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Hi my name luis nd I just had a bowel movent nd the stool was black is this something that I should be alert about?, I do not have any pain in my stom

Hi my name luis nd I just had a bowel movent nd the stool was black is this something that I should be alert about?, I do not have any pain in my stom

MD: Hey luis, black stools could mean there is or was some bleeding in the upper GI tract but other things can do it too (like taking pepto bismol). Most GI bleeding stops on its own but should be evaluated. See your doc to check if there is blood in the stool. He/she will take it from there. If you feel very ill or have significant bleeding, go to the hospital, k? ...Read more

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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I found a black streak in my stool, not the whole stool, just streaks. Do I have bowel cancer?

I found a black streak in my stool, not the whole stool, just streaks. Do I have bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer?: It's doubtful at your age that you'd have a gastrointestinal cancer, but it's likely you have something that can be addressed by a gastroenterologist. Could be something simple, of course, but an exam is in order. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have worms come out alive in stool. My neighbor spotted a black worm after her daughter did bowel. Confused if it was there or she has?

Is it possible to have worms come out alive in stool. My neighbor spotted a black worm after her daughter did bowel. Confused if it was there or she has?

It happens: A round worm called ascaris can be found in the stool of those infected by the parasite. It is not common but is found in some kids with inconsistent hand washing and exposure to infested areas. ...Read more

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My stools are black in color after drinking alcohol and are foul in odour continued for past 4 days. Going to toilet twice a day. It empties the bowel?

My stools are black in color after drinking alcohol and are foul in odour continued for past 4 days. Going to toilet twice a day. It empties the bowel?

Black like tar blood: If black and sticky liek tar this cna be intestinal bleeding. It could be a stomach ulcer made worse by the alcohol. The ulcer beelds, the stomach acid turns it black. You need to see your physician now ...Read more

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The pathology lab has requested a stool sample to test for bowel disease. What will happen if it comes back with something?

The pathology lab has requested a stool sample to test for bowel disease. What will happen if it comes back with something?

Depends: It depends on what it come back with. Why is the stool being tested? It would be prudent to take it up with the doctor who has ordered the test. ...Read more

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Stool seems black on wiping like when on iron, l sided pain at times. Feel very empty after. Maternal cervical and bowel cancer, worried?

Stool seems black on wiping like when on iron, l sided pain at times. Feel very empty after. Maternal cervical and bowel cancer, worried?

Worry if melena: Melena presents as black-colored stool due to the break-down of blood in your stomach. You may be describing this and, if so suspicious, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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When I had my bowel movement today, I noticed that although most of my stool was brown, a small section was black. Does this indicate bleeding?

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When I had my bowel movement today, I noticed that although most of my stool was brown, a small section was black. Does this indicate bleeding?

Melena: What you are describing is called melena which represents blood in stool. And it looks dark/black so It may represent blood in the stool. ...Read more

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I've been having a lot of bowel troubles. As of lately I've been having pale colored stools. Bilirubin is at 1.4. I have no family history of disease.

I've been having a lot of bowel troubles. As of lately I've been having pale colored stools. Bilirubin is at 1.4. I have no family history of disease.

Stools now "pale": Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more

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Had bowel cancer 2001. Have tarry black stools now endoscopy negative what now?

Had bowel cancer 2001. Have tarry black stools now endoscopy negative what now?

Melena: What endoscopy did u have—colon? Esophagus/stomach? Do u take iron supplement? Pepto-bismol? Beets? Nsaids? Melena suggests digested blood from upper GI source, but many foods/meds/supplements can produce black stools. Doc may order ct/ MRI &/or bloodwork to check for cancer recurrence or other causes. If only sigmoid checked, need entire colon & esophagus/ stomach checked. ...Read more

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Can you have Crohn's disease with daily bowel movements but stool so hard it makes you bleed?

Can you have Crohn's disease with daily bowel movements but stool so hard it makes you bleed?

Yes, but…: It is possible to have Crohn disease and constipation simultaneously, and if so that could manifest as rectal bleeding. There are many possibilities besides Crohn disease, however, as to a cause of bleeding. I would recommend that you see your doctor or a gastroenterologist to help sort this out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Green stools with little black dots in it also when I wipe, should I be concerned? Scared it could be cancer. 18 yes old and one bowel movement a day.

Green stools with little black dots in it also when I wipe, should I be concerned? Scared it could be cancer. 18 yes old and one bowel movement a day.

Cancer not likely: It is highly unlikely that what you described is due to cancer. In fact you stool is probably normal. Unless you have a close family member who got colon cancer in his/her twenties, you do not need to be concerned. ...Read more

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What could cause black (not tar-like) or very dark stool with excessive gas after a bowel movement?

What could cause black (not tar-like) or very dark stool with excessive gas after a bowel movement?

Food or medicine: Are you taking medication like peptobismol which will turn stool dark or black If you have not enough acid iin your stomach then you may not digest food properly and you will have a change in bowels as well as increase in gas Watch what you are eating and maybe do a day of just clear liquids to help it repair ...Read more

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Is diverticular disease caused by straining only for bowel movements, or would straining in the absence of stools also cause this?

Is diverticular disease caused by straining only for bowel movements, or would straining in the absence of stools also cause this?

..: diverticulosis is an outpoutching colonic wall that is a results of weakness along its walls. This can be exacerbated by any increase in intra-abdominal pressure which includes straining. This is unrelated to actual stools, yet constipation can increase diverticular disease due to straining. Make sure you get plenty of fiber in the diet and drink plenty of fluids to decrease likelihood. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and today after a bowel movement I saw black or maybe dark green lleafy objects in my stool its colon cancer?

I'm 22 and today after a bowel movement I saw black or maybe dark green lleafy objects in my stool its colon cancer?

Is it colon cancer?: Colon cancer is diagnosed under a microscope by a pathologist looking at a piece of your colon. That piece is collected during colonoscopy, where the inside of your colon is visualized, any polyps, or masses are biopsied and sent to path. Your age is low risk. Your dark, tarry stool, is a symptom. If persists, take a sample to your doc, test it for blood, if positive, doc will order colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Black part in stool. No red blood. 2-3 bowel movement/day. Dull pain or cramp on right side of abdoman for 5-6 second. Worried please help?

Black part in stool. No red blood. 2-3 bowel movement/day. Dull pain or cramp on right side of abdoman for 5-6 second. Worried please help?

See a doctor: I would strongly recommend being seen by a doctor. Black stool often indicate blood from you GI tract so I would want that checked to make sure that you are not bleeding. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Black stools during the menstrual cycle--from uterus or bowel?

Black stools during the menstrual cycle--from uterus or bowel?

Bowel: Black stools can be caused by dietary changes, supplements or bleeding in the bowel. If this happens every month, you should get it checked out. It could be related to endometriosis but you need to rule out bowel problems like colitis, polyps or even cancer. ...Read more

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Very fatigue, passing light brown with black spots stool on today, only making bowel movements every other day, strong smelling dark yellow urine.

Very fatigue, passing light brown with black spots stool on today, only making bowel movements every other day, strong smelling dark yellow urine.

General symptoms...: There are a lot of things that can cause these general symptoms. If your urine is concentrated and you are constipated, make sure you are drinking LOTS of fluids. If the black spots have any red in them, you should be evaluated. Sometimes Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause both constipation and black spots in stool. If you have a fever or any other focused symptoms, see a doctot. ...Read more

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Yesterday started having a bit frequent gas/bowel movement mushy stool w mucus very few red/black spots and groin pain especially after passing?

Yesterday started having a bit frequent gas/bowel movement mushy stool w mucus very few red/black spots and groin pain especially after passing?

Many symptoms: It may sound strange but the first thing I think of is to have you go to the nearest Emergency facility. Please have someone drive you there.
Most likely they will take care of you but it is possible that they would discuss this with your primary doctor.

Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?

I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?

Melena: Black tarry stool, otherwise known as melena, can sometimes be due to diverticulitis, but certainly can be a sign of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. You should share this new finding with your doctor and see if it affects her working differential. You may need tests to rule out an upper gastrointestinal source of bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sometimes (about 2 or 3 weeks) pain occurs on right side abdomen and specially after discharge stools. And stool color black?

Sometimes (about 2 or 3 weeks) pain occurs on right side abdomen and specially after discharge stools. And stool color black?

Black stools: Black stools, especially when they or foul-smelling and tarry, can be a sign of internal bleeding in the upper digestive tract. It is possible you may have ulcer or some other source of internal bleeding. You should see your doctor ASAP or go to the emergency room if you feel too sick to make it to that appointment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Nauseated for about 4-5 days now and just noticed stool colour was a dark green, almost black. Been really gassy, feel like I can't empty bowels fully?

Nauseated for about 4-5 days now and just noticed stool colour was a dark green, almost black. Been really gassy, feel like I can't empty bowels fully?

Empty bowels: Please start by a visit to a primary doctor - have your mother take you.
Appropriate labs will be ordered and likely that you will be referred to a Gastroenterologist.

Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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My bowels have been feeling irregular I can defecate without problems but I notice black parts in my stool and I have had a headache?

My bowels have been feeling irregular I can defecate without problems but I notice black parts in my stool and I have had a headache?

Black stool=red flag: A change in the color of your stool is just as important an indicator as a change in bowel habits. Some medications like Pepto-Bismol and iron supplements can cause blackened stools. However, the most worrisome cause is bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract. Please see a doctor about this at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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My bowels have been feeling irregular and backed up lately. I have been seeing blood in my stool and recently today, little black spots in brown stool?

My bowels have been feeling irregular and backed up lately. I have been seeing blood in my stool and recently today, little black spots in brown stool?

Blood in Stool: Please consult your doctor. While bright red blood may be due to straining BMs with hemorrhoidal bleeding. Black spots in stool may represent internal bleeding in association with change in bowel habits and warrant more immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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My grandma's stools was goat like. Black, but also taking iron suplement sometimes with bloated abdomen. Wen palapated no mass no pain soft.?

My grandma's stools was goat like. Black, but also taking iron suplement sometimes with bloated abdomen. Wen palapated no mass no pain soft.?

Needs observation: Black stool can be from iron, but could also be sign of bleeding. If she has not have any upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, it will be wise to consider. For simple testing, stop the iron pill for 5 days and do a stool guaiac test and a blood test ...Read more

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