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Dark grey mucus discharged after drinking alcohol, diagnosed with GERD, blood in stools. What is this ?

hi im 32 y.o male, asian. with c/c of dark blk/grey mucus discharged often every morning after drnking alcohol the night before, i had a regular checkup with my doctor and they diagnosed me with severe gerd , they scheduled me for endoscopy an colonoscopy this coming feb. 2013, i ad a fresh blood on m stool for 2 consecutive times.. i had general chemistry and everything is normal except for 135 meq/L in sodium, 67 mg/dl glucse level, 37 unit/L ast/got and 119 mg/dl LDL.. general hemtology is all normal.. i workout 10- 12 hrs a week
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, parreno,
If you have had GERD symptoms for a long time , it is possible
that you may have significant inflammation of the lower esophagus
and even ulcers which could bleed. Alcohol can certainly make it worse.
I am glad that you are scheduled to have both upper and lower
endoscopy. Especially, the upper endoscopy is very important to rule
out ulcers and also a pre-cancerous condition called "Barrett's Esophagus".
If you have dark or black stools, the source is more likely stomach or
esophagus. If you have fresh blood in the stool, then the source is more
likely the large bowel or the colon.
Hope this answers your concerns.
I wish you well.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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