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What could it mean when I am throwing up black vomit, having black diarrhea, and my intestines are swollen? Intestines are hard to the touch

What could it mean when I am throwing up black vomit, having black diarrhea, and my intestines are swollen? Intestines are hard to the touch

I: I hope you are better by now. Sorry it took so long to respond. Black vomit suggests bleeding in the stomach or just below the stomach. Abdominal pain plus the vomiting do make me concern about a bleeding ulcer or serious inflammation in your stomach. If you are have symptoms at this time, visit an emergency room or urgent care center to get checked out. ...Read more

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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


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4 weeks post op of a gallbladder removal. I have been having headaches, nausea with vomiting, greenish black diarrhea, fatigue, very pale. What to do?

4 weeks post op of a gallbladder removal. I have been having headaches, nausea with vomiting, greenish black diarrhea, fatigue, very pale. What to do?

See your surgeon: Call your surgeon and tell them your problems. See your surgeon or go to an er for an evaluation. I cannot tell here online. Needs an evaluation and physical exam with a doctor. ...Read more

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82 year old man vomiting black liquid and diarrhea?

82 year old man vomiting black liquid and diarrhea?

Go to ER: At age of 82 with liquid Diarrhea and black colored vomiting she needs to be checked and treated asap and should go to nearesr ER/
There is a risk of acute dehydration and may need IV Fluids and black vomiting may be from the bleeding in upper GI Tract. And it is a medical emergency ...Read more

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My 3 year girl woke up sick with vomiting and now have black diarrhea. Should I take her to the dr r just watch her?

My 3 year girl woke up sick with vomiting and now have black diarrhea. Should I take her to the dr r just watch her?

Definitely.: Black stools could indicate the presence of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and should be evaluated. This can sometimes be painless and relatively free from other symptoms beyond inducing diarrhea - since blood acts to increase the rate of motility of the gut. There are also certain medicines and supplements that can cause dark or black stools (iron supplements, pepto-bismal type meds, etc. ...Read more

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Have been vomiting and some of it has been black also had some diarrhea which also has been black?

Have been vomiting and some of it has been black also had some diarrhea which also has been black?

C MD NOW: Unless you are taking pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) (and maybe if you are), black stools can be from bleeding from the gut, likewise vomiting black material. Could be a serious problem, loss of at least a half cup of blood. Iron pills can also give black stools but see doc now. ...Read more

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My 2 year old was vomiting and now has diarrhea with black flakes. What could that be?

My 2 year old was vomiting and now has diarrhea with black flakes. What could that be?

Possibly melena?: 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 stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums, MW tears. Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants eval. ...Read more

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My husband ate pork ribs for dinner last nite. At 1 am woke up with diarrhea with cold sweats and at about 10am vomiting black tarry substance.

My husband ate pork ribs for dinner last nite. At 1 am woke up with diarrhea with cold sweats and at about 10am vomiting black tarry substance.

Black substance: Any time someone vomits dark/black substance that appears like coffee grounds that they did not ingest - it suggests they are vomiting digested blood usually from bleeding in the stomach. Black tarry stools that are loose suggest severe bleeding in bowel tract. This is an emergency. Get to the doctor. ...Read more

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My husband has black stools 4th day. No signs of pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. What can it be?

My husband has black stools 4th day. No signs of pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. What can it be?

If stools are: Black, tarry and malodorous - this could be due to bleeding in the GI tract. It can also be due to eating certain foods or some medications. If there is any chance this is melena (blood) then he needs prompt medical eval. ...Read more

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I have been having really bad stomach pains, vomited twice and had diarrhea. My stool was dark brown/black and had things around it. What is this?

Hard to know: Probably viral gastroenteritis. If you have no fever or other systemic complaints and this does not go away or get markedly better within the next 24-48 hrs go and see a doctor. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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HelloHello doctor, please does diarrhea cause you to stool black watery, dizzy and vomiting?

HelloHello doctor, please does diarrhea cause you to stool black watery, dizzy and vomiting?

Could be: Black could be bleeding or Pepto-Bismol. If you loose enough fluid from diahrrea and/or vomiting you can become dehydrated and get dizzy. You should see your doc right away for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Nausea, vomiting, weak, chronic fatigue, feel dehydrated, dizzy, gallbladder removed, greenish/black diarrhea for 2 weeks now. Could it bepancreatitis?

Nausea, vomiting, weak, chronic fatigue, feel dehydrated, dizzy, gallbladder removed, greenish/black diarrhea for 2 weeks now. Could it bepancreatitis?

It is not uncommon: A small percentage of patients get diarrhea after gb surgery, it usually last for four weeks, if it continues check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can exposure to black mold cause sever stomach cramps, watery diarrhea, heartburn and vomiting? Remolding the bathroom found lots of black mold so significant exposure. Took pepto and gasx but the cramps are getting worse

Can exposure to black mold cause sever stomach cramps, watery diarrhea, heartburn and vomiting? Remolding the bathroom found lots of black mold so significant exposure. Took pepto and gasx but the cramps are getting worse

Symptoms: Symptoms can include coughing, headaches, problems with concentration, dizziness nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, hives, skin rashes and lethargy (just to mention a few). As your symptoms are worsening, I recommend that you stay away from the area of contamination and that you get medical help. Working with black mold requires a respirator at minimum. Black mold is very dangerous. ...Read more

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I have been throwing up greenish black and watery and so is my diarrhea, is this normal?

I have been throwing up greenish black and watery and so is my diarrhea, is this normal?

Flu Season: It sounds like you have the stomach flu. If you are not able to stay hydrated or are getting worse then you may need to see your physician. ...Read more

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I've been throwing up for 2 days no matter what I eat and have also had diarrhea. This morning it was black and watery. What should I do?

