Yep. Smoker here. Also wishing to quit, but very, very difficult, I agree.
I also wonder if I would feel better. I was taking Champix to quit, but then the doc changed my meds and they react with the Champix, so I had to quit taking it. Too Bad too.
OK, I guess I will confess too. Like so many of you I smoke more the worse the symptoms get. I did quit for 6 months about 17 yrs. ago and found that my favorite foods no longer tasted good.
Have any of you had this happen?
I have never smoked but I lived in a house where both parents smoked and I was always sick as a child. My mother quite 40 yrs ago, but my father smoked till he was dx w/ lung cancer. My DH smoked when we met and married. He continued to smoke away from the house or car, until 3 yrs ago. He is type 1 diabetic for 24 yrs in 2005 he had a serious infection in his foot, requiring surgery. He almost lost the big toe. As he recovered from surgery at home, we had nurse visits, she found his bp was UP. He finally quit, now he can't stand the smell of cigs at all.
13 yrs ago I worked in a closed building and everyone there smoked, but me. It was horrible!! It was while I was working there that I started to get very sick AGAIN. I had to leave (I made some wonderful friends there) I just couldn't breathe. I have permanent damage from the smoke. When my friends and I do get together, they have to go somewhere else to smoke. I can still smell it when they are near me. Both my sisters smoke and it is hard to be around them sometimes. No one smokes in my house, I would end up in the ER again.
I'm not trying to give anyone a hard time, that's not my reason for posting this. It's just that I noticed how I felt worse when I was in the smoking environment. After visits to sibs, I have a hard time. My body goes into a major flare.
God bless. Alice.
I smoke. I used to say that I liked to smoke and I really think that I did. I have made some progress, (baby steps) and have reached the conclusion that I don't like it anymore however I am addicted. I got terribly ill in March of this year. I started with the flu that lasted for nearly 2 weeks. That turned into a nasty sinus infection, then bronchitis and finally laryngitis. I was sick straight through till sometime in May.
During that time when the flu was so terribly bad, I was delirious with fever.....I couldn't smoke. When I started to break the fever I had (I am certain), made it through the withdrawl faze and didn't even want one. I went a few days without one. That was a MAJOR hurdle for me since I have been smoking 2 packs a day for as long as I can remember. I started when I was 14. I just turned 41 this week. hum. Maybe that is a sign for me to stop....I have now flipped those numbers!
Anyhow, when I recovered from the flu and the other ailments started in on me I picked the ciggs up again BUT I didn't keep them near me (like usual). I kept them in my purse in the kitchen and I was spending most of my time "dying" on the couch. I smoked considerably LESS when they were not right by my side and one was available without me even thinking about them. I stopped buying 4 packs at a time and for a while I wasn't even smoking 1 pack a day.
I am back to my "normal" routine and hating myself for it. On a positive note, I just bought a new Jeep and have YET to smoke in it. I swear there is no smoking allowed in it EVER. I have also decided that when we get new carpet (early fall) that my house will be a smoke-free zone as well.
DH also smokes and wants to quit too. He did years ago for about 8 months and life with him was HELL. I can't be around *some* reformed smokers.
I guess I am going to start out slowly and give myself time limits. No smoking before 9am (or similar) and keep taking those baby steps. I have to have a plan to follow. I can't ever see myself just stopping cold turkey or by taking meds. I know me and that isn't something that I would have any success with. I need GOALS to work towards. Sort of like trying to test myself. It's that type-A personality rearing it's ugly head!
I have not wanted to comment on this subject because it really has impacted my life but I just have too. I have no idea how smoking affects fibro but I do know what it can do to a family; I have lost both of my parents to the habit. My father died at 55 years of age from Lung Cancer and my mother was just 60 when she had a fatal heart attack. I know that it must be hard to stop smoking, but for your loved ones, please try. I miss my parents very much and was robbed of some important years because of their addiction.
Don't give up, keep trying, you can do it!!!!!