showing up in your poop as well.

Get help now before you do even more damage to yourself. Go see a doctor!

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.

37 Comments on "mucus, blood and alcohol"

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

Good advice Mother. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. I've learned through dealing with numerous alcoholics across my life that denial is the single biggest impediment to recovery.

Thank God I can put away a quart or two of Jack Daniels every day without any problems! I can quit any time, you know....

shitwit's picture
k 500+ points

Yup, go see a doctor! If you're only 26 and this is occurring already, then you seriously do have a problem. I work with a dude in his late 50's who has these same issues. He looks like he's near death on most days. Please don't let this happen to you. If concerns about your poop prompt you to take some action in the right direction, then so be it. Please get help. Now.

Best of wishes to ya!

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daphne's picture
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Wow. This is the most sobering nurse inquiry I've ever read. No pun intended. To imagine someone at this age possibly suffering from future organ failure is quite intense.

As a mom, I'm hoping this person gets to a doctor. It's hard not to think about situations like this from a maternal point of view, regardless of the fact that this person is 11 years younger than me.

I look at my son at times and wonder what's in store for me. He's not a bad kid, but he's human.
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Mary Queen of Scats's picture
l 100+ points

Sounds right on target to me. My mom had the exact same symptoms before she went into rehab for alcohol abuse. She did end up having an ulcer as well - which, like you said, caused her poo to be orangish-red. Great advice Motherload!

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Anonymous Coward's picture

don't listen to these people. you have an infection of some sort. what that means is you need to increase your alcohol consumption to kill the germs. go to it tiger.

Bilgepump's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

During my drinking days this was a frequent occurrance, along with black tarry stool (blood). The worst part was, I was usually too drunk to get to the bathroom. Doctors told me for years my liver was enlarged, and I should stop...I finally did, and have reverted back to (shudder) normalcy, so to speak.

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Doctor Poo's picture

See a doctor, this is serious.

you're obviously addicted, go to an A-A meeting

you have a failing liver! and another in your future if you don't quit drinking.

think about this: is alchoholism in your blood?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have an ileostomy. I shat blood for a month, then entered a hospital on and off fo 4 months. Finally, they cut out my colon.

I have no colon. I shit in a bag.

The alternative is, I could be dead. One less transfusion (total of one), or one less surgery (total of one) and I would be dead.

Why is this starting now when you haven't changed anything? Dude, the normal time span between diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and surgery is about 25 years. I did the whole thing in 3 months. Shit happens.

See the doctor. Get it figured out. While that's going on, make a list of all the things you would have done if you had lived long enough. When you heal, go do them.

PS I have surgery scheduled soon to reconnect everything. One year and a half total out of 32 is not so bad, would you say?

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

SEE A DOCTOR. Also, take steps to clean up your act.

Mucous is one of the signs of Chron's and Colitis. You really need to get checked for that.

All around recovery is going to be a long road for you, and I wish you the best.
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Horst Cawke's picture

Sounds a lot like me, 26, drink more than you would think humanly possible. Wait til you shit blood and vomit something yellow... You've got a long way to go, cheers!

Kyle's picture

Any advice for the boyfriend of the poster who can't seem to help?

Chris frequently gets home at 5am from drinking and cannot function the next day. Just this weekend he hit his head hard enough on the wall (shower?) and got a large bruise, he often picks fights out of thin air and he smokes while he's drinking (even though he was able to quit for months with no problems). Chris drives drunk and goes out drinking knowing he is his only ride home.

Weekly, Chris goes out and loses his keys, his wallet and his cell phone. Still, his licence, Credit Cards, Insurance Card and Debit Cards are missing.

Chris has large purple-ish bags under his eyes and tiny red dots across his nose and across his face (he is otherwise BEAUTIFUL). He thinks this isnt from the drinking, but since he's been a heavy drinker for nearly a decade, it's hard to believe.

This morning Chris said:

"i get out of control because i allow myself too. I can recognize that i do in overboard sometimes. And i can make the times i do disappear"

He doesn't get it. How can I help?

