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The last two days my stools have been maroon and when I flush water turns red. Two weeks ago I cramp every time before I went and went at least five times a day. Felt weak at grocery store today faint

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It seems you are having a possible Colitis or infection in the lower intestine. The maroon stools might be normal, but a bleeding from the intestine should also be ruled out. Any swellings / tumors in the intestine is another concern. But there is no reason to worry as some basic investigation can throw light into the diagnosis.

The weakness / fainting could be either due to dehydration or anemia (low Blood count). If there is a bleeding from the intestines (which might be long standing and unnoticed) there could be anemia. Since you are 50+ of age, I would definitely recommend at least the following basic set of investigations.

1. A complete blood count
2. Stool Occult Blood
3. Colonoscopy

Your Doctor might prescribe you a course of antibiotics. Drink plenty of water. Make sure your blood glucose levels are neither too low or high (if you do home monitoring.). Hope this helps

Please Do feel free to ask followup questions.
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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