I've quit for 4 months.
I've gained 10 pounds and it's NOT coming off, no matter what I do. My Dr. says it's temporary but temporary to my body could be whenever. I am miserable at this weight.
My throat burns most the time. Like when I breath in smog. Goes away for a day or so but always comes back.
At the base of my throat, hard to explain, I call it where my flapper is, most the time it's hard to breathe out. Not in but when I breathe out. Hard to explain.
I exercise all the time.
Tightness in my chest. Like a twist in there and always in my chest. Heart Dr. says it has nothing to do with my heart.
Sometimes my chest feels like it needs to be stretched. When I stretch it, i.e, put my arms back behind my back, it feels like it's pulling something, loosing something in my chest.
I smoked for 40 years! I do not feel better for not smoking.
The good news I guess is that my heart is good and strong. How sad, that's the only good news so far.
I have a spot on my lung that I'm having checked again this month through another CT scan. Hopefully it's just a scar.
I don't know, everyone talks about how great they feel after quit smoking, I don't get that.
I will NEVER smoke again, don't miss it, don't want to, just wish I never did.
I smoked the E-cig for a few months, didn't enjoy it, didn't want to find one I would enjoy as I don't want to smoke anything and I do not now. I'm proud of myself for that but boy, I sure caused a lot of damage to my body and some of it, I'll never get back!
I know people that quit and have no side effects. I'm so jealous of those people
So please if you've had any of these or other negative symptoms and they have gotten better with time, please share!
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The physical stuff you are describing, I am going to take a big guess: anxiety. You made a huge change and its scary and your body is reacting.
I've heard of the throat burning, but I haven't had that.
Keep this in mind, the "side effects" of what you are feeling now are WAY better than the smoking side effects that were happening all along. That's what I have to remind myself.
I too had a spot on my lung that I had to get scanned twice, turns out it was scar tissue...but the doc told me STOP SMOKING. took me 3 years after that to actually do it.
I wish I felt this new sense of accomplishment, but I don't yet. blah.
let's be each other's cheerleaders.
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I read your posts and am proud of you, I felt awful for posting this because everyone on here was raving how great it was to stop smoking but yet, I don't feel any better. I have this feeling of dread come over me at times and it's an awful feeling. Like it's too late for me.
Thanks for understanding, we're okay.
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I really think you should look into the anxiety thing, because I honestly think that's whats going on with you right now. Are you taking any medication for it or willing to?
Give yourself time...this is a huge accomplishment!
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I'd love to feel better. I'm not sorry I quit, not saying that at all, just thought I'd feel nothing. My moods are fine, it's just physical stuff.
And hope, keep up the good work on not killing anyone.
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That fades after about a year (for me anyway) but the weight gain was a huge struggle. over 6 years I packed on 65 pounds
I was finally able to shed it 2 years ago, but that was on a very strict diet under my doctors care. It worked...thank God!
Don't get discouraged...any of you!! You're doing great!!!!
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I do you guys, I know smoking's going to kill me, But I'm not going to die smoking. If that makes sense. I feel so much dread at what I've done!
Like wanting to kill someone because they rolled through a stop sign
Hmmm is that what's going on with me when I want to get out my car and slap someone silly?
Was it when you did the SOuth Beacht diet?
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But then that little voice in me says - nope, you said you are done, so you are DONE. And I have to find the things that I do feel better about - but I have to really dig to find them. I don't have to hide anymore, I don't have to smell like smoke when I come into the house, I am being a better role model to my kids, I can say "i am a non-smoker" now, I don't have as many chest pains as I used to...I can live somewhat less guilty...I'm sure there is more.
What are some of the positive that you can find RT? Dig if you need to.
Was it when you did the SOuth Beacht diet?
No, this was a reduced calorie diet and no booze diet
I've never smoked. That said, I watched both of my parents die from lung cancer after lifetimes of smoking the hard stuff - unfiltered Pall Mall's. Trust me, that is not the way you want to leave this planet.
My X quit cold turkey right after we were married. At that point, he had been smoking for 15+ years. It took a lot of time for his body to settle down from the effects of the nicotine (which, as you know, is a stimulant) and the smoke itself. You smoked for 40 years. You've quit for 4 months. Your body is still in a state of shock and needs time to adjust.
I found this timetable on the internetwebz…it’s pretty spot on to what my X went through. Please – DON’T GIVE UP. You can do this! Hope it helps!
If you quit smoking right now, at 01:31 PM (EST) on September 3, 2013, here is what will begin to happen immediately:
• 1:51 PM (in 20 minutes): Your heart rate drops.
• 1:31 AM (in 12 hours): The carbon monoxide (a gas that can be toxic) in your blood drops to normal.
• Sep. 17, 2013 - Dec. 3, 2013 (in 2 weeks to 3 months): Your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lungs are working better.
• Oct. 3, 2013 - Jun. 3, 2014 (in 1 to 9 months): Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease and your lungs start to function better, lowering your risk of lung infection.
• Sep. 3, 2014 (in 1 year): Your risk for heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
• Sep. 3, 2018 (in five years): Your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who doesn't smoke.
• Sep. 3, 2023 (in 10 years): Your risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a smoker's. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases.
• Sep. 3, 2028 (in 15 years): Your risk of heart disease is now the same as someone who doesn't smoke.
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The trouble breathing out, is a HALLMARK sigh of asthma. It getting worse when you exercise, again very typical of asthma. The throat burning is very indicitive of GERD.
My name is tush, but I have a ton of experience in both ends of the GI tract. I would recommend that you talk to your Dr about the symptoms, and/or try with an OTC prevacid. Take it first thing in the morning, 15-30 minutes before you eat or drink anything else. This allows the drug to really work. If it is reflux, then these symptoms will improve with the prevacid within a few days. The reflux itself can cause the chest discomfort, as it is acid washing up your esophagus. If you are having symptoms throughout the day eat some tums, or gaviscon to see if that helps as well.
IF none of this helps get thee to your Dr. It is not normal to feel worse physicall yafter about 1-2 months.
I had an upper GI in December and then this CT scan in March. Nothing was found in the GI.
Lots of positives Click, don't miss it at all.
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