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hi i have black and loose stool and i feel un energetic?

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Dr. Adil Roomi
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Seek care: Black stool can be a sign of gi bleed. It needs to be investigated promptly. Please don't wait.
Dr. Thi Hoang
Dr. Thi Hoang answered
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Melena: Black stool can be the result of iron supplement. But medically, it is most worrisome for bleeding from an upper gastrointestinal source, such as stomach and duodenum. If this occurs in an individual taking regular pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and the likes, the likelihood of upper GI bleeding becomes much higher. These symptoms warrant immediate medical attention

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What can I eat to make my stool harder? I'm sick of having loose stool!

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
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See your doctor: If you have chronically loose stools you could have a chronic bowel problem (inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome) which may be treated. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. Generally you should avoid dairy, salads, artifical sweetners and fruits. Starches (pasta, potatoes, rice) are helpful. Occasionally a fiber suppliment may be helpful as well.
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Why have I got loose stools? In the islands on break

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Traveller's diarrhea: Food borne illness is when you eat food that makes you sick. Outbreaks may involve bacteria (salmonella, shigella, c.Perfringens, c.Botulinum, b.Cereus, v.Parahaemolyticus, campylobacter, staph aureus), virus (norwalk, hepatitis a), chemical (ciguatoxin, scobrotoxin, mushrooms, heavy metals), water contamination (giardia, s.Typhi), others. Watch out for "traveller's diarrhea" (especially etec).
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Why have I got loose stools with no flu symptoms?

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Lots of causes: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What could be the explanation behind my loose stools?

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does stool softner give you the diarrhea?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Should not: Stool softeners simply add moisture and bulk to stool to make them easier to pass, but should not produce diarrhea.

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