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Had noticed dark color in bowel movements lately and today

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Had noticed dark color in bowel movements lately and today it was a pale green, should I be worried?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Hi--what did you mean by dark color and are you having any diarrhea or abdominal pain? Have you ever had a colonoscopy?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


the green color really wonders me and no I have not had a colonscopy.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--but you mentioned dark stools--as in black? Have your stools been loose and again any cramping or abdominal pain?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


yes black no unusual pain or cramping

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Just one other question--any problem with indigestion or heartburn?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


nothing unusual or out of the ordinary

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK. If a bowel movement is truly black--as in like black tar and not just dark brown--that indicates an upper GI bleeding as with a bleeding ulcer or gastritis, even if there's no major problem with heartburn. Green stools, on the other hand, may only represent something you've eaten but they could also indicate a malabsorption problem as in a gall bladder condition or a pancreatic insufficiency problem. I suggest you see your doctor about this and you need both upper and lower endoscopy and a stool sample to see exactly what's going on here.
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