Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

158 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Coughed white mucus with brown spots after smoking weed and chest pain. Should I get check-up?

Answered by
Dr. Chobufo Ditah

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2009

Answered : 6186 Questions

Posted on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: I have smoked weed everyday for 3 years and have coughed up white mucus with brown spots in it regularly for about a month now. I have some moderate pain in my left chest and have minor asthma. Have decided to stop smoking and use a vaporizer. Is this a normal bodily reaction to smoking or something I should have checked out?
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Please get it checked out! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so uh for this query. I am so sorry to hear about these mucus with brown spots that you have been experiencing for the past 1 month. It doesn't seem to represent a very concerning disease but we should address it before making that conclusion. Smoking clearly increases the chances of having lung problems. When symptoms develop, we need to investigate appropriate and make sure that they don't represent any diseases that warrants immediate attention. It is only when nothing abnormal is found that we may the associate these symptoms to smoking. So, starting by associating them with smoking would not make a very convincing start. Mucus production and so for over a month is not typical of asthma either. Please, get these symptoms checked out. I will suggest that you meet and talk with your primary care physician. He would do a thorough interrogation, examine you fully and maybe ask for a chest x-ray to address this problem. If there are no problems, then monitoring to see what happens as you have also made a great decision to stop smoking it. If any problem is identified, then management would depend on the initial findings. Please, if you should need any further help with quitting weed permanently lease talk to your doctor so that he can provide you with the resources and help that are available in your community. I hope this addresses your query fully and guides you on the way forward. Thank you so much for using our services and please, feel free to ask for clarifications if need be. I wish you well. Dr. Ditah, MD.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah 5 minutes later
If it did end up being due to smoking would the brown spots be tar being expelled from my body? And this would be good for my body to do if I have now stopped smoking? Thank you very much for your time
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 54 minutes later
Brief Answer: the best time for quitting is now! Detailed Answer: Thanks for following up with me. The brown spots cannot be considered tar. They often represent mucus produced a s a result of an inflammatory reaction to the toxic substances found in tobacco products. Whenever you quit smoking,g, the advantages are enormous and within a few years, your risk of developing smoking related diseases is almost equal to that of nonsmokers. The best time to stop is now and I congratulate for taking this bold decision. It is often not easy to make it. I hope that you get the available resources to help prevent you from ever returning to consuming this product again. I hope this addresses your query. Feel free to keep the decision going if you need more clarifications. Thanks. Dr. Ditah, MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests

Recent questions on  X ray

doctor1 MD

I traveled to Germany to help with my daughter with the birth of her newborn son,she also has a two year old daughter,in the past 6 months she has started with crossing of the legs,and not be able to have proper bowel movements.They are in the Army and have taken her to the clinic which they dx.her with constipation,her mother was given a rx for suppositories,and colace...she gave the colace as directed for 2weeks same time with no results, and also the glycerine suppositories,am I way off on encourgaging my daughter to push for a x-ray with rectal barium to see if this is a internal problem,and how often do 2 1/2 year old fecal hord ?? I notice some fecal skid marking in her panties as the are trying to transition her out of diapers,and into big girl panties,she also can have liquid stool at times which to me seems like a impaction with stool leaking around it.I havebeen in Germany 8 days now and she has had 2 small formed stools come out,but the normal is way off, thanks for any advice.concerned Grandma,mother and soldier

doctor1 MD

My daughter is 9 years old. She has intermittent intense pain in her head chest and stomach pain in her legs and arms.2 random bouts of sudden projectile vomitting and blood work was done and a chest x-ray. She will be screaming at the top of her lungs then suddenly nothing and straight to sleep. They gave her morphine and this didnt seem to stop the pain. If she was a woman preganant I would say that it was like contractions that were increasing and subsiding. Discharged this morning. By 4.15 this afternoon she is in pain again. Doctors are saying nothing is wrong yet she was screaming on morphine. Whats is happening. Her white cells were “slightly off” meaning that she has a very mild infection. She is also dizzy especially when she stands. She is weak and wants to sleep all the time only waking when shes in pain. She said she felt like her body was going to bust and she was on fire. (While on morphine). She has only had a 3 hour period of time with a 39degree Celsius temperature. On second day this started. Chest throat ears are clear.

doctor1 MD

I had been in coma for 3 days and was in ventillation for 7 days due to ARDS in the last february but since then after my recovery I started having severe pain in my chest accompanied with breathing problem. Doctor has advice me to go thruogh a chest x-ray, it shows little congestion in lungs. But doctor has told me that it cant be the cause of chest pain. I am an field executive and had to work through the entire day in the field. I used to take alzolam 0.5mg every night because I have severe sleeping disorder and tremendous pressure of work. May I please know how can I get relief of the pain?

doctor1 MD

Hi, i am writing on behalf of a friend. He had been diagnosed with having IBS when he was 13, without a colonoscopy, and now he is 25. He has been having abdominal pain and interchanges of diarrhea and constipation all these years but a month ago it suddenly got really worse (after having some fish, but even if it was bad, he had never experienced such excruciating pain again), as in one day he started to ache so much he couldn't get up off the floor. It was like stabbing and ripping him apart. He went to the hospital and had blood work done and an X-ray and they said it was normal but suggested a colonoscopy but he didn't go through with it. Ever since he has been having really severe abdominal pain and interchanges of diarrhea and constipation and he has been to several doctors, one prescribing him with amitriptyline and antibiotics for the intestine, and another after that giving him mebeverine hydrochloride alone. He took the antibiotics and amitriptyline for almost a month and it helped him a bit but in the evening he would none the less have the return of the severe pain in his entire abdomen, sometimes centering on the left upper side of it. Then he went to the other doctor who perscribed mebeverine hydrochloride, telling him it would instantly help, without that being the case when he tried it. He had extensive blood work done and everything was normal, no inflammation or anemia, and the doctor said he didn't need anything else and should just take the mebeverine. But he is still in pain and i was wondering if it could be something else with these symptoms. Should he have a colonoscopy or some other less painful test? He also has Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

doctor1 MD

I am having a frozen left shoulder kind of symptoms for last couple of months. My left shoulder doesnt rotate as smoothly as the right one. My second problem is I have constipation atleast few days a month and suffer from piles as a consequence

doctor1 MD

I have very shortness of breath will divan help this ?

doctor1 MD

I have to urinate often ..... if I stand up from sitting position or sleep position. And I empty out every time. My family Dr. thinks my bladder has fallen and there by impairing the normal muscle function that holds the urine until some normal...