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I think I just threw up faeces?!!

(43 Posts)
FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 14:58:02

Felt unwell since early hours of the morning, sore throat, achey body, swollen glands, felt a bit sick. not really eaten much.

Last night I ate take away indian with friends and had chicken jalrezi, rice, bombay aloo, sag paneer, rice. Lovely, washed down with 3-4 glasses of red wine through the evening.

Had a big bowel movement this afternoon, thought that would sort out the sickness feeling. About 10 minutes later I threw up, what I can only describe as looking like poo. I had vague reminiscent curry smell/burn to it, did not smell like poo, but the consistency of it, the way it was formed was exactly like it. A lot of it too, it was difficult to get out as it was quite solid formed (like loose stools, not runny). I was surprised that I threw up anything as I have eaten little, so it was completely undigested, or it was faeces.

Now, it could be that it just looks like poo but is in fact undigested food? However, the reason I am concerned is that I have, over the years, been sick a LOT, with HG in both pregnancies, so have seen a lot of different types of sick from different food, and including curry. It has NEVER looked like poo before.

But then, I think it can't be, as I had just used my bowels, so not due to constipation, although I have had constipation and today was the first bowel movement for a few days (not uncommon due to pain meds side effect).

What do you think? I have, BTW namechanged in order to not embarrass myself due to this delicate subject matter.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 30-Dec-12 15:02:47

If you can keep a sample and get to A&E. Vomiting faecal matter can indicate extremely serious problems.

forthesakeofoldQODsyne Sun 30-Dec-12 15:04:44


Are you serious? I'd try to get advice from nhs direct at the least as could be ulcer blood?

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:05:57

but, what if it is not?! then that will be highly embarrasing won't it?! I did read up that it can be serious and indicate obstruction etc, but I used my bowels this afternoon, although clearly the amount I threw up, if not faeces or if it was, indicated that bowel movement was nothing to do with last night's dinner, or the bits I have picked at today.

It is flushed away and toilet bleached now, I have hiccups badly now, feel a bit lightheaded and still have stinking sore throat, but not feeling too much like I will be sick again, so won't have any sample to take either.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:06:58

forth no kidding. As it was coming up, it was the first thing i thought of, and was grateful it did not taste as such.

You see why I name changed now eh? grin [bush]

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 30-Dec-12 15:07:01

Seriously, you need to get medical advice.

rubyrubyruby Sun 30-Dec-12 15:07:15

Sorry but A&E.

I had a friend who had this

CuddlyBlanket Sun 30-Dec-12 15:07:19

I know someone who did, she was bunged up so it came up, only way her body could remove it.

You need to be seen to treat the blockage.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:09:30

cuddly but i used my bowels just before though, which is why I am slightly doubting it, had I not gone, I would have had no question of what it was, although I have gone for 12 days recently without throwing up faeces, although I did feel very very unwell (and, again it went on so long as I was too embarrassed to talk to gp about it).

D0G Sun 30-Dec-12 15:13:11

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ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 30-Dec-12 15:13:14

You need to see a doctor, BM or not.

scripsi Sun 30-Dec-12 15:24:37

I honestly think you need to go to A&E and I wouldn't wait about!

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:24:49

DH is at work, with the car, won't be home until 6:30pm so can't get to A&E, got both children here. I will call OOH and have a chat.

Everything I am reading seems to indicate that at the very least it could be blood in the vomit, which is plausible as I take NSAIDS for inflammation although for around 4 months ago started to also take omeprazole.

And it certainly wasn't the colour of the curry I ate, which was vaguely orange tinged, it was definitely brown. And I have eaten nothing that would make it that colour, no coffee, etc.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 30-Dec-12 15:26:06

Call NHS direct - and you should probably be taking lactulose or similar if you're on pain meds.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:26:21

oh crap, I feel a mix of fear and stupidity! fear = i don't like some of the possibilities I have read about and stupidity = if it is not (i don't want it to be!) I am going to look so daft! But, I have to do it don't i?

alexw Sun 30-Dec-12 15:26:38

A and e. this happened to my dad and he was found to have a massive tumour.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:27:04

shotgun is lactulose like omeprazole, or a version of to counter the damage of NSAIDs?

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 30-Dec-12 15:28:50

Oh I don't know what omeprazole is sorry - I took lactulose recently when on tramadol. And I've had a hideous experience once with codeine (theough ignorance) so wouldn't risk it again.

MakeNoResolutions Sun 30-Dec-12 15:29:51

Definitely follow up on this, it doesn't sound right and I'm sure you wouldn't be on here talking about it if you weren't worried!

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:31:04

oh, yes, I take movicol from time to time, if I feel I need it, after the last horrendous time, will never get like that again. Yes, I am taking tramadol, and the problem I had last time was because I swapped to codiene briefly, along with amytripyline for nerve pain. I stopped that and reduced tramadol dose, accepted more pain.

Red wine will stain anything in your stomach brown as will curry. You are just throwing up normal stuff, not poo.

