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My Stool Is Black And Hard
Hi. I keep getting pieces of hard black pieces in my stool. The black outside is hard skin like with an orangish soft piece underneath. Is this blood?
It's more likely....: ...something you're eating that your digestive system can't absorb & is showing up intact in your stool. If you can identify what you're eating, eliminate it and no longer see this weird stuff in your stool, then you have your answer. If you can't, you need to see a doctor. A simple test can show if it's blood or not. Possible blood in the stool shouldn't be ignored! ...Read more
No, but keep track: One episode of hard stool is not to be concerned about. However, you need to keep track to make sure there is no bleeding. You may wish to take a fiber laxative like metamucil to soften the stool. At your next visit to the doctor you may wish to discuss getting your stool tested for occult blood. ...Read more
No other disease?: Each child with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. A pediatrician's evaluation is needed. We do not want a child to get chronic constipation. If constipation is due to slow movement of food and poop through the gut, then things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber-plus-water, Miralax (polyethylene glycol), senna extract, milk of magnesia, etc... ...Read more
Yesterday I had soft, VERY green stool. Today, I had a very hard, very dark green, almost black stool. Is this cause for concern?
You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
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Had hard-ish black stool only today. Not tarry or foul-smelling at all. Ate a lot of blueberries yesterday. Not taking meds. I'm 16. Help?
You are fine: This is the blueberries. Do not worry! ...Read more
I have just passed a very hard and painful black stool. Should I go to the ER and get checked? For a while I have been having hard stool and recently it had black 'chips' in them and a couple days ago it became more frequent and harder. Now it is painful
Black stool and black 'chips' in your stool could definitely be a sign of blood. Blood in the stool is typically manifested by tarry, black stool or coffee grounds (or frank red blood).
It is crucial that you seek medical attention to assess if you are bleeding internally. If you are feeling painful abdomen, firm abdomen, and/or light headedness, go to the emergency room.
It is appropriate to bring a sample of your feces with you to the doctor, as long as it is in a sealed/clean container. This way, you can have your stool assessed for blood.
Seek medical attention. ...Read more
Hello every morning I wake up I feel dizzy and I have bittry mouth. I have low iron 6. I have hard time going to the washroom and my stool is black.?
Hard time breathing, not eating good small portions hard to swallow, going number two everything time when using bathroom black stool and burping 77m?
Simple to serious: Quality of the your stool and your diet is important. If your stool is firm and formed it is possible that this may be related to iron which could be in spinach or supplements. Also pepto-bismol or beets may do this. If your stool is soft and "tarry" this more likely would be blood. Also blood makes stools more frequent. Stools need to be checked for blood by your doctor asap. ...Read more
Black=blood.: While very few dietary ingredients and supplements can cause black stool, the finding of black stool should not be considered common, and could suggest bleeding from an upper gastrointestinal source. If it's common, then it should be investigated. Could be gastritis or an ulcer, for example. ...Read more
Black stool: Are you taking iron/ peptobismol/ bismuth? All can cause black stool, as can blood in stool. Blood in stool is very serious and an emergency, can b a bleeding ulcer. F/U immediately with ER. ...Read more
Stomach pain?: The most concerning cause of black stools is bleeding in the stomach, usually caused by an ulcer or gastritis. Blood turns black when it comes in contact with stomach acids. Pepto-Bismol, iron supplements and foods such as blueberries and licorice can also cause black stools. You didn't mention if you were having any pain, if you are you need to see your doctor asap for evaluation. ...Read more
Although either of: These can be related to medication or foods which have been ingested, green stool is usually associated with rapid transit time through the GI tract. If stool is black, tarry and malodorous - that could be melena (gi bleeding). For latter, please seek prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more
It is unclear what context your black stool occurred or the charcteristics of the stool, besides the color.
Stool normally is brown because of the presence of bile in the stool. Bile is made by the liver, concentrated and stored in the gallbladder, and secreted into the intestine to aid in the digestion of food. Depending on the amount of bile it contains, the normal stool color can range in color from light yellow to almost black. Stool color can change for a variety of reasons. Some stool color changes may signify an underlying medical condition, and others may be due to ingestion of food or medications.
Blood from the stomach or upper intestines can turn the stool color black and sticky, described as black, tarry stool, associated with a distinctive foul-smell from the actions of the digestive enzymes on the blood. Patients may be anemic if this is acute or long-lasting. Causes of this include ulcer disease, medication use (that cause ulcers, e.g. Aspirin, ibuprofen), use of anticoagulants, liver disease, intestinal or stomach masses.
Other causes of black stool are iron pills or bismuth-containing medications (such as pepto bismol). If the stool color is dark because of any of these medications, it is typically not sticky in texture and is not foul-smelling. ...Read more
Just had a cysto/hydro and went home with Foley cath. My stool is black in color. Is this serious?
Could be: Black stools can reflect intestinal bleed. Medications and the mental stress of surgery could induce a peptic ulcer. Get a stool test from pharmacy to test for blood. If is blood need to call doctor; especially if light headed when stand up, which is a symptom which can indicate that blood volume is getting dangerously low. If you are taking iron tablets, these can cause dark stools. ...Read more
Brother suggests black cookies like oreos can make your stool dark asnight. My stool is black as black could be. Ate about 40 in 3 hours. This possible?
Black stool usually: Means melena, which means bleeding from upper GI tract. I suppose black food can make your stools black if you eat enough of it, but don't take that chance. Get your stool tested for occult blood. If you are bleeding from your GI tract, it is something serious. Get to emergency dept now. ...Read more
Black stool: Can be caused by a bleeding source in your stomach. When the acid in stomach mixes with the blood it turns black and presents as black stool or melena. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) has bismuth which also turns the stools black. If not using pepto, you need to see a GI doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Don't wait til it appears as fresh blood in the stool as that indicates more rapid and severe bleeding. ...Read more
Dark-colored stool: 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. Silver-colored stool suggests bleeding from the biliary tree. Get checked. ...Read more
What you ate?: Color of stools varies widely, and reflects mostly what you've eaten as well as some medications. Generally not a reliable sign of anything, but any color can contain hidden blood, so if you're worried, your physician can do a simple hemoccult for hidden blood in the office. ...Read more
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