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Green colored stools with black spots - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 31 year old male and I am concerned because usually my stool is brown, but recently has been army green no matter what i eat and today it had black spots in it. Any thoughts?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.
Doctor :   May I know what are you eating these days?
User :   I try to eat mostly grilled chicken or something grilled
User :   also fruits
Doctor :   Are you taking some tablets
User :   yes
User :   I take vitamins
Doctor :   Since when are you taking them?
User :   About a week
Doctor :   Does this conicide with the change in color of the stool?
User :   No the change started a little before I think
User :   But today was the only time I notcied the black spots
Doctor :   Did you recover from an illness recently?
User :   no
Doctor :   Why are you taking Vitamins?
User :   Over the last year I started loosing my hair, and had not been eating good food, so I thought I should start taking them and eat better
Doctor :   Is it helping now?
User :   Its been off and on over the last year inconsistently that I have taken them but just recently started again
Doctor :   The green color is because of the excess bile in the stool
Doctor :   and black spots might be because of leak of blood in the stomach or intestine
Doctor :   So you need to check with stool microscopy and liver function tests
Doctor :   immediately
User :   ok
User :   should I go to the emergency room?
Doctor :   Emergency room will not test immediately
Doctor :   Go to your PCP with an appnt
Doctor :   and then get these tests done
Doctor :   If required he shall then refer you to specialist
Doctor :   Pick the latest appnt available
Doctor :   by request
User :   why the latest?
Doctor :   sorry the earliest
Doctor :   I mean
User :   is there any other possible cause for this?
Doctor :   I could think of these alone now
User :   ok
Doctor :   Did you lose weight or lost appetite?
Doctor :   Hello are you there
Doctor :   I have to close the window as you are not responding
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