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Cause of black tarry stools - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Since last two days I am having black stool, I had the same symptom before 10 days. I am also feeling Head Ache and little pain in Stomach. I have regular constipation therefore I am taking stool softener (Fiber) every day with hot water.
Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. let me read what you have typed
Doctor :   do you have any other symptoms apart from these listed?
User :   sometimes I get tarry stool
Doctor :   ok, do you have upper stomach discomfort?
Doctor :   or generalized abdomen pain/discomfort?
User :   upper stomach
Doctor :   is there nausea, flatulence associated?
Doctor :   black tarry stools indicate blood in stools as a result of bleed in teh gastrointestinal tract
Doctor :   teh site for bleeding shoul dbe identified and sealed
Doctor :   you would require to be examined by a gastroenterologist and proceed with further investigations to look for the site of bleed.
User :   I had this problem before 10 days and now it came up again
User :   little feeling of nausea
Doctor :   ok, it would suggest possible of repeat bleed
User :   is there any way I can take some home pre-causion before consulting the Doctor
User :   such as my diet etc
Doctor :   yes, having a bland diet and precautions liek not laeving stomach emprty for more than 3 hours would help
Doctor :   schedule appointment with gastroenterologist to look for exact cause
Doctor :   and treat it to prevent further such occurances
User :   sure, I will ....
Doctor :   since loosing blood in stools like this will lead to anemia
User :   I am also getting tierd soon
User :   and my legs are paining now a days
Doctor :   the tiredness could be due to the loss of blood
Doctor :   do not ignore your symptoms, it could lead to further complication, with you going more weaker
User :   yes only 2 mins are remaining should I recharge
Doctor :   if you need to discuss further you will need to recharge
Doctor :   is there anything else that you would like to ask me?
User :   Sir I have recharged
Doctor :   ok. please continue
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User :   yes
User :   I am back
Doctor :   ok. please continue
User :   So I can take the home remedy and wait for next few days before consulting the doctor
Doctor :   no, since this was the second episode and you already have symptoms of tiredness, it suggests larger amount of blood loss
Doctor :   do not delay your appointment
Doctor :   meanwhile continue to follow the diet changes
User :   sure
User :   gastrointestinal is a specialist or general physician
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
Doctor :   gastroenterologist is a specialist
User :   I had one problem with large intestine before in Dec 2009 I forgot the name it starts from h..
Doctor :   what was teh problem diagnosed as?
Doctor :   what medications were given at that time?
User :   Where it was very difficult for me to release the stool at that time
Doctor :   are you stil taking those medications?
User :   no
User :   It lasted only for 3 days
Doctor :   ok
User :   doctor said that I was becuase of less fiber in my diet
User :   it starts with H...
Doctor :   ok, do you mean to say you had constipation and hemorrhoid problem?
User :   yes Sir
User :   at that time I consulted my family doctor near by
Doctor :   ok, then a internal hemorrhoid bleeding could also be a possibility
Doctor :   get a complete and thorough check done
Doctor :   by a gastroenterologist
User :   So now I can consult gastrointestinal directly, not required to consult my family doctor right?
Doctor :   you can if there is no referal required
User :   thnk you very much sir
Doctor :   but otherwise you have to request your PCP to refer you
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