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Update November 2013: It only took seven years but I finally turned a corner. :)
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.
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.
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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.
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"
CD - you're/we're all doing the right thing. but I know about this weight thing. hang in there!
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.
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.
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)]
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.
No, this was a reduced calorie diet and no booze diet
When another woman takes your husband,
sometimes the best thing you can do for
yourself is to LET HER HAVE the worthless
OC born 2001
Remarried 2008 (New Guy)