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I have got black stools and am worried and not sure what to do.

Can anyone in here advise?

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    Did you take pesto bismol? If so then that's the cause and its normal. Do the stools stick to the sides of the toilet? Does it smell different?

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      Thanks for your reply. No I didn't take pepto bismal.everything else is the same as usual, just proper black.

      Have been thinking what I have eaten recently that may have caused it, but depends going food takes to digest really.

      I'm not in any pain or anything either.

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      it shouldn't really be black. You might probably have some intestinal bleeding. Was it only once? Or is it still happening? This can also happen when you take iron supplements as well. I once had dark stools for about 2-3 days I had forgotten I took pepto and even by just taking 2 spoons the black stools lasted a while which I only expected one day. If you aren't feeling any pain and the stool looks normal but dark just wait if not go to the ER and let them check it out. Sometimes when its serious it wont cause any pain until later it all just depends but as long its not smelly, sticky, abdomen pain you can't stand, etc that can be colon cancer related you should be okay. In this situation if it continues the most worry you can have can be you digestive tract bleeding which is semi serious but not really death threatening. Just keep checking on your stools when you go and how you feel when you have to push.

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    1. You know that black stools are at the apex of a differential diagnosis that includes colorectal cancer. This is serious.

    2. I assume you are in the UK or uninsured so the direction to see a physician is imperfect.

    3. Get a fecal occult blood test kit. They cost around $20 for five of them on ebay.

    4. Do a test. You will probably get a positive since most of us eat red meat. Thus our feces contain myoglobin, which can produce a positive result.

    5. Step 2. Abstain from eating red meat and any other sources of dietary iron for 5 days. Repeat test. If rhe retest is positive then hie thee to the physician stat since you aeem to have an intraluminal bleed.

    Good luck.

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