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Abdominal pain, loose bowel movements with blood and mucus, scan normal, blood work showed high WBC count. What does that indicate?

I left the Er and they took a ct scan of my abdominal area due to pain I was having and also blood work everything came back normal then they took a stool sample cause I was having a loose BM with blood n mucus only they said my WBC is a little high wat does that mean? I asked if my liver n kidneys where ok n the reason I asked that is that I hve been taking pain killers for a little over 3 yrs for chronic knee pain I m worried
Asked On : Wed, 3 Oct 2012
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Thank you for the query.

When blood and mucus in stool appears, colon cancer should be ruled out. If you also suffer from constipations or/and diarrhea, lost of weight colonoscopy should be performed. If your pain is located on the lower left side of abdomen there is a chance that this is diverticulitis(however CT would tell that you have diverticles). Blood and mucus in stool can be also caused by inflammatory bowel diseases (like Crohn`s disease) which can also be ruled out by colonoscopy.
If you abdominal pain is located in upper middle abdomen and your blood in stool is dark, you may suffer from peptic ulcer (according to often pain killers usage). To rule this one out, upper GI endoscopy should be performed.
If it is about WBC increased level it simply means that somewhere in your body there is an infection. It might be caused by all previously mentioned conditions so basically it does not rule anything out.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Wed, 3 Oct 2012
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