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Hi Im 39 and recently given up smoking for yrs Ive coughed

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Hi I'm 39 and recently given up smoking for yrs I've coughed and wen there is phlegm there sometimes little grey/light brown bits in it, my cough has got loads better since stoping smoking. But also since stopped smoking I've had a pain jst under my left rib at the back but it only hurts wen I sit down. I have no other symtoms pls help I'm really scared I have lung cancer
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,

This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

These are not signs of lung cancer.

Dr. D.J. :

Your cough is getting better.

Dr. D.J. :

Little grey brown phlegm is not concerning --this is suggestive of chronic bronchitis.

Dr. D.J. :

The cough episodes, daily activities can cause muscle pain around the left ribcage.

Dr. D.J. :

Without any shortness of breath, worsening cough, this is not concerning.

Dr. D.J. :

However, you can get a chest xray for reassurance.

Dr. D.J. :

Normal chest xray will put away any fear from your mind.

Dr. D.J. :

Best wishes,

JACUSTOMER-n96wu1r2- : Thank you yes my cough is so much better and I don't cough up phlegm as much now, the pain in my back is only there wen I sit down which really confuses me as all day it's fine
Dr. D.J. :

Very good.

Dr. D.J. :

Do not worry.

Dr. D.J. :

You can see a chiropractor for your rib cage pain.

Dr. D.J. :

THis is not serious.

JACUSTOMER-n96wu1r2- : Thank u I was jst very scared that I had lung cancer but would of though id have a lot more symptoms, thank u for making me feel better
Dr. D.J. :

Very welcome

Dr. D.J. :

Do not worry.

Dr. D.J. :

It was my pleasure to help you today.
Best wishes,
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