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Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.you have several serious issues going on. black stools means you are most likely having bleeding from your stomach from your prior aspirin use which can inflame the stomach and cause stomach ulcers which can bleed and the blood turns your stools black. this is quite urgent and you need to go to the ER for evaluation and blood testing and urgent upper endoscopy to look down into your stomach to stop the bleeding. second, it sounds like you have developed a short term addiction and dependency to sleep medications. you should not be having this much anxiety and need for sleep medications to relax and sleep. you need to go into the hospital for the bleeding issue as well as to be tapered off of your sleep medication which your body seems to have become dependent on.
the ambien dependency has caused most likely an increased anxiety disorder for you.
what you need is to slowly be tapered off of the ambien and if you continue to have sleeping issues, you need to consult a sleep specialist and try other types of sleep aids such as tylenol PM with benadryl or melatonin. you should not be using lunesta or ambien for sleep anymore.
if you continue to have anxiety symptoms after ambien and lunesta, you can always get treatment for anxiety. but hopefully that will get better off of the ambien.
I went to the hospital 2 weeks ago to get checked out. I believe at the time they at least x-rayed or CT Scanned my stomach. However, at the time, I don't think my stool was black. Would these problems have showed up two weeks ago, or could this be something they missed.
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I do not believe your main question has been answered.There is no indication that you were in ambien withdrawal.Aspirin can indeed have side effects and neurological effects.Avoid aspirin altogether. Not just for the bleeding reasons, but even if you were not bleeding, you should discuss an alternative with your doctor before you consider trying aspirin....