What to do for a stomach ulcer that is causing dark stools?

See Dr. Right Away! Dark stools (melena) is caused by digested blood passing through. Your ulcer could be bleeding (out) which is dangerous. Go see an md!

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Is it possible to have a stomach ulcer without having dark stools?

Ulcer without melena. Pain is a warning sign, but ulcers can be painless and don't necessary have to bleed. How serious the problem and what organ(s) is(are) involved will be determined by appropriate medical evaluation--see your doctor. In the meantime, if you're taking nsaid's (aleve, advil)--discontinue them now, since you expressed concern about early signs of an ulcer and these drugs may be a contributant. Read more...

Dr thought I may have a stomach ulcer so did an immunochemical stool blood test which was positive. I thought those didn't pick up blood from stomach?

The tests. picks up blood from ANYWHERE in the Gastrointestinal tract and a POSITIVE TEST absolutely indicates that a more complete evaluation is necessary! Hope this helps Dr Z. Read more...

I've just been to the toilet and bright red blood was on the toilet paper and my stools were black with streaks of blood. I have a stomach ulcer?

It's possible. Black stools may indicated blood from the upper GI tract such as your stomach. Gastritis can be caused by alcohol (as you mention) and also caffeine, ibuprofen, aspirin, advil, naprosyn (naproxen) and other medications. Please see your doctor to discuss your symptoms soon. If you have any dizziness, shortness of breath, or chest pain please go to the ER right away. Read more...