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Gray Spots In Stools
I have been experiencing black/dark gray spots in my stool. I had a stool test done last year, but it came out negative. What could this mean? I am 16
Try drinking more water. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Getting gray spots in my stool. Recently had stomach pains that are now gone. Still have a massive headache that requires Advil (ibuprofen) on a daily For 2 days?
Nonspecific: Your symptoms are nonspecific, but a headache that is severe and persisting for 2 days is concerning and I recommend that you be examined in the hospital emergency room where proper testing is readily available. It may turn out to be a viral syndrome that is self limiting, but it's wise to check it out. ...Read more
Dark spot in my stool today, was not black but rather dark gray looking. Had half of a blueberry muffin yesterday and burger for dinner.?
Blueberry: It is common to see this at times. If this continues, see your doctor ...Read more
I am seeing tiny spots of black in my stools on and off. I do have I B S and hemmoroids which have been bothering me lately.?
Black "spots". ..: May mean bleeding from higher up in the GI tract such as the stomach. Or it may not be blood at all. You might start by trying to do a stool test for occult blood, either at home or with your doctor. Typically hemorrhoidal bleeding would be (bright) red, and usually no bleeding with IBS. Could gum lesion have been bleeding?? ...Read more
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Possibly 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... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more
Definition: This would be called blue gray spots on lips. For specific evaluation and diagnosis, see oral surgeon. ...Read more
Mucus on stool?: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum, among others. ...Read more
Probably not: This does not sound like a concerning finding. ...Read more
It is not feasible to know what the white spots are without examining the material. However, if you do not have any symptoms it is not likely to be any thing serious.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Hi, I've had consistent green stool for awhile now and now I'm noticing dark spots in them. Should I be concerned?
See your PCP: If you have green stool, are you taking any over the counter Iron medications. If not, do you feel the smell of stool is bad and peculiar than usual. Are you exposed to any people who are sick, who may have infections like c.difficile colitis, an intestinal infection by bacteria with a toxin producing capacity. Need your stool tested for ova and parasite, stool culture, any blood, c.diff toxin. ...Read more
My feet are always dry and have a dark hard gray spots! I have to go to spa to clean and smooth! Is there another solution?
Keratoses: Keratotic (so-called "stucco") lesions are common on the feet and elsewhere on the body. They are not dangerous but certainly are annoying. Try an otc lotion, such as lac hydrin or amlactin, with Lactic Acid or salicylic acid in it, to soften the top layer of skin. If those lotions aren't strong enough a dermatologist can prescribe one of a number of stronger preparations. ...Read more
What would cause recurring small white spots / flakes in stool that are almost like seeds and don't seem to be linked to any particular food?
? medicines: Besides foods, the most common reason is medicines that have small capsules within a capsule that enables delivery of the medicine beyond the stomach to avoid harsh acid. There are many medicines, including over the counter or even dietary supplements that use microcapsules. However, if with pain, nausea, blood, fever, or recent change in bowel habits, would suggest following up with a doctor ...Read more
In the morning I've been coughing up dark brownish mucus. Its mostly clear with dark brown spots sometimes its more than just spots its more like a brown gray blob.
White spots on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies should help address if stringy mucus you may be seeing is "worms" (pinworms, etc.) so rx can begin. ...Read more
Dark spots in stools what is big dark spots in stools most likely? The general color is not dark but there are dark spots. Thank you
You are most likely seeing undigested food particles. Otherwise if there is a possibility this could be blood you should see your doctor. More history and stool studies and an examination may be in order.
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I have noticed for the past week I have hard dark spots in my normal stool. It looks like chocolate chips. They are not tarry. Just hard?
Sometimes...: Black spotting 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked pls. ...Read more
Byproduct: Of normal digestive processes. Unlikely to represent any pathologic process but if other associated symptoms would seek evaluation. ...Read more
Stool: Black tarry stools can be a sign of upper intestinal bleeding and should be validated by your doctor ...Read more
Maybe food related: Orange stool can be related to rapid transit time through the colon, Liver / gall bladder disease, bile obstruction, inadequate bile production, Foods (carrots, orange food color, sweet potatoes, winter squash, turnip greens, kale,) & medications (aluminum hydroxide/ beta carotene). ...Read more
Medical evaluation: Is needed to assess for GI bleeding. ...Read more
Not Sure: Color variations on teeth occur for many reasons. Some of these may include variations in mineralization, stains, and even decay. Signs for root canal infections may include alterations of color but not always. I suggest you call your dentist to evaluate the specifics of your case and diagnose the findings. Good luck -. ...Read more
Black spots/sprecks in stool, stool is not completely black but I can see many small spots which don't look normal. Stool color is also different.
You should see your primary doctor. Fecal impaction, constipation could be explanation for your symptoms.
If you have bleeding (when stool could be black/dark red) colonoscopy can help understand the source of bleeding. Cancer/cancer bleeding unlikely at age 21.
Another test: stool for parasites.
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