green poop and stomachaches

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Michelle asks:

My five year old has had bright green bowel movements for about a week now and has also complained about stomach aches quite a bit. What do you think?

Hi, and thanks for the question!

Maybe it's just me, but I would take her to a doctor. There is no way to know over the internet what is wrong with her, and especially no way for a site such as PoopReport, which deals comically with poop issues, to give you any other advice.

Hope she is ok! Look carefully at what she has been eating over the past few weeks.

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

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Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

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135 Comments on "green poop and stomachaches"

hellllllllp's picture

its so weird (not verified) -- 01.16.2007
so my poop has been coming out an extremely dark green, almost black poop. It consists of i would say 98%liquid and 2% solid. Also, i havent been able to eat hardly at all because of the stomach pains that i have been having, they are unusual, they started up higher then the stomach pains usually are at, right about where your ribs start on your stomach (if u go straight up from your belly button right where u start to feel bone). Also i took a few pepto bismols, but the terrible stomach aches had been happening before i started taking that. Please respond, i really need an answer.


Anonymous Coward's picture

Today i went to the bathroom but couldn't push it out, so i took a toilet paper and felt that it clinged on (only a little) and i noticed that it was Green! I haven't been eating vegetables though... only like two small carrots. What do i do??
!I forgot to say: its mostly dry and hard to push out, i'll try again tomorrow

Anonymous Coward's picture

Last two days has been black poop. All I can relate it too is I had a Bluleberry/pomegrante drink 3 days ago, and another Pomegrante slushie the other day? Any connections? Doctor visit?

Anonymous Coward's picture

My poop is bright green today. It is somewhat normal to soft, no other symptoms (stomache ache, etc). I just got home from a long road trip throughout the southern U.S. Yesterday while traveling I had blue licorice at a truck stop in Kentucky. After reading all the postings on green poo, I think that licorice did it. or maybe the bottle of red wine the night before last? Anyway. I had to 'google' green poop to find out if I should be alarmed. I am glad to know that I'm not the only person with unusually green poo.
sidenote....Last year, I spent four months in Africa and experienced some horrible poop trauma, and heard many poop problems from others. it is a regular topic of conversation amongst westerners traveling in a third world or developing country.
With all things considered, I believe a few days of green poop after eating KY blue raspberry licorice is harmless. (hopefully)

nicepooper's picture

iiblackrosesii...i am wondering if you found what was causing the pains? i have same problem but doc said digest food fast. i disagree, because no time to digest. what can you tell me??

PooperTrooper's picture

I had an episode of green poop, but I am not too sure what caused it. Can anyone confirm for me if eating some Gummy Bears will make this happen?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I usually get up in the morning and have the morning poo... its usually very soft, sometimes watery and always accompanied with lots of gas. Well 3 nights ago I had a couple slices of very very greasy pizza and that morning around 5 I woke up with horrible stomach pains on my left side and I have noticed that since that night I have not had my usualy big poo drop in the morning and not much gas to talk about. I Also have been up the past two nights with those horrible pains again and I can feel and hear gurgling going on down there. I dont have medical right now since I recently lost my job so Im not sure what I might be able to try. Do you think a stool softener might be the answer?

Angel G's picture

I actually wiped my ass last night after some stomache pains... and it was GREEN... grass green... then i looked in the toilet bowl and there were some lettuce from the chicken sandwich i ate earlier from the Habbit. So i guess if it happens again i may go to a doctor... :) but at least im not the only one that has had this happen :P

JD's picture

hmm, so im a little embarrassed to say but lately...ive been pooping out liquids. is that weird to anyone? well, i dont know, just one day i go to the rest room after drinking a glass of milk like i normally do everyday, my poop comes out extremely fast, but the majority is liquid! and i dont mean like your ordinary diarrhea...i mean LIQUID! straight up really sucks not knowing why i poop like that...its been happening for the past couple days...*sighz*

Fullofarts's picture

Green/Black Poop potential cause.

I have had this too. Dark green to black looking. I though it could have been the iguanna I ate but then I read in the Medica (health ins) handbook that if you take anything with Bismuth in it this can happen. That means Pepto bismol,Malox etc. Look it up.
It helped calm me down and notice it only happes when I take a few Big doses or more in a day, I was freaked too.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I just helped a friend polish off a bottle of Shiraz lastnight and along with a really bad head ache this morning, I have BLACK POOP! Is this normal or do I have something seriously wrong with me and the timing is just a coincidence?

Anonymous Coward's picture

this morning i took a dookie and it was about a foot long and very green it was the coolest thing ever. . so cool that i sent a pic to my girlfriend!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Just had a green poop and thought I'd look up what it meant on the stomach ache. I smoke a lot of weed, but don't feel was just green...dark green like a mixed leaf salad, I had zucchini past for dinner last night and a dessert of apple pie ice cream crepe. Not worried yet...but, I had a green poop about three weeks ago too.

the grass is always greener's picture

Yeah, I had to google green poop too. Thank god for google, right? Anyway, yesterday and today I had green poop. And I mean green. Picture fresh spring grass stains on your jeans. poop form. Anyway, I've been wracking my brain, trying to figure out what I ate that caused this - I'm thinking it's the split pea soup I ate yesterday. I don't eat very many processed foods - I have food allergies, so it's mostly veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains and meats (in other words, the only place I get food coloring from is my gatorade). I've never experienced this before, and have been eating this way since January. Any ideas?

