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Like a scene from The Exorcist, I once spewed a stomach-full of blood all over a charming nurse as I came round after a major dental operation. Tell us your tales of red, red horror.

(, Thu 7 Aug 2008, 14:39)
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About 10.8593 years ago, I was suffering from a long running cough, sometimes tickly, sometimes chesty. My voice went, came back, went hoarse. Every conceivable permutation over the period of about 6 weeks.

After one particularly heavy coughing fit, something shot out my mouth and landed on the carpet. I got up to investigate and found what looked like a blood clot.

Urggh! I told my wife, who also said "Urggh!"
My cough reflex was getting more urgent, I coughed up something and went to spit it out into the toilet. It turned out to be a mouthful of blood. More coughing, and more blood.

I'd never seen that much of my own blood before, not even when my brother stabbed through the egg tray I was holding and into my leg just above the kneecap. (Exquisite agony I assure you).

I tried to reassure myself that it's not really bad because the blood wasn't entering my lungs (providing I didn't stop coughing)

Words from a Wilfred Owen poem entered my mind.

.. I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

Am I going to drown in my own blood?

I must've coughed up at least a good mugful of blood, and it showed no sign of stopping until about 3 mins before the ambulance arrived (that I'd requested in a fit of rising panic).

As I coughed up the last trace of blood, which looked pitifully insignificant compared to earlier, I decided to go to A&E to find out what happened.

I had a chest X_Ray which showed an infection in the top of my lungs. The Doc said that it had gone unchecked for a while, the weeks of coughing had inflamed the throat to the point it broke the skin. He said a large area of skin must've been inflamed to produce so much blood. He gave me some anti-biotics (which worked perfectly) and I went home.

Although that night, I managed to cough up an equal quantity of blood, and resorted to sleeping in an upright position.

I woke up during the night thinking I'd pissed the bed, but it turned out that I'd sweated loads whilst asleep, which left a comedy man-shaped wet patch on the sheet, much to my wife's amusement.
(, Wed 13 Aug 2008, 19:18, closed)
I had the same thing
except not so much blood. Was coughing for nigh on 12 weeks before it calmed down.
(, Wed 13 Aug 2008, 23:05, closed)
man shaped wet patch amused me too so have a click!
(, Thu 14 Aug 2008, 11:05, closed)

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