I wanted to write a post about how things are changing for me right now in terms of bowel movements and toilet use. It is not the most beautiful of ulcerative colitis topics, but important none the less. What is happening feels to be part of the healing process.
As I’ve reported earlier, I am coming out of a flare up, and currently in the final stages of tapering off prednisone steroids. I’m now down to 2.5 mg per day of prednisone which is going to be my final dose before stopping completely. I started at a peak of 15 mg per day back the first week of January and every week or two dropped the daily dose by 2.5mg.
Lately, my poops have been very hard when using the bathroom which is great, but I’ve noticed more mucus around the stools sometimes compared to prior weeks when the stools were less formed/hard. Why this happens is still a mystery to me, but I’ve read that the colon produces mucus to act as a protective layer for the inner colon walls. In a few places I’ve read that this production of mucus might actually increase when the colon is fighting off things.
So my overall question is, how many other people see increases in the amount of mucus around their formed/hard stools when you are coming out of an ulcerative colitis flare? And, do other people find it a bit strange to be seeing mucus when the bleeding is almost completely gone or gone and you are starting to gain weight and feel normal after a flare up?
In Summary, I am not concerned with the mucus, I can remember seeing it a while ago when I was coming out of another flare, but up until now I’ve never really tried to investigate how it is with others, and if this is “normal”. Thx