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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes blood in stools?

I have been a chronic binge drinker for about ten years. I have had long absences from the pressence of alcohol over the last decade due to military deployments. I m about to deploy again and noticed about two weeks ago that there was blood in my stool. I also noticed blood on the toliet paper, but that went away after two days. My stool is sometimes muddy black tar-like. I havent had any alcohol since I noticed the blood in my stool, but have also noticed that I ve gained about 10 pounds in the last two months. I m under a lot of stress as I m expecting a child with my girlfriend, as well as my upcoming deployment. My diet has been horrendous for sometime now and I haven t been exercising very much in the past year. I also noticed that I get heartburn, or what feels like heartburn the past two weeks or so. My abdominal region has been unsettling the past week. Not painful, but just uncomfortable. Also, I feel that my chest feels tighter and my heart is beating harder. I also smoke like a chimney...I know, I m extremely unhealthy and I ve made changes in the past week. I m going to schedule an appointment with a doctor this week, but who do I go to? If I do need to get treatment, what will it entail? I m 29, healthy build, but I m really concerned about my recent conditions the past two weeks. What kind of diet should I start immediately to mitigate any severe health problems?                                                                  
Tue, 11 Dec 2018
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General Surgeon 's  Response

* There can be various issues responsible for black tarry stools as

- inflammatory bowel disease
- bleeding stomach or duodenal ulcer, varices of portal hypertension
- liver disorders with bile drainage system issues
- malignancies of GIT

* In a nutshell, this can not be considered as taken granted, but must
be addressed to a gastroenterologist for further expert care and evaluation.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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