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My Stools Are Very Dark
Tarry? Sticky?: Foul smelling? - if yes then get it medically checked out to ensure that you don't have GI bleeding. ...Read more
After drinking for a few nights, I noticed my stool was very dark, either black or dark green, should I seek medical attention?
Yes, immediately.: Black stool, especially when slightly loose and rather foul-smelling, often is an indication of internal bleeding of the upper digestive tract. The black stool is digested blood, and it is referred to as melena. Because the bleeding could still be on going, this is considered an emergency. You should go to the nearest emergency room, or call 911 if you are lightheaded. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more
I have been having sharp cramping off and on in my LUQ for over a week now. Today, my stool is very dark, almost black, normal consistency. Emergent?
Go to ER: Black stool is often referred to as melena, a scientific term for blood after it has been digested in the G.I. tract. It is often a sign of ongoing internal bleeding. It is often soft and very foul smelling, but it is difficult to tell whether blood is present in a black stool without having a test performed. You should be seen ASAP. Don't delay. Good luck. ...Read more
Kind of embarrassing but, I have been drinking dark chocolate Atkins shakes lately. My stool is very dark now. Could that be the reason?
Yesterday i drank freshly squeezed beets juice today my stool was very dark(shaped) I have an ulcer, but no pain or other symptoms.Beets or blood?
My stool was very dark and very hard my stomache has been hurting and i been throwing up i had surgery in july my flopian tube ruptured due to tubal ?
It can be: Often, pregnant women may be prescribed medication, such as iron supplements which may change the appearance of the stool. Also reassess your dietary habits. Dark foods can cause this, too. "dark, tarry" stools can be an idicator of blood in the stool. See your md if this is a persistent problem & you can't identify any obvious cause. A simple test can be performed in the office or at home. ...Read more
It can be serious: Dark stools can be a sign that you are bleeding somewhere in your gastrointestinal tract (GI system). The stool is black (melena) because the blood has been digested. It can indicate that you have an ulcer or lesion in the tract somewhere. You need to be seen by your PCP or a gastroenterologist. A basic stool test can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My stool has been very dark brown/black the last 2 weeks and my appetite has been down. What could be causing this??
A simple stool: test obtained from your Primary Care Physician's Office will disclose any blood in your stool (which could explain the black stools) Otherwise your diet pretty much influences the color of your stools! Sounds like you need a "check up"...make an appointment TODAY! Hope this helps and Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more
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