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Glade Spring, VA
A 39-year-old female asked:

I am having severe left lower abdominal pain black stool and vomiting should i go to er or wait and c my regular family dr when they reopen?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Er recommended: The combination of severe abdominal pain and vomiting should be evaluated in the hospital emergency room. Black stool, unless due to taking peptobismol type medications, usually means intestinal bleeding in the upper intestinal or gastric area. Lower left abdominal pain may reflect diverticulitis which shouldn't cause black stools. Go to the er for evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Jessica Allan
Dr. Jessica Allananswered
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Go to ER: You could be bleeding inside. Melena refers to black tarry feces associated with GI hemorrhage.
Last updated Nov 21, 2016

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