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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can beets make your stool black? My stool is hard and black

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can beets make your stool black? My stool is hard and black

Eating Beets can: Cause red stools sometimes. Eating blue berries, black licorice, iron pills or medications containing bismuth can cause black stools. Black stools associated with GI bleeds are usually malodorous and tarry. A doctor can easily check stool for blood. ...Read more

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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is a condition in which there is infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools. Common symptoms include passing fewer than three stools a week, straining excessively during bowel ...Read more


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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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I have just passed a very hard and painful black stool. Should i go to the ER and get checked? For a while I have been having hard stool and recently it had black 'chips' in them and a couple days ago it became more frequent and harder. Now it is painful

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Black : Black stool and black 'chips' in your stool could definitely be a sign of blood. Blood in the stool is typically manifested by tarry, black stool or coffee grounds (or frank red blood). It is crucial that you seek medical attention to assess if you are bleeding internally. If you are feeling painful abdomen, firm abdomen, and/or light headedness, go to the emergency room. It is appropriate to bring a sample of your feces with you to the doctor, as long as it is in a sealed/clean container. This way, you can have your stool assessed for blood. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
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Is there a way I can pass hard stool without anymore medication?

Dr. Timothy Ashley
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Is there a way I can pass hard stool without anymore medication?

Maybe: This depends greatly on why the stool is hard, other medical problems, and what you have already used. The best remedy is plenty of water, which can help to soften stool. Physical activity can also help. Assuming no severe intestinal pathology, there is little reason to avoid stool softeners like docusate, or non-stimulant laxatives like miralax. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the medical term for hard stool?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the medical term for hard stool?
Dr. Phillip Goebel
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Hi I been having hard stool and i feel it coming but it hurts coming out how can I soften it naturally so I can go please reply thanks ?

Dr. Phillip Goebel
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Hi I been having hard stool and i feel it coming but it hurts coming out how can I soften it naturally so I can go please reply thanks ?

Fiber and water: Be sure to eat foods with lots of fiber and drink adequate water throughout the day. Avoid fatty foods and diary to help with the constipation as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What should I do if I can't pass a hard stool?

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What should I do if I can't pass a hard stool?

Try: Glycerine suppository and after insertion ly on your left side for 20 -30 minutes before trying to have a bm. You can repeat the suppository in 3-4 hours if no result from the first. Sometimes a mineral oil enema can also help, but if unsuccessful with the above consider a trip to your doctor or the er. ...Read more

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Dr. Haresh Sawlani
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My husband passes painful hard stool once or twice a month. How can it be treated naturally? What may be the cause of this.

Dr. Haresh Sawlani
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Diet: Most of the time hard stools indicate lack of fiber in diet, best treatment is to make sure that one eats more fruit / vegetables and plenty of water and also less red meat. Also stool softners like colace or fiber supplement like metamucil helps to bulk up the stool and makes it easy to pass. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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I have a hard stool. It won't come out. Any help please.

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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I have a hard stool. It won't come out.  Any help please.

Use a : Glycerine suppository or a fleet mineral oil enema. May require repeat dosing if no results in 6 hours. Once cleared you need to find out why you are getting impactions of stool and be evaluated.Not normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Hard stool and haven't gone for two days. What can this be?

Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Hard stool and haven't gone for two days. What can this be?

Constipation: These symptoms sound like simple constipation. This can be related to diet, too little water intake, too little exercise or perhaps medications or irritable bowel syndrome. You should get plenty of fiber in your diet, plenty of water, exercise and take a stool softener. If your symptoms do not improve you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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