Judy re; smoking

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dunny2
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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy, I did the 1/2 dose for the first week as directed. I started the 2 tabs 3 days ago. I swear I'm really trying to ignore the
urges, but I'm still smoking about 5 a day. I used to smoke pack, so there some improvement, but I'm a little disappointed,
as I thought it would be a little easier than this!! After all, like you say they are not cheap!!!
I also have to admit that the image of my doctor holding my hands, and looking me straight in the eye, and told me that smoking
will kill me, especially now with this pancreas thing. He scared me so much that day, that all I've done is cry! Even when I was in the
hospital, when I wasn't vomiting I was crying. My PC doc wants me to see a counselor, but I know what's wrong with me. It's
having everything that used to be normal in my life taken away. Having to eat low fat foods, which I didn't have much of anyway,
but they were my safe food for cd, and I've never been told I could die before!! So I guess, although it's soooo stupid!!!! smoking
is my defiance. Almost like saying , do your darndest I don't care anymore. My life as I know has been taken anyway.
I'm sorry Judy, what started as a simple question, has turned into a pity party. Hopefully I'll get back to feeling some semblance
of my old self.
BTW I have my loading dose of Humira at the hospital so I can be observed on Jan 2nd. Still waiting to hear whether they want
me to pre med before going.

P.s. Thanks for being there....
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.


Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


Nanners
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vicky,
Not Judy, but wanted to let you know you are not alone. I smoked a pack to pack and a half for 29 years. Eight years ago I quit smoking and it was the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I pretty much quit cold turkey. I started about a month before I quit by slowly cutting down how many I smoked a day. Then started changing brands until I finally went to a brand I hated. I set a date which was January 1, 2000 that I would be smoke free. Its not easy by any means. I had panic attacks, insomnia etc. But I gave myself a treat each day (mine was a chocolate eclair) and made sure I took a multi-vitamin each day. It will get easier as time goes by. Hang in there I know you can do it. Good luck and God Bless!

Gail *Nanners*

P.S. Its been almost 8 years and there are still times I miss it.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


JudyK89
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   Posted 12/28/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Vicky,
I've just started counseling again as I still can't snap out of this funk I've been in since my last flare started. Having my doctor look me in the face and tell me how serious my disease is, that I can't afford to have another flare, can't afford to lose any more bowel, was what it took for me to stop smoking. It's also part of what's put me in this depression I can't seem to shake. There's no guarantees, but at least I know I'm doing what I can.

Stopping now while you're still under so much stress is very hard, I know, but I hope you can do it, I hope it helps as much as they're telling us. Just try to get by without them one hour at a time. Hopefully the hours will turn into days, those days into weeks, etc.
Judy
Crohn's Disease   
 
 
 


mbzoltan
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   Posted 12/28/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
They have a pill that makes tobaco taste like dog pooh, and I hear it reaaly works.  Ask your doctor.

lkatrych
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   Posted 12/28/2007 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor told me that there is also a pill that will make you feel physically ill if you smoke, has anyone heard of this?

dunny2
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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your support everyone!!
Judy, you say that you are seeing a counselor? Is it helping? I really do need something to help me adjust. I feel about ready to
bury my head in the sand, and my poor husband!!!!! The worst is, I don't know if it's all me, or the entocort playing a part in this
awful " depression" or funk as you aptly called it.
I hope and pray that we all feel so much better in 2008. (trouble is, I say that every year)
Good God doesn't this DD ever give us a break. If you're not in pain, or pooping, or throwing up, or losing weight, or so tired, you wish
the world would stop so we could get off, if it's none of these things, then it attacks your mental capabilities, just to test you just a little
further. Oh it's all good fun huh!!!!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.


Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts


JudyK89
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   Posted 12/29/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I just started counseling, so couldn't say yet. She's not a specialist for chronic illness, but was recommended by a friend. Not sure I'll stick with her, but it was a good place to start. More importantly, my Rheumy started me on Cymbalta. I just went from 30 mg. for 2 weeks to 60 mg. and I think it's starting to help. I don't seem to cry at the drop of a hat anymore but Christmas was still very rough.

I was hoping the Cymbalta would help with my joint pain, but it hasn't. Still waiting for test results.

I didn't know you had Fibromyalgia. To be truthful, I'm scared that's what I'll be diagnosed with also, even though the majority of my pain is in my joints and I do have inflammation. I'm afraid of being diagnosed with it because there's definitely a bias in the medical community about it, it seems some doctors still have a hard time with it. Have you run into any problems?

At this point I'm getting desperate, I just want some sort of diagnosis. It feels like it did for the 2 years it took to diagnose my CD. I just want to know what's wrong so I can start treating it and get on with my life.

I would ask your doctor about some kind of med to help with the emotional aspect of all this, I kept putting it off and am now sorry (my husband is even sorrier, lol). I hope this counselor works out as she's pretty affordable, but I have a couple names of good chronic illness counselors also. If you're having trouble dealing with this, and heaven knows you've been through way too much, it couldn't hurt to have someone to talk to. Don't let it go on too long as I have. I don't even know why I did, I've been in counseling before, but I guess it's hard to admit that this disease is getting the better of me.

Keep in touch.
Judy
Crohn's Disease   
 
 
 

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