PoopySmurf's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Kyle, I know you're concerned but the bottom line is you can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped. Chris has to WANT to stop drinking. If he doesn't want to, it doesn't matter what you do. It'll take something--maybe the poop issues, maybe something worse--to get him to realize he needs to stop. Some never do realize that. An ex-boyfriend of mine died at the age of 23 of an overdose. He had lost everything, including his health, but he kept on doing drugs. Hopefully Chris' story will have a happier ending.

Bilgepump's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Unfortunately, Kyle, alcoholism is a disease that ONLY the sufferer can diagnose. Only when he reaches that point will he be able to seek help for it. As a recovering alcoholic, I know just a little bit about what I'm talking about. It was only after I said, and accepted, the fact that I was/am an alcoholic, could I go and get "treatment" for it, and so far, the only "treatment" that has shown ANY real and consistent results is AA....sadly, the success rate even for folks in AA is estimated between 3 and 10%.

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Bunga Din's picture
j 1000+ points

Like Bilge I also quit boozing, I had a whole host of medical problems from it, liver problems, pancreatitis etc. I went through rehab and enjoyed the experience but opted for a self help method that differs from AA called Rational Recovery. No one is going to fix yourself, you need to do it for your own reasons and for your own satisfaction. If you think you may have a drinking problem or substance abuse problem you probably do and that's a good place to start, the main thing is to be honest with yourself. Good Luck.

elijahsnow's picture

woah... slow down... guy has an issue that quite frankly could be caused by any number of things from viral infections to genuine gastric disorder that have little to do with how much he drinks but may be aggrivated by the drinking.... how presumptuous to begin with "congratulations you've admitted you have a problem..."e.t.c...

and then to go on with the scare stories about surgery and counting the days left... jesus christ what is this "scared straight"?

guy should see a doctor... go from there... alcohol might be the issue.. YES... but to assume that this guy is a full blown raging alcoholic from that is....


Concerned Alco :)'s picture

ok ...

I've been drinking for a while everynight.
I only smoke when i drink - was a rule for quitting smoking. Now when i want a cigi... i have a beer... bad combo.

Yesterday i noticed a bit of blood while wiping. Not much... but i noticed it. It was after a massive night of going out drinking and more then usualy smoking.

I've decided to stop drinking for a while, like i'll only have some drinks on a friday or saturday. Something i know im capable of doing, I've done it before if i've been concerned about being dependant on it... and im not... I just really enjoy it:)

Anyway... will heavily cutting back the drinking heal where the blood is coming from?
I know you'll feel obligated to say... go see a doctor... but i dont want to.

Is there anyway for me to check if its ulcers or something more serious?

pam's picture

I would tell your friends with whom you go out to drink with, "My limit is 5 beers tonight." Ask them to observe(assuming they're not too drunk)how you abide by your own rules.
If they forget your limit and let you have another, then they are a trigger for you.
You can't go out drinking with them and they aren't true friends.
If you go out alone instead and go over your own limit, you got a problem.
If you stay within your limit to save face with your friends and then go home and drink more. You got a problem.
Once you start drinking, you can't stop.
Other people can start drinking and then stop after 2 or 3 or 4 drinks no problem.If you can't then you know what it is.

Get into working out more. Most people find it easy to decline a calorie fat producing drink after an awesome workout and a double take at them selves in the mirror.
Transform yourself and find a passion in life other than a passion for drinking and looking at your crappy shit everyday.

The blood could be from a totally different issue.Google blood in stools, you'll see.
This is why you have to go see a Doctor.
They have spent thousands and thousands of dollars studying the human body.
Sorry, but you gotta go.
They've seen and heard it all. Don't be shy.
They love this shit;)

Richie Rich Rich Rich Rich's picture

Hi, i've had similar problems recently, during a big night of drugs and a little drinking, and a whole day of sleep, i struggled to have a bowel movement. When I finally had a bowel movement it was only gas and mucus. I take drugs around every 3-5 months, (apart from Mary Jane) as a recreational activity. Since 5 months ago I haven't drank more than 2 units a week, but since about a month ago I have regularly smoked marijuana. Is there anything seriously wrong with me? Thanks :-)

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

There is one way to tell if you have something serious wrong with you: SEE A DOCTOR. Don't wait. Chances are it may not be serious yet, but a doctor can see signs of what the problem is and tell you what to do about it. It sounds as though you have some unhealthy habits; your doctor will be able to advise.

