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A 41-year-old member asked:

i have black stool and been constipated for over a month. how do i get back to normal?

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
SCARY!!! SEE DR!: Ok, i don't want to freak you out -- but black stool is not normal (unless you're taking iron/peptobismol). Black stool = digested blood. This can be from bleeding anywhere from your lips to your mid-colon. At 41, have your stool checked for blood in your doctor's office, and if positive, see a surgeon/gi doc for upper and lower endoscopy (take telescopes & look in gut). See dr within a week!

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Last updated Sep 12, 2013

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