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I've had lower left abdominal pain with black coffee ground stools mixed with formed pale stools. should I go to the emergency room, or can I wait?

I've had lower left abdominal pain with black coffee ground stools mixed with formed pale stools.  should I go to the emergency room,  or can I wait?

Probably: Concerns are for GI bleed. Possibly due to irritable bowel, crohns, ulcerative colitis, ulcers, stomach or liver disease, etc ...need labs checked and possibly CT scan and ultimately an endoscopy(upper and lower) for complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Ok, would black specs mixed in 2 yo stool be considered coffee ground stool or would that be more obvious? Is this normal? Not sure what to look for.

Ok, would black specs mixed in 2 yo stool be considered coffee ground stool or would that be more obvious?  Is this normal? Not sure what to look for.

Specs in Stool: "coffee grounds" usually refers to vomit containing blood. Black specs mixed in with stool most likely food. Bananas in stool- usually have a black spec appearance. Another possibility is chewed crayon. Usually blood in stool looks red or can make stool look dark green or black. If stools are loose or diarrhea with blood contact your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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What are coffee ground stools a sign of?

What are coffee ground stools a sign of?

Coffee ground: Coffee ground stools are generally a sign of an upper gastrointestinal bleed. Best to see a doctor if this happens. ...Read more

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Coffee ground "flakes" in my stool. I was tested negative for celiec but starting to wonder if I have an intolorance , what else could these "flakes" b?

Coffee ground "flakes" in my stool. I was tested negative for celiec but starting to wonder if I have an intolorance , what else could these "flakes" b?

GI Bleeding: I am not sure where you got the worry about celiac disease in all of the possible problems this represents. I would make sure your GI doctor has tested the stool for blood and if necessary scheduled you for an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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Hi, I have gastritis and just had my gallbladder taken out but ive noticed "coffee ground" stool and coughing up small amounts of blood, what do I do?

Hi, I have gastritis and just had my gallbladder taken out but ive noticed "coffee ground" stool and coughing up small amounts of blood, what do I do?

Coffee ground stool: You're pretty young to have a lot of medical problems. Did you take your gastritis medication? Better check with your gastroenterologist or surgeon because you may need to have your gastritis medication changed. ...Read more

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For almost 2 weeks my stool looks like coffee grounds, sometimes dark brown or black. What does this mean? Headache, neck pain, lost 90 lbs in 6mo unintent

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Black stool: It sounds like you might be experiencing bleeding from the GI tract. Please seek help immediately. ...Read more

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2yo has had 2 coffee ground looking stools today. Very hard to clean him. Leaving a terrible rash on his bum and sac. Should i be concerned?

2yo has had 2 coffee ground looking stools today. Very hard to clean him. Leaving a terrible rash on his bum and sac. Should i be concerned?

Coffee ground stools: If he continues with the coffee ground stools he should been see quickly by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is coffee ground emesis bad when you have blood in stool?

Is coffee ground emesis bad when you have blood in stool?

Yes, needs eval: Coffee ground emesis desribes vomiting up material that looks like 'coffee grounds' but is actually blood in the stomach. This is a serious problem whether there is blood in the stool or not. Coffee ground emesis needs to be evaluated by a physician immediately as this can be a life-threatening problem. ...Read more

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What causes coffee ground feces?

Bleeding: Coffee ground is a term usually used for emesis and tarry black stools is the term for feces. Both denote bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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Normal stool but when I wipe there is small amount of what looks like coffee grounds mixed in on TP last 3 days since small amount is this normal?

Not normal : Your description of coffee grounds is classic for bleeding which has occurred in the stomach and by the time it has reached the colon and rectum has oxidized and turned dark with coffee ground appearance. It implies there is something causing losing of blood from your stomach or soffit guess. It is important that you get this evaluated as soon as possible before it gets worse. Stop any aspirin or Motrin immediately. ...Read more

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Will stool turn dark brown when drink black coffee?

Will stool turn dark brown when drink black coffee?

Too much coffee?: 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 (without obvious cause) ; symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more

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Should i panic if my stool looks like coffee grounds?

If vomit does, yes: No need to panic if stool looks likes coffee grounds, but i would wonder what you are eating to make them look this way.Worry if you get bright red blood per rectum or if you get foul smelling black stools, are these are signs of GI bleeding. If you have no pain, just call your doctor at your leisure and see if s/he can sort out the reason based on your diet.Best wishes. ...Read more

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If a toddler had "coffee grounds" stool, would it be obvious? Would the entire stool have the appearance of grounds or a few pieces mixed into stool?

