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Sorry for the title, but I'm really worried about DH. He had stomach pain on the LH side all over Christmas, but I put it down to the bug. Today, he's said that his poo' s been black for about a week. I've told him to see the Dr ASAP, but he's procrastinating. I've had breast cancer so am in the kitchen, cooking Sunday Dinner, in total meltdown. Does anyone have any idea of what it could be & ideas of how to get him to our lovely GP?
GP tomorrow without exception. I take it he isn't on warfarin, aspirin, ibuprofen, diclofenac? If so he mustn't take any more until he's been seen. If you've got through breast cancer and he's being a dilettante about this I'd be having a meltdown AT him tbh.
Unless he's taking iron tablets then black poo is usually due to bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. The red blood is 'digested' and changes colour as it passes through. It's also usually sticky, like tar, and v smelly.
Several causes but stomach ulcers is v common. It's been going on for. It needs to be investigated and, since it's been going on for a week now, this means he's been losing blood for a week. This can't continue. This happened to the DH of a friend of mine - didn't tell her and she only found out when he collapsed from blood loss and had to be 999ed and was v ill. It was due to an ulcer and has been treated and is fine now.
Thanks everyone. We've been married for 21 years and together for 26 years. DH has coped with my cancer and life-changing injury. He's always been the rock of the family. Our GP is wonderful, so I'm going to phone him tomorrow and tell him all DH' s symptoms. Thanks everyone, I'm not fussing or going mad, I know that this is serious and needs addressing asap. I'll be on it in the morning.