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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi. I have recently had some mucous in my stools, usually my stools are normal and easy to pass, but have occasional hard stools with jelly like covering. I am 50yr old woman. Should I go to doctor?
Doctor :   let me read ur query ?
Doctor :   Have u lost weight over time ? How is ur appetite ?
User :   no weight loss. apettite good. occasional tiny bit of blood on loo paper after passing hard stool.
Doctor :   Usually at your age of 50, u need to get a colonoscopy to get screened for any polyps, etc
Doctor :   If u have not got examined before this is a right time to get examined
User :   I assume that my gp will agree to an nhs colonoscopy?
Doctor :   But as far as the symptoms that u have now, there is nothing to worry as of now
Doctor :   yes definitely
User :   i will call my gp and arrange an appointment
Doctor :   increase your fluid intake per day, high fibre diet , cereals, etc
Doctor :   this will increase ur softness of stools
User :   Thanks, I do notice that if I have my all XXXXXXXX for breakfast, then it's less of a problem!!! Thanks for your re assurance.
Doctor :   and reduce the strain and the pain during defecation
Doctor :   You are welcome
User :   Bye!!
Doctor :   Bye for now,
Doctor :   take care and have a good day
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