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Good Reasons To Smoke Cigarettes
If my boyfriend smokes too many cigarettes everyday can that be a reason why we haven't had a baby yet?
My most recent blood test showed my hemogolbin level was high. I smoke cigarettes n the dr thinks this may b the reason y. Im really worried
Then quit smoking!: A high hemoglobin level is usually from smoking. A person's hemoglobin level is essentially the amount of red blood cells. A low hemoglobin is referred to as anemia. The red blood cells are, among other things, responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Having high hemoglobin means your body isn't getting enough oxygen so it's making more red blood cells to compensate. Quit to change this! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Major: The majority of lung cancer is caused by smoking 80-90%, especially in men. There is growing incidence of lung cancer in never smokers (<100 total lifetime cigarettes). This may be caused by mutations in certain genes such as egfr, or unusual fusion genes such as eml4-alk. These gene mutations are often found in younger individuals, asian ethncity and never smokers. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
I left smoking cigarettes 15 days back after 4.5 months.I have coughed a lot and i feel a bit of chest pain sometimes.What could be the reason behind?
Goblet cells: The irritation from the smoke make the lungs produce more mucous secreting goblet cells. While smoking these goblet cells are more or less "sedated" by the products in smoke but once one stops smoking they come "alive"..Eventually they go back to more or less normal as long as other irritants to the lungs are avoided. ...Read more
Possible: Smoking can restrict blood flow on the basis of atherosclerosis. But there are other causes for erectile dysfunction. Psychological hormonal vascular, neurological . Advise seeing physician arrive at diagnosis and begin treatment both you and your significant other will be happier. ...Read more
Help! need to know if there's any other reason for a laryngectomy (removal of the larynx, or voice box) besides smoking cigarettes?
Resting heart rate 115. 2 Martinis and 4 cigarettes in the past 5 hours probably the only reason? Drank about 4 glasses of water, anything else I can do to lower it? It's too uncomfortable to sleep with it beating so fast.
I smoked my first 2 cigarettes (1 per day for 2 days) what harm have I done my body? (I didn't like it and quit for good)
No lasting harm: This created oxidative stress in your body and might have temporarily irritated your nose, throat and lungs but will not cause any lasting harm. People smoke 20 cigarettes a day or more for several years before serious lasting consequences occur but, on the other hand, every puff is harmful and cigarettes are highly addictive, so you are wise to have quit for good. Please never start again. ...Read more
I´m 22 years old and I´ve smoked cigarettes for about a month and a half, then stopped for good. 1-5 but not daily. How high is the risk of cancer?
Not from smoking: You cut your risk by stopping before significant use. Yea! Your risk of cancer now depends on diet, heredity and the place you live, exposure to environmental carcinogens and sheer luck. You have eliminated one risk --good for you! Now decrease fat and protein to non-US levels and you will decrease your risk even more. Of course HIV is associated with cancer, so practice safe sex along the way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After I have smoked a cigarette I need to take a deep breath. Sometimes I feel breathless for no reason and feel need to take a deep breath?
I started socially smoking cigarettes about 4 yrs ago. I only smoke when i drink alcohol.But i'm ready to quit for good.Any tips on making that easier?
Context: Changing the cues for smoking can help you solidify your desire to quit. Not hanging out with friends who smoke, not drinking (reduces your self control) and choosing healthier forms of recreation for social activity would all be potentially helpful. Congrats for your readiness to quit! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1: Nicotene addiction is the major reason that people cannot quit smoking. Although nicotene does not make you sleepy or have an accident while driving, it is still one of the most addictive substances we know. It is very hard for many people to stop smoking due to this addiction. Some people have add, and nicotene acts like one of the add medications. These people need to seek treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Watch portion sizes: Monitor you glycemic index. Watch your glycemic load. Check you basal metabolic rate. You may be eating the wrong foods. Exercise if possible. Calculate your bmr, and make sure your calorie count stays less then this. Eat foods that have a low gi. Lots of chicken, fish, vegetables. If this fails, you may need medication. New one is qysmia now fda approved. ...Read more
Irritation: The key question is whether you are more "irritable" than usual - in other words are you more sensitive than usual to others. A few questions to ask yourself - do you notice that the drivers are particularly stupid, when someone asks you a questions are your more irritated than usual... One of my patients described irritability this way - doc you are not doing a very good job today. ...Read more
I have always had a hard time concentraiting, what is a common reason for this in young adults and a good remidy?
Unfocused: Common reasons for problems concentrating include: poor sleep, lack of exercise, inadequate nutrition, supplement/vitamin misadventures, substance abuse, caffeine/energy drinks, stress, depression, and anxiety. Underlying medical disorders can contribute. Add can be meaningfully evaluated via self-report scales/psychoeducational tests. Excellent prognosis with stimulants + metacognitive therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer