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Suffer from constipation and diarrhea. Yellowish mucus from the anus. Cure?

I'm a 15 year old female and I'm at a healthy weight, although lately I sometimes don't use the toilet for a poo for a week then at the end of the week I have diarrhoea. But just now I haven't been for a week and three days and I'm starting to get worried, I've had thick sticky yellow mucus from my anus but nothing else, I've bought dulcolax but I'm not sure wether to take them, please help. thanks.
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Diarrhea and constipation present alternately can be very serious symptoms. Sometimes partial bowels obstruction appears in such way. At your age, it is possible that Crohns disease can give such symptoms.
Other possible reasons of your symptoms are chronic bacterial infection, thyroid disease, bad diet.
As it lasts some time now, I suggest you to visit your doctor and have some diagnostics. Stool tests and stool culture tests should be done. Blood work, liver tests, amylase, urine analysis, abdominal ultrasound and abdominal X-ray should be also done. If all this tests will be negative, colonoscopy and abdominal CT with oral contrast (enteroclysis) should be the next step.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Wed, 29 May 2013
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