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Mucus from rectal stump


I was wondering if anyone has a lot of mucus discharged by their rectal stump that causes a lot of pain and tenesmus. How do you deal with it?  I cannot expel the mucus by sitting on the toilet and bearing down which apparently works for many. I use small tap water enemas which gets the mucus out, but, then I have severe rectal pain because my rectum and anus gets irritated and starts to spasm.  The pain lasts a long time, sometimes constantly for days.  Any tips would be very helpful. Thanks.

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Hi there,

Sounds like your muscles won't relax in order for you to pass.. have you talked with your surgeon about it ? 


Hello Mark.

I will be interested if you get any practical advice on this one because I have tried a few things without success. I used to irrigate, which helped with the more obnoxious mucus, but when it became clear and less smelly, I stopped that procedure and now simply wear incontinence pads. The mucus flows reasonably freely and there is less anal pain and discomfort. However, the mucus does not absorb very well in the pads so I need a folded tissue wedged between my buttocks to stem the flow and help the absorbtion rate. My present method seems to work as long as there is not much mucus output, but if there is a lot, then it's a messy business.

I am looking forward to hearing what other people do about it successfully.

Best wishes


Reply to Bill

same as bill. rectal discharge for me is not painful but is the continuous  nuisance of my life!

Reply to Beth22

Yes, I have talked to a number of colo-rectal surgeons about it. Each one of them has a different opinion. Don't know who to believe. I may have pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. I have been working with a couple of pelvic physical therapists to retrain the muscles. So far no result. Very frustrating.

Reply to patrickrichardson1946

Nuisance I could live with. Severe, constant pain with tenesmus is unbearable and debilitating. 


I was recommended glycerine suppositories by my surgeon and stoma nurse. Use them once a week but some ostomates use them daily..they do help.

Reply to markmd1112

I hear ya.. pelvic floor dysfunction is not fun and not joke.. in my personal opinion I think the therapy works and seems to be more intended for weak or loose pelvic muscles.. have they don't the tests to check you muscles in the bun ?  have they brought up Botox injections? 

Reply to Doreen 21

Yes, I noticed that recommended on the NHS website as well. The only time I tried glycerin suppositories was before my colostomy surgery. It really irritated my ano-rectal canal. Didn't use it again. Maybe I'll try it again since I am desperately looking for some relief. Thanks for the suggestion.


Try a paediatric sized glycerine suppository if you are wortied.  Think they are half adult size. Do exactly the same job and work for me.

Reply to Doreen 21

That's a good idea. I'll try it. Thanks!


The Cleveland Clinic is a center of excellence for pelvic floor dysfunction.


I'm suffering from this too. I have an Illiostamy.

Oddly it was fine for the first year. I think my Cronhs has come back to bite me in the stump. I elected to keep it hoping to not further damage my nerves after prostate surgery. I now have a penile implant. 

I'm going to try suppositories as soon as I can get in to see my Dr, but I think after all the failed drugs over the years I'm going to be asking for a barby butt eventually.

If I had know about how severe this mucous discharge can be I would have had the full opp before and risked the nerve damage. But of course hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Ho hum, next adventure 😂😅🤭

Cheers Ian.

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