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Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Yes: Muscle aches are not invariable in people who are trying to quit smoking, but they do occur. Nicotine is a muscle relaxant, and in withdrawal muscles can get tighter, causing pain and sometimes even spasm ("charley-horses"). Hot baths or hot backs, a heating pad all may help. If they are severe, nicotine replacement with patches, gum or lozenges will do the trick. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Do you think I should be worried about coughing this much after quitting smoking cigarettes?

Do you think I should be worried about coughing this much after quitting smoking cigarettes?

Normal: It is common to cough more after quitting cigarettes after a long period of smoking. This is because the lungs are trying to heal by expelling all the tar that had built up. However, it is always wise to consult you doctor if you are coughing nonstop or especially if you are coughing up any blood. Congratulations on quitting. You'll be better for it in the long run! ...Read more

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How long after quitting smoking cigarettes will I notice a difference in peripheral nerves?

How long after quitting smoking cigarettes will I notice a difference in peripheral nerves?

Unclear: Smoking is not related to peripheral nerve injury. Blood vessel constriction can occur causing pain and discoloration of the hands and fingers and improves with smoking cessation. True peripheral neuropathy is not related to tobacco abuse and other causes should be investigated ...Read more

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What are some of the reasons a cardiologist may tell a person not to attempt quitting smoking cigarettes at the present time?

What are some of the reasons a cardiologist may tell a person not to attempt quitting smoking cigarettes at the present time?

Not sure: Never actually seen that; the only time I have is when I'm asking them to stop the cocaine first. Even then.....not so clear. ...Read more

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Besides being addicted, how can quitting smoking cigarettes help someone mentally, given they do not drink or do any other type of drug?

Besides being addicted, how can quitting smoking cigarettes help someone mentally, given they do not drink or do any other type of drug?

Smoking: Stopping smoking clears the mind and body
after chronic smoking it takes the body 10 years to return to baseline, it also helps the mind think clearly and not make it dependent. ...Read more

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What is side effect a nicotine-gum at the same time as smoking cigarettes?

What is side effect a nicotine-gum at the same time as smoking cigarettes?

Nicotine gum&smoking: Overdose of nocotine, it is not a good idea to smoke and chew the gum as well, it defeats the purpose. ...Read more

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Should co q 10 be taken with statin drugs to help with side effect of muscle aches?

Should co q 10 be taken with statin drugs to help with side effect of muscle aches?

With caution: Statins (I checked for atorvastatin and pravastatin specifically) "decrease levels of coenzyme 10 by an unspecified interaction mechanism". This is considered to be a "minor or non-significant interaction."
http://reference. Medscape. Com/drug-interactionchecker
Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Is splenda safe to take everyday? Long time user anyside effects like other sweetners have? Trying to find out if muscle aches could be a side effect

Probably safe: There are no good data saying splenda is unsafe (or it would be removed from sale) - but that doesn't mean you should take it in large amounts every day. As a sugar substitute, it can have effects on the normal bacteria in your bowels, but I don't believe muscle aches are a known side effect of splenda. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I hope that you are doing great. Are sore throats common after quitting smoking after one month?

Hi Doctor, I hope that you are doing great. Are sore throats common after quitting smoking after one month?

Smoke free: Congratulations on your new freedom from smoking. Keep up the good work. Don't let the sore throat become an unconscious excuse to start again. It's not the usual response. Please see your doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can amlodipine cause calf muscle aches in both legs as a side affect as woke up with both legs hurting like.? Any advice appreciated.

Can amlodipine cause calf muscle aches in both legs as a side affect as woke up with both legs hurting like.? Any advice appreciated.

No: That is not a side effect of amlodipine. Doses > 5 mg often cause swelling however. The usual way to rule out a side effect is: stop the drug; wait for the index symptom to resolve. Reintroduce the drug. If the side effect promptly returns, they may be related. Most likely you have leg pain of muscular or arthritic origin that coincidentally flared when you began the new medication. ...Read more

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Does smoking cigarettes give you aches and pains?

Does smoking cigarettes give you aches and pains?

Smoking & Pain: There was a study that demonstrated increased low back pain with smokers. It only stands to reason that if it can cause low back pain, it may also increase incidence of other aches and pains. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a sore throat at home? And can smoking cigarettes daily (6-12) for a month cause it or leaving the ac on all night?

How to get rid of a sore throat at home? And can smoking cigarettes daily (6-12) for a month cause it or leaving the ac on all night?

Can stop smoking: There is never a need to smoke anything, other than smoking baby-back ribs (those are yummy). Just be strong and quit... and never go near the stuff again. One may have to avoid hanging around smokers (that's just a sacrifice one can make for a better life). One's primary care doctor can examine the throat to see if strep bacteria might be causing the pain, and also can help with quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Sore throat and enlarged nodes for three months after (unusually) smoking cigarettes. (nothing externally visible, no fever, weight loss or sweats)?

Sore throat and enlarged nodes for three months after (unusually) smoking cigarettes. (nothing externally visible, no fever, weight loss or sweats)?

Cancer: Smoking + sore throat for more than 2 weeks + enlarged lymph nodes = cancer until proven otherwise.
You need to see your local ENT asap. The nights sweats/fever would be more likely related to lymphoma (b symptoms) but pt's with lymphoma can be b negative. Bottom line... Get this checked! ...Read more

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Can quitting smoking (tobacco) cause you to go into depression?

