Should I be concerned about black and red in my stool during my colonoscopy preparation?

This question was asked in Saugatuck, Connecticut on 05/17/2012.
I am a 32 year old female and have been having stomach issues since giving birth to my son 6 months ago. Generally my issues are diarrhea, uncontrollable gas, foul smelling bowels, faint to mild abdominal pain in the lower left and center region, occasional dizziness when standing (the doctor said there was low blood pressure when standing), and extremely low triglycerides (I think they were a 25). I weighed 120 during the pregnancy and lost the 55 pounds I put on plus an additional 10 pounds in less than 3 months which seems unusually fast.

I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy that have only revealed inflammation and ulcers in my small intestine. The doctor said ulcerative colitis is ruled out.

My question is specific to my bowel movements during the prep: during the colonoscopy prep the was a lot of black and red that came out in my feces. The black were dozens of black pinto bean shaped/sized things floating. When examining it looks like the inside was a dark purple color. Also floating were also a lot if pink/ red jellyfish-like texture about 1 inch long by 1 cm wide. I have a photo of this if helpful. Last, a lot of things floating that looked like seeds but maybe a mucous consistency. I am very concerned about what I saw and am wondering if anyone has any ideas what it could be.

Thank you in advance.

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 5/21/2012

Please follow up with your physician as what was found during the procedure may shed light on the cause of the stool discolorations.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 5/18/2012

If you have already had the colonoscopy, then I would not worry about this. Your gastroenterologist should explain this to you. All you are seeing are bits of food that you have eaten.