Diarrhea and stool color change

Hi, i’ve Had my stoma for three months now. All was going well, until 4 days ago. I ate some Oreo Cookies, right after the gas pains and diarrhea began. This is the 4th day. Everything that I eat goes straight through and the color is black to a deep green. I’m not in any pain now because the gas has subsided but the diarrhea is still happening. I’ve taken Mylanta and Kaopectate for gas and diarrhea, it took care of the gas but not the diarrhea. I’m not in pain but the discoloration and diarrhea does not make me feel comfortable. My next appointment is in March to see the surgeon to begin plans for my reversal. I don’t want anything to go wrong before that time. Mostly I want to stay healthy. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Should I contact my doctor? Please help me understand.

  • Hi Clara, the first time ate Oreo's the same thing happened to me with the coloring it was black and it scared me as well, with watery output (diarrhea) i was told to have marshmallows as it helps slow it and then thickens it.. hope that helps :)  

  • Hi Clara I wouldn’t have thought the Oreos would create a four day problem.  I’ve had my ileostomy 35 years and never experienced that extent of problems  from eating something like an Oreo.  I suppose the important thing is how do you feel.  If you feel well with no fever then it will probably pass but if it continues I would definitely see a doctor.  Green is usually a sign of an upset stomach, maybe a bug.

    how are you feeling this evening xx 

  • Hi, I tend to agree with worrywart that its not likely to be the oreos. I think maybe a tummy bug of some sort. I have had similar with dark or greeny looking stool, hope you feel better soon.

  • Thank you so much! I went to urgent care after posting my concern. They sent me to the hospital for blood test to see if there was blood in my stool. There was no blood so I was given an antibiotic to help with the diarrhea. I never felt bad in my body, just concerned and kind of scared. It was October 12th 2018 that I had my surgery and 3 months to that date I was back at urgent care and sent back to the hospital. All is well and again thanks for responding.

  • I’m feeling fine this evening. I did go to urgent care, they sent me to the hospital where they did blood work to make sure there was no blood in the stool. Test came back negative for blood in the stool. I was given antibiotics to help with the diarrhea and sent home. I never had pain or felt bad, it was just the diarrhea and stool color change. Thank you so much for responding. I did eat quite a few of those Oreos though, that’s why I was thinking maybe they were the reason for this change.