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Constipation And Quitting Smoking
Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more
Smoking or not: Generally does not contribute to constipation. However, if you also drank a lot of coffee or alcohol with your smoking than these could contribute to constipation. I would eliminate all caffeine and alcohol and drink at least 80 oz of other fluids daily and get some exercise and this should correct the constipation. ...Read more
Epsom Salt laxative ok while taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) & Cephalexin? Also, is it normal for these meds to cause constipation? I quit smoking & soda this week as well.
Quitting smoking, noticed constipation increase and a hemorrhoid coming on. Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily but not helping too much. Advice? I'm miserable?
The best cure is prevention. Once you have hemorrhoids the best advice is to minimize them. Do not sit on the toilet for long periods. Keep your stool soft, stay well hydrated.
Hemrid has witch hazel, biliberry, and horse chestnut. If it is working well then you probably would not be asking this question on health tap. If your hemorrhoids are interfering with a normal life tell your doctor. ...Read more
Can quitting smoking cause IBS like symptoms (both diarrhea AND constipation few weeks after quitting)? And how long after should I see improvement?
Nicotine: Stopping chronic nicotine use can definitely change your pattern of bm's leading to more sluggish bm's, but in your case you alternate sluggish with looser patterns of intestinal activity. Unless you can pinpoint certain foods or emotional factors which trigger symptoms, your bowel pattern should eventually normalize. ...Read more
You will probably: Have nicotine withdrawal depending on the amount of cigarettes you smoked daily by going cold turkey. So, you can feel all the symptoms you listed: headache, restlessness, anxiety, jittery, and uncomfortable, like you should have something in your hand. Some people use blank straws cut into cigarette size, carrot or celery sticks, as low calorie alternative, until that habit dissipates. ...Read more
Being healthier: The benefits of quiting smoking are multiple and begin within the first few days (see graphic). You will experience less shortness of breath, more energy and your risk of lung cancer, emphysema and other lung diseases will go down. Is it easy? No, but it is definitely worth it. See your doc as soon as you're ready to see what help and support they can offer you. ...Read more
Many reasons: Nicotine activates primitive pathways in the brain associated 'reward'' and 'safe/secure'. This is the same primitive signal that we associate with other good feelings; food when hungry, new love, or even sex activate the same signal. Taking that signal away is very unpleasant. Stopping nicotine leads to the opposite, loss of a sense of security (anxiety) and eliminates the 'reward' signal. ...Read more
Not always: In my work on this, I've observed that some quit with nothing more than a decision, and experience no withdrawal symptoms. For others, they need a process and lots of support. When I was young, I smoked. What made me quit? My father annoyed the daylights out of me. One day it occurred to me that it would be easier to quit than to deal with his constant bugging me. I had no symptoms at all. ...Read more
Not really: Consider asthma a lifelong condition like a missing leg, only for asthma it is not as obvious and can be controlled by avoiding triggers. It is not like appendicitis where you can take it out & you are cured. Smoking is a well-known trigger to lung irritation that will always aggravate asthma to some degree. Stopping may actually let you go for years between events, or just reduce their intensity. ...Read more
No.: Smoking increases your risk of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, or psvt (sudden-onset svt). Quitting smoking would decrease your risk for most smoking-related conditions gradually, so you will still be at risk for a while after you quit. Drugs, caffeine, alcohol, and abnormal pathways in the heart's conductive tissue (ie. Bundle of kent) can also predispose you to svt. ...Read more
Not sure: I'm not sure what you mean by 'pouty lips'. Are they swollen? Are you licking your lips? Is there a new habit that you've taken on? None of these are a common issue after quitting smoking, but strong work doing this! Some people get stressed for a few weeks after quitting -- suggest you get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat healthy food. Off tobacco, you can probably exercise more. Congrats. ...Read more
Nasal saline.: Clear the sinuses with nasal saline daily. This should keep your symptoms at bay. Just don't smoke again. ...Read more
Got it backwards : Nicotine (nicotinic) receprors are so named because they have an affinity for bonding with nicotine. That's where nicotine exerts its effects. They were there before you started using nicotine, and will be thereafter you stop. Think of any other receptor site that has an affinity for a specific biochemical (serotonin, dopamine, endorphin, acetylcholine, gaba, etc). ...Read more
No Butts : Yes, depending on the amount and length exposure (pack years = packs of cigarettes smoked daily divided by the amount of years smoked). Research has shown that lungs of x-smokers are indistinguishable from those of non-smokers 10-15 years after one has quit smoking. The body has the tendency to heal itself. ...Read more
Not unusual: After people stop tobacco, the lungs' mechanisms for cleaning themselves out start to work again, and often there is increased coughing and production of phlegm than there was before, sometimes associated with feelings of shortness of breath because of the coughing. Usually this improves in several weeks, but if you are really short of breath, you should see your doctor for it. Congrats4 quitting. ...Read more