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I quit smoking 18 days ago and am extremely bloated. It is very uncomfortable and I am wondering how long it will last and what I could do?

I quit smoking 18 days ago and am extremely bloated. It is very uncomfortable and I am wondering how long it will last and what I could do?

Bowel slowdown...: Nicotine is a cholinergic, i.e. it stimulates bowel activity. If you are withdrawing from nicotine, you may experience bowel slowdown that results in bloating. As such, a fiber laxative, such as Metamucil (R), might be helpful in normalizing bowel function until you re-accommodate to not having nicotine in your system. This might take several weeks or more. Congratulations on a healthy decision!! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


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What are the symptoms after i quit smoking?

What are the symptoms after i quit smoking?

There are many: Please read this...And best luck to you! http://www.Ucanquit2.Org/facts/nicotinewithdrawal.Aspx. ...Read more

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What can I do to boost circulation and overall health after i quit smoking?

What can I do to boost circulation and overall health after i quit smoking?

Health: Continue life-style changes with diet & regular exercising, with regular checkups with your pcp. Great job quitting. ...Read more

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How long after i quit smoking am i fully healthy?.I quit on july 2012.

How long after i quit smoking am i fully healthy?.I quit on july 2012.

You will continue: To improve your lung health every day but it will take ten years after quitting to achieve the non smoker's risk level for development of lung cancer. Additionally, add exercise, good diet, weight control, mental sharpness and emotional and spiritual stability to the list of things to strive for in achieving a "fully healthy" state. Good for you! ...Read more

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Can my lungs clear up after I quit smoking?

Can my lungs clear up after I quit smoking?

Yes: Although you may have a mild increase in coughing and sputum production this is realtively short-term as your lungs grow-back their cilia and develop more normal lung physiology. Much of the damage is reversible so it is never too late to quit. ...Read more

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I have had air hunger for 6 months right after i quit smoking. I have hypothyroidism, treated. What things should I be tested for?

I have had air hunger for 6 months right after i quit smoking. I have hypothyroidism, treated. What things should I be tested for?

See your doctor: You need a complete medical evaluation, especially of your lungs and heart, and may need additional tests, including a chest film and pulmonary function tests. At your age, I would not expect severe lung damage, and it's hard to know if your thyroid issues are involved. Your doctor may want you to see a pulmonary specialist if the tests reveal anything. ...Read more

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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

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

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Why am i getting heart burn after i quit smoking?

Why am i getting heart burn after i quit smoking?

Not related: Actually nicotine is a known factor for worsening heart burn so if you're getting it after quitting, you were going to be getting it now anyway, smoking or not. ...Read more

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