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Gritty Dark Brown Stool
Probably nothing: But there are many causes of dark stools (blood, meds, diet, etc). Fortunately it is easy to tell by bringing a small sample to your md to test for blood. If blood is found a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy could be performed to rule out a source of bleeding. If no blood, it may just be diet or other normal cause. ...Read more
What color do U want: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you ate in the last few days, but if current color is unusual for you & persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
No Disease Here: This is one, not a condition or a disease. Your diet will change and at times you will absorb some foods differently. It is so bizarre that you keep asking this question today that I worry you may need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist. Light brown stool means nothing. One cannot choose the color of their stools. ...Read more
Is dark brown stool normal? MY stool was type 4, which is the best on the scale, but the color was dark brown. Should I be concerned or is it normal.
Normal: See your health provider if the stool turns black otherwise it is a normal color. ...Read more
You're bleeding: Gi bleeding can be without warning, brisk, & originate anywhere in the gut (from esophagus, stomach, to rectum. Don't hesitate to seek urgent evaluation/care especially if lightheaded, dizzy, weak. Sources of particular concern: bleeding stomach ulcers, ischemic colitis, infectious colitis, inflammatory bowel disease. Get right to a doctor, &consider stopping any non-prescribed NSAID drugs now. ...Read more
Usually this means bleeding from the stomach. (Ulcer).
Family med or internist can be very helpful, ASAP.
Alternatively you can drink 2 ounces of Aloe vera juice for a few weeks and see if this gets better, but its always safe to seek medical care first. ...Read more
Very dark brown stool. Normal consistency. 2 times in past week. Normal? How normal are very dark brown stools?
Get checked: Stool color is generally due to diet and to the bile (yellowish-green fluid that aids in digestion) secreted from your guts. Bile + food is altered by enzymes that changes food from yellow to brown. While your diet/medications can play a large role in stool color, get checked if the dark brown borders on black. ...Read more
What does it mean to have dark stools? Not tarry or bloody looking- just dark. Sometimes fully dark, sometimes also with normal brown stool.
You are what you eat: If the dark stool is not related to blood, then it most likely is related to what you are eating. Big offenders include blueberries, beets, spinach and licorice. ...Read more
Brown /yellow brown:
I would not worry. Stool is a combination of bacteria, food residuals, bile. Diet affects color-carrots/ sweet potatoes more yellow. Butterfish orange/ oily. Colors to worry are red current jelly/ black tar (blood) and chalky whitish (gallbaldder) and oily gassy stool (pancreas) and if constantly light yellow. F/u/ w/ doc
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/stool-color/expert-answers/faq-20058080 ...Read more
I just had a dark brown stool. When I wiped it looked brown. I take iron every day (always have) but ate beef jerky yesterday. I feel fine otherwise.?
Probably not problem: Color and consistency of bowel movements is largely dependent on diet. Consumption of iron tablets makes BM's darker. It's also possible the jerky contributed to the different color. Watch what happens over the next few days. Blood in stool is usually maroon or bright red. Seek medical attention if this occurs. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
I have had a darker brown stool and I had a little red on my toilet paper and and I have eaten tomatoes could it be something else?
Could possibly: Be blood. Have you ever been constipated and gotten hemorrhoids? When they belled it is usually on the toilet paper. Stop eating tomatoes syndrome see if it stops. If it's blood you should see the doc! ...Read more
Can be normal if...: This can be normal as long as the stools are not described as black and tarry in appearance (as this could indicate a slow bleed from the gastrointestinal tract). If constipation does not resolve or is accompanied by abdominal pain, lack of appetite, fever, or distention (swollen belly), then a follow up with the Gastroenterologist would be warranted. ...Read more
BM 15 minutes after eating broccoli, there was regular long brown stool and a pile of dark green/black unformed stool, not watery. Broccoli culprit?
Unlikely: It is unlikely that the broccoli had even made it out of your stomach at that point let alone through the rest of your digestive tract. BM probably unrelated. ...Read more
Been having constipation for 3 weeks. When stool comes out it appears to have small dark spots everywhere. Blood? Rest of stool is brown, hard& soft.
How is your diet?: Have you been taking NSAIDs (aspirin, Ibuprofen etc.) if not, do you feel weak, lethargic, weight loss or not, hemorrhoids, any significan family history? . I recommend visiting your primary doctor for evaluation of blood in stool, if its positive, have them pursue an upper and lower endoscopy ...Read more
My Father is 56 years. He has heartburn and weakness with dark brown stool. My dad has these symptoms about 2 days?
Heartburn: If your father is not feeling well he should get an evaluation by a doctor. Heartburn can be many things from simple stress to an ulcer to a disguised symptom of a heart attack. Dark brown stools are normal, but if the stools are black that can be a sign of internal bleeding from an ulcer. If he is more weak or light headed on standing, this could be more serious. ...Read more
There are dark particles in my stool (1/4 of a thumbnail in size). Could it be blood/blood clots? It's black and tarry. Otherwise stool is brown.
Black stool particle: Black pieces of stool can be due to iron, peptobismol or blood leaking from high in the GI tract. A occult blood test can easily be done to see if there is blood products in your stool. ...Read more
What does really dark brown stool with a little mucous mean? Should I worry I had a colonoscopy last year it was good! Hemorrhoids bleed when I wipe
I m constantly having dark brown stool and slight pain and hardness around belly button and I also feel pulsation and bloating when pressed?
See a doctor:
The pulsating thing worry me.
if you are super skinny then do not worry too much abou it, but if you are not and still feel pulasting mass see a doctor.
your dark stool reflect what you eat, drink more water and juices, and eat more fruit and vegetable and less meat and spices you will see a differences in your stool.
if not a doctor might have to do endoscopy to rule out ulcer, or gastritis. ...Read more
M having dark brown stool and pulsation around belly button when pressed and it extend centrally. M going through wait loss but I do feel hungry?
Blood in stool: Stool could be dark from the presence of blood in it. The pulsation could just your aortic pulsation, if you are thin you can feel it. Have it examined. ...Read more
Passing dark green/brown stool mixed with a yellow brown stool. Mild pain and discomfort. I have IBS and anxiety so seeing this freaked me out.
After drinking heavily for one day, I woke up the next morning after eating some fried chicken and grean beans and had a greasy, dark brown stool.
Not surprised: Nothing unusual here.Get a more detailed answer ›
Passed out dark brown stool with light brown spots after taking laxatives. I have been having constipation for a long time. Anus pain when I sit down.
You need to keep yourself hydrated water, juices, geterade
you need to change your eating habit ear more fruits and vegetables
you need to exercise simple walking will do it does stimulate the intestines
the pain in the anus is from the pressure the hard stool create by sitting there too long
take extra fiber supplement and stool softer if you have too
do not let a day passed without BM
good luck ...Read more
From yesterday I have dark brown stool with back pain and litttle bit stomach pain is it any problem?
See a Dr asap: This could be a sign of bleeding in your stomach - stomach ulcers need treatment to avoid serious complications. ...Read more
Hi from yesterday I have dark brown stool and little bit stomach pain and back pain is it any problem?
YES: Yes, it could be something as simple as gastritis which can present as stomach pain and also sometimes radiate to back or it can be something serious. I recommend that you take otc pepcid, (famotidine) avoid alcohol and keep an eye out for continuing symptoms. If no improvement in a day or two, see your physician. ...Read more
I returned from Jamaica a week ago with stomach cramps and yellow/brown stool that were soft and smelly. They became dark green, now pale green?
Please see a doctor. Will need tests & medications.
Stay well hydrated.
Can have banana, rice, apple sause & tea. ...Read more