Why is my stool black? - 3 months ago, 9 Nov 10:34
Q:Over the past three months, I have been having episodes of dark stool. Initially, I thought it was due to the large amounts of spicy foods that I eat but my stool is still dark even after changing to a bland diet. I went to my doctor who explained that I was likely having some internal bleeding in either my stomach or my intestines. She suggested that I get a procedure known as an endoscopy to look for the culprit. Honestly, I am very uncomfortable with invasive procedures and have been hesitant to go for this test. Are there other alternatives to this test? Could this internal bleeding by a sign of cancer?
Black, tarry stool is referred to as melena. As your doctor correctly stated, it is usually a sign of bleeding from the digestive system. The stool becomes dark as it passes through the digestive due to ...
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