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This is embarrassing, but can laxatives cause mucus in bowel movements

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PrincessandthePeach Sat 12-Oct-19 19:46:58

Sorry for the TMI topic. Posting here for traffic. Just to provide a background I'm currently suffering with an eating disorder not eating a lot, and vomiting up meals. Anyway, this morning I took 2 dulcolax laxatives as I haven't had a bowel movement for a couple of days. I have had abdominal pain and watery diarrhoea since about 3pm. The thing is dulcolax always makes me have a couple of accidents blushand I had one about 30mins ago. When I was getting cleaned up I noticed some mucus in my pad and when I wiped. It's definitely coming from the bowel. Is this normal for taking a simulant laxative?

ChristmasFluff Sat 12-Oct-19 19:52:04

Well no, not if taken as directed. But you aren't doing that.

I had IBS, and often had mucous. So yeah, your bowel is acting like an overactive/abused bowel would do. Just as you are acting like an abused person would.

Please seek help for your condition. You will not poo if there is nothing to poo out due to lack of eating and/or vomiting. You are taking laxatives for eating disorder reasons.

Mucous is the least of your worries.

Babynut1 Sat 12-Oct-19 19:53:13

Yes I often have to take laxatives as I get constipated from medication. I often get mucus x

Idontneeditatall Sat 12-Oct-19 19:53:46

Agree that you’re not pooing because you’re not eating. This is the problem, please seek help op

Cryalot2 Sat 12-Oct-19 20:09:00

Its normal, but you need help, please seek it.

HappyHarlot Sat 12-Oct-19 20:10:18

HAve you spoken to your GP about this?

PrincessandthePeach Sat 12-Oct-19 20:16:17

Thanks for replies so far, I mentioned to my GP and psychiatrist about purging and weight loss a while ago but I downplayed it and told them I was only purging a few times a week when in reality it's a few times a day. I booked the GP in for Wednesday morning to talk to them more about it as I'm miserable at the minute and don't really want to be alive anymore

Bloodless Sat 12-Oct-19 20:19:21

I may be wrong but noticeable mucus is caused by inflammation in the digestive track, which would probably happen if your purging.

I suffered with bulimia in the past & while I don’t do that anymore (not for years), I’m still suffering the physical consequences of actions. Please get help OP, before your like me. Always here if you want to talk xx

Bloodless Sat 12-Oct-19 20:21:03

Just read ur last post OP, things will get better, I promise ❤️❤️❤️ Xx

tobedtoMNandfart Sat 12-Oct-19 20:23:18

@PrincessandthePeach you are wonderful & special and precious. Please get help and learn to value yourself more.
Agree with PP don't use laxatives. You will only pop if you eat enough.

Mucous would indicate inflammation or infection. Mention it to your doctor particularly if there is any blood there.

tobedtoMNandfart Sat 12-Oct-19 20:24:11


Pringlesfortea Sat 12-Oct-19 20:28:45

The bulimia help method’s a book ,it’s on amazon might help
I had bulimia for 30 years ,I only managed to stop because I was constantly bringing up blood ,it got quite frightening when it came out of my nose.
I thought I would have bulimia for the rest of my life,it’s been the hardest thing I’ve had to do ,stopping I mean x I do understand how hard it is x feel free to pm me if you want a chat x

EstherMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 12-Oct-19 20:36:35

We are moving this to the Eating Disorders topic

PrincessandthePeach Sat 12-Oct-19 20:53:55

Thanks everyone, just can't see myself getting through this. Life is all about waiting for death with obsessing about my weight in between. Everything is so messed up

EstherMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 12-Oct-19 21:36:37

Hello OP, we are really sorry to hear you are feeling this way.

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