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I have just passed a very hard and painful black stool. Should i go to the ER and get checked? For a while I have been having hard stool and recently it had black 'chips' in them and a couple days ago it became more frequent and harder. Now it is painful

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Black stool is a sign of bleeding high up in stomach or intestine .
Constipation would cause bright red bleeding . Please see a doctor now .

In brief: See doctor

Black stool is a sign of bleeding high up in stomach or intestine .
Constipation would cause bright red bleeding . Please see a doctor now .
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Black stool and black 'chips' in your stool could definitely be a sign of blood.
Blood in the stool is typically manifested by tarry, black stool or coffee grounds (or frank red blood). It is crucial that you seek medical attention to assess if you are bleeding internally. If you are feeling painful abdomen, firm abdomen, and/or light headedness, go to the emergency room. It is appropriate to bring a sample of your feces with you to the doctor, as long as it is in a sealed/clean container. This way, you can have your stool assessed for blood. Seek medical attention.

In brief: Black

Black stool and black 'chips' in your stool could definitely be a sign of blood.
Blood in the stool is typically manifested by tarry, black stool or coffee grounds (or frank red blood). It is crucial that you seek medical attention to assess if you are bleeding internally. If you are feeling painful abdomen, firm abdomen, and/or light headedness, go to the emergency room. It is appropriate to bring a sample of your feces with you to the doctor, as long as it is in a sealed/clean container. This way, you can have your stool assessed for blood. Seek medical attention.
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