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Old 06-20-2015, 10:28 AM
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I am a 26 year old male...

Yesterday I went to a minor emergency clinic and was given an ekg, urine and blood test. All came normal. Was given medicine for a bladder infection etc.

Fell asleep when I got home, got up this morning, sat around for a while and had a bm right before I took my 4 pills. An hour or so later I felt really tight stomach cramps and rushed to the bathroom. Upon looking down I saw a bunch of black spots in my stool (also a red one or two (runny stool, tmi I know) now I am freaking out!! could it just be the medicine or infection leaving my body? I have also eaten a few tums yesterday, im really scared its colon C!

(Btw) The bm I took before taking my meds had no black spots that I saw.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:38 PM
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Black is usually old blood, as it dries it gets real dark. Not sure what the cause is, if it happens again, call your dictionary or go back to the clinic. Probably nothing much.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:33 PM
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Here's a good infographic. It could be nothing but you should probably call your doc. Upper GI bleeding doesn't necessarily mean cancer. It could be a side-effect of the medication.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:36 PM
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It could be from the medication you are currently taking.
It could be from icing that had food coloring in it.
It could be from an unknown scratch in the area (done while you were sleeping).
It isn't always some serious life threatening condition.

If it continues after the medication is done check with your doctor.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:43 AM
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There are medications that can cause black stools (ex. bismuth/pepto bismol) or reddish discoloration (ex. pyridium, an analgesic given in bladder infections). If you took new medicationsand just started having these symptoms, cancer is highly unlikely to be the cause. I would call the ER triage nurse, report what you are experiencing, and ask if the medications you are taking could be the cause. They can help you figure out whether it is concerning (blood) vs discoloration.
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