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A friend has been vomiting a black substance and has terrible pains on her right side. Gall bladder or appendicitis?

A friend has been vomiting a black substance and has terrible pains on her right side. Gall bladder or appendicitis?

Neither: Vomiting a black substancde is usually the sign of blood in the stomach or hematemesis. Both gall bladder disease and appendicitis can cause nausea, but not usually hematemesis. This person should be seen by their physician or seen in an er. ...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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I just woke up feeling nauseous, then I vomited a purplish black substance that was grainy?

I just woke up feeling nauseous, then I vomited a purplish black substance that was grainy?

Possibly blood: Unless you ate something that would have been a similar color, purplish black material in your vomit may well be blood from an ulcer or other source of 'upper GI' bleeding. If you're still nauseated and vomiting, and that material comes out, you should go to the ER. If you feel better, you should still see your doctor today and be evaluated. ...Read more

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What does vomiting up a thick black substance indicate? I am in good health but had this vomiting issue last night. I am 20 yrs. Old. I am a smoker.

Possible emergency: I answer you because I think you might be in an emergency situation so you should talk to someone immediately, a physician, or seek help immediately. ...Read more

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Vomitted black tar like substance after heavy drinking & smoking but do not have any other issues, is this a cause for concern?

Vomitted black tar like substance after heavy drinking & smoking but do not have any other issues, is this a cause for concern?

Please seek: Medical assessment. Vomiting black material after heavy alcohol use raises concern for possible GI bleeding. ...Read more

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Can black liquorice make you vomit?

Can black liquorice make you vomit?

Black licorice or: Any other food can make one vomit if eaten in excess. Black licorice can also raise your blood pressure. If you are eating because you have acid reflux, try to find DGL, that's a supplement w/out the enzyme that raises your blood pressure. You need to take a lot of it to be effective. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dark black vomit. .. what should I do?

Dark black vomit. .. what should I do?

Seek care ASAP: Unless you have eaten a dark food like chocolate that would explain the color you need to seek care ASAP. Dark black or coffee ground like vomit is possibly blood. You could have a bleeding ulcer, or leaking blood vessel. ...Read more

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My vomit was black after a night out. Should I be concerned?

My vomit was black after a night out. Should I be concerned?

Not necessarily: Depending on the term "night out". If it recurs without a "night out" get help locally. ...Read more

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Vomited this morning and it consisted of brown flakes and some dark brown and black blobs. I didn't vomit to much.

Somewhat concerning: What's concerning is the dark brown and more so black. If you ate something that may look like that, then it's less concerning - though not too many people eat things that are black! . The reason for the concern is that blood can oxidize in the intestinal tract and appear black and vomiting blood is always something for concerned. I would encourage you to review this with your doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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What can cause me to vomit blood and black stuff?

What can cause me to vomit blood and black stuff?

An ulcer: Please see a doctor soon & be referred to a Gastroenterologist to have an endoscopy performed. ...Read more

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I have black vomit with my morning sickness. Is this normal?

I have black vomit with my morning sickness. Is this normal?

No: It represents old blood that may be due to intravesical abnormal bleeding. Pleas tell your OB immediately. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my bf throws up a dark green almost black color vomit?

What does it mean when my bf throws up a dark green almost black color vomit?

Bile: Bilious vomitus is that color. If he has frequent episodes of vomiting, inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), gall bladder problems, hepatitis, intestinal adhesions, peptic ulcer, hiatal hernia are possibilities and he should be examined by a physician. Have him abstain from alcohol, caffeine, greasy and very spicy foods, nicotine in the meantime ...Read more

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I vomited black vomit, should I be worried? I am nauseated and can't keep any food down.

I vomited black vomit, should I be worried? I am nauseated and can't keep any food down.

Black vomit: Black vomit is probably from bleeding from the stomach, it can happen with bleeding stomach ulcer, when taking medications such as aspirin, Ibuprofen etc... See a doctor for further evaluation or go to the nearest er if it continues. ...Read more

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Cause of vomiting of a black, fairly large (1-1.5 inch) solid "fuzzy" material, along with undigested food that was consumed 3+ days ago?

