A year or so ago, while having some minor regularity issues, I tried a probiotic supplement for a few days. From that point on, every bowel movement I've had has been accompanied by mucous, and despite straining to ensure complete evacuation and using plenty (even excessive amounts) of toilet paper, there is a slight to moderate discharge in the hours following.
The probiotic probably wasn't the cause, but I can't be sure. My physician had me try fiber supplements and laxatives, and finally sent me to a gastroenterologist. There, I was scheduled for a flex scope of the lower intestine, which was normal. Lab results from stool samples were also normal.
During my recent followup visit, I received no answers. There appears to be nothing wrong with me, and the nurse practitioner had no idea what could be causing my problem. Now I'm supposed to go in for a full colonoscopy, but since nothing has been identified or hypothesized thus far, I'm not convinced it will help. Should I bother going through with it?
There has been a major impact on my life, as even mild exercise causes the discharge to worsen. I've been avoiding exercise and other activities I used to enjoy, and I'm constantly worrying about when (or if) the problem will clear up. I'm not in any pain (just discomfort), but it's time I figured this out. Can anyone identify what might be going on?View Thread