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Tue Apr 19, 2022 2:06 am
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I would like to ask a question to those of you who have had full colon removal. I know that for those of us who have a permanent ileostomy and our rectum still intact that mucas production is an occasional issue. Most of the time, I just deal with it as it rarely causes any issues.  However for the last two days I have experienced an uncomfortable feeling like an urgency to have a bowel movement and a burning sensation.  The mucas is blood stained and has a very unpleasant odor. I have also had spasms in my low back, nausea, headache and fever between 99.9 and 102 that comes and goes.  Is it possible to get an infection in the rectum area that would cause these symptoms?  I have emailed my VA physician for guidance.  Have any of you folks had these issues and if so, what action did you take and what was discovered?  I have asked my VA physician to try to get me in to see the Gastric Doctor on staff to have him take a look and make sure everything is OK. I have had my ileostomy since February 2018. The surgeon left quite a bit of my rectum behind so I am concerned that something might be wrong I that area. Thank you for listening to me. I value this site because the members take our questions seriously and are always willing to offer suggestions and help.  I can say that I have never had these particular symptoms before in regards to this issue.

Tue Apr 19, 2022 2:33 am

hi freedancer, i have a colonostomy and i have frequent rectal discharges , a real nuisance but has to be coped with and i have had none of the issues you are having.  hopefully someone else on this site will have the answer to your problem failing that continue with seeking medical advice from professionals. best wish's patrick.

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Tue Apr 19, 2022 4:42 am

Hello freedancer.

I have similar problems periodically, but I self-diagnose it as an extension of what was wrong down there before my stoma. However, I do think you are doing the right thing asking for it to be investigated as it could be symptomatic of a number of more serious things. 

I hope all goes well for you

Best wishes


Tue Apr 19, 2022 5:53 am

Deffo get it check out freedancer. Thankfully I never had that kind of problem after my subtotal colectomy, but I do know of someone who has had it. There’s a YouTuber called Hannah Witton, she had a UC flare up about 4 years ago now which resulted in her stoma. Within the first year of her stoma she had this problem and the stoma nurse told her she was having a flare up in her rectum. She was prescribed these pellets which she had to put up her bum and it helped calm everything down. Her channel is mainly dedicated to sex education but there’s plenty of stoma related content on there as well. 

Tue Apr 19, 2022 12:09 pm

Freelancer, I have an ileostomy with cancer in the lower part of the bowel that is left. I have discharge almost every time I dump the bag and yes it can be very stinky.  I do pass some blood tinged mucus too but as I said, I know I have cancer is that segment, as a matter of fact that is why I had the ileostomy put back in after taking it down. I strongly encourage you to follow the path you are on and have it checked ASAP.  The passing of mucus is normal, but not as sure about the blood…  Wishing you the best,


Tue Apr 19, 2022 2:31 pm
Hi there I have a permanent ileostomy with a rectal stump remaining, I usually pas a relatively solid bit of mucus about every 5 or 6 weeks then after that it’s loose mucus which is quite smelly, I treat this with Budenofalk rectal foam, probably for about a week or more, the daily mucus slowly abates and stops, then and I lose the urge to empty my stump for a few weeks then the cycle starts again, I also occasionally have had a small showing of blood, but your safest bet is go and get checked over, I hope this is of some help, Google Budenofalk and see if you think it could help…
Tue Apr 19, 2022 11:20 pm

I have a lot of mucus discharge and it has a bad smell. I have not had any blood in it. I am glad you are going to get it checked out.  please let us know how it goes. Best wishes

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