Mucous colitis is the other name used for referring to the medical disorder called IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. The signs of mucous colitis include the following.

Abdominal pain:
This is the main indicator of mucous colitis. According to medical experts, a person experiencing all other gastrointestinal symptoms, but without any pain in his abdomen will never be considered to be suffering from mucous colitis. There are also some specific features of mucous colitis related abdominal pain. The pain must begin together with or within a few minutes of appearance of other gastrointestinal signs. The pain must subside or improve after bowel movement. The Abdominal painpain’s location is however not important; the patient might experience pain anywhere in the abdomen. It may be a left sided or right sided pain, a pain around the patient’s belly button, pain in the surrounding area of pubic bone or a general stomach ache.

Changed bowel habits:
Mucous colitis patients often experience alteration in their bowel habits. They may suffer from frequent episodes of constipation or diarrhea or alternating spells of each; these mucous colitis symptoms are respectively classified as constipation-predominant, diarrhea-predominant and mixed. The frequency of each of the above mentioned patterns of bowel disturbances stays approximately equal in the mucous colitis patients.

Other gastrointestinal signs:
A patient suffering mucous colitis can suffer from certain gastrointestinal symptoms, which cannot be considered based on diagnostic criteria. According to the medical experts, examples of such symptoms include a feeling of partial defecation, frequently feeling the urgent need of defecating, gas, bloating, cramps, passing huge amount of mucous with stool, presence of dry and white mucous in stools. It has also been found that 55% of mucous colitis patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms, which are not related to bowels or colon; examples include acid reflux, vomiting, nausea and stomach upset.

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