May 29, 2003
Do you have any idea what might cause mucous in my coming out of my rectum? It has been going on for weeks. I had giardia 2months ago and was treated--they found no giardia one month ago though the mucous was coming then. It was sparodic for a while--now this week it is more frequent. I just tested pos 2 months ago. was neg last march (2002). Not on any meds. Tcells 500 and vl 350K.
| Response from Dr. Cohen
So while the 'net is an otherwise exhilirating way to get medical info - the answer is No! - we can't tell you what is going on. No Ifs, Ands or Butts about it. Even a JPEG won't do it...
For a physical ailment such as this - you absolutely need to get your butt to a clinician who can take a look, do a culture, examine you and get more of a history and then that'll give you an answer to your question. Somethings just have to be done face to face... well, not exactly, but you know what I mean. If the first round of cultures didn't help - sometimes we need to do more - even get the help of a specialist to look inside and see what is going wrong. While we can give you a list of things that can cause lower GI infections - that won't help. In the end - I just can't narrow it down enough to be of help - and some conditions need way more than an educated guess -- they need an accurate diagnosis and treatment - OK?
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