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Dis morn,noticed had black stools. Da blackness looked like tar not coffee grinds. Da black was not in all my stool only parts.Should I be concerned?

Dis morn,noticed had black stools. Da blackness looked like tar not coffee grinds. Da black was not in all my stool only parts.Should I be concerned?

Yes: Dark-tarry stools can be a sign of bleeding in your GI tract. You are having pain/symptoms after having your gallbladder removed is concerning. Minerals, foods(blueberries,black licorice), medications, iron supplements, and Pepto-Bismo can cause dark stools also. I strongly recommend calling your surgeon and/or primary care doctor for an immediate evaluation or going to your local emergency room ...Read more

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

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

Could be an ulcer: Please consult your physician and get referred to a gi. These could be signs of something serious like a bleeding ulcer. ...Read more

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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?.

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?.

Make sure...: 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. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has black tar like stools. Should i take him to the er?

My 3 month old has black tar like stools.  Should i take him to the er?

Yes: It's unusual to have this stool color in small infants. Better to check with your pediatrician or er doctor for the possible cases. ...Read more

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I had black smelly soft stool, the first part of my stool was regular brown, firm. followed by semi liquid black tar like stool. The night before i'd drunk two glasses of (red) Malbec wine.. over there past few weeks my stools have been more light coloure

I had black smelly soft stool, the first part of my stool was regular brown, firm. followed by semi liquid black tar like stool. The night before i'd drunk two glasses of (red) Malbec wine.. over there past few weeks my stools have been more light coloure

Possible melena?: If in setting of alcohol, NSAID/aspirin use, etc may be higher likelihood that the described stool was melena, often caused by significant bleeding in upper GI tract, most often from ulcer. This would clearly require MD attention - would need more info, of course. Seek MD esp if re flags e.g. weakness/dizziness, nausea/vomit, fever, weight loss. ...Read more

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

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

Get evaluated soon.: 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. ...Read more

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Anorexic/Bulimic I drunk red wine on Saturday night and since I've had black tar like stools , is it the red wine or the anorexia/bulimia ? Thanks

Anorexic/Bulimic 
I drunk red wine on Saturday night and since I've had black tar like stools , is it the red wine or the anorexia/bulimia ? Thanks

Anorexia/bulemia: Hello Amanda, please see your doctor soon. Anorexia and bulimia are both commonly associated with gastritis, ulcers and G.I. bleeding. From your history I think any doctor would suspect that you have bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. This can be very dangerous and you should see your doctor ASAP or go to an ER if he can't see you immediately. Also, stop throwing up. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, fever, black tar stool, weak, aches, and hunger. What does this sound like?

Lower back pain, fever, black tar stool, weak, aches, and hunger. What does this sound like?

See Dr.: 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. ...Read more

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What could cause black (not tar-like) or very dark stool with excessive gas after a bowel movement?

What could cause black (not tar-like) or very dark stool with excessive gas after a bowel movement?

Food or medicine: are you taking medication like peptobismol which will turn stool dark or black If you have not enough acid iin your stomach then you may not digest food properly and you will have a change in bowels as well as increase in gas Watch what you are eating and maybe do a day of just clear liquids to help it repair ...Read more