I doubt its blood. See how it goes.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 30-Dec-12 15:33:30

Coffee grain vomit can sometimes happen and can be due to bleeding in your stomach. So can be caused by NSAIDS. You do really need medical advice.

cocolepew Sun 30-Dec-12 15:42:20

Even though you opened your bowels this morning you could still be bunged up higher up in your intestines. I've seen this happen with children before.

You really should go to A&E, good luck.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:43:50

keema will it have the same consistency as poo though? as I have said, I have been sick sooooo many times over the last few years, I have thrown up red wine and curry too, and it has never looked like this, it has looked like dark puke. I am a seasoned puker!

It was not the colour in it's own, and it was not a very dark brown. It was, as I said, poo colour! mid-brown, not red/orange tinged etc.

But, I hope you are right.

ok. I will talk to a doc now see what they say.

Writehand Sun 30-Dec-12 15:49:15

Do not ring NHS Direct. I have never had any help whatsoever from this service. Unless you clearly have absolutely wrong with you at all - i.e. you are calling about a broken finger nail, all they ever do is ring you back and tell you to consult a doctor. Their rules mean that if you have any symptoms that could even conceivably be genuine and/or serious, they always tell you to consult a doctor. I speak from experience. I've used the service several times, and would strongly recommend not bothering. Skip the call, go to A & E.

CuddlyBlanket Sun 30-Dec-12 15:49:47

let us know how you get on.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:51:27

write I will call OOH doc, they will put me through to a real emergency on-call doctor in my local area. I have used them before and they are great, my experiences of NHS direct have never been fabulous tbh, although their website is good.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:51:40

thanks cuddly will do.

VestaCurry Sun 30-Dec-12 15:55:01

Surely you'd taste the utter foulness of poo if that's what was vomited? Although if projectile-like vomiting it doesn't have time to hit tastebuds I suppose.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:55:46

no, there was no poo taste. thank god.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 15:56:05

but, it also didn't taste acidy like vomit usually does.

cocolepew Sun 30-Dec-12 16:16:09

Did it smell like poo? Any time I have seen it happen it smells awful.

Have you called them yet? Do you have cash for a taxi? Chances are the OOH will want to see you asap.

Elibean Sun 30-Dec-12 16:30:44

If it was poo (ie blockage from high up in intestine) it would smell like poo. Trust me.

It sounds like undigested curry, and I hope you feel better now its out grin

Elibean Sun 30-Dec-12 16:32:05

And personally, as you are not constipated and are not feeling awful (if a bit viral), I would not panic either.

OddBoots Sun 30-Dec-12 16:34:09

I have no idea but it sounds horrid, I hope you can get an answer soon.

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 16:36:18

called and waiting for doc to call back, within 2 hours. if he suggests popping to A&E, DH will probably be home by the time that happens.

But, I am suspecting that it was undigested curry now, although it looked nothing like it did when it went in, the fact it did not smell like poo at all makes me think I am now being overly dramatic about it.

lisad123everybodydancenow Sun 30-Dec-12 16:37:09

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FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 16:54:30

GP just called. lovely man. Didn't make me feel silly at all. He said that vomiting faeces is pretty rare, and most likely if a) there has been intestinal surgery and risk of twisted intenstines (or something like that) and b) perforated ulcer. b) is vaguely possible because I am taking diclofenac and have been for a while, but still unlikely (to be monitored).

He thinks it is most likely that it is the food from last night. He said the colour and consistency will be vastly altered from when consumed, by acid and the digestion process, but in effect stayed there because I was constipated and it had nowhere to go, which was the 'blockage'. So, when I went to the toilet this afternoon, I cleared the blockage but probably my stomach decided it was quicker to expel the rest of it by mouth as it had been sat there for a while.

He told me to monitor colour of bowel movements, and any further vomiting, stop taking the diclofenac for a few days, and not to take ibruprofen as a substitute, and continue with the omeprazole as there is a chance, that despite taking the omeprazole there has been bleeding from stomach lining irritation caused by diclofenac.

That is just absolutely marvelous. I can't function without the diclofenac, it keeps me moving and upright! but, at least it is not serious/an indication of a life-threatening condition.

Thanks everyone. I feel calm now.

Mrsrudolphduvall Sun 30-Dec-12 16:56:38

Glad you're ok.
Most eye catching thread title of the day.

ike1 Sun 30-Dec-12 16:57:46

red wine will colour vomit a very dark brown

FaeWinter Sun 30-Dec-12 17:10:43

ike if it was very dark brown I would probably have not been worried, would have said it was the wine/curry. It was a mid brown. Or if I had coffee and it is very dark I would presume it was the coffee but didn't have that today either.

mrsrudolph I hope it doesn't get too much more traffic and make it to the discussions of the Day grin shock

it's time to discuss some form of laxative more frequently with doc to counteract pain meds.I need to have similar conversation and also keep avoiding it. shock

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