A 40-year-old female asked:
Pain down left side, ribs and back. burping a lot . some burning feeling in middle of chest . tiny black specks in stools is it excessive gas?
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Dr. Charles Cattanoanswered
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Melenic specks?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Persistent melena with your dyspeptic symptoms however warrants md visit.
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