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Bloody Sputum... But no cough!

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  • Posted By: depressed2008
  • September 13, 2008
  • 02:18 PM

Hi guys, I've been spitting out bloody sputum for more than a week already. The funny thing is, I feel perfectly fine - no coughing, fever. However I occasionally feel sharp pains and tightness in my chest area, but that's about it.

I've been to the doctor who did a chest x-ray and said everything was fine on the first look. He then referred me to a specialist who did an ENT test (I think that's what it is, she inserted a tube with a camera mounted on it into my nose), she said there was nothing wrong either and referred me to a respiratory specialist.

I thought about waiting till seeing the specialist in 3 weeks time but today it got noticeably worse - I blew out that bloody sputum through the nose (never happened before), and the amount is significantly more than what I've been spitting out so far.

I'm really depressed right now, because I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm a 21 yo male who stopped smoking for about 2 months (been smoking for 3 years before).

I don't know if I missed out any details, because I'm really confused and depressed. Oh yes, the color of the blood is kinda dark red/brownish red I think. Hmm, and it doesn't happen all day, it seems to come and go.

Does anyone know what's happening to me? Thanks alot guys, feel free to ask for any details that I've missed out, I'm currently in active service in the Army so I won't be able to reply as fast, but I'll do my best to check in whenever I can. Thanks alot again!

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  • Maybe you should call the respiratory specialist and ask if they could get you in sooner. Whats your family history? Anyone have any illnesses? Have you traveled recently? Do you have any other symptoms? Do you get nosebleeds?
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • September 14, 2008
    • 08:29 PM
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  • Thanks for your reply, to answer your questions:I do not have any coughs, fever, but as of now I have this tight feeling and some occasional pain in my chest area, it seems to be worse than before. Sometimes my chest area feels very 'bloated' and when swallowing food it have some trouble making it go down. I think my appetite doesn't seem to be as good as before too. My dad used to have TB when he was younger, but it was cured completely and I never had any nosebleeding incidents in my life before. Oh yes, I went to Bangkok about 3 - 4 months back, but I didn't smoke or do anything wierd there. I tried asking for an earlier appointment but the best they could give is 2 weeks instead of 3 weeks. I'm really afraid I have lung cancer or something, I really am. Thanks for your reply again qwertyuiop123, and god bless.
    depressed2008 1 Replies
    • September 15, 2008
    • 11:32 AM
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  • Make sure you tell your doctor where you travelled. You may have picked up some kind of parasite.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • September 15, 2008
    • 00:36 PM
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  • Yes, do tell your doctor about your travel, as different areas have different infectious diseases.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies
    • September 15, 2008
    • 04:50 PM
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