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How long can I wait with black stools to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with black stools to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

GI Bleeding?: Black stools can be caused by harmless things such as certain foods (e.g., blueberries, black licorice) or meds such as bismuth (pepto-bismol) or iron supplements. But it may be a sign of bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract, which can be serious (and doesn't always cause pain). If you haven't eaten these foods/meds & you're having black stools, or if you have vomiting or pain, see your dr. ...Read more

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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


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I have stomach pain and black stool not tarry just started today hurts occasionally how long should I wait before going to the doctors?

I have stomach pain and black stool not tarry just started today hurts occasionally how long should I wait before going to the doctors?

If melena, go NOW...: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet & stool additives. ...Read more

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I have recently had black stool and blood, should I see a doctor sooner?

I have recently had black stool and blood, should I see a doctor sooner?

Tell dr now: Please tell your doctor now. He or she will direct you how to proceed. Black, tarry, malodorous stools can also be due to gastrointestinal bleeding. ...Read more

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I've been feeling more tired and have some black stools. When should I see the doctor?

I've been feeling more tired and have some black stools. When should I see the doctor?

Get eval now: This is suspicious of a GI bleed that is causing symptomatic anemia. Really need to get tested for anemia and get tested for GI bleed before considering benign options. ...Read more

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Black stool for two days, regular consistency. Ate a lot of oreos two days ago - is that the cause? Should I see a doctor? Otherwise, slight bloating.

Black stool for two days, regular consistency. Ate a lot of oreos two days ago - is that the cause? Should I see a doctor? Otherwise, slight bloating.

Black stool: Your stools being in black in color are not caused by your eating oreos. You should see your physician or go to the er to have your stool checked for blood and have a CBC done to check your hemoglobin level. If the tests are normal, at least you know you do not have a problem. If they are positive you can get a diagnosis and a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Back from Mexico upper ab pain worse after food. Black stools for 2 days, H. Pylori!? but now normal stools for 2 days & feel fine. Still see doctor?

Back from Mexico upper ab pain worse after food. Black stools for 2 days, H. Pylori!? but now normal stools for 2 days & feel fine. Still see doctor?

Pepto bismol?: Did you take any pepto bismol. This can turn your stool black for a day or so. As far as the pain it sounds like a gallbladder attack but more info is needed. If pain returns. See your MD. ...Read more

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I think I have an ulcer, and its freaking me out. I have a doctor appointment in two days, should I relax and wait or go to er? No black stools or nausea

I think I have an ulcer, and its freaking me out. I have a doctor appointment in two days, should I relax and wait or go to er? No black stools or nausea

Take it easy: I trust that you mean stomach ulcer. Even if you do have one, there is effective, painless treatment. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/peptic-ulcer/ds00242. ...Read more

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A day ago I had black stool but now normal. Feeling light headed and short of breath should I see my doctor?

See you doctor asap: Black stool, light headed, and shortness of breath are signs of a GI bleed with a significant loss of blood. Have you ever had ulcers? See a doctor ASAP. I would recommend having your blood checked for anemia and an upper endoscopy. If that is normal, possibly a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I have black stool, should I go to doctors, what to do?

Stool can become: Black if one is taking iron or medications containing bismuth. Gi bleeding (melena) can cause black, tarry and malodorous stools. A stool guiac can determine if there is blood in stool. I would get it checked. ...Read more

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After how many days of black stool should I consult a physician?

After how many days of black stool should I consult a physician?

Don't wait: If it isa black stool of tarry consistency it may reflect bleeding and should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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3 days of black stool. Should I go to the ER or go to my doctor?

To your doctor: It would be preferable to see your doctor as you are not acutely ill and ER is equipped to provide proper work up and follow through care. ...Read more

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I have black stool why did doctor prescribed prilosec?

Stomach issue.: Your doctor may think you have gastritis or an ulcer. Black stool implies that there's an upper tract source of bleeding into the intestinal tract. If it doesn't stop you may need further testing. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, I had black stool, swollen back opposite of chest, and discomfort abdomen, is it serious?

