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Throat tightness, diarrhea, excessive belching, abdominal cramps, black color stools. Help?

Hi. I m a 19 y/o old male. I had been suffering with throat tightness, excess belching and mild stomach aches(occasionally). I went to see a doctor and he gave me some medicines to consume for 10 days. After my 10 day course I started passing stools 3-4 times a day and I noticed slimy substances, white ribbon like things and mucus in my semi-formed(sometimes semi liquid) stool. My doctor felt that I have worms in my body and prescribed medication for the same. My diarrhea is better but I m getting black stools(Doctor said it is because of the Ferium XT tablet Folic acid+ferrous ascorbate) with mucus. Its been three days and my throat tightness is not getting better. The entire course is for 20 days. I m concerned that the black colour in my stool is due to bleeding(or the medication) and also about the throat tightness, belching and occasional throat pain.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
hi there, iron tablets do cause the stool to turn dark coloured or black at times but it could also be due to passage of blood in the gastrointestinal tract. Besides iron tablets do cause gastritis which can lead to occult bleeding in the stool. According to me
1.stop the iron tablets for the time being if you are not very anaemic
2.get your stool tested for occult blood and for ova and cysts
3.take a course of antacid like Nexpro or Pantop twice daily for 15 days
4.have regular small meals preferable low in fat and spices.
According to your stool reports and this therapy if there is any relief you can get treated for any infection and change to iron tablets which are less gastroirritant. You should also try to consume iron rich food like dates, jaggery, green leafy vegetables and some portion of red meat to replenish your supply of iron thro' diet. Hope this helps, take care
Answered: Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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