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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What do coffee grounds bowel movements mean?

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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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?

Dr. Ernesto Pretto
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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?

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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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What causes black coffee ground bowel movements?

Dr. Luis Villaplana
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What causes black coffee ground bowel movements?

BLEEDING: In the upper gastrointestinal tract.

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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?

Dr. Ronda Alexander
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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?

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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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Will using green coffee bean extract and garcinia cambogia cause bowel movements?

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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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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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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.

Dr. Charles Cattano
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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.

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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Dr. Diane Minich
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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.

Dr. Diane Minich
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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.

See doctor asap: You may have a GI bleed. If weak or dizzy or other symptoms to ER. ...Read more

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Dr. David Ziring
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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?

Dr. David Ziring
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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?

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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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.

Dr. Charles Cattano
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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.

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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