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what would cause mucus following a bowel movement or passing gas. This does not happen al

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what would cause mucus following a bowel movement or passing gas. This does not happen all the time but generally after a bowel movement. This all began when I changed my diet for weight loss.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
How did you change your diet, and can you tell me more about the mucus?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I eat a lot more fruits and vegtables, no fried foods, very little sugar, no salt, no junk food. I try to stick to fish and chicken although I do eat on occasion red meat or pork which I don't think agree much with me anymore. In fact, I had pork last evening and today my stomach is bloated. The mucus is not actually on the stool but on my anus when I wipe following a bowel movement. It is like an episode. I will have a difficult although not constipated bowel movement followed by mucus nearly each time I go to the bathroom that day or sometimes after I pass gas. This does not occur every day. I have no pain or discomfort and on occasion, a trace of blood in the mucus.
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK. So this is a clear liquid? How often do you have a bowel movement? No problem with diarrhea?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Generally clear, sometimes a brown tinge. Bowel movement not every day, maybe every other day every 2 days. Never diarrhea.
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
And you have no anal pain or bleeding?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No anal pain other than from wiping so much when I have these episodes and no bleeding, a trace here or there but again, I think that is because I am irritated from so much wiping.
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK. This may not be anything serious, and it could be from the diet change. That said, other causes can be a problem with the anal sphincter--a fissure, but there's usually pain with that, or a laxity of the muscle. Then there are malabsorption conditions like celiac disease and colitis. I'd have your doctor check the backside and do a stool sampling, but I think this is probably not a problem that will bother you much longer.
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