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Old 06-24-2004, 06:56 AM   #1
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Apologize for this question ahead of time......

Hello All, first of all, I'd like to apologize for even being here since I have had no diagnosis of cancer and no family member with lung cancer. My mother had breast cancer 6 years ago and is cancer-free today, thank God.

I've been driving myself crazy lately and have been looking for answers when I stumbled across this message board and thought I would ask some questions, if no one minds.

First of all, I am 32 years old and have been smoking for about 10 years. Of course, I smoke more now than I used to, but I'd say to average those 10 years out, we could say I'm a pack a day smoker. Lately, I've been having some symptoms that are scaring me. I have a cough, but I've had it for awhile now and always attributed it to "smoker's hack". I really haven't noticed a tremendous change in my breathing patterns, although sometimes I feel a little short of breath. I do experience hemoptysis on rare occasions. I just had a little girl 9 months ago, and I had experienced blood in my sputum then (very small amount only once or twice). I mentioned it to my doctor then, and he said it was sinuses (without any examination). Well, it went away and I hadn't experienced it again until recently. Again, it's only a tiny amount and it has only happened about 3 times. I do have LOTS of phlegm that I have to cough up every single morning and sometimes throughout the day (sorry if that's TMI). I'm constantly exhausted, although I think that could be from sleep deprivation and taking care of an infant.

Anyway, I think that's all of the relevent symptoms I have, I was just wondering if anyone (besides me) thinks this sounds like LC? Can hemoptysis occur for reasons other than cancer?? Thanks in advance for any and all advice. God Bless you all.

~Missy

 
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Old 06-24-2004, 07:28 AM   #2
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Re: Apologize for this question ahead of time......

With no history and you being so young and only smoking 10 years, I doubt if it's cancer. Mostly it occurs in those over 65 (as a RULE). But have you ever been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis? All the other symptoms you have sound like my husband, (except the bleeding) - but I've known someone who had that problem and it was bronchitis. Other things that it could be, but yout'd have other symptoms of course, would be TB (but you'd have a fever, terrible night sweats, etc.), a pulmanary embolism - again, if you told your doctor all your symptoms, I'm sure he would have thought of that - or just ask him outright if it could me that. If it went away and then came back, that would sound more like bronchitis (chronic) than anything else - cancer is relentless, and if you had an embolism I'm sure that wouldn't "come and go" either. But I would just do some research on "google" then calll your doctor to put your mind at ease.

 
Old 06-24-2004, 07:52 AM   #3
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Re: Apologize for this question ahead of time......

Thanks for your reply...I've thought of all the other illnesses you mentioned too. I don't have any of the other symptoms that would point to TB, so I figure it's not that. And I don't think a pulmonary embolism would allow me to feel as relatively normal as I do and just produce the few symptoms that I have, although I'm not sure. I used to have bouts of bronchitis ALL the time...I was hospitalized a couple times for it. But haven't really dealt with that in a few years (or maybe i just didn't go to the doctor and chalked it up to smoker's cough). I have an appt. on Monday for a full physical, so I'll see what the doc says then. I guess the main thing that scares me is the hemoptysis, even though it's not a great amount and not an every day occurance. Again, thanks for taking the time to respond.

 
Old 06-24-2004, 08:10 AM   #4
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Re: Apologize for this question ahead of time......

Missy- Is your cough wet or dry? If I am not mistaken, a dry cough would raise more concernthen a wet cough. A wet cough by a smoker is generally referred to as a "smokers cough".

The most common and least serious reason for blood in the sputum is that coughing has ruptured a small blood vessel in the nose, mouth, or throat.

You say you do cough alot, so it may just be a ruptured blood vessel. But it it were me, I woudl see my doctor again.. as you mentioned you are doing. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

Renee

 
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