Logjam's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

You ask, Richie Rich Rich Rich Rich, whether there might be "anything seriously wrong" with you. Let's skip over the drug and crap issues and get right to the name. You suffer from excess, sir. Editing Thoreau's famous charge to make sure you don't misunderstand: "Simplify!"


Steven's picture

It's amazing to see focused compassion and concern for others in a space where people say we are just hunting porn.

The good old internet.

Chris I hope your doing well.

I cant call you an alcoholic. Thats not my place. I cant say your not either. Also not my place.

Find a doctor. Check your shit out


Concerned Pooper's picture

Here's the Q. I have seen a doctor and he ruled out alcohol but I'm not too sure. I have on average 2 beers a week but in college (20 years ago) I had drank maybe 12 beers a week when I turned 21. Yes that is a lot but have changed quite a bit since then. The only time I drink more than 2 beers a week is holidays (July 4th, Mem Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) and those maybe 6 beers.

The doctor was thinking it is just Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have had many tests, blood, poop, colonoscopy, no hemmoroids etc.. and have been getting tired of continually getting tested.

My only symptoms are: long soft poops, sometimes 3 in a 2 hour period and poop everyday now where previously it was every other day. Somtimes I have to return to the rest room just to re-wipe and that's when the area around the anus starts to get sore and show redness on the TP. No abdominal cramps are present, no constipation or black tarry stools or mucous. I have done blood tests (colitis) and they have been negative for blood in stool. I am 36 W M, 160lbs. Don't drink coffee so caffeine intake is low.

Would having only 2 beers a week with some extra partying on holidays affect bowels that much? I did give up all drinking for a month to see if things changed and it stayed the same. I am hoping that I am not that ab rat that has to go through 10 years of testing for them to say "we really do not know"!

My Bowel Movements Look Weird's picture

All this convinces me that it's time to get checked out. I've been putting it off a long time, as I hate going to the doctors. My stools vary over time and have looked funny for a 6 months or so. They are very dark, almost black for 4 or 5 days, then they become washed-out very pale looking for a week or so, then back to dark stool. The smell has been bad enough for people to make comments, even thought I flush it as soon as it hits the water. I just thought I would get back to square one again, I've recently tried to eat better, fiber, veggies. Maybe this will cure the problems. I think I've eaten too much fast foods, pizza, hot dogs, and chinese until recently.

daphne's picture
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You can eat Chinese food that's full of fiber. Have you been eating the fried meat stuffs?

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Poopalicious and delicious's picture

Every time I drink more than 3 beers, it seems I need to poop "a lot" the next day. As in, 4 times the amount I would normally. It seems that my bowles want to continue to push long after I finished. So if I go out and start walking, poop comes out and when I go to wipe again, there is blood. Is this from the pH level of the poop, the alcohol affecting the bowel or is there some other explanation? I do not drink all the time like only a few to 5 one night a month and it seems to have effects. Would Yeast in my colon cause this?

Please tell me what I should do about my pooper!

Anonymous Coward's picture

If I drink a 6 pack a week for 10 years and suddenly have irregular movements due to to the effects of alcohol, will I be able to still drink in the future or is it over for drinking once your GI tract starts rejecting it?

Theodora's picture

Kyle: Al-Anon is a good resource for the partners, friends, and family of alcoholics.

Chris: "The shakes" are a physical symptom of alcohol withdrawal, and that, in combination with some of the fecal symptoms you've described, strongly suggests that you are still binge drinking regularly (as I think Kyle's post made clear). If you're shitting blood and mucus, brother, btw, the web is not the answer -- for every ten people (including Motherload, for whom I have the ultimate respect) telling you that this is a red flag and to get your ass to a doctor, you'll always be able to find one random who'll assure you that it's not a big deal, the same thing happened to them, it doesn't mean that you're an alcoholic, it doesn't mean that you might be ill, etc. And if you're in denial about your alcoholism to begin with, that one statistically deviant response is all you'll need to justify continuing along your current path. Go see a doctor -- if this were coming out of your nose, you would. Don't accord your ass less respect.

