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User Topic: The Yucky Side Effects of Quit Smoking
click4it
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Default  Posted: 1:40 PM, September 3rd (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

SI quitters -


Me: 41
Two boys: 17 and 13
Divorced 12-13-05
d-day 10-02-01

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Posts: 25509 | Registered: Jun 2002 | From: California
mom of 2
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Default  Posted: 5:25 PM, September 3rd (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So proud of you rt!


Me: BW
Divorced after 23 years of M thanks to XH's truth trickle.
Status: Recovering and healing. It's going to be a long hard road.

Update November 2013: It only took seven years but I finally turned a corner. :)


Posts: 13296 | Registered: Jul 2006 | From: The suburbs of hell
Eranda
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Default  Posted: 7:04 PM, September 3rd (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I quit on May 5th. Been using an e-cig very successfully and I'm happy with it. Gives me the "habit" I need without the carcinogens, smell, ash, residue, etc.

All I really noticed was that I stopped that throat-clearing cough I used to have. Like in less than 24 hours.

Other than that, I don't notice much different. My taste is the same, my smell is the same. I sleep the same, haven't gained weight.

But... my car smells better, my house smells better. I don't worry about burning holes in my clothes or furniture or car seats. My kids are MUCH happier. I am no longer a smoker for insurance purposes.

But mostly... my oral surgeon- the one who removed the cancer from my tongue- is very pleased :) And so is my regular doc. I don't worry about all the damage I'm doing to myself. I don't feel guilty. I don't feel ashamed.

I would never go back to smoking and eventually I will probably stop vaping. But for now, I'm doing great with this.


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Posts: 4226 | Registered: Dec 2004 | From: eastern PA
really trying
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Default  Posted: 8:24 PM, September 3rd (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Eranda, I'm glad you're cancer free and chose to quit. I know people that really enjoy their E-cig and with so many flavors to pick from, it's quiet a thing.

I failed to mention my voice. Sounds like a teenage boy sometimes, that is getting better, knock on wood, but it's with me again this afternoon.



Me: late 40's
XH: A parasite and that might be a compliment
My S-23, Our D-15
Married 5/93 D-Day: 11/18/03
Divorced 5/19/08

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Posts: 10390 | Registered: Sep 2004 | From: California
brooke4
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Default  Posted: 3:58 AM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


RT,

Congratulations on holding firm!

Have you by any chance had your thyroid checked recently? I've never been a smoker, but do have a low thyroid and am on a forum about thyroid medication and am always amazed by how many people on the forum were diagnosed just after quitting smoking. And a lot of your symptoms (including the voice thing) match up.


Me: BS, 40, Him: WS 41
Married: 15 years
3 children
D-Day: 10/2005

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cryingdaily
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Default  Posted: 8:17 AM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Wow. My FB status from yesterday:
"I hate when I randomly reach for a cigarette and they are not there. 9 months and I still don't love being a non-smoker"

It's actually only 8 months. But anyway....8 months and 15 pounds gained. At least I think it's 15. I stopped weighing myself because watching the scale go up depresses me.

I don't feel a lot better. Food does not taste better. Other people smoking does not "stink". In fact, I want to follow them around all day and breath deep.

The only reason I am not smoking is because I know it will kill me eventually.

All the wonderful things people told me would happen, have not happened.

Someone recently said, "You must feel so much better now that you've quit for so long."

My reply: "No, I don't"


Me: BS 48
Him: Doesn't matter any more.
The Royal Court, formerly known as the Princess Posse:
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DD23 - Xena
GD10 - Jasmine
GD8 - Ariel
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Posts: 14398 | Registered: Jun 2005 | From: Massachusetts
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Default  Posted: 10:11 AM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

brook, I just had a full physical with blood work and asked about it but it's just fine.

CD - you're/we're all doing the right thing. but I know about this weight thing. hang in there!


Me: late 40's
XH: A parasite and that might be a compliment
My S-23, Our D-15
Married 5/93 D-Day: 11/18/03
Divorced 5/19/08

The future's so bright - I got to wear shades

Plant Seeds of Kindness


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 10:52 AM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

RT - When you say upper GI are you talking about an xray test where you drink nasty stuff and they take films, or are you talking about an Upper endoscopy, where they knock you out, and look down your esophagus stomach, and first portion of your small intestine?

