A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Blackish stool and stomach pain

Resolved Question:

I am having abdominal problems for last three months.Symptoms are stomach pain, loss of apetite,blackish stool.Currently I am taking Ayurvedic treatment.The problems have relieved a bit but not completely cured. Also have lost weight quite an amount during this period. What may be the probable causes? Are these symptoms of colon cancer?


Category: Gastroenterologist, Medical

Ask Your Own Question

Category: Hepatologist
Dr. Ratnakar Kini is online now

Expert:  Dr. Ratnakar Kini replied 4 Days.

Hi,
Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com. I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

Blackish stool indicates bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Stomach pain, loss of appetite and upper GI bleed in a 22 year old may indicate peptic ulcer disease. An upper GI endoscopy may be done for confirmation.
The most common cause is H.pylori infection. So you should get tested for H.pylori infection.

NSAID (painkillers) is another cause for peptic ulcer disease. So you should try to avoid painkillers.

Also avoid smoking and drinking ( if you have these habits).
No, these are not symptoms of colon cancer.

I hope that answers your question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Regards,
Dr.R.K.


Patient replied :

What is the cause of weight loss?Is the weight loss related to the H.pylori infection? I have undergone severe weight loss in this period.One more thing is that my stool in neither solid nor too liquid something in between(in this period)


Expert:  Dr. Ratnakar Kini replied 3 Days.

Hi,

H.pylori does not cause weight loss unless and until it causes cancer. If you have lost more than 10% of your body weight in 6 months time and if it was not intentional, then it is significant weight loss and needs thorough investigation.

Infection, malabsorption, hormone issues, malignancy are some of the causes of weight loss.

You can discuss with your doctor about these possibilities and get appropriate tests done.

Please let me know if I can assist you further.
Regards,
Dr.R.K


Patient replied :

What is the probability that it will cause cancer? The problem of blackish stool and stomach pain have reduced only the stool quality has remained as I mentioned previously.


Expert:  Dr. Ratnakar Kini replied 2 Days.

I would re-iterate what I suggested before -

Although, H.pylori is known to cause stomach cancer, but given your age the possibility of cancer is very less.

The semisolid stool could be due to infection or malabsorption or could be even due to irritable bowel syndrome.

A stool test and test for celiac disease may be done first. A colonoscopy may be done after that to look for causes in the colon.

Regards


Dr. Ratnakar Kini
Category: Hepatologist
Experience: 
Fellowship - DM - TN Dr.MGR Medical UniversityResidency - TN Dr.MGR Medical University Medical School - Stanely Medical College, TN Dr.MGR Medical University
Dr. Ratnakar Kini and 4 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

Make informed and better medical decisions.

We believe that getting medical questions answered and getting qualified opinions from certified Doctors should be easier.



Specialists from
UK, US, Ind,
Aus & NZ


48000+ consults
in 2015


98.1% Satisfied
users


MEDNET Board,
100% Satisfaction
guarantee

How it works


  • Submit question, upload files, if any
  • Consult is assigned to a specialist
  • Doctor replies, Mean response time: 2 hours
  • Intimation by email, ask follow-ups

Recommendations based on

About DoctorSpring.com

Doctor Spring is a novel online Doctor consultation platform where you can get your medical questions answered by leading Doctors. Just Submit your question and rest assured that you will consult a Doctor easily. Once you submit the question, the Doctor from the concerned specialty will reply within hours. You can always ask more questions or add details with follow-up question options and make it an online doctor chat. You may use this service to consult a specialty or for getting medical second opinion. All paid services come with a MEDNET quality assurance and 100% money back guarantee.

DoctorSpring in News

News

Make informed and better medical decisions.