Should I get another colonoscopy?

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So last year in August I had a colonoscopy which came back all fine. The last 10 days I have had loose stools going to the toilet about 3-6 times a day. The first stool seems to be covered in mucous. I just came off antibiotics and anti-acids before all this started for treatment of h.pylori. I had an endoscopy done last week which came back showing only very small amount of inflammation in my stomach and the doctor said nothing to worry about.

I was diagnosed with IBS years ago but it has always been constipation related never loose stools. I had a stool test done only 2 months ago to check for parasites because my constipation had become worse and I had noticed large amounts of mucas in my stool which the doctor said is likely just ibs.

I am highly stressed and am wondering if that is why I have been getting loose stools.

Today I had a very small amount of fresh blood in my stool however I think it's just from hemorrhoids as I have had blood from hemorrhoids before so I'll wait a few days before going to the doctor if it continues.

I has an ultrasound done on my stomach only 2 months ago because I was severely constipated and had stomach pain which has since subsided. The ultrasound had come back normal.

Has anyone else experienced these symptons with IBS and is it likely due to stress?

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    IBS is strongly linked to stress and causes diarrhoea or constipation and a mixture of both. No scan will show it. Haemorrhoids can occur due to straining for a bowel movement and they can bleed. Mucus can also be present in stools. Your symptoms sound like an IBS flare up caused by you being highly stressed as you have mentioned. Since your doctor has diagnosed IBS and confirmed your current symptoms are as result of IBS and your tests have been normal, accept your diagnosis and trust your doctor. I don't think you need another colonoscopy or any other tests. This has all been done and has shown nothing. This good news for you.

    I started with IBS C, but I have also had severe IBS D due to stress. I have stress related IBS. Try to relax, take antispasmodics, Imodium for diarrhoea and lots of fruit or a laxative/stool softener to make stools easier to pass. All these solutions work for my IBS.

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    I suffer I B S . I ve felt a big improvement since avoiding bagged lettuce , Little Gem are ok for me. i also avoid Annatto food colouring it is a natural food colouring from a plant and is used to give food the golden colour , ( fish fingers and frozen chips) i also avoid Palm oil, highfructose corn syrup ( a sweetener extracted from corn) i also avoid M S G. I have to cook every thing from scratch . Tonight i had Tuna Jacket Potato, Tomato , little Gem and Helmans mayo ( i avoid low fat it upset's me) I find aria products good , i can only use Anchor butter or soft spread Turkey breast is good and white fish , i avoid yellow fish ( coloured with Annatto) i understand your suffering. hope you feel better soon. Take care

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    The problem with us I b s sufferers, is we can,t eat a high fibre diet , which causes constipation. The gastro specialist put me on Laxido, i take half a sachet per day , which suits me. For breakfast i have kellogg s rice crispies with half a weetabix crumbled in, i avoid artificial sweeteners completely , i find cane sugar ok.

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    hi tim, i don't understand why but people find being constipated a bit of a joke

    if my IBS is anything to go by constipation is agony, or can be. you need to work out if you've altered anything in your diet. mucus is common with both sorts of ibs or so i believe. the fact that you have blood may mean your bowels are too solid. i would ask your doctor and see what they say.

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