greg's picture

I had the same problem with pooping blood. I'm 25 now but this started back when I was 21. Finally a legal drinker so that's all I did. Got drunk every day, drinking 151 proof liquor and grand dad whiskey, then settled down to about a pint of hennessy a night. Started pooping all blood, some times there was actually poop in it but sounded like I was peeing cuz mostly was blood. Couldn't go on drives more than 20 minutes cuz had to use the bathroom so often(at age 22). Was too scared to goto the doc so quit drinkin and started a more herbal supplement hint hint. Don't know if it was the weed or me not drinkin but everything is back to normal now. I can even hold my drinks now. But don't like to drink anymore. Just know that anything you put in your body will come out eventualy be it through surgery, treatment, rehab, or hopefully naturally!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Today I went potty and when i wiped there was mucus like when you blow ur nose and a lil blood on the tissue....what is the prob??
I may also start my period and i am getting over a yeast infection sry so gross :(

Mrs. Mad Crapper's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Since you went "potty" what did you do exactly? Did you make poopies or did you tinkle?
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Anonymous Coward's picture

Ok, here is my little story. I'm 26, short and overweight(about 5'7", 270lbs). I know that I'm an alcoholic. I drink at least a 40oz of Olde Enligh a night. I have been doing this for months. The bloody poo is just now starting up. I know it has to do with my drinking. And I know that it's a serious problem, and that I need to go see a doc. But I don't want to. I know I have the will power to quit drinking completely, will that stop the bloody poo? And will that better my health? Or am I screwed?

daphne's picture
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If you were bleeding out your eyes, would you be waffling as to whether or not to get to a doctor? For God's sakes, man, see a doctor! We can't answer these types of questions. The only person who can is the educated health professional who gives you a full health assessment.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

Hi, regarding this thread, on the 4th of July, I drank a lot of beer, I had at least 20+ beers the whole day. I also drink a lot of pop during the day, like 2-3 cans of pop a day. and today, I noticed I had a little blood mixed with mucous in my stool, would that be caused by my drinking?

Long Dong Silver's picture

AC, It could have been the drinking but I would be more inclined to think it was the massive schlong I stuffed up your poop chute while you were passed out.

211 Steel Reserve's picture

Hey, yes. I also have some mucous but its more white/clear. Anyways, Then i get these Tight pains in my stomach..But that's after I've drank like Three " 211's " with not much to eat. I know it's because it damages the lining of my stomache, there for gets irrated. I did notice that the stomache pains and stool returns to normal after a few days not drinking. I am only 21 and i don't want liver damage!! I mostly drink because sometimes i use it as an excuse to escape from " Tinnitus " aka, Constant 24/7 ringing in my ears. I need to stop, i need to gather my life together because all i have managed to become is a loser. and having 211 as my Drink of choice, it isn't helping my life. Steel Reserver has 8.1% alcy per 24oz can. Bassically its shitty beer for alcoholics.. I think i am becoming and alcoholic and i need to stop fast....Too young to deal with this shit. wish me luck peeps!

Anonymous's picture

I also kept on oozing more poop after wiping and dressing, but I CURED that problem!!

I now use a Sitz Bath tub after EVERY bowel movement - very warm water, a little dish soap, and then:

1. First I DAB with the rough, green side of a kitchen sponge, until I can feel that all of the acidic sting has been floated away

2. Next I use the YELLOW side of that sponge to carefully "irrigate" my entire crack. (Get as much water up 'inside' as you can!)

3. Dump that tub, rinse it (and the sponge), then re-fill and continue until the last water is NOT tinged with fecal matter.

Usually two tubs will suffice, but when my colon is really nasty, I have used as many as FOUR changes of water.

Imagine going through life with that much 'color' in your pants, and irritating the last 8" of your colon?

You will immediately notice that your leg circulation will be greatly improved,walking will be a joy, and you'll feel better ALL OVER! LJ IN GARY, INDIANA

Anonymous's picture

I recently experienced something similar although the symptoms lasted for only a day and a half, and afterwards I only had to deal with abdominal pain (randomly during one day) along with constipation. I am 15 though and the diagnosis of liver distress is particularly frightening. Admittedly the symptoms occurred after a night (after a strong bout of depression) where I consumed 12 fluid oz of 35% vodka and 24 fluid oz of 5.5% ale.

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