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hey poeple, for the past 4 days ive been pooping dark green almost black poop! and today i pooped a foot long half black/green half brown turd. What im wondering is why my poop has been so dark. Can a little bite off a black fear factor roach do this? or how bout barbecue sauce?

Anonymous Coward's picture

ok i am concerned now! i have been shitting grass green for about 3 weeks. sometimes all green sometimes mixed. no excessive food coloring in my diet. dont drink any soda or koolaide. mostly water and gatoraide.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I Love sonics Ocean Water!! Well, I've been drinking a route 44, the largest they carry, for about 2 weeks now. Well, my POOP has been green, and I was starting to worry. I wasn't eating much green veggies, and then it hit me. Food coloring!! I hope that is what it is anyway. I'll stop drinking and update.

GrassyFarty's picture

I'm 11 and I've just got home from the restaraunt eating chicken tikka masala and a sticky toffee pudding an I now have slightly dark green poo and a slight stomach ache . I'm going on holiday tomorrow, and will I be alright?

Anonymous Coward's picture

For about a week, i have had a dark green, almost grey green in color poo. But pain has come with it the last two days. Low abdominal cramping.And i have this prior to having to go to the bathroom. Nothing out of the ordinary. Foods are same. Meds havent changed. The smell is awful. What could be wrong?

Anonymous Coward's picture

Love the poop stories. From experience:
Green poop w/o pain arises from...
1. Grape coolade
2. Lucky Charms
3. Grape juice
4. food coloring
5. Long periods of eating hot spicey foods on a regular basis, I've attributed this to detoxing of the liver.
6. Detox diets.
7. Stomach Bugs

Things I understand from research and experience:Black poop
1. Partially digested blood which could be caused from ulcers in the stomach or intestine.
2. Pepto Bismol
3. Too much iron in the diet.

Purple Poop experience:
I was a nurses aid and came across this in patients with long term hepatitis and liver problems... a good idea to get a THOROUGH work up if you know you are eating foods without dies or drinks without dies.

Typical problem taken care of by hot clear water of 2 cups first thing in the morning, and if you are a big man, at least 3-4. Do this before eating by 1/2 an hour to an hour. And drink a cup or glass of liquid after every meal. Keep your meats for noontime, and eat veges or fruits at night with no bread. Soups are good to.

Yuckiness's picture

Soo.. since we're on the topic of poo
Mine too has been weird.
Dark Green - Almost Black
and it's liquid. :S
Also, I've been having terrible stomach pains.
and a little heartburn.
I don't like it!

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Anonymous Coward's picture

My poo has been green and i have had diarrhea for about four days. The only thing that i can think of that i ingested is the off-brand grape crystal lite. From everyone elses inquiries it sounds like that may be the culprit.

wonderpance's picture
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dude. stop posting the same post over and over. new, unverified users' comments have to be approved before they show up on here. i'm pretty sure you see a message to that effect when you post.
i love poop.

i love poop.

The Green Pooper's picture

Just to reconfirm, twice in two weeks - 3-4 cans of grape soda in a day = bright green poop for a day or two. Kind of runny, too. Fanta Grape Soda - according to the can it has food colorings RED 40 and Blue 1.

Bunga Din's picture
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Are you sure it wasn't blue #2?

concerned about my health's picture

I have a enlarged spleen and it is causing me more and more pain. I also have gallbladder problems and gallstones. So I know some of the problems are from that however recently I spent two weeks in the hospital because the pain was so terrible. Found out that I had caught a parisite. I got better but now I am getting sick again. I went to the bathroom today and had alot of green poop and it was painful to pass but it was very soft. I am concerned I am getting sick again. I feel sick and funning a fever alot and have no energy. I have no insurance so I don't want to go to the hospital if it isn't nessecary. Please help me or point me in the correct direction for help thank you.
Concerned about my health.

King Pooper Stainer's picture

I poop every day . Sometimes twice a day . Sometimes three times a day . This is a great website , especially during dinner time .

Anonymous Coward's picture

Off brand grape crystal light? May very well cause the mean green beans... Ive been experienceing the same thing after a gallon of it.

Gatorade Fierce's picture

Ive drank 8 bottles of Gatorade Fierce Grape flavored, and this morning i took a odorless dark green poop! if u want green poop drink purple/grape flavored gatorade!!

prarie doggin's picture
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Where do you think they get the dye for the green Gatorade? Its a vicious cycle.

Kayley the ass's picture

I ate popcorn and i had chocolate brown diahreah.Is that bad? t was also very watery.

KayleyTheAwesome's picture

Um kayley id have to say its not bad.Man a person with the same name.Well what have you been taking?

