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- Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:19 am
I'm an 18 year old female, and I keep fairly fit. The last time I came back from the gym, my chest was very tight around the outside of my ribs, and painful around my sternum when I breathe in; and I began coughing up blood, which only lasted for about 10 minutes, but the spit contained a fair amount of blood (enough to make it more red then pink) and I was slightly dizzy. Two hours after getting back from my workout my chest is still tight and I have a dry cough, a wheeze, and a severe headache. Before, during a difficult workout I sometimes had a metallic taste (like blood) in my mouth, but I've never actually coughed up blood. I've also had problems with chest tightness before, but my chiropractor dismissed it as muscle pain. I had severe asthma as a young child, but for about 12 years, it hasn't been a problem, and I don't have any symptoms. Lastly, I've had pnemonia several times, but I haven't had it for the last 4 years or so. I remain very healthy, with a healthy diet and active lifestyle. I'd just like an opinion from a doctor rather then one I've looked up on the internet, so I can make a decision as to whether I should go to the walk in clinic or if it's something I shouldn't be terribly concerned about. Thank you for your time.
| Dr. Chan Lowe
- Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:00 am
Your initial description did sound to me like an overuse muscle pain; however, this should not cause you to spit up blood. I would suggest that you see your doctor for an evaluation about this. You may need some imaging studies to get a better look at your lungs and make sure everything is OK.
If you are having any significant trouble breathing you should go to the emergency room or call 911.