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Coughing up, urinating blood. Low apetite. On medication for slip disc. Treatment?

Hi, more about a friend. She has been coughing up blood these past few days, and yesterday morning (though she won t tell me if she has since) she was urinating blood too. She also hasn t been able to keep down food, and has had a very small appetite . She has been taking a lot of medication recently as in December she slipped a disk in her back, but has not let it fully recover since, as she often moves about. She sounds very weak when I have talked to her. I ve told her to go the doctors/hospital but she refuses. What is the best course of action, and what could it potentially be?
Asked On : Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) and urinating blood (hematuria) could be due to several causes. The major ones could be drug-related (such as aspirin and other blood thinners) and bleeding disorders.

This requires immediate medical attention, as the repeated blood loss may lead to anemia, and also, the underlying cause needs to be identified and treated.

Please take her to a doctor for evaluation.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM
Answered: Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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