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Why is my stool a very dark brown black color?

Why is my stool a very dark brown black color?

Not sure: Black stools can be due to medications that contain either iron or bismuth, eating certain foods (like black licorice), Gastrointestinal bleeding or ingestion of charcoal. ...Read more

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Should i be worried if my stool is very dark brown, almost black?

Should i be worried if my stool is very dark brown, almost black?

Tarry? Sticky?: Foul smelling? - if yes then get it medically checked out to ensure that you don't have GI bleeding. ...Read more

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After drinking for a few nights, I noticed my stool was very dark, either black or dark green, should I seek medical attention?

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

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My stool is very dark and flaky and has yellow flaky things floating around it and in water?

My stool is very dark and flaky and has yellow flaky things floating around it and in water?

Dark and flaky: Please make an appointment to see a Gynecologist. I cannot give you much information because you did not report your age. That said, please keep me informed. ...Read more

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I had my gall bladder removed 3 years ago. I have recently noticed that my stool is very dark. Am 57 years old. I take Olmesar h40 for my BP.

I had my gall bladder removed 3 years ago. I have recently noticed that my stool is very dark. Am 57 years old. I take Olmesar h40 for my BP.

Colon and stomach : Make sure that you are not taking any iron supplements or pepto Bismol as that would cause your stools to turn black. Also make sure you are not on any kind of blood thinners like aspirin. If you still continue to have black stools then you will need colonoscopy ...Read more

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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?

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

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Kind of embarrassing but, I have been drinking dark chocolate Atkins shakes lately. My stool is very dark now. Could that be the reason?

Not sure: usually chocolate does not cause dark stools. If the stools are black, particularly if they are foul-smelling, you should be checked out to see if you are having internal bleeding. Otherwise, I would stop the Atkins drinks and see if your stools return to normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It could be: From the beets, as this is known to cause dark stools. This should go away as you pass out more stools. See your dr if any symptoms develop or this persist. Stay away from beet juice in the meantime so it clears up. ...Read more

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Whenever I drink alcohol the liver area starts to hurt also my stool turns very dark. This lasts for 2 days then it disappears. Is this liver disease?

Whenever I drink alcohol the liver area starts to hurt also my stool turns very dark. This lasts for 2 days then it disappears. Is this liver disease?

Not: Sure. Similar history has been given by people with gastritis or those with complications of cirrhosis and who have GI varices. Abstinence till full ealuation is important. The dark likely represent GI bleeding ...Read more

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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 ?

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 ?

I don't think: that your symptoms are related to your Pelvic surgery! The GI tract is really separated from this part of your anatomy! You need a GI evaluation beginnjing with your PCP, Primary Care Provider and perhaps a Board Certified Gastroenterologist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more