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Offline matt1990

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Black stools
« on: June 08, 2014, 06:12:40 PM »
I just had a black stool which really freaked me out. I've been having bad heartburn and left chest burning pain. I'm a little afraid because this website says if you have black stools to get urgent medical attention. Why? What the heck causes this? I feel relatively fine and would feel silly explaining to the ER. I did have bad diarrhea last week and took some pepto bismol which I know can cause black stools, but this many days later? 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003114.htm

Also I have been taking meloxicam for almost a year. On another website I read NSAIDs can cause ulcers. I've also been eating a lot of spicy food and they said that can aggravate ulcers. I dont know what to do.
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Re: Black stools
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 06:42:07 PM »
Keep a diary of the food you eat for a week.  Many foods can cause black stools, and so can medications like Pepto Bismo and probably others.

Green leafy veggies are a big culprit, milk can even do it.   Try to discern if the stools are just a lovely shade of black, or black and tarry looking.

I'm no doctor. I can't even spell doktcer.

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Re: Black stools
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2014, 08:51:55 PM »
Disaster averted! I checked my poo this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see it brown again!! Probably was just another scare by the pepto bismal.
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Re: Black stools
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2014, 11:49:01 AM »
Don't be scared by that pretty pink Pepto, trickster that it is.  :spineyes:
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