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coughing up blood

Hi everyone! I'm new to this group. I am 47 years old. I just had a full hysterectomy three days ago. I have had recurring endometriosis at my umbilicus (belly button) for 10 years now and I have had it surgically removed for the third and final (hopefully) time three days ago along with a robotic complete hysterectomy.

I'm preparing for some hormonal changes such as hot flashes, mood swings, etc. I started coughing up bloody mucus one day after surgery. I had trouble clearing my throat and coughing due to pain so when I was able finally to cough up it was bloody mucus. I am certain I also have an endometrial nodule on the right side lymphnode in my neck for over two years. The pain and nodule instantly disappeared after my surgery three days ago. Now that I'm coughing up bloody mucus, I'm wondering if I also had it on my lungs and it is coming up or could it possibly be the nodule in my neck breaking up and coming up? HELP! The doctor ordered a CT scan the day after surgery to rule out pulmonary embolism. They said it was a "low probability" so that's good but I'm still scared. Anyone ever hear of this?

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Obviously get the scan to be cautious. but it could just be due to the trauma of the anaesthetic as they put a "tube" down your throat. Also if your working hard to cough you can pop tiny blood vessel in the throats area. Try holding a pillow to your abdomen as you cough so it doesn't pull on the surgery. Also try "huffing" instead of coughing, it causes less stress. It's like steaming up your glasses to clean them, take a deep breath, press pillow into tummy & huff out, you will feel your rib age contract. This technique lifts secretions from the throat/upper airways. If your not sure google active cycle of breathing technique. Sorry I'm a respiratory nurse and teach this to people. Hope it all settles soon x


Thank you so very much

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