B lack: (really black) and particularly if it is shiny is called malena and it is due to chronic bleeding from some part of the bowel. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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My father taking chemo for last 4 months. Yesterday and today he did "black stool". Is it danger? Our doctor said us to go to hospital. Danger for life?

Don't panic: Black stools can be caused by many things, most importantly bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Most of these bleeds stop by themselves but need to be evaluated. Don't panic, but follow the wise instructions of your doc and go to the hospital right away. Best to you. ...Read more

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My partner has bad tummy pain, he is having black stools, we went to the doctor today and it seemed like he was interested in fresh blood please help?

My partner has bad tummy pain, he is having black stools, we went to the doctor today and it seemed like he was interested in fresh blood please help?

Black Stools: Black stools are concerning for a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Bright red bloody stools are concerning for bleeds in the lower gastrointestinal tract or massive upper gastrointestinal tract bleeds. ...Read more

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Anything besides melena cause maroon-to-black goop & dark bms? Two gis agree my pain etc is IBS and that bloody stools in past were hemorrhoids, but this week doc said I don't have hems anymore?

Anything besides melena cause maroon-to-black goop & dark bms? Two gis agree my pain etc is IBS and that bloody stools in past were hemorrhoids, but this week doc said I don't have hems anymore?

Likely melena: What you describe definitely sounds like melena. If so that means the blood is coming from the upper GI tract. That can be serious and should not be ignored. A stool test for blood will easily tell you the answer, and a complete blood count will give a good indication of how much blood has been lost. Get in to see a doctor as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Visted ER for spitting a lil blood, after a night of drinking, doc did a rectal test for blood, results negative, gastritis, now I'm having black stool?

Visted ER for spitting a lil blood, after a night of drinking, doc did a rectal test for blood, results negative, gastritis, now I'm having black stool?

Go back to ER: If the doctor only did a rectal soon after you threw up blood, then it was too soon for the blood to have made it to your colon. He did not check your stomach for blood? If you are having black stools, or are dizzy, go to the ER again. No more drinking for you, cowboy! ...Read more

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I have black stool should I c a doctor. I don't take iorn pills but I did have surgery afew years ago for a ruptured cyst on my ovary?

Black tarry stool?: Black tarry stools can be an indication of bleeding. Stool can vary in color with diet, but certain colors as seen with certain diseases. Black stool with a tar like consisitency are seen after bleeding in the GI tract, especially the upper GI tract. It should not be related to you previous surgery, but may be worth discussing with your primary doctor. ...Read more

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How long to wait for medical advice if you have black stools?

How long to wait for medical advice if you have black stools?

Sorry, do you mean: Medical advice from healthtap? I just now read your question. Black stools that are sticky and smell bad can represent gastrointestinal bleeding. But some meds (i.e., pepto bismal or iron) and some food can cause black or dark stool as well. Get it medically checked. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning to a black stool. I don't have other symptoms other than my daily severe constipation. I will wait to see. Or should see I dr?

Black stool: Is occasionally worrisome for upper GI bleeding. However, that kind of black stool is liquidy or tarry. I would treat your constipation by taking more stone fruits in your diet and using maintenance daily dosing of PEG 3350. ...Read more

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After EGD and Duodenal biopsy I see watery black stools. How long will this last or should I report it right away?

After EGD and Duodenal biopsy I see watery black stools. How long will this last or should I report it right away?

ASAP-you're bleeding: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena, but the temporal relationship of biopsies & melena in your case is highly suspicious for unabated procedure-related hemorrhage. Call your endoscopist RIGHT NOW please as well as 911--& get to the Emergency Room for urgent care. ...Read more

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My grandma has just started on solid foods (recovering from acute renal failure) and has black stools. GP said to wait to see. What should we do?

My grandma has just started on solid foods (recovering from acute renal failure) and has black stools. GP said to wait to see. What should we do?

Starvation stools: After a period of no oral intake your stools can have an abnormal color while reintroducing feeding. If your grandmother does not have pain or obvious blood in her stools, it is safe to observe for now and keep her doctor informed as things get better or if there is any change for the worse. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

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