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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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Dr. Arthur Heller
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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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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
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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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Could I be pregnant? My stool is black and looks almost like solid tar.

Black stool: is not a pregnancy indicator. If black, tarry and malodorous - it could be related to GI bleeding. If that is the case - it should be medically evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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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?

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?

See doctor soon: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Gromko
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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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Dr. Gehrig Harris
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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

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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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