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What causes black diarrhea...

What causes black diarrhea? Sometimes few other things there were small pieces of black floating in the water. Alot of acid in my stomach. Feel like I have the flu

Doctor's Assistant: How long has this been bothering you? Are you experiencing any vomiting or nausea?

About a day and a half. There was vomiting all night on the first night.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I take alot of pain meds for unoperable back problems and have to be careful of constipation and I had taken stool softeners.

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Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 7 months ago

Usually black stools of any kind are an indication of an upper gastrointestinal bleed as with gastritis or a bleeding peptic ulcer

But when it's accompanied by diarrhea there may also be either an H pylori bacterial stomach infection or a bacterial colon infection like C diff

You need to let your doctor know about this right away and you'll need an exam, blood work and a stool sample since you might need a course of oral antibiotics

Please let me know if you need any more information

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