Cause of vomiting of a black, fairly large (1-1.5 inch) solid "fuzzy" material, along with undigested food that was consumed 3+ days ago?

Not entirely sure: Not clear what this is, but it is quite unusual sounding and vomiting undigested food from 3+ days ago is not a good sign - b/c it means you have not processed any food in 3+ days. Concern would be an obstruction somewhere, but must be evaluated in conjunction with other sign/symptoms and findings on exam. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance must also be evaluated and treated urgently if present. ...Read more

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Last night my husband made us drinks with dark rum. He admitted to making them too strong on accident. I ended up vomiting up small black bits?

Last night my husband made us drinks with dark rum. He admitted to making them too strong on accident. I ended up vomiting up small black bits?

Poisoning: Alcohol is a poison and it never did anybody any good, ever, so stay away from it. It probably caused bleeding in your stomach.
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My 58 year old male friend has been vomiting black coffee ground looking and very smelly for a week plus 1 to 5 times a day, he is also having pain an?

My 58 year old male friend has been vomiting black coffee ground looking and very smelly for a week plus 1 to 5 times a day, he is also having pain an?

Get thee to the ER: Your friend needs to go to the Emergency Room immediately as he probably has internal bleeding and could die. ...Read more

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I had a bad reaction to being bitten by a lot of black flies while in japan. I ended up vomiting and fainting. Would this be due to so many bites or a?

I had a bad reaction to being bitten by a lot of black flies while in japan. I ended up vomiting and fainting. Would this be due to so many bites or a?

Allergy: In most likelihood, you had allergy to the bites and it caused release of histamine causing vasodilatation or opening up of the blood vessels, decrease blood pressure, dizziness and fainting and vomiting. That is past so it would be difficult to find out now but your allergy can intensify on next exposure. ...Read more

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I have black poo same as vomit but had it yesterday now only black poo?

SEE MD NOW: can't tell here what you have. Black stool can be seen with pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) (bismuth) medication, iron intake, arsenic (not used as medicine anymore), and BLEEDING (at least 3-4 fluid ounces of blood), e.g. from ulcer, etc. See MD NOW ...Read more

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Headache. Vomit feeling. Heavy shoulders. Blur vision and sometimes black dots scene. What is it? What should I do to overcome this problem?

Headache. Vomit feeling. Heavy shoulders. Blur vision and sometimes black dots scene. What is it? What should I do to overcome this problem?

Black dots: Sounds like visual disturbances associated with headaches. Hydrate more, stop caffeine, sleep regular hours, eat regular meals, excercize and do relaxation breathing. If this doesn't decrease the frequency of symptoms see your physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can black / red vomit be caused from alcohol?

Can black / red vomit be caused from alcohol?

Very likely: Chronic/excessive alcohol drinking could lead to various ailments including hepatitis, liver failure, portal hypertension, bleeding ulcers leading to black/red vomit. ...Read more

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What can blood in vomit look like? Red or pink or black?

What can blood in vomit look like? Red or pink or black?

Yes: It also can look brown or like coffee grounds. If you're experiencing any of the above, call 911 or at least have someone else drive you to the er, as this can quickly become life-threatening. ...Read more

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My vomit was black should I be worried? I do have problems with GERD

Evaluation: The black color of vomit is worrisome for a bleeding ulcer. You should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Why my vomit is black? I went drinking last night and I woke up vomiting, which is totally normal due to hangover, but this time it was black. Why?

Why my vomit is black? I went drinking last night and I woke up vomiting, which is totally normal due to hangover, but this time it was black. Why?

Black vomit: This may mean that you are bleeding in your stomach and vomiting blood, which is black when it comes from stomach contents. You must call your doctor to be seen as soon as possible, or go to the er, to be sure you do not hemorrhage more blood. ...Read more