Coffee ground stool: Coffee ground stool in a toddler can have an entire stool of coffee grounds as well as having coffee grounds mixedin the stool. ...Read more

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I have gastritis. What should I do if my stool has "coffee grounds" in it? I'm still waiting on an endoscopy. Is it something to worry about ?

I have gastritis. What should I do if my stool has "coffee grounds" in it? I'm still waiting on an endoscopy. Is it something to worry about ?

Before Endoscopy: Of course you should worry about this and so should your family doctor. You need to know if you have H. Pylori infection caused Peptic ulcer disease and if you are anemic. These are diagnosed easily by blood test. ...Read more

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What can cause loose stool - coffee-grounds-like appearance?

What can cause loose stool - coffee-grounds-like appearance?

May be blood: Coffee grounds substance appearing in loose bowel movements may be digested blood from a bleed higher up in the intestinal tract. Blood in you gastrointestinal tract can act almost like a laxative and make you go looser than usual. I would get evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dis morn,noticed had black stools. Da blackness looked like tar not coffee grinds. Da black was not in all my stool only parts.Should I be concerned?

Dis morn,noticed had black stools. Da blackness looked like tar not coffee grinds. Da black was not in all my stool only parts.Should I be concerned?

Yes: Dark-tarry stools can be a sign of bleeding in your GI tract. You are having pain/symptoms after having your gallbladder removed is concerning. Minerals, foods(blueberries,black licorice), medications, iron supplements, and Pepto-Bismo can cause dark stools also. I strongly recommend calling your surgeon and/or primary care doctor for an immediate evaluation or going to your local emergency room ...Read more

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After you drink black coffee, is it normal to have a black stool?

I don't think so.: If you have black, sticky, malodorous stool that might be due to gastrointestinal bleeding (melena). If this is the case - please seek prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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Does stomach cancer cause coffee grounds stool?

Does stomach cancer cause coffee grounds stool?

Bleeding might: Not the cancer. Bleeding from the cancer might. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have blood in your stool if you have h pylori, it looks like coffee grounds. I have a lot of other fun symptoms as well?

Is it normal to have blood in your stool if you have h pylori, it looks like coffee grounds. I have a lot of other fun symptoms as well?

No: It's never normal to have blood in your stool. H pylori can be associated with gastritis acutely but that's not normal either. I would see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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I passed a stool this morning with big black ball in it. Otherwise stool was normal. Too much coffee lately, pain in stomach two inches above navel.

I passed a stool this morning with big black ball in it.  Otherwise stool was normal.  Too much coffee lately, pain in stomach two inches above navel.

Let your doctor know: Not all blood can be seen in a stool. Black is a red flag. Your doctor can order a set of cards to check your stool for occult blood and then proceed from there. ...Read more

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1st time ever i had black stool. I take vitamins and drink coffee a lot. Why is it black/ dark brown color?

? Melana: Hello. Black, tarry malodorous stool (melena) can sometimes be related to gastrointestinal bleeding. If this fits the description - it is best to have it medically evaluated. ...Read more

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I feel fine. Had a colonscopy 2 yr ago. Endoscopy 1 year ago. I take a lot of asperin headache meds. Kind of addicted to them for years. Stopped all asperin 3 days ago. Coffee grounds looking stools about 1 time a day, but not every time. I do have GERD a

I feel fine. Had a colonscopy 2 yr ago. Endoscopy 1 year ago. I take a lot of asperin headache meds. Kind of addicted to them for years. Stopped all asperin 3 days ago. Coffee grounds looking stools about 1 time a day, but not every time. I do have GERD a

Go see your doctor: When someone reports throwing up something that looks like coffee grinds, we worry about digested blood in the stomach, eg bleeding ulcer. Therefore, if you're reporting coffee grind appearance to your stool, it's a good idea to go see your family doc who can arrange for a repeat endoscopy since lots of Aspirin can lead to bleeding ulcers. Please don't wait until you feel faint & weak! ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure & upset stomachs for 3 days, today feces looked like coffee grounds?

I have congestive heart failure & upset stomachs for 3 days, today feces looked like coffee grounds?

CHF upset abdomen: Assuming your CHF is compensated an intercurrent abdominal distress syndrome likely represents a transient phenomenon that in the absence of enterotoxin or bacterial process should self resolve. "Coffee-ground" refers to vomitus that's felt indicative of upper GI bleeding, not in relation to stool. Persistent illness can pose a risk to CHF decompensation, if not improving please seek help. ...Read more