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What's wrong if you have black poop?

What's wrong if you have black poop?

Black poop: Black poop can be due to bleeding in the upper GI tract, including esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Blood can look like tar after it has been exposed to the digestive juices as it passes through the intestines. Iron pills, pepto-bismol, and certain foods like blueberries and black licorice could make your stools black. It is in your best interest to go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Black Tar Colored Stools (Definition)

Black stool is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) has a black color, or sometimes a very dark red color. Black stools are usually due to old blood (fresh bleeding is red in color). ...Read more


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What's wrong if my poop is black?

What's wrong if my poop is black?

Depends: Dark stools may be caused by digested blood from a stomach bleed. A test for fecal occult blood should answer this. Some foods like blueberries or meds like pepto-bismol can also darken stools. See your doc and share any symptoms you have so you can get a good workup. ...Read more

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Black poop? Is something wrong?

Black poop? Is something wrong?

? melena: Black stools may be a sign of melena or blood in your stool. Have this checked out asap by a dr. Good luck. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts and its really hard to poop and when I do get some out its black what's wrong?

My stomach hurts and its really hard to poop and when I do get some out its black what's wrong?

Needs evaluation...: Black stools are a sign of possible stomach bleeding. For constipation try to drink plenty of water and eat more fruits and vegetables. Prune juice can also help. However, you need immediate evaluation due to black stools and in order to make sure you are not having blood coming from your stomach. Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Every morning I have a painful stomach ache that wakes me up to go use the restroom and I poop black liquid, what could be wrong?

Every morning I have a painful stomach ache that wakes me up to go use the restroom and I poop black liquid, what could be wrong?

Go in now for eval.: Black liquid feces is not normal. In the setting of significant abdominal distress, this needs to be evaluated. Could be bleeding somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract. There are also other potential reasons, but this should be evaluated on a prompt basis. ...Read more

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If my stool is black and/or dark green what is wrong?

Although either of: These can be related to medication or foods which have been ingested, green stool is usually associated with rapid transit time through the GI tract. If stool is black, tarry and malodorous - that could be melena (gi bleeding). For latter, please seek prompt medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Got black type flakes in stool (100% sure it's nothing I've eaten) I've had a stool test came back fine I also get diarrhoea lots too what's wrong?

Got black type flakes in stool (100% sure it's nothing I've eaten) I've had a stool test came back fine I also get diarrhoea lots too what's wrong?

Diarrhea: Your descriptions are too vague to warrant an appropriate answer. My advice would be to see your local doctor and if necessary be referred to a GI doctor. Health care in the UK is viewed as outstanding by most US physicians and I would encourage you to use it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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And at the same time my stool is black sometimes it is mixed with blood. What could be wrong?

And at the same time my stool is black sometimes it is mixed with blood. What could be wrong?

Black tarry stool: … Is a sign of internal bleeding and should be taken seriously. If this is occurring, I would go to the emergency room immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Black or blood in stool! How do I figure out what's wrong?

Black or blood in stool! How do I figure out what's wrong?

Melena?: Black, tarry, malodorous stool can be due to rectal bleeding (melena). You don't need to figure out the cause but you do need to see your physician promptly who will evaluated to determine the cause of your bleeding. You need med evaluation. ...Read more

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What's wrong if my bowel movement is black?

What's wrong if my bowel movement is black?

Black Stool: Black stool can represent life threatening GI bleeding. There are some pills and foods that mimic this, but in general black stool should never be ignored. ...Read more

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Extreme stomach pain and black poo. What is wrong with me?

Extreme stomach pain and black poo. What is wrong with me?

Black Stool: Stomach pain and black stool may be indicative of an ulcer or an upper gastrointestinal bleed. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have had severe nausea for a over a week and just had vomit that looks like coffee grounds and constipation with black stool. What's wrong with me?

I have had severe nausea for a over a week and just had vomit that looks like coffee grounds and constipation with black stool. What's wrong with me?

Nausea, dark stools,: Sounds like you have a disorder with your stomach. Most likely either inflammation of the lining (gastritis) or an ulcer. You should see your physician. An upper endoscopy will probably be ordered. In the meantime stop any alcohol, Aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication intake and start over the counter pepsid, Prilosec or Zantac (ranitidine) ...Read more

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I have been extra gassy for a few weeks. Now I am tired, nauseous, and have diarrhea. My stool has had short black strings in it. What's wrong?

I have been extra gassy for a few weeks. Now I am tired, nauseous, and have diarrhea. My stool has had short black strings in it. What's wrong?

Diarrhea: The number of possibilities is huge. The answer to your question will not be obtained on the internet, but after seeing a gastroenterologist and being appropriately evaluated. Do not delay this any further. Be seen, diagnosed and treated correctly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Light coloured stool or black never normal, blood when wipe, very anemic, adominal pain, thin stool, excessive diaherra, what's wrong with me?

Light coloured stool or black never normal, blood when wipe, very anemic, adominal pain, thin stool, excessive diaherra, what's wrong with me?

Exam: You symtoms suggest a GI disturbance. Youmust seek medical attention for a comprehensive examination and blood tests with a urine analysis. ...Read more

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Change in stool colors. I take laxative. Have to go for long after every meal. Brown, d. Brown, gold, yellow, black. They vary. What's wrong? Physical

Change in stool colors. I take laxative. Have to go for long after every meal. Brown, d. Brown, gold, yellow, black. They vary. What's wrong? Physical

Stool colors: Light brown, tan colored or yellowish stools are usually soft and seen with rapid transit of intestinal contents into the colon preventing normal pigmentation of feces. Black stool occurs with bleeding high up in the gi tract such as stomach or duodenum. They also occur with the taking of iron supplements and peptobismol. You may have irritable bowel syndrome; consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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My husband has a bloody discharge from his belly button and pain in his stmach he also has watery stool that is black in color what is wrong with him?

My husband has a bloody discharge from his belly button and pain in his stmach he also has watery stool that is black in color what is wrong with him?

GI bleed: I suspect your husband is hemorrhaging from an ulcer in a meckel's diverticulum due to ectopic gastric mucosa in the structure. It has also reopened the omphalomesenteric duct. He needs to be seen now. ...Read more

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Bloated, black/greenish stool, nausea, lower abdominal pain in the left very sharp that it woke me up - what's wrong?

Gastroenteritis: The most common thing in your age group would be gastroenteritis caused by a virus (the "stomach flu"). Drink plenty of water and rest; the viral infection usually lasts 24-48 hours. If the pain gets worse or you start vomiting and become dehydrated you should see your doctor or an urgent care. ...Read more

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Symptoms are nausea, vomiting, cramps, top of tongue is turning black, vomit has acid in it and stool is black. What's wrong with me?

See MD: If stools are true jet black and not on medications, that may be indication upper GI tract bleeding. This needs md evaluation right away or go to er. ...Read more

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