Why am I passing mucus and hard stools?

Two years ago, I was operated for piles after which I was fine. But for the past few months, I have been feeling the passage of stool which is hard and an increase in the frequency of stools per day. Whenever I pass stools, some mucus (thick white liquid) comes out. Is it possible that this is due to recurrence of piles?


Piles can come back but what you describe does not sound like a piles problem. Usually piles would present with bright red blood coming from your anus and patients often notice this on the toilet paper - if they use paper to wipe their bottoms after going to the toilet. Mucus is quite common and is of no significance. If your stools are harder - drink more water and take more roughage in your diet. If you are otherwise feeling well, I would not worry.