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Mami0704
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   Posted 7/1/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry guys but this is going to be a TMI question.
 
What do black/dark stools mean, besides possibly being from blood?
 
A little background from my last week to better help everyone. 
Last week I was very sick and my GI tract was trying to kill me I'm sure of it. For two days I had pure water diahrea, followed by a day of somewhat constipation with small pellet size bowel movements when I went, followed by a day of thin somwhat long movements, followed by two days of some regular sized kinda hard black movements. Now they are still fairly dark and what I call half diahrea/half constipation because they aren't fully solid and I sometimes have to struggle to empty.
 
 

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 7/1/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you eat greens?Spinach,or turnip greens?thaey can cause the same color stools.otherwise it could be blood or your medications.Talk to your Dr.......

SnowyLynne


Keriamon
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   Posted 7/1/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Purple Kool-Aid or anything with a dark food coloring in it.

Also, Pepto Bismol makes stools black. Harmless side effect. If you've been taking anti-D meds and can connect the black stools to starting to use them, then they may also be the cause of it.

Mami0704
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   Posted 7/1/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Keriamon, the Pepto Bismo may explain it. Especially since they aren't always black or dark colored, only when I was taking that stuff while I was sick and they seem pretty normal now.....at least in color...

Marsky
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   Posted 7/1/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I clearly remember the day I ate a bowl full of fresh blueberries (while I had my temporary colostomy, 9 years ago, waiting for my take down surgery). My stool turned a dark, army green. And kept coming, for over an hour. It was just a good thing I was home. Later my colon doc said to stay away from any berry. I've followed his advice ever since - even now since I tend to live in the bathroom and food goes right through me. I may have 5 total blueberries, but never a bowl full as I used to.

Certain foods or meds can turn the stool very dark colors.

Mami0704
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   Posted 7/2/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Its good to know that there are a lot of other reasons for dark stool besides it being blood. Thanks guys!
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