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I commend you for quitting smoking.
Feel Good about making Big Decision of your Life!
Go to a National Park and take deep breaths to feel the Wonder of 3 million air sacs working to send Oxygen to the heart due to which you are alive.
“I do not want Bronchitis, Emphysema or Lung cancer”
“I do not want risk of heart disease, high Blood pressure or Stroke”
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25yr old male, 9pack history of smoking, quit about two months ago, 4 e.r. visits, 1 cxr, came completely clear, coighed small amount of blood, lc??
Need more info: If a 25 year old former smoker told me he coughed up blood I would want to know the circumstances. Risk of a 9 pack-year smoker developing lung cancer age 25 is very low. If the patient had significant coughing from a chest cold at the time, and if the amount of blood was very small, I would not be as concerned as I would be if it occurred spontainously or if it was a larger amount>1800QUITNOW ...Read more
How long does cough last after quitting smoking? Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm
29 yr old w/ 6-7 pack years smoking (quit 1month ago). Had mild but persistent 1-sided chest sensation 1 month (feels more like internal tickle/itch than pain). No other symptoms. Lung cancer likely?
Not likely: But if you want to make sure, you should go see a doctor. More importantly, you may want to stop smoking. That will be a good step to reduce your chance of getting lung cancer in the future. Who wants to be worried about lung cancer every time there is a chest sensation? You are only 29 years old. You have lots of years left to worry. ...Read more
Maybe: It depends on how you think you will be the most successful but most data shows that if you are truly ready to quit, going "cold turkey" seems to be slightly more successful. But that's only if you are truly ready. If you're not, it will be a struggle either way. I would suggest talking with your doctor to find the best method that might work for you. Good luck! ...Read more
I have 4 pack years of smoking...just quit smoking. Do I still have a good chance of smoking related cancer or did I quit before I did serious damage?
It will reverse: The damage from use of tobacco will gradually reverse and your risk would be normal in about ten years. Do not use tobacco or tobacco products in any form. Refrain from using alcohol. Keep your weight under control, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, about 150 minutes/week. ...Read more
Why am I gaining so much weight after I quit smoking? I quit smoking in january, after 20 yrs of smoking a pack a day. I've dieted religiously since then, (under 1200 calories and under 20 grams of fat a day) I also work out (mostly cardio) for at least a
Very common: Almost everyone gains weight after quitting smoking, usually in the range of 5-10 pounds, but sometimes more, and occasionally much more. If you are truly limiting yourself to 1200 calories and are exercising, I don't know why it is continuing, and you should see your doctor to rule out any metabolic problem, like thyroid disease or many others. Congrats on quitting smoking after 20 years! ...Read more
Is extreme fatigue a symptom of quitting smoking? I quit 9 days ago and the past 4 days I feel like I do when I take Nyquil
It can be: Nicotine is a stimulant so fatigue may accompany quitting. More importantly, people who smoke have an emotional connection to their cigarettes which may be even more intense than the physical connection. Giving something up that serves many purposes, including increasing attention, concentration, and energy on a frequent basis will understandably lead to fatigue. ...Read more
I am a cancer survivor so far, if I exercise while smoking (havent quit yet), will it help or hurt my heart?
Quit: You should quit. Benefits of exercise will never outweigh harm done by smoking. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel like you have a bitter taste in the back of your mouth after quitting smoking? I quit 8 months ago
25 yr old male, 9 year smoking history, quit 2 mnths ago. Gums bleed spontaneously, if it were lung cancer causing this, wouldn't I have more symptom?
To stop smoking, consider:
#1. Nicotine anonymous
#2 I have had success treating people in recovery from nicotine addiction using the patch. Decrease the dose very gradually, making reductions every two weeks or longer, to increase the likelihood of staying stopped. This works bests if done in combination with #1. ...Read more
What aches/pains?: I have had hundreds, perhaps thousands, of patients quit smoking, and ALL of them complained about anxiety, irritability, craving, poor concentration, depression and many other things, but not of aches and pains. I would see your doctor for an evaluation. While nicotine IS a muscle relaxant, I have not heard patients complain of spasms or muscle pains after quitting. Congrats on stopping tobacco! ...Read more
Yes!!!: Congratulations on quitting! Back in june, a study was published demonstrating that the longer one stops smoking, the better. This study also show benefit can be gained even in those who are older than 80yo. In other words, there's no age at which it's too late to quit smoking. Check out my interpretation of study at http://alvinblin. Blogspot. Com/2012/06/our-older-smokers-should-they-quit. Html. ...Read more
What are the effects of quiting smoking as I want to quit and prepare my self? Also, how long do these effects last?
Stopping smoking can only help your health. Most important is your desire to stop. There are many strategies to help, from nicotine patches/gum & various pharmaceutical meds to acupuncture & hypnosis. Exercise & relaxation helps. For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking. Htm & www. Shareguide. Com/smoking. Html
also see my comment. Good luck! ...Read more
TNTC: Is something that lab techs who are looking at a urinalysis will say if the white cells in the urine (a sign of infection) are "TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT." Ditto for benefits of quitting smoking. Not smelling like an ashtray, having stains on fingers, mouth, lips, whole house stinks. Not getting various cancers, bronchitis, emphysema, heart attack, stroke and million more things even more significant ...Read more
Yes, but depends: On how much damage has been done. If this is you, and you have been smoking for 15-20 years (my guess), it will take time to clear out - cough may actually increase to clear out the accumulated gunk in the airways as the little ciliated hair cells start to work again. The conventional wisdom is that things clear up in about 10 years, except the discoloration (black spots) on lungs do not go away. ...Read more
Need more info: What specifically do you mean by sick? ...Read more
Help me please! I'm quiting smoking for my resolution is there any way I can make sure I don't start back up?
Cold turkey.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! ...Read more