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Stool Like Tar
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.
Absolutely : See a GI physician for evaluation and work up. ...Read more
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
Dry stool: May be constipated .Need to drink about 2-3 liters fluid water /gatorade / juices a day , more in hot humid climates as if not enough water the bowel resorbs the water from stool . Eat greens, avocado, sweet potatoes strawberries ,-fiber rich fruits and vegetables. Entities like masses rare at your age and inflammation has mucus/ blood but may be irritable bowel. f/u/ w /doc ...Read more
Just as U described: 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... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more
Scybalous stool: Hard pellet-like (scybalous) stool, associated with passage of mucus, suggests several possibilities: constipation-variant irritable bowel syndrome (c-ibs), rectal dyssynergia due to altered rectal tone/sensation, partial obstruction likely due to adhesions. Work-up may include: colonoscopy to evaluate the bowel, sitz marker testing to distinguish normal- versus slow-transit constipation, ct scan. ...Read more
Stools colors: the color that you described could be a slow bleeding higher up in the GI tract. the stools are light/white with liver diseases, pale yellow or green with gastroenteritis but any shade of red may indicate a bleeding, the different shades of red indicates where in the GI tract the bleeding is occurring. ...Read more
Incomplete emptying: If you have a partial bowel obstruction that can cause those symptoms. Review this with your doctor if it does not resolve on its own. Irritable bowel syndrome can also present like this as well as many other bowel problems. If you have hemorrhoids this will also cause you not to be able to empty completely. Your doctor will examine you and get the details. This will help diagnose it. ...Read more
Indigestible fiber: Human beings lack the enzymes and anatomy to break down certain fibers, so they can't be absorbed by the intestines. It's very common for these indigestible fibers to be visible in the stool. While you might not have eaten corn recently, you may have eaten something with that appearance. Unless you're having other digestive problems (diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss), no worries. ...Read more