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Have had several black stools

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Have had several black stools
I am online and happy to help you with your question today.
Do you have any medical problems or take any medication?
Have you taken a lot of pepto bismol or other OTC medications/vitamins recently?
How long has this been going on?
Other than the black stools, do you have any symptoms?
I look forward to your reply as this information will help me to better assist you.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Well, black stool usually means that you are bleeding somewhere in the upper part of your GI tract. As the blood goes through your system the digestive enzymes turn it black.
As you might have guessed by my questions, black stool can also be from things that you eat, such as Pepto Bismol, iron pills or even blueberries.
In any event, you really need to see your primary care MD in the very, very near future for a complete evaluation. You doctor will be able to test your stool with a chemical reaction to see if old blood is the actual cause of this finding.
There can be many, many causes for bleeding in your upper GI tract and a list of them all will really serve no purpose here. The bot***** *****ne? Get in for a complete exam by your MD.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I am taking a number of Rxs. I do have AFIB &, Lymph Edema. I take coumadin and right now taking an antibiotic.

Ok. Thanks for that information.
Coumadin, as you know, increases your risk for bleeding. If you were to have some pathology in your upper GI tract I would expect for there to be more bleeding then usual since you are on coumadin.
Give you doctor a call and see if she can squeeze you in before the weekend....better safe than sorry :)