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What do coffee grounds bowel movements mean?

What do coffee grounds bowel movements mean?

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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Intestine (Definition)

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 have had 2 bowel movements today and both times I have had coffee ground looking stuff in them what could it be?

I have had 2 bowel movements today and both times I have had coffee ground looking stuff in them what could it be?

Bleeding: Coffee ground stools is the classic description of blood in the stool emanating from the upper gastrointestinal track (stomach and small intestines). It is a sign of bleeding from peptic ulceration of the stomach or duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) or esophageal varices). You should consult your physician as soon as possible or visit the er. ...Read more

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I don't have bowel movements right after each meals but any other time of the days (eg. After morning coffee), and I have once daily. Is it normal?

I don't have bowel movements right after each meals but any other time of the days (eg. After morning coffee), and I have once daily. Is it normal?

No rules: There are no rules as to when in the day you should defecate. It's more important that your bowel movements are formed, free from pain and bleeding and take place neither too frequently nor days apart. ...Read more

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Will using green coffee bean extract and garcinia cambogia cause bowel movements?

Will using green coffee bean extract and garcinia cambogia cause bowel movements?

Don't use it: Garcinia cambogia is in most weight loss supplements, and can cause liver failure.It was also used in Hydroxycut which was taken off the market as people died from using it. I see a handful of patients per month with abnormal liver tests after using this medicine. I would NOT recommend it. There is no "magic pill" for weight loss. Diet and exercise remain the #1 way to lose weight and keep it off ...Read more

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Is it bad that the only way i can have a bowel movement is if i drink coffee? I only have one cup a day in the morning which makes me go.

Is it bad that the only way i can have a bowel movement is if i drink coffee? I only have one cup a day in the morning which makes me go.

Neither your...: ...coffee consumption is excessive nor your stool frequency abnormal. Please evaluate how much fiber and fluids you consume daily, and improve intake as appropriate. ...Read more

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I just had black, coffee ground, diarrhea. What does this mean? This is the only time I have had it & I had a normal bowel movement an hour earlier.

I just had black, coffee ground, diarrhea. What does this mean? This is the only time I have had it & I had a normal bowel movement an hour earlier.

This may be bleeding: You should check this out ASAP.....if you are lightheaded OR another occurs like it GO TO E R Otherwise go to urgent care facility NOW! Good luck Dr Z ...Read more

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Am having left quad abdom pain seroius trouble having a bowel movement without some type of aid. Then pain is unbearable. color is coffee ground col?

Am having  left quad abdom pain  seroius trouble having a bowel movement without some type of aid. Then pain is unbearable. color is coffee ground col?

Your symptoms: sound consistent with constipation. However, having black stools that may be tarry is more concerning. While upper GI bleeding typically causes looser stools, you should have your doctor check. In the meantime, you might want to soften your stools with either Milk of Magnesia or PEG 3350. ...Read more

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Can only have bowel movement in the morning after drinking coffee.. What can cause this? Stool comes out skinnier and longer than normal sometimes.

Can only have bowel movement in the morning after drinking coffee.. What can cause this? Stool comes out skinnier and longer than normal sometimes.

Change in bowels: Change in bowels is a red-flag to doctors-- this includes alteration in stool texture, altered ease or completeness of elimination, frequency of stooling, occult bleeding, etc. Risk factors, co-morbidities, changes in activity/stress/diet, metabolic factors (diabetes, low thyroid) must be considered. It may be nothing serious, but medical evaluation is recommended & will likely prove reassuring. ...Read more

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No bowel movement for 4 days and a high fever doesn't drink water, only coffee heaavy smoker

No bowel movement for 4 days and a high fever doesn't drink water, only coffee heaavy smoker

High fever??: Why are you sitting at a computer with a high fever instead of calling your doctor or going to an urgent care or er. Nobody can answer your question without seeing you, examining you and perhaps doing necessary lab tests. Heavy smokers are more likely to get a variety of infections, especially pneumonia. Drink water! most of the water we get is from our food anyway, but drink more. See a doctor! ...Read more

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Defecation (Definition)

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