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Yesterday i had severe gas, stomach pain attacks. now i have brown, hard stool followed by very dark, soft stool with a black material. is it serious?

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Dr. Scott Hacking
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Black stool: A stool GUAIC test, or hemocult test, is needed to ensure there is no blood in your stool since bleeding in the stomach and intestines is life threatening. Blood can turn the stool a black, tarry color. Dark stools can also be caused by pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). See a doctor today.
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Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Yes: please go directly to your physician for exam. evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
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Last updated Jun 28, 2016

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