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Much Mucus/water In Stool
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My first post, hi guys.

I'm about a month and half into finally figuring out what was causing my non-stop diarrhea. I guess I've mis-stepped into gluten about 6x since then. I'm learning.

My question though to the forum is about mucus and watery stools. The problem is rather intense for me since I have a damaged sphincter from surgery. Today I had to rush for a bathroom 8-10x. The volume of the very low viscosity mucus was probably 3-4 cups worth distributed through the day. It's liquid enough to be hard to block with pads and mucusy enough not to be absorbed like water would be.

Does anyone know how to stop this or have a handle on how long it's going to go on? Today I fasted to see if that would make a difference. It did, it seemed double the volume! :(

Pete

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I hope it doesn't last long Pete! I don't know if this will help any, but I do have a couple suggestions. You could try some probiotics. It could be your bacteria balance is off some. Have you eliminated dairy from your diet? Dairy can cause lots of GI symptoms. You could also try some fiber, I like pysillium husk powder myself, but there are probably others as good.

It sounds like you gut is trying to heal, the mucous could be a protective reaction against something. Six glutenings in 1 1/2 months is quite a few. Your gut needs tiem to heal and that means avoiding all gluten sources. It takes me about a week to get over a glutening accident. So if that were true for you, 6 times would fill your 1 1/2 months with nothing but recovery from glutenings.

I really suggest you try to simplify your diet to start out. Try making it mostly rice and veggies with some meat for protein. Forget aout bread and rolls and those other nasty things that make you sick. You can always do those with gluten-free products once you have had some time to heal. It is far easier to make sure you are gluten-free with a simple diet. Are you a cook? Could be the time to start learning if you are not. Hang in there pete, it is tough getting started but it does get better in time!

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Perfect advice. :)

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Seems like. I was despairing since after I figured out it was Celiac Disease I thought I was finally clear, but then I encountered the mucus issue. Looking back I guess it could have been there for a while but I wouldn't have known since the diarrhea was overwhelming enough.

Yesterday was the first day the mucus finally let up. It's still unbelievable in a way after all these years of being trapped in my apt; the thought be able to do things as simple as walking a block to the store without weighing the odds of a successful trip vs the downside of making do with a mostly empty fridge.

Thanks for the good advice. I'm seeing a dietitian Monday. A bit late since the landscape seems mostly known now but I'm curious what she has to say. I found her on www.dietitians.ca

Perfect advice. :)
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Unlike some of the reports of encounters with nutritionists/dietitians I just had a remarkably good experience with a Registered Dietitian on Bloor West near Royal York in Toronto. Susan Fyshe, her web site is http://www.healthylifestylenutrition.ca/biography.htm

Pricey at $175 for a hour consult but I got my money's worth. Susan did a fair amt of prep work looking at my 3 day diet report that I had submitted and had some great suggestions on changes as well as local companies that could supply foods and supplements. She was very knowledgeable on Celiac disease. Highly recommended.

Thanks for the good advice. I'm seeing a dietitian Monday. A bit late since the landscape seems mostly known now but I'm curious what she has to say. I found her on www.dietitians.ca
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