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Doctor insights on: Muscle Aches Smoking Cigarettes

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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

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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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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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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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What is a list of heath risks of smoking cigarettes?

What is a list of heath risks of smoking cigarettes?

Many: 1respiratory problems like copd, cough, phlegm, shortness of breath 2lung cancer 3coronary artery disease leading to angina and heart attack 4blockage of arteries causing peripheral vascular disease in legs and stroke 5abdominal aortin aneurysm 6cancers like bladder, cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, pharynx, stomach, leukemia 7infertility, sids, preterm babies 8osteoporisis 9dental&gum disease 10skin. ...Read more

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How is it that smoking cigarettes isn't a disease also?

How is it that smoking cigarettes isn't a disease also?

It's medical problem: Tobacco dependence is considered a medical condition or 'diagnosis'. Just like dependence on alcohol, or even prescription drugs, it is very much a medical problem. In fact, tobacco use is the number one preventable medical problem in the U.S. The number of medical conditions that are the result of smoking is very large. Common is heart and lung disease, but also infertility and erectile problems! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are benefits for smoking cigarettes?

Can you tell me if there are benefits for smoking cigarettes?

Only in peoples mind: There is no safe level of tobacco. Smoking is linked to such a long list of medical problems - the space here is too short. However, it has a powerful effect on how people think, because that cigarette wants you to keep smoking. People will feel more calm, more awake, less anxious, less sad. Mostly because if you don't smoke, you will feel worse. So the benefits are only perceived, not real. ...Read more

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Which types of effects does smoking cigarettes have on a person mentally?

Which types of effects does smoking cigarettes have on a person mentally?

Mood changes: Nicotine has both stimulating and relaxing effects, and with cigarettes persons addicted are very good a titrating the amount of nicotine for desired effect. , however once addicted the main effect the nicotine gives a smoker is to relieve the craving and mild withdrawal state that happens in between cigarettes. The withdrawal state could include irratibilty, poor concentration, anxiety. ...Read more

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How can I prevent smoking cigarettes?

How can I prevent smoking cigarettes?

Be smart: Anyone who tries to get you to smoke isn't your friend. It's an addiction that will ruin your health and ultimately very likely kill you. Just don't start. If you are a smoker and need to stop, get your physician's help. ...Read more

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Is dipping worse than smoking cigarettes?

Is dipping worse than smoking cigarettes?

Yup & yes both bad: Both cause nicotine addiction. Both cause cancer. Both are yukky. Smoking is worse for the lungs, dipping is worse for the gums, teeth, and breath. Spitting brown soupy saliva tinged with tobacco is socially disgusting. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Levin
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