I've been throwing up for 2 days no matter what I eat and have also had diarrhea. This morning it was black and watery. What should I do?

Probable infection: Vomiting accompanied by diarrhea frequently is due to an infection from organisms on food you ate. This can also be caused by stress or ingesting a medication your intestinal tract does not tolerate. Black stool solid or watery usually indicates bleeding in the upper digestive tract like the stomach. You should take only clear liquids and see a doctor today. ...Read more

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I'm going on 5 days of VERY watery diarrhea and nausea/throwing up. The last time I went to the bathroom it was black. I was also throwing up water?

I'm going on 5 days of VERY watery diarrhea and nausea/throwing up. The last time I went to the bathroom it was black. I was also throwing up water?

Go to the ER!: Black stool is usually a sign of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract. This is a medical emergency. You should call 911 and go to the emergency room now! Do not delay. ...Read more

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I threw up about 3 or 4 times one day ago, had diarrhea and black stool. Are these symptoms of the flu? If so how long do they last?

I threw up about 3 or 4 times one day ago, had diarrhea and black stool. Are these symptoms of the flu? If so how long do they last?

See a doctor: Tarry stools can be a sign of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract."flu" is actually a respiratory illness with fevers, sneezing and cough". This sounds very different. ...Read more

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My 7 months old baby has loose stools less appetite vomiting after feed no temperature normal happy mood and lots of smelly gases?

My 7 months old baby has loose stools less appetite vomiting after feed no temperature normal happy mood and lots of smelly gases?

Early stomach flu?: He may be starting to have stomach flu. Try a bland diet, with nothing greasy or fried. Stop milk and juice for a few days until the stool becomes more firm. ...Read more

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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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To clarify I don't have vomiting as symptom just abdo discomfort, loose stools and feeling very fatigued. Can this be a virus?

To clarify I don't have vomiting as symptom just abdo discomfort, loose stools and feeling very fatigued. Can this be a virus?

Yes: Could be viral gastroenteritis even if there is no vomiting. Start w clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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36wks vomiting, loose stools, all day consistent terrible lower back pain.. 5cm 50% effaced. Should I go to l&d. Could this be labor?

Go to L;D: If you are vomiting that means you are unlikely to keep down fluids, in which case, you likely might need an IV and to receive IV fluids. It sounds like a viral illness, meaning that typically self-limited and will go away in 12-24 hours, but go to l;d so you can be evaluated for dehyrdation. Sometimes nausea and vomiting is assc with labor, but go to l;d and find out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Having H2S burps (egg smell). No vomit or loose stools. Third time in 3 wk. Poss pregabalin cause? Other cause? Will charcoal tablets help?

Having H2S burps (egg smell). No vomit or loose stools. Third time in 3 wk. Poss pregabalin cause? Other cause? Will charcoal tablets help?

Could be normal: Foul belching that smells like that could be a normal variant or related to your diet. However, there are conditions that can cause this. A gastric beazor (collection of food particles in the stomach) or gastroparesis can produce this problem. You should see your primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist to look into these possibilities. ...Read more

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Recently, I had two occasions where after eating beans I either had loose stools and/or vomiting. Is this an allergic reaction or food poisoning?

Recently, I had two occasions where after eating beans I either had loose stools and/or vomiting. Is this an allergic reaction or food poisoning?

Aller allerg: The title wouldn't let me type in allergic. You are likely having an anaphylactic reaction to beans and need to avoid them. One need to rule out peanut allergy as well and you need to consider having epinephrine autoinjector at all times in case of accidental exposure to beans. Consult an allergist since you likely have nasal and/or respiratory allergies as well. ...Read more

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I've been having intestinal gurgling on and off for a week. Occasional mild nausea, no vomiting. Loose stools and gas pain too. Any ideas?

I've been having intestinal gurgling on and off for a week. Occasional mild nausea, no vomiting. Loose stools and gas pain too. Any ideas?

Sounds like you: Probably have a stomach virus. Try some pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for relief-it will turn your stools black in color. You can take pepto as long as you're not pregnant. Eat a bland diet next few days, or even clear liquids (like gatorade) and see if this helps. If symptoms persist, see your Dr. ...Read more

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Lot of burping/belching. Taking omeprazole-bicarb. Always had loose stools now much worse sometimes leads to vomiting. Colonoscopy/endoscopy clear?

Lot of burping/belching. Taking omeprazole-bicarb. Always had loose stools now much worse sometimes leads to vomiting. Colonoscopy/endoscopy clear?

Hard to say: Warrants an exam. I think gall bladder issues need to be ruled out. Anxiety and irritable bowel rarely are bad enough to cause vomiting. Other possibilities exist. ...Read more

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Night I suddenly got vomitings and loose stools in the form of brown watery liquid even now I am having vomiting sensations with stomach pain bad tast?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis aka stomach flu can cause nausea & vomiting. But so can food poisoning. Try to stay hydrated. Go see your family doc if this persists. Don't allow yourself to get dehydrated and feel weak, light-headed, faint, etc. ...Read more

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I hav barretts oesophagus & vomit a lot, bile acid malabsorption with loose stools recently been getting a fever after eating a meal what cud this be?

I hav barretts oesophagus & vomit a lot, bile acid malabsorption with loose stools recently been getting a fever after eating a meal what cud this be?

Fever: Your fevers are nonspecific and not clearly related to the barretts or malabsorption syndrome as neither of these conditions are usually accompanied by post prandial fever. Are other symptoms like abdominal pain, sweats and chills or cough also occurring then? Infection or noninfectious inflammation are to be considered. See your MD for further evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

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Vomiting (Definition)

Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more