If it's just the xray test that is only going to show something if you are actively refluxing while they do it, which for many folks is a false negative, because they don't reflux until they are asleep, and lying in bed. In addition if it was the full scope, and it showed "nothing" this can happen too, you can be refluxing, and not have acid, but since it's worsened since you quit, and now add in that you get vocal changes, I am 99% sure that is what is going on.

are you a constant throat clearer? you know that kinda hemhem, thing that isn't really a cough, but to get the junk out of the back of your throat? Then yah get yourself on some Prevacid, prilosec, or something similar. Sleep with the head of your bed elevated, and do not eat or drink alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.

I am anxious to hear if this helps. Just remember smoking won't fix this.


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
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Posts: 8100 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
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Default  Posted: 11:18 AM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

tush, it was the test where I drank and they watched.

I will do what you suggested and get back to you. I may be slow on the uptake but I will update you. Thanks for the suggestions.


Me: late 40's
XH: A parasite and that might be a compliment
My S-23, Our D-15
Married 5/93 D-Day: 11/18/03
Divorced 5/19/08

The future's so bright - I got to wear shades

Plant Seeds of Kindness


Posts: 10390 | Registered: Sep 2004 | From: California
whensitover
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Default  Posted: 2:27 PM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I also recently quit (quitting) I sneak one every so often-bought ONE cigarette from the sno-cone lady for a DOLLAR. I just wish it was good for you. I loved smoking. I wished I wanted to quit, does that make sense?? I am a nervous person and it is hell not having something to do with my hands. I don't feel any better either-as a matter of fact-this extra 10 lbs has made me feel worse!! I hope this gets better, I feel like a boring person, like I have nothing to do, I've cleaned out all the closets, rearranged all I could manage, just bored all the time-and the mornings when I have my coffee....are the worst!

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Default  Posted: 3:53 PM, September 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

whenitover, cav you change up your routine? (((wio))

I had to quit so my mind was made up, doesn't mean I didn't go home and smoke the rest of my cigs and also go out in my car and smoke all the butts in my ashtray before I quit, totally loved smoking and I just know one day you won't miss it.

[This message edited by really trying at 4:11 PM, September 4th (Wednesday)]


Me: late 40's
XH: A parasite and that might be a compliment
My S-23, Our D-15
Married 5/93 D-Day: 11/18/03
Divorced 5/19/08

The future's so bright - I got to wear shades

Plant Seeds of Kindness


Posts: 10390 | Registered: Sep 2004 | From: California
whensitover
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Default  Posted: 2:17 PM, September 9th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Really trying: I truly hope I get to that point! I do want to be there! I love not having my clothes smell like smoke and not worrying about perfume, air freshener and breath mints!!!

Posts: 445 | Registered: Feb 2011
ophelia24
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Default  Posted: 4:58 PM, September 10th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hey there fellow quitters,

I gave up smoking on June 27 and feel relieved that I don't have the nagging anxiety/guilt of smoking. The country I live in, a packet of 25 smokes costs $21. So the financial aspect was huge in my decision to give up. As you can imagine.

I grieve for smoking though. Even though I know there were probably only 2 or 3 smokes in a day that I really enjoyed. Coffee is not a trigger for me with smoking, as I love it without, but what is my biggest trigger is drinking. I loved having a wine and a smoke, and I miss that terribly. Which is why I tend to not drink much when I give up.

I have also used gum to get over the cravings but find I end up getting addicted to these, and start to treat them like I did cigarettes, minus the guilt.

Physically, I feel better as I no longer have a nagging cough or that tightness/soreness in my chest when I wake in the morning. My circulation has also improved as I was suffering from cold feet and hands, and that has improved immensely.

I have started exercising again, and have actually lost weight since giving up smoking, but this is because I tend use physical exercise and focussing on weight management to help with the absence of smoking. Gives me something else to focus on. I just hope it lasts.

I have smoked since I was 18, and am now 44, with the odd year of not smoking in between for pregnancy and giving up attempts. But mostly I have smoked for over 20 years. I don't want to be a smoker, and I don't want to feel crappy about smoking, but there is that part of me that misses it really badly, and mourns it.


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― James Baldwin

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sadtoo
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Default  Posted: 3:36 PM, September 11th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

No, this was a reduced calorie diet and no booze diet

I need this diet, as I too have packed on the lbs since quitting.


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