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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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What does healthy stool look like

What does healthy stool look like

Brown, soft, formed: Basically, brown, soft, but well formed. Anything else on a consistent basis may need evaluation - especially if other symptoms. ...Read more

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Hard, black, seed-like specks in stool?

Hard, black, seed-like specks in stool?

Stool change: Go to your doctor to have the stool analyzed for ova and parasites, occult blood, and culture and sensitivity. ...Read more

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What shapes should your stools look like?

Stool: Everybody is different but a long log or s shape is technically "normal". What is also important to note is when there is a significant change in your vowel movements. ...Read more

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What causes rope like stool once in a while?

What causes rope like stool once in a while?

Spasm: This could be colon spasm. However, if the stool size remains thin or "rope like", you may need to have a colonoscopy to rule out any obstruction. ...Read more

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Why does my stool look like dry potting soil?

Why does my stool look like dry potting soil?

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

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What does mean if your stools look like a rope?

Means: less frequent bowel movements (Stool "fills up" the lower descending colon/rectum) and /or HIGH FIBER consumption! In any case does not sount "serious" Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What does a dark, tarry and pasty stool look like?

What does a dark, tarry and pasty stool look like?

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

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Why are my stools like little balls and want come out?

Why are my stools like little balls and want come out?

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

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What could be causing my stool to look like tissue / snot?

What could be causing my stool to look like tissue / snot?

Abnormal stool: May be signs of inflammation or other bowel disorder. You should be examined by your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Are stools that look like the color Burnt Sierra normal ?

Are stools that look like the color Burnt Sierra normal ?

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

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What does fibre in stool look like? Does it look like strings?

What does fibre in stool look like? Does it look like strings?

Stool quality: You won't see fiber in human stool per se, it will just be bulky and pass out easily when you have enough fiber in your diet. 25-30 grams/day is the target for adults. ...Read more

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What causes frequent soft stool? Feels like it doesn't all come out.

What causes frequent soft stool? Feels like it doesn't all come out.

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

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Is there some health problem if your stools are dark like black in color?

Is there some health problem if your stools are dark like black in color?

Black stool: Black stool can occur due to iron supplementation or due to bleeding in upper GI tract, latter known as melena. You should have this evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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For the past few months on an off my stool come out like pebbles. I am 30.

For the past few months on an off my stool come out like pebbles. I am 30.

colonoscopy: If this is a change from your 'normal' bowel movements you need to talk to your doctor about a colonoscopy. If you feel that you may be constipated you need more water and fiber in your diet. ...Read more

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Found corn like objects in stool. Haven't ate corn recently. Why could this be?

Found corn like objects in stool. Haven't ate corn recently. Why could this be?

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