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Help please! Is black loose stools common or should I be worried?

Help please! Is black loose stools common or should I be worried?

Possibly: If you black stools are tarry (sticky) with a foul odor that would be cause for concern. That could be related to GI bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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I recently started having some loose stools that are black. I don't take iron or anything. I have ate a lot of salad lately. Not sure what's wrong?

I recently started having some loose stools that are black. I don't take iron or anything. I have ate a lot of salad lately. Not sure what's wrong?

Stools that are black: Green Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely. Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements.
Light-colored, white or clay-colored A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more

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Is loose stools, dark green to black, normal after gallbladder surgery? I took no pain meds, have no pain, ate non-greasy food, lettuce, used laxativ

Is loose stools, dark green to black, normal after gallbladder surgery? I took no pain meds, have no pain, ate non-greasy food, lettuce, used laxativ

Here are some...: How have you been after gallbladder surgery? Have you slowly got regular in BM and felt better in general well-being? These may suggest how you may and should be after gallbladder surgery. In fact, you may have more pertinent answer from your doctors since they know more your individual situation than anyone else online. More? To articles in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. ...Read more

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I have small kidney shaped things passing in my stool, black specs and stringy, foamy loose stools and constipation. What is it?

I have small kidney shaped things passing in my stool, black specs and stringy, foamy loose stools and constipation. What is it?

Here are...: Noticing the kidney-shaped things in stool is coincidental and not specifically related with GI-symptoms, for which you need to work on healthy lifestyle without overindulgence. Meanwhile, check out the timing between current GI-symptoms and Wellbutrin (bupropion) to track if its potential benefits outweighs its side effects. For detailed long-term care, work with Doc closely and timely. ...Read more

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I am having stomach burning sensation, now black loose stools. Should I be concerned?

I am having stomach burning sensation, now black loose stools. Should I be concerned?

Maybe.: Black stools can be a cause of bleeding in your gut. Sometimes it can be due to something you ate, or things like Pepto-Bismol (bismuth salicylate). With your burning sensation in your stomach, it is very worrying. Please get checked today. No alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods for now. ...Read more

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Why have I got loose stools? In the islands on break

Why have I got loose stools? In the islands on break

Traveller's diarrhea: Food borne illness is when you eat food that makes you sick. Outbreaks may involve bacteria (salmonella, shigella, c.Perfringens, c.Botulinum, b.Cereus, v.Parahaemolyticus, campylobacter, staph aureus), virus (norwalk, hepatitis a), chemical (ciguatoxin, scobrotoxin, mushrooms, heavy metals), water contamination (giardia, s.Typhi), others. Watch out for "traveller's diarrhea" (especially etec). ...Read more

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What could be the explanation behind my loose stools?

What could be the explanation behind my loose stools?

Loose Stoold: Bowel infections caused by viruses, bacteria and certain parasites frequently cause loose stools. Viral gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, is a common cause of episodic diarrhea. See you GI doctor for help. ...Read more

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Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

Check ingredients...: If your multivitamin is high in magnesium, you're getting a laxative effect equivalent to taking milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Alternatively, some pill vehicles can cause loose stool, even if the pill ingredients do not. In any case, stop taking the supplement & if diarrhea persists, another cause must be sought. ...Read more

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Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

Not necessarily.: An infection with giardia can present with diarrhea or constipation or neither. Stool color is not a reliable way to determine the organism responsible, if any. Only a test for parasites can do this, and it takes checking 3 stool samples, because the parasites may not be present in every stool. See your doctor and get tested. ...Read more

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Can your gallbladder give you loose stools? If so, what is recommended?

Gallbladder: Gallbladder problems not usually associated with diarrhea as the synptoms are more of a blocking of bile by stones in the gallbladder. Diarrhea can happen after gallbladder comes out ...Read more

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When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening. ...Read more

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My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

Loose stools: Depends on the age and the babie's diet, and sometimes the mother's diet. In many circumstances loose stools can be normal.
Has there been a change in diet or a change in formula? Is the baby growing normally or not.
If the problem persists without a good explaination of the cause, then discuss this with the babi's doctor to determine whether or not an examination is necessary. ...Read more

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Flat stools for about 2years. No blood. No pain. Sometimes loose stools am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2years. No blood. No pain. Sometimes loose stools am I ok?

Change in stool: A change in the appearance of the stool warrants attention, even if you have seen no blood and have no pain. Suggest you see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests. Consider colonoscopy if you have not had one. ...Read more

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Had loose stools for over 3 weeks...i have to relieve myself after I eat daily.

Had loose stools for over 3 weeks...i have to relieve myself after I eat daily.

Too long: I am sorry, you must feel uncomfortable. 3 weeks is a bit too long to say just a viral infection and I would try to have some stool studies done to see if you have an infection. If that is ruled out then other exams may need to be done.
In the mean time, it cannot hurt to take some acidophilus tablets to help replace your gut with the "good bacteria". You can get these in any pharmacy. ...Read more

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Hi yesterday I had loose stools and I woke up this morning with lower right side pain?

Hi yesterday I had loose stools and I woke up this morning with lower right side pain?

Diarrhea with pain: Infectious diarrhea and other form of colitis can cause pain discomfort. If continued diarrhea or fevers or pain seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 40 and had a bad back for a few days and now I've got loose stools. Is this anything serious?

Hi I'm 40 and had a bad back for a few days and now I've got loose stools. Is this anything serious?

Probably not serious: It's only serious if the loose stools are the cause of the "bad back". In other words, if you have a bowel condition that is causing back pain, then it would be best to have it looked into. If on the other hand, you have had episodes of back pain in the past, and now you have loose stools, the two conditions are probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had loose stools every morning for as long as I can remember. I am a 32 year old woman. Is this ok?

I have had loose stools every morning for as long as I can remember. I am a 32 year old woman. Is this ok?

Loose stool: Consider evaluation for food intolerances gluten, milk soy, (can avoid these food for a week and see what happens) or pancreatic insufficiency (do you get frequent bronchitis - may be a form of cystic fibrosis) or H pylori gastritis which ca nbe diagnosed via blood test of breath test. Would also check thyroid f/u /w/ doc ...Read more

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