post op gall bladder removal issues - should i see a doctor?

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I had my gall bladder removed in february 2014 and i know it takes some time to get things back on track but i'm noticing a few issues, mainly in my stool and i'm not sure if i should be worried and consult a physican or if i should just wait for it to get better.

my stools change constantly and ever since my surgery its either been yellow or black and sometimes normal brown with black stripes. the odour is pretty foul as well (which also only started happening with my gall bladder issues) and most of the time the stools are loose or mushy.

Any advice would be helpful and if you would like any additonal info to help better evaluate my issues please dont hesitate to ask.


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    Hi go to your gp. 

    Black in poo is a sign of blood. It turns black . 

    It may not be anything to do with your gallbladder op.

    could be ulcers etc ... 

    Best to get it sorted . 


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      Your gp knows what symptoms are what. 

      I don't want to mention the c word but you'll kick yourself if you don't get checked and it is something more serious. There are so many things it could be from ulcers , to cancer. All treatable if u go gp. 

      I suppose I am being alert as right now two friends of mine have bowel cancer and are being treated and two are waiting tests to rule it out .... Seems to be a very common cancer right now.

      remember the advert on the TV. 

      If you have blood in your stools or your stools are loose etc see a doctor . 

      Anyway I won't keep nagging it's your call . 

      Just concerned . 

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      Hey Sally,

      thanks for your concern. admittedly i under react to everything. even figuring out i had gall stones took me a month before i sought medical attention thinking it wasnt serious. I have contact telehealth and they recommended i go to the hospital and they suspect GI bleeding.(like you said if not worse)

      I think you really gave me the kick i needed. I will be heading to the emerg later today.

      THANK YOU smile


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      Feel sorry for you as you will be worried  now. 

      But glad you are getting it sorted if it's ulcers there are drugs that heal them now . 

      Hope it goes well . 

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    It sounds like from your discribition you should see your doctor and the stool kit to have your stool check for blood or other thing that might affect it.  i use two table spoons off clear sugar free fiber in my coffee every morning and it keeps my stool in good order.  Hope you get your answers soon.
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      thank you very much for your suggestion. do you think its worth me trying the fibre first?

      I know it never hurts to see a doctor but as discolouration could also be nothing serious (food related etc..). I just dont want to make a mountain out of a molehill

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