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Old 05-14-2007, 02:37 PM   #1
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What does coughed up blood look like?

I've been coughing up Pleghm, and it doesn't look normal... I have had some back pain (although it feels like from the spine, not the lungs, don't know the difference!)

Can anyone who has experienced coughing up blood from the lungs let me know what it looks like? I can't Identify if it IS blood or not! If it were blood, would you be able to tell?

Thanks for any help.

 
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Old 05-14-2007, 03:23 PM   #2
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Re: What does coughed up blood look like?

When I was coughing up blood if I coughed into a kleenex there was literally spots of fresh looking blood on it and some red tinge to the phlegm. I also coughed up some small pieces of scabbed blood. This was after my surgery while it was healing.
If the phlegm is yellow or green thats usually from an infection like bronchitis etc...


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Old 05-14-2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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Re: What does coughed up blood look like?

Dave is right -- there can be a red tinge to it but it also can be red streaked or speckled. They can be within other phlegm that is normal colored. Full out blood clots are obvious. Red is fresh, while brown or darker colored is old blood.

Cough into a white napkin or kleenex so you can really see what it is you are coughing up.

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Old 05-14-2007, 06:49 PM   #4
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Re: What does coughed up blood look like?

It's kind of rusty coloured.

I've been obsessing lately about Lung cancer, as I smoked for a number of years. I have back pain, but it's in the spine area... did anyone have back pain associated with Lung Cancer? the lungs aren't on the spine, so you wouldn't feel the pain there would you?

My problem is that any symptom I have is excaberated by my Generalized anxiety disorder... every little sign or symptom gets blown out of proportion, but it has the nasty side effect of not knowing when it IS a serious symptom... if you think that they are all the G.A.D. then you might miss a real symptom.

 
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Re: What does coughed up blood look like?

Coughing up blood is a definite sign that you need to see a Doctor. Do not put this off -- it may be nothing, but now is the time to get medical attention.

 
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Re: What does coughed up blood look like?

you should get it checked out...make sure they do a chest Xray...my husbands dr was too quick to give him antibiotics and an extra 2-3 months passed of not getting any diagnosis...

I certainly dont want to scare you b/c it could really be nothing...
however in answer to your question...yes you can have pain in your back from LC if it has metastisized...
my husband has mets in his spine and has had severe pain at times....

better safe than sorry... go have it checked...


good luck and I hope it turns out clear

 
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Re: What does coughed up blood look like?

Coughing up blood is also a common sign with TB and some pneumonias so see a doctor to know for sure.

 
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:14 PM   #8
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Re: What does coughed up blood look like?

Actually coughing up brown phlemn (however you spell it lol) is normal for a smoker, that is not blood. The brown stuff is what your putting into your lungs, that your lungs are trying to clean out (that's why your coughing it up). However if you don't smoke, and you are coughing up any kind of colored substance, then I would def be concerned and see a doctor.

 
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