Possibly: Nicotine is a stimulant drug that speeds up the nervous system. It is considered a behavioral stimulant and is highly addictive (as you are well aware). In addition, smokers often stop taking their frequent relaxing breaks when they quit smoking. Both the withdrawal from the stimulant and the cessation of the frequent enjoyable relaxation can lead to a downward emotional spiral for some. ...Read more

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Are hoarseness and a sore throat off and on and a bad taste in my mouth withdraw symptoms from quitting smoking?

Are hoarseness and a sore throat off and on and a bad taste in my mouth withdraw symptoms from quitting smoking?

Congrats on quitting: Withdrawal symptoms are actually signs that your body is healing. Most of these symptoms peak approximately 3-5 days after quitting, and then begin to taper off. Be patient and good luck! ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes 2weeks ago. Now I'm 21days late for my period. Is thus common?

I quit smoking cigarettes 2weeks ago. Now I'm 21days late for my period. Is thus common?

Not related: Congrats on stopping smoking. Great job. This is not related to missing your period. Check a pregnancy test and see a doctor for irregular menstrual cycles. ...Read more

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Leg muscles very sore since I started methotrexate 7.5 weekly is this a common side effect. 5mg of folate (folic acid) on days without mtx?

Leg muscles very sore since I started methotrexate 7.5 weekly is this a common side effect. 5mg of folate (folic acid) on days without mtx?

Methotrexate effects: Muscle soreness is not a common side effect, but can happen. You should get further laboratory work up to check your liver, kidney and muscle enzymes. Yes, folate (folic acid) supplementation is recommended while taking methotrexate. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes. Is there any reason why I have been craving chocolate more intensely?

I quit smoking cigarettes. Is there any reason why I have been craving chocolate more intensely?

Pretty common: Chocolate causes craving both because it has a chemical (theobromine) that is a cousin to caffeine and causes a true dependency, and effects on raising serotonin levels as well. Also, quitting is associated with increased appetite in general. Use carrot and celery sticks, drink more water, consider pharmacologic treatment for nicotine withdrawal if needed - patches, lozenges, gum, chantix. ...Read more

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If I've quit smoking cigarettes using nicontine replacment what methods, what can I use now to get off that?

If I've quit smoking cigarettes using nicontine replacment what methods, what can I use now to get off that?

Taper: The idea behind nicotine replacement is that it "might" help you to stop smoking which is a good thing in and of itself. You then have to slowly taper off the nicotine replacement products which is sometimes a slow process. A doctor might be able to help as some prescription drugs like Clonidine have been shown to help a variety of addictive processes. A challenge for sure. ...Read more

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Smoking cigarettes while breastfeeding? Breastfeeding once per day. Because I want to quit breastfeeding I have to work.

Smoking cigarettes while breastfeeding? Breastfeeding once per day. Because I want to quit breastfeeding I have to work.

Quit smoking: Breastfeeding smokers have decreased milk production & set stage for a higher risk of crib death. During the exposed periods the child will have 2 or more times the respiratory and ear infections. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes three weeks ago and I am concerned weight gain?

I quit smoking cigarettes three weeks ago and I am concerned weight gain?

Just don't smoke!: It's one of the biggest reasons why smokers go back to smoking: weight gain. It's because you are no longer getting nicotine-- an effective appetite suppressant and can mildly boost your metabolism. When they quit, people feel anxious and are used to having something in their mouth so they tend to eat more. Even so, smoking is so much worse for you than gaining a few pounds, it's not even close! ...Read more

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I just stopped smoking cigarettes and smoking marijuana, I started to feel like anxious I don't feel hungry is It because I quit?

I just stopped smoking cigarettes and smoking marijuana, I started to feel like anxious I don't feel hungry is It because I quit?

Yes: You may need to taper off the nicotine from the cigarettes as that can leave people feeling anxious as can suddenly stopping marijuana. As I would advocate for staying away from the marijuana, I would also advocate for trying some nicotine patches to taper down the nicotine in your system to help curb the anxiety which you can find at drug stores. 21mg to start if you smoked more than 10 a day. ...Read more

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If I quit smoking cigarettes this month, will I be able to pass a nicotine screening by next month?

If I quit smoking cigarettes this month, will I be able to pass a nicotine screening by next month?

I believe so: Most screening tests use urine to test for cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine. The urine test should be negative within 2-4 days of your last cigarettes. For heavy smokers, it might take longer but nearly everybody will have a negative cotinine test, equivalent to a non-smoker, in 7-10 days. I doubt it will be used, but nicotine remains in hair for months. Good luck with your quitting effort! ...Read more

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Can smoking cigarettes and abusing alcohol look like bipolar disorder? I was diagnosed with bipolar after I started using. Now I quit and need info.

Can smoking cigarettes and abusing alcohol look like bipolar disorder? I was diagnosed with bipolar after I started using. Now I quit and need info.

Bipolar and alcohol: You would be a tough patient to diagnose because although alcohol abuse can look exactly like bipolar disorder, it is very common for bipolar persons to abuse alcohol and other drugs in an attempt to self treat depression or during periods of mania. If you've quit abusing alcohol, this is great and you should see your psychiatric now that you're sober and you may get a better evaluation. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago I started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when I cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago I started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when I cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

Stop smoking: Congratulations on stopping smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, smoking cigars has the same hazards as smoking cigarettes- see http://www. Quitsmokingsupport. Com/cigars. Htm. I strongly urge you to stop smoking cigars. The pain in your head when you cough suggests inflammation. If you don't cough you won't have pain & stopping smoking should reduce coughing, if the cough & pain persists see a doctor. ...Read more

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