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Dr. Patrick Ferry
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What disease has very dark loose stool and bad heartburn?

What disease has very dark loose stool and bad heartburn?

Could be serious!: You need to have a source of bleeding in your digestive tract ruled out. Get to a doctor asap! ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. George Horng
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Very dark loose stools and vomit, sharp abdo pain, fever, dizziness. Been like this for 2 days...help!

Very dark loose stools and vomit, sharp abdo pain, fever, dizziness. Been like this for 2 days...help!

Go to hospital: You should seek medical attention ASAP, could be infection with GI bleed, needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I've had dark green loose stool off and on for about 24 hours. Is that something serious? If not what are some home remedies?

I've had dark green loose stool off and on for about 24 hours. Is that something serious?  If not what are some home remedies?

Green stool: Any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery ; green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can change stool >. ...Read more

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Dr. VAKAS Sial
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Dark brown loose stool. What does it mean and should I be worried?

Dark brown loose stool. What does it mean and should I be worried?

Possibly diarrhea: You have have diarrhea. Also you should always be concerned for possible blood in the stool. See you primary care asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I'm not sure..: ..what "constipation of loose stool" is? I presume you mean you have loose stool, but infrequently. Usually we think infrequent stool of constipation is hard and difficult to pass. The key is more fiber in your diet: whole grains, cereals, brown rice, veggies. This will solidify it. If this doesn't help, see your doc. Some testing for malabsorption may be in order. Continue good fluid intake. ...Read more

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Dr. Johnny Green
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I was told by my doctor that I have ibs. I have daily loose stools/diarrhea. Lately, my stool has been dark green or almost black. Why is that?

I was told  by my doctor that I have ibs. I have daily loose stools/diarrhea. Lately, my stool has been dark green or almost black. Why is that?

Diet and bile: The color of stool is quite variable and most often just reflects the interaction of the food you have eaten and your bile. Dark green is often normal. White, black and tarry or frank blood should be evaluated promptly but most other colors are not important. ...Read more

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Dr. Wendell Goins
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What can cause dark green loose stools. I have been on my normal diet. No abdominal pain or fever?

What can  cause dark green loose stools. I have been on my normal diet. No abdominal  pain or fever?

Rapid transit: Our liver and gallbladder secretes a green substance called bile. It helps digest our food that contains fat/oils. This green fluid is partly responsible for the brown color of our stool.There may be instances where this green fluid either is not well absorbed in the distal small intestine(ileum) resulting in rapid transit through the intestines(especially the colon , where it may irritate). ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Get seen: Bloody diarrhea can be serious. Get seen as soon as possible. Sometimes what appears to be blood, is not.blood. If you ate a lot of beets for example. But "better safe than sorry." Get this checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Hi I have reflux, gastritis, lots of gas and intestinal rumbling followed with dark green loose stool that's foul smelling. Is this ibs? if not help!?

Hi I have reflux, gastritis, lots of gas and intestinal rumbling followed with dark green loose stool that's foul smelling. Is this ibs? if not help!?

Not irritable bowel: Reflux isn't IBS, gastitis is inflammation of the stomach. Foul-smelling stools sometimes mean gastroenteritis or malabsorption. Sounds like it is time for a GI specialist or at least a visit to your usual physician for stool studies if the problem continues and even a gluten sensitivity panel with a later GI referral. irritable bowel synd is a diagnosis of exclusion, although real and painful. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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