Bit worried about black stool, can anyone help?
Sorry if this is around anybodys dinner time!
Last night i noticed my stool was part black/part brown. It is a solid stool mainly brown with kind of largish lumps of black mixed in. I didn't think much of it and figured it would go away. I went again this morning and didn't notice any black but then again tonight i have been and it was about half black/half brown again. I have had stomach issues for a good few years now, i suffered from diarrhoea coupled with a crampy stomach quite bad a few years ago and was initially diagnosed with IBS, after not responding to Mebeverine and becoming frustrated i went to see a woman who recommended having colonic irrigation which i did and i have had at 3 month intervals ever since as it seemed to really help. I pretty much now have "normal" bowel movements except for the odd occasion. When i do suffer with dirrahoea now i take Imodium or a less strong anti diarrhoea tablet but i haven't taken any of this for a good few weeks now. At one point though i was pretty much taking Imodium anytime i went out so i didn't get caught short but this has not been the case recently. My bowel movements have been pretty normal for the last couple of weeks which is why i find this a bit strange and worrying. I am not taking any new vitimins/supplements to what i already take and have taken for a long time (pysllium husks, vitimin b-50, multi vit which doesn't contain iron, flaxseed and milk thistle) and i have not eaten the foods that can turn your stool black or taken iron tablets or pepto bismol or anything like that and the last time i drank alcohol was 6 nights ago. Apart from the black in the stool i have no other symptoms to speak of. I have no pain that i have noticed, i am not losing weight - infact i have put a fair bit of weight on recently. I do have tiny spots of bright red blood on the toilet paper after passing a large solid stool sometimes but this has been the case for as long as i can remember so this has never concerned me. I am a 29 year old male with no health problems that i know of although i am overweight.
Should i be worried about this or is it something that is normal(ish) and could sort itself out? My Mum reckoned if it was blood then the whole stool would be black, is this right? Anyway thanks in advance for any replies.