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Lung cancer or anxiety please help ASAP

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Ok so for like two months now everyday I have been coughing up green phlegm like it’s realky bad in the morning but gets better through the day and now I have a sharp pain in the bottom of my rib cage and it comes and goes..

So about three months ago though when I was at the er freaking out about my heart they gave me a ct scan of my chest and said my lungs and heart was clear ..

But that was three months ago so if I have lung cancer now wouldn’t that have shown something anyways I’m freaking out and obsessing about this and I have had trouble breathing for month anytime I eat or do anything physical like walk up a flight of steps I get so out of breath like I have been running and I can’t stop coughing up this green mucus

So I usually get this every year during the winter coughing up the green phlegm I get it every winter but not this bad and now I have a sharp pain in the same spot it’s the right side of my lower tube cage does this sound like it could be lung cancer??? And since I had a ct scan of my chest and lungs three months ago does this mean I don’t have it now ??
 
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I would suggest you go back to your Dr as you are so worried xxx
 
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See a doctor.
 
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I think you need to see a doctor too but try not to panic over lung cancer.
 
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Hi Jtrey

As a general rule, green phlegm indicates a bacterial infection.

If you're coughing a great deal, it's usual to have pain around your lower ribs and sides.

Yes - you definitely need to see a doctor to get the appropriate treatment but please don't torture yourself with thoughts of lung cancer when bronchitis or a chest infection are far more routine and likely. x
 
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Yes, make an appointment to see your doc, but try and stay calm because it might not be your worst fears. Your doctor will help you through this.
 
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Hi Jtrey

As a general rule, green phlegm indicates a bacterial infection.

If you're coughing a great deal, it's usual to have pain around your lower ribs and sides.

Yes - you definitely need to see a doctor to get the appropriate treatment but please don't torture yourself with thoughts of lung cancer when bronchitis or a chest infection are far more routine and likely. x
Ok so now I’m really freaking everyone is telling me to go to my doctor so do you all think it could be lung cancer?? I mean just three months ago I had a ct scan and a x ray of my chest and lungs and it was all clear but I didn’t have this problem then but that was just three months ago so I shouldn’t have it right ?? If I had it then it would have shown then right??
 
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The simplest answer is always the best. Therefore A simple cough or chest infection like lunar lady has already said is far more likely than the worst scenario that you are worried about.

We are not doctors but a Green phlegm like others have said can mean infection. Its winter in the northern hemisphere and the time of year when coughs colds and other winter bugs come out to play.

Speak to a doctor.
I also hope you spoke to the doctor about your other health problems that you have posted about.
 
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Ok so now I’m really freaking everyone is telling me to go to my doctor so do you all think it could be lung cancer?? I mean just three months ago I had a ct scan and a x ray of my chest and lungs and it was all clear but I didn’t have this problem then but that was just three months ago so I shouldn’t have it right ?? If I had it then it would have shown then right??
Of course we are going to tell you to go to the doctor as you have green phlegm. Reassurance from us does not cure infections so by us telling you to go to a doctor should be telling you that you need to speak to a doctor.

There could be many things and let's say 97 out of a hundred are simple to fix. You have gone to the 3% that are the hardest to fix.

Reality checking will be helpful here.
1. its winter
2. Its the time of year for coughs and cold
3. I have a cough
4. In the course of a year, people in the U.S. suffer 1 billion colds (source webMD) and you are just 1 of them
5. Go to the doctor for advice about treating a cough. Instead of driving yourself into a panic about worst case scenarios.

Read up on Catastrophic thinking. It makes interesting reading and you may just see yourself doing just what you are reading about
 
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It's highly unlikely. I think you said you were 30 elsewhere: in one study of thousands of people, only 0.34% of people who had lung cancer were under 40 and 0 were under 30.

I was coughing up green phlegm for three weeks a few weeks ago. If it has been happening for two months you may have an infection. People are only suggesting you go to a doctors for antibiotics, not because they suspect the worst.

Whereas I'm not a doctor, if you had a chest X ray 3 months ago and it was clear, it would have to be a near medical miracle to progress to cancer within one month (when your symptoms started). The fact that you have something similar every year suggests it is not what you fear.

Finally, lung cancer isn't productive - it is nearly always an unproductive, dry cough that is potentially symptomatic.

Has this latest scare replaced your fear of heart attacks, strokes and high BP, or are they all still there?
 
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It's highly unlikely. I think you said you were 30 elsewhere: in one study of thousands of people, only 0.34% of people who had lung cancer were under 40 and 0 were under 30.

I was coughing up green phlegm for three weeks a few weeks ago. If it has been happening for two months you may have an infection. People are only suggesting you go to a doctors for antibiotics, not because they suspect the worst.

Whereas I'm not a doctor, if you had a chest X ray 3 months ago and it was clear, it would have to be a near medical miracle to progress to cancer within one month (when your symptoms started). The fact that you have something similar every year suggests it is not what you fear.

Finally, lung cancer isn't productive - it is nearly always an unproductive, dry cough that is potentially symptomatic.

Has this latest scare replaced your fear of heart attacks, strokes and high BP, or are they all still there?
No the other symptoms are still there I still get the crazy heart stuff but I’m on blood pressure meds so my blood pressure has been normal.

But now I’m really freaking out and hope you have some knowledge about this ..
Now my mucus I’m coughing up is now brown..
What does brown phlegm mean is this really bad ?? I don’t have any insurance so it’s hard to go to the doctors but is brown phlegm bad??
But the good news is the phlegm isn’t as bad as it was it’s calmed down a lot but now it’s brown and now I’m freaking out majorly I can’t even eat right now cuz I’m sick to my stomach thinking about this brown phlegm
 
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I can't say I've ever had brown phlegm, but below suggests bronchitis. I think you can ignore pneumonia and certainly cystic fibrosis from the list (as it starts as a child). Note it isn't a symptom of lung cancer.

 
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