I know that different things have worked for different people. Maybe this will help.
I was smoking a pack a day when I had ACDF at C5/6. I smoked the morning of surgery, and the day after and continued until 3 months later when x rays showed that my bone graft was gone. They put me in a C-collar and bone stimulator for 6 months. Aside from the constant worry of possibly needing another surgery, the apparatus attracted a lot of attention in public. As an introvert I felt constantly humiliated by people trying to get behind me to see what the flashing lights were. Combined with the PTSD from the car accident, all of that was enough to push me into a psychotic depression.
After the news of the dissolved bone graft, I quit cold turkey. It was the hardest thing I ever did but I'm so glad I did it, especially since I watched my dad die of lung cancer a year ago.
The physical side effects of quitting cold turkey disappeared after about
a week. I didn't sleep for almost 3 days, was irritable and restless, and ate 250 sour apple blow pops (really). The psychological withdrawals continued for a while so a therapist helped me deal with that. Because smoking punctuates your life; for a while there is a very uncomfortable feeling at times when you would have been smoking (after a meal, in the morning, etc). Eventually that goes away.
I will be smoke-free for 13 years as of November and I don't miss it. I really hope you are able to quit. It's hard...but there IS light at the end of the tunnel.
ETA: There are many, many medications that help depression and anxiety that might help with quitting.
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