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What causes persistent loose stools with mucus in stool?

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Posted on Thu, 10 Nov 2016
Question: For the last several days, I've had watery BMs with what looks like phlegm, not much solid . At times it leaks out after a cough or sneeze. I had a colonoscopy three months ago with a few polyps which were removed and were ok. I take levothyroxine137mcg, montelukast sod 10mg, pristiq er 50mg, losartan potassium 50mg, loratadine 10mg.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (54 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Tests of stool and thyroid - course of an antibiotic, Metro, Probiotics

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query and an elucidate history.
To recapitulate: Female/70 - watery BMs with what looks like phlegm - not much solid - several days - leaks on cough or a sneeze - few OK polyps on colonoscopy 3 months ago - - noted the medicines -
My thoughts:
- Send the samples of stool for tests for three days. This may be due to intestinal infection or intolerance and if found positive, a course of an antibiotic and Metronidazole along with probiotics may cure your problem.
- Review thyroid functions as excess of Levothyroxine can cause the problem; If the more dose is causing the problem, reduction in Levothyroxine will get the problem corrected.
- Montelukast is not known and you can always change over to cetirizine like antihistamine stopping Montelukast to see for a change as you have suspected so.
Let us think of the commonest causes first.

I hope, this may solve your problem.
Please feel free to ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication.

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What causes persistent loose stools with mucus in stool?

Brief Answer: Tests of stool and thyroid - course of an antibiotic, Metro, Probiotics Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query and an elucidate history. To recapitulate: Female/70 - watery BMs with what looks like phlegm - not much solid - several days - leaks on cough or a sneeze - few OK polyps on colonoscopy 3 months ago - - noted the medicines - My thoughts: - Send the samples of stool for tests for three days. This may be due to intestinal infection or intolerance and if found positive, a course of an antibiotic and Metronidazole along with probiotics may cure your problem. - Review thyroid functions as excess of Levothyroxine can cause the problem; If the more dose is causing the problem, reduction in Levothyroxine will get the problem corrected. - Montelukast is not known and you can always change over to cetirizine like antihistamine stopping Montelukast to see for a change as you have suspected so. Let us think of the commonest causes first. I hope, this may solve your problem. Please feel free to ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication.