3:15 am - 06/30/2010

how serious is dark green stool?

Hey everyone, I know I *just* posted about a yeast infection, but apparently I have a lot of issues going on, so I apologize!

On Sunday I passed two bowel movements that were dark, dark green. Almost black looking. This was worrying, but I was going to wait until I went again to see if it had cleared up, I thought maybe it was just something I had eaten. However, I still haven't had a proper bowel movement and it's Tuesday night. :/ I just barely let out the smallest amount, and again it was very dark. I don't know how worried I should be, and unfortunately can't really get to a doctor very soon. I work all day tomorrow, and the following day is Canada day, so everything is closed. Is this worth going to a walk-in clinic in the evening tomorrow, or can it wait until Friday? Does anyone know any potential causes? According to the internet it can be anything from black licorice to bleeding in the upper digestive tract. Oh Dr. Google. I hope I'm not being too paranoid, but I think my mom taught me to be very diligent about having normal bowel movements, and now that it's abnormal it's freaking me out!
soulpaintedstar 30th-Jun-2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Well black stools CAN mean blood somewhere in your digestive tract (the darker it is of course the older it is) but I know since I've had my gallbladder gone these 12 years now, my stools turn green due to missing that bile filtering process. Did you read these links?

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/gettingdiagnosed/a/green_stools.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stool-color/AN00772

That might help out some if not. It's okay to worry but don't make yourself sick over it. Keep an eye on it and if it doesn't get any better, then go check with a doctor. If it makes you feel any better, mine get that way too when haven't gone for a little while. You can always try Miralax or something. Good luck and keep us posted! *big hugs*
kriscynical 30th-Jun-2010 09:41 am (UTC)
Have you taken any meds like Pepto lately? It has a warning on the bottle that it can turn your stool black/greenish and can last for more than one BM.
neffiline 30th-Jun-2010 11:39 am (UTC)
This exactly.

When I had stomach problems a few months ago, I took Pepto to help with the cramping and my stools were darker, and like you, I also didn't have bowel movement for 2-3 days as you mentionned. It cleared up after a week and when I talked to my doctor about it, she said it's very likely Pepto was the cause. She had me do a stool test just in case and everything came back normal.
so_much_udder 30th-Jun-2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
no, I haven't. thanks though! :)
moon_reborn 30th-Jun-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Holy sheeeeeeeeeeeet! I had the same thing as the OP and was interested in finding out, and here you come with wisdom! It was the Pepto! I'm so relieved...
indigo_forest 30th-Jun-2010 10:12 am (UTC)
or if you've been eating a lot of salads with lettuce that is not romaine or iceberg.. my bowel movements get very deep dark green if I eat red or boston lettuce for a few days in a row.
sunbeatsclouds 30th-Jun-2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
This was my thought. Especially because a lot of those dark greens are in season right now.
so_much_udder 30th-Jun-2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
no, I haven't had any salads recently.
jameelah 30th-Jun-2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Taking iron supplements can also cause this.
peppermintposey 30th-Jun-2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
I notice this happens to me after a night of heavy drinking. That being, I can pin the cause to drinking because I hardly ever drink (maybe once every two months), but when I do, I'm talking SHOTSHOTSHOTSSHOTS. I've since then cut back on the...shots, lol, during those outings because it freaked me out a little bit. Other than that, it can become very green and darkish if I eat a lot of spinach and greens, but the closest to "black-green" is when I've been drinking.
katscanx 30th-Jun-2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
This. Don't know what causes it, really, considering I drink shots of vodka when I drink (clear, as opposed to any dark liquors like Jaeger, which I would expect to cause dark poo). Freaks me out when it happens. Doesn't happen every time, but when I go on a good bender, it does. Glad to see I'm not the only one!
abalone99 1st-Jul-2010 04:46 am (UTC)
I wonder if it it's b/c it takes a lot of water to process alcohol (which is why we get the ooowie hangovers - due to dehydration and blood vessels restrictingi n the head b/c of a lack of water) and so your poo is more dense and compact due to there not being as much water in it? Hmmm. I wonder.
peppermintposey 1st-Jul-2010 08:04 am (UTC)
I can't really drink anything else in large quantities but vodka and soju, and both are clear. That's partly why it freaks me out, too...and I start to have terrible visions of future liver failure, lol.
hallwayjulie 30th-Jun-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Black bowel movements due to blood in the upper digestive tract are usually sludgy/tarry, not solid.
barrelofrain 30th-Jun-2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yes... and if you google "tarry" to see what it looks like, it's not... pleasant. You'd definitely think something was wrong besides the color. Heh.
hadespuppy 30th-Jun-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Have you been eating anything with blue or purple food colouring? I know purple kool-aid will give you green stools. I think that unless you have reason to believe you would be bleeding internally, such as pain, cramping, recent injury, etc., or this continues for more than say a week, you can probably just chalk it up to something you ate.
divamelisande 30th-Jun-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'll chime in on this one - every time I drank blue Vodka Cruisers or similar alcopops, my poo turned dark green. I actually found it kinda funny!
hadespuppy 30th-Jun-2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I used to work with scouts, and when we took them canoeing, we'd tell them that green poo was a dangerous backwoods disease. Then we'd feed them kool-aid, just to see how many would freak out. We were terribly mean to those boys.
katscanx 30th-Jun-2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Blueberries get me every time!
eins_zwei_drei 30th-Jun-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Seconded. And I eat a ton of them so my poo is always that color haha. Worse in the summer :3 And I eat a ton of greens as well and lots of vitamin/mineral shakes so ya hehe.
lucymalfoy 1st-Jul-2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Have you increased your fiber?
abalone99 1st-Jul-2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, any time I increase my fiber content but ESPECIALLY when I eat a lot of berries my poo turns all sorts of fascinating shades of green.
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