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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean If I Have Dark Stool Instead Of Light One

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What does it mean when one part of the same stool is darker than the other part?

What does it mean when one part of the same stool is darker than the other part?

Food related : Stool color is typically related to what one eats or due to some medication. Black component if present can be due to blood, iron or peptobismol. If stool is pale or clay colored can be related to some blockage of bile and would see a doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have dark green stools? Any foods cause that color in stools?

What does it mean if I have dark green stools?  Any foods cause that color in stools?

Green foods: Dark green leafy vegetables, e.g. Spinach, kale, collard greens can cause dark green sttols; less commonly meds, vitamin/ mineral supplements can. Less common, bile. Can matter if diarrheal or formed. Infections can cause green diarrheal stool. ...Read more

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What does it mean when stool in dark brown on the outside and light brown on the inside?

What does it mean when stool in dark brown on the outside and light brown on the inside?

It might..: It might be completely normal depending on what you ate. However, we would need to know what other symptoms you are presenting. If the stool turns black or has blood, mucus on it it would need further evaluation. If otherwise you are healthy I would just make sure that you eat plenty of fiber(fruits and vegetables), low fat diet in order to produce a healthy bowel movement. ...Read more

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What does light brown stool mean? What can I add to my diet to make it darker? Thanks.

What does light brown stool mean? What can I add to my diet to make it darker? Thanks.

No Disease Here: This is one, not a condition or a disease. Your diet will change and at times you will absorb some foods differently. It is so bizarre that you keep asking this question today that i worry you may need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist. Light brown stool means nothing. One cannot choose the color of their stools. ...Read more

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My stool often comes in 2 stages in one sitting. First stage is firm and light brown, 2nd stage is very loose and very dark brown. Is this normal?

My stool often comes in 2 stages in one sitting. First stage is firm and light brown, 2nd stage is very loose and very dark brown. Is this normal?

Not unusual: The sigmoid colon acts to solidify and compact stool so what you are seeing first probably comes from that area of the colon. What is up higher may not be so firm because it has not reached the sigmoid yet so it can be somewhat looser. Unless this represents a recent change in bowel habits would not be too concerned but if it is a change would have it checked out by your doctor with rectal exam. ...Read more

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I am 16 and I am pooping nothing but light to dark red mucus. Only has been one day and i took stool softeners that night. Is it anything serious?

Red Stool: Anytime you have mucous and red stools you must be see a physician as this could represent blood in your stools and that is a danger sign. ...Read more

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What does it mean when one is feeling pain when excreting or releasing stool which also comes out very small?

Anal fissure?: It would require an examination, however, what you described suggests an anal fissure and it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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First piece of stool that comes out sinks, next one floats. Normal coloured stool. What does this mean?

First piece of stool that comes out sinks, next one floats. Normal coloured stool. What does this mean?

Normal stools.: It means nothing. Please don't stress yourself out on trivial matters like this. Just take it easy. ...Read more

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My stools come out in very dark greenish black pebbles. What does this mean? I've had different color, texture, and floating and non float stools

My stools come out in very dark greenish black pebbles. What does this mean? I've had different color, texture, and floating and non float stools

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 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