Anonymous Coward's picture

For the past week I have been taking green poops. I thought it was because of the poor eating (mainly cheese). So i decided to eat healthier and it is still green. Is that a bad sign? should I go see a doctor?

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Probably not, AC 4/23/08. Especially if you have started eating healthier. Have you been eating a lot of salad greens, perhaps? I know if I eat too much salad (as I have probably stated above) my poop will come out green for days afterward. Try eating different foods in your new diet, and laying off the salad greens for a few days to see what will happen. If the green poops stop, then you shouldn't worry about it and just enjoy your salads. If they don't stop, try to find other causes for the problem (such as minerals in your local water). The only time I would worry about calling a doctor is if your poop is bloody or black.

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Gona-die-or-ria's picture

The liver constantly a bright green fluid called bile that is secreted into the small intestine or stored in the gallbladder.

Bile is needed to absorb fats and fat soluble vitamins. It also helps to soften stools and is responsible for giving stools their characteristic brown color.

As bile makes its way through the intestines, it progressively changes color from green to yellow to brown, due to the action of bacteria in the large intestine on the bile salts.

Green stool often indicates that food has passed through the intestines faster than normal (called decreased bowel transit time), before it could be changed from green to brown.

Diarrhea decreases bowel transit time, so any condition that causes diarrhea can result in green stool.

Other causes of green stool include:

* Laxative use
* Antibiotic use
* Medication side effects
* Food poisoning
* Celiac disease
* Ulcerative colitis
* Crohn's disease
* Malabsorption
* Irritable bowel syndrome
* Bacterial overgrowth
* Infectious diarrhea - especially salmonella and giardia
* Traveler's diarrhea
* Cancer

Foods and supplements that can cause green stool include:
# Chlorophyll
# Iron supplements
# Algae

Note: Speak with your doctor about any change in bowel movements.

Anonymous Coward's picture

ive been pooping dark green poop almost black for the past 4 days..not solid ..watery.. is that bad??

Anonymous Coward's picture

ive been pooping turds the size of a football...
is that bad??

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First Anon Cow, yes, Second Anon Cow, no, but you might contact the Wilson Sporting Goods Company.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

Fruity Pebbles can give green poop.

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I've been drinking the grape flavored grape things that you mix into water bottles. Lots of them too. I think this may be the reason for my dark dark green poop :\ I'll stop for awhile and see what happens :)

Thank tha' lawd fo' google.

MSG's picture
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I had a gray-green poop one day after consuming lots of lettuce, spinach, and lime jello; it was nice. Yesterday, last day at school, I had to go urgently when I arrived, so I opened my room and went straight to the restroom. After a large movement, a quite normal brown color, I noticed a red (quite red, not brownish red) tint in the water, obviously coming from my poop and slowly getting more intense. Then I remembered: I had had a small portion of beets the night before. It wasn't enough to tint the poop red, but it certainly tinted the water.

Anonymous Coward's picture

ii just did a poo, and it was really really really dark greeen, almost black what doe this mean ?

neon pooper's picture

ohmygosh!!!! fellow green poopers- now i don't feel so alone!!!

i was at work today and i gave birth to the biggest/longest green poop. it was softserve easy to come out. it was an emerald/neon green color. absolutely wierd. i dont feel sick/and no tummy aches. however, i have been feeling bloated since last night. i had no grape soda- i drink mostly water. but i did have a big glass of milk last night with about 20 of those 'mothers animal cookies' (normally pink and white with colorfull dots, but i had the 4th of july ones that were red and blue and white)....i also have been eating A LOT of cheese of various types. gouda, mexican quesadilla cheese, as well as montery jack- could it be all the dairy- oh and some OJ as well. i feel normale amongst you all.

Natalee's picture

After eating spinache for breakfeast and lunch and dinner I had serve stomache cramps and exsplovive green watery shits for the next 4 days and it was like a bomb had went off in my toilet and the shit was so green like grass even looked like someone chewed up grass and it juts exsploded into their toilet out their ass.I would say it was very intersting lol.

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

Neon: The blue animal cookies are your green-poop source, I think. Blue or purple dye will do it. Try eating just the blue ones next time and see if the color repeats.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Yes I ate licorice and my poop is green

Anonymous Coward's picture

My Poo has been weird for a long time, For about a year i had what seemd like straight water with a brown tint to it, Now it takes forever to poo, feels like im trying to squeeze out a watermelon, Then soon as i fight that out with tears, it turns to water and the rest just squirts out. Man this sux... When will i be normnal again....

Anonymous Coward's picture

My poop has been green for a few days now.. It started out dark green and now is bright green.. I haven't changed anything I have been eating but at night I have stomaches.. What could be wrong with me>??

marinemom's picture

Hello, my son has been having very dark green almost black poop for the past few days. Nothing in his diet has changed we havent tried any new foods lately so I can't explain the poop. He don't act like he is sick or anything (2 yr old). It's textured like play doh. Should I call the doctor?

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