Missy_GA Posted August 23, 2004 Share Posted August 23, 2004 Hello everyone. First, I want to say that I'm sorry for even posting here because I have no diagnosis of LC and have no family member dealing with it. However, I'm terrified that I may have it. I'm a 32 year old smoker (about 11 years now, pack a day). I've been experiencing blood streaked sputum for about the past month or so (probably longer). It's not every day, although it is becoming more frequent. It isn't a lot as far as volume goes, but it's still there nevertheless. The last couple days I've been feeling pressure or tightness in my mid back. I went to the doctor for a physical a couple months ago and had blood worked that came back with an elevated ANA. So my doctor is thinking Lupus and I have an appt. with a rheumy on the 31st of this month. I didn't mention the hemoptysis to him. I'm scared to death. I know that it could be something else, but I just have this nagging feeling that it's LC. I've been lurking on this board for awhile and you all seem like such nice people, I thought I'd see if you could give me some advice ....or support. I know that the first thing you'll say is go to the doctor...I'm sure that the rheumy will order chest x-rays next week, so that will be taken care of then. I just don't know where else to turn...I don't want to alarm my family until I know for sure that it's something to worry about. I have a 15 year old son and an 11 month old daughter. Please pray that this is nothing that is going to take me from them. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Thanks in advance for any responses. Missy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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