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Black Tar Like Poop
I pooped black tar like poop and have serious back pain and pain going down the right side down to my abdominal area! Why could this be? What do I do?
When to go to ER?: It sure sounds like you should be in the emergency room today or at the very least at your family physician's clinic. Gi bleeding can be life threatening. If you are having pain on top of that it sure makes me want to call 911 for you. ...Read more
NOT good if melena: 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. Stop any nsaid's you're taking, ; call your doctor right away 4 evaluation. ...Read more
My son has weird black balls in his poop. Kinda looks like a tadpole. He's 5. Should I take him in?
Tadpole poop: In near 20 years of seeing kids and parents, this is the first time I've heard of poop looking like tadpoles! If he is overall well, eating well, stools are regular without pain, no abdominal pain and growing well, I think there is nothing to be concerned about. Black tarry stools are a concern, indicative of a GI bleed, but small black tadpole poop is probably ok. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Black poop: Black poop can be due to bleeding in the upper GI tract, including esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Blood can look like tar after it has been exposed to the digestive juices as it passes through the intestines. Iron pills, pepto-bismol, and certain foods like blueberries and black licorice could make your stools black. It is in your best interest to go see a doctor. ...Read more
Black "poop": Generally three things can cause black stools---taking iron tablets, peptobismol, or bleeding in your stomach. A lot of green veggies can also but not black in color. If you feel sick or weak seek medical care. ...Read more
Some medications: (like pepto bismol) can turn stool black. However, if your stool is black, tarry and foul- smelling this could be due to a gastrointestinal bleed. If that is the situation - please seek prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more
Black stool can be a: Sign of upper intestinal bleeding and should be addressed immediately. C ur doc for a quick test for blood in stool. ...Read more
Tarry stools: Yes tarry black stools in a two year old is a cause for concern. See your doctor immediately. ...Read more
Help my poop is black, sticky and I go 6 times a day for past 2 months what is it I also lost heap of weight unintentionally?
Serious: Mary, it sounds like this could be very serious, possibly upper or lower GI bleeding. Please see your primary care physician or go to the emergency room TODAY. Best. ...Read more
I have pain right under my rib cage in the middle, I cant eat hardly, I have lost 12 pounds I am pooping black tarry. What can I do to fix this?
Go to doctor: What you describe sounds like it could be an ulcer or gastrointestinal bleed. Black Tarry stools can be from blood or bleeding in your stomach. You need to go seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more
If someone had black poop for a week, then it returned brown for 3 months, then black poop again, what could it be. Sorry for the sloppy question?
Be seen: It can be caused by several things, but most concerning would be from internal bleeding. You need to be checked. ...Read more
Was doing work and felt I needed a poop so I held it in for a bit but when I went the poop in the toilet was dark brown with some black parts in it?
Reassurance: Variation of poop color is normal and depend on food you consume within 24-48hours. Drink more water in this hot weather. ...Read more
If your stool is: Black, tarry and malodorous - you could have GI bleeding. Please have this evaluated promptly if this description fits. ...Read more
I don't have my gallbladder any more. Here lately I've been having small black balls in my poop (looks like blueberry in away). Also have had some muc?
Black stool: Black stool can be caused by bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, taking iron or taking peptobismol or kaopectate. The presence of mucus in the stool occurs with irritable bowel syndrome or mild rectal inflammation. A simple stool test in the physicians office can detect occult blood in stool. If positive, consult a gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more
Black stool: Black stool could be a cause of blood in it or some medications like iron can make it black. It is not related to your periods. ...Read more
Could be bleeding...: Black poop after colonoscopy may reflect blood in your stool, especially after having polyps removed during the procedure. Other causes could relate to your preparation used to clean out your colon, or entirely unrelated issues such as bismuth medication or even blood from your upper GI tract. This symptom should be reported to your surgeon promptly. ...Read more