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Suggest treatment for lupus and black mucus in stool

I have lupus and MCSS [i can NOT do medications] and fell yesterday on sidewalk stomach then face- first... just today stomach bothersome just clearing my throat, coughing and trying to have a bowel movement. Have to crouch down hold stomach... :/ ?? Gas feels like it s building up (flatulence?!) feel SOME relief momentarily when it releases then back spasms, HOLY JESUS! The pain takes my breath away (*MOMENTARiLY) Thank GOD! buT wow! What could it be? I don t want to waste 60$ cab fare if I can possibly do something at home FiRST to *eliminate!
Tue, 29 Jan 2019
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The presence of mucus in stool is common. And normal in some amounts however a large amount of visible mucus in your stool isn’t normal and might be a sign of a problem.

If you begin seeing mucus in your stool, the levels are probably already elevated.

That doesn’t necessarily indicate you have a problem, but it’s something you should monitor especially if there is blood in stool or pain during defecation.

In such cases, it may be caused by inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

IBS or infectious colitis are other causes but it would be associated with fever and loose stools.

All in all, you should wait for few days, have easy diet, lot of fluids and see will it improve. If not you should do a colonoscopy as a start of work up.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon
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