Nicotine & Fibromyalgia

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 11/2/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Could Nicotine Gum make Fibromyalgia worse? I've chewed it for about twenty years.
And sometimes I smoke too.
I'm holding my breath waiting for an answer. I honestly don't know if I can quit ...
or even cut down.
I take Nicotine BECAUSE I'm in pain.
Pamela shakehead

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   Posted 11/2/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know Pam but I do know the more I hurt the more I smoke for some reason. I did get some gum a while back but I haven't tried it, don't know what I'm waiting on. Does it say on the box how many you can have a day, I haven't looked. I'm not on narcotics.
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee ~

The box contains instructions on "How To Do It." Obviously, I did not follow the
instructions. There are different kinds of smokers. Some like the sound of the
match, the sitting down, the curling smoke, the first inhale, the mind stilling,
the taste ... oh, just everything. It's just pleasing to the smoker's senses. I think
there's even an audio tape in the box.

I'm not "sensual" about MY smoking. I go straight for the Nicotine. When I smoke
I can only manage three puffs and then I cut the cigarette off and use it again.
I'm THAT kind of smoker. It's very very powerful. It is not usual for anyone
to have my problems with the gum.


I live in CA and realize many (if not most) folks will be tempted to send literature
on the horrors of Demon Nicotine. Ohhhh, It won't work on me.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a smoker too and I think that nictone has to be horrible for fibro since nicotine is known to slow down circulation. I tried to stop using the chantix and it made me sick I constantly felt nacious(SP) My husband literally got sick with in 15 minutes of taking it. I would really like to stop or at least cut back I am up to over a pack a day. I know that the stress that I am under right now is a reason why I am smoking so much. I actually thought about using the gum I tried years ago and it tasted horrible I was told that has improved. The patch makes me break out into a rash. I know I can not quit cold turkey. So I really need to try something.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a smoker too. I notice that the cigarettes sometimes make me feel tired. But I can't quit. I stopped once and used my mind to do it. Also the reward system. But I think that we really really have to want to quit. If you aren't ready, you can't do it. Who knows, if we quit, we might feel a lot better.

My friends all chew the gum. I can't stand it, it is too strong tasting. I don't really like that taste. I would rather smoke. I tried the Chantix. If I would have tried harder, I think I could have done it. But I blew it. I would get nauseaus for about 20 min a while after I took it, but then it went away.

Oh well, we should just keep trying not to smoke a lot. That does have to help some. So I try to find things to keep my hands busy. That does help.

Good luck
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   Posted 11/3/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a brand new former smoker, and I tried everything to help me stop until I tried the Chantix.  It blocks the nicotine receptors, and you keep smoking for the first week you take it.  It really helped me, but I also had to change my behavior (like not smoking after eating or when I was talking on the phone, etc).  I used to smoke exactly like you-I could make a Marlboro Ultra Light Menthol 100 last 3 or 4 smoking sessions.  But, you have to be ready to stop, and all the nagging in the