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I am really worried and am hoping for some helpful answers

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I am really worried and am hoping for some helpful answers and reassurance.... I had been suffering with asthma (hadn't had in a long time) and recently had a little streak of blood in my phlegm.
I immediately went to the ER and had a chest x ray and it came back normal. Anyway, he said it was asthma and to follow up with my pulmonologist. I did, he then diagnosed me with bronchitis and gave me levoquin (never had a cold prior to this, so being diagnosed with bronchitis was strange)....
Anyway, finished antibiotic and I never really got better. Asthma continued and I had a little pink stuff in my phlegm, had a panic attack because I was terrified it meant something sinister and awful and ended up in the emergency room. They did a chest CT scan this time which ALSO came back normal and no abnormalities...
Well, I am freaking out because I continue to have phlegm and a little tiny bit of a blood streak in it. I want desperately to believe that I am ok and don't have lung cancer or anything awful, but when I see it, I freak. What could be causing this???? I do have allergies and post nasal drip and asthma, but why the little bit of blood? I do not smoke, I hardly drink and I am a 37 year old female. I used to smoke in my college days, but that's it.
Anyway, I am terrified... can you please help? I feel like I cannot even enjoy the holiday with all this panic. Would something awful like lung cancer have shown up on my Chest CT scan or X ray or what could this be?
Please respond. I am so worried. Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 1 year ago.

Hi Emma,

I'm Dr Chaithanya, experienced General Physician attending you today.

First thing, do not worry, I'm here to help you, and I will completely guide you and make you understand what best is possible.

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Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 1 year ago.

First thing, a lung cancer can be picked by CT scan, so do not worry, and stay calm, you do not have cancer. Do you have any other symptoms like loss of weight, loss of appetite etc? No? So, do not get worried.

There can be blood in sputum in bronchitis. This can cause due to irritation of throat when you cough continuously.

Based on your symptoms, I see your condition is closely related to what is called Bronchiectasis, wher ethe airways are abnormally widened, mucus is bulid up, and lung can get easily infected.

The link can help,

Now, as yu already have done chest X-ray and CT scan, and still worried about the cause, I can suggest you of next investigation, Bronchoscopy - Here main passages of lungs are examined by a tube with camera to know what exactly is happening.

Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 1 year ago.

Do not get worried, as stress can aggravate any pathology that is happening in the body. You can take the help of Psychiatrist who can help you with a drug started at small doses, to relieve your fear about the disease.

Also, go through this link, which can be informative.

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Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 1 year ago.

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