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My stool smells like tar sometimes. It's not dark & It doesn't happen all the time. I am wondering if this is something I should have checked out.

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My stool has been tar like and slimy. Had stomach pain and some diarrhea. What does this mean?

Could be an ulcer

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Please consult your physician and get referred to a GI. These could be signs of something serious like a bleeding ulcer.
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My 3 month old has black tar like stools. Should I take him to the er?

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it's unusual to have this stool color in small infants. Better to check with your pediatrician or ER doctor for the possible cases.
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Lower back pain, fever, black tar stool, weak, aches, and hunger. What does this sound like?

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tough to postualte what may be going on, but the "Black tar stool" may be a sign of internal bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. you need to see a Dr. asap for an evaluation if you have any blood in your stoool. Good luck.
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Hello, i am 27yr old female, over the last few months my stools have been very black and are tar like in appereance? What could his be?.

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it is not blood in the bowel, e g. from bleeding ulcer. Some meds, like bismuth, iron, charcoal, arsenic ( we don't use that one anymore), can cause black stool. Need to see MD ASAP
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When people say tarry stool, they mean black, right? So it's not a GI bleed if if diarrhea looks pretty much like tar but is just very dark brown?

Dark-colored stool

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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.
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Naseau. Black, tar sticky like stool. (6weeks or longer) Belly pain. Feeling hot. Ive tried everything to help with the stool, nothing has helped.

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When blood travels through the gut, it turns the stool a tarry black. So with the information you've given, I would want to be absolutely certain that you are not having gastointestinal bleeding - perhaps from an ulcer or somewhere in the small or large intestine. This is not something you should ignore! Please see a physician ASAP. Your doctor will want you to see a gastroenterologist. LGromkoMD
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I quit taking 1/3 of daily Ultram meds & started getting black tar like stool along w abdominal pain. Are the 2 events related or maybe a coincidence?

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Black tar like stools are indicative of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, usually. Decreasing or even stopping a medication like Ultram should not cause or worsen such a medical problem. You must go to your Family Doc or GI Doc soon to have this checked out.
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What does healthy stool look like

Brown, soft, formed

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basically, brown, soft, but well formed. Anything else on a consistent basis may need evaluation - especially if other symptoms.
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Why is does my stool look like ash?

Many things.

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Ash colored stool often indicates a difficulty with excretion of bilirubin as is seen in hepatitis, gallstone disease, alcoholic liver disease, or medication effect. Should see doc to have this evaluated.
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