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Dr. Donna Childress

Internal Medicine
NC
21 years experience female

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Internal Medicine

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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Check liver tests: You should see a physician for a general exam and blood work to specifically evaluate your liver function tests. These will measure your bilirubin level and overall liver health. Discuss whether you have had any abdominal discomfort, change in bowel habits, weight loss or fever. This may not ultimately be any significant problem, but if you have noticed a change, it is worth getting checked out.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: At your young age with no family hx of colon cancer, it would be highly unlikely that your sx represent colon cancer. Bright red blood specks on toilet paper suggest lower rectal bleeding (not within stool, thus negative hemoccult test) & is much more likely hemorrhoidal in nature.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Likely Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate): Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause a change in the color of stool and turn it black. As long as you are not otherwise noticing any significant associated symptoms like abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, this is not a worrisome concern.

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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! After your list of possible issues, I think I've got it narrowed down to one or two very likely causes. Very helpful.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thats interesting to know about caffeine causing muscle twitching, didnt know it did that, might have to cut back a little
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank U. Dealing with documented CHF and LVH) but having reoccuring symptoms.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

CAROLINAS HOSPITAL SYSTEM
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