HomeAnswersInternal Medicineblack stoolsI have got black stools along with fluctuating appetite. Why?

I have got black stools along with fluctuating appetite. Please help.


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Dr. Pooja Pardhi

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Published At November 23, 2018
Reviewed AtNovember 23, 2018

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have got black stools along with fluctuating appetite, stomach pain, and diarrhea and general run-downness including being freezing. Do I need to worry?

Answered by Dr. Pooja Pardhi


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Black colored stools could be due to many causes. It could be due to some medicines like Iron supplements or NSAID analgesic or antiplatelet drugs, etc. If you are taking any of these drugs, stop them. Yes, you need to worry as black colored stools are indicative of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract also. I suggest you consult a physician as early as possible. You need an ultrasound of the abdomen and pelvis and certain other investigations if required.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Pooja Pardhi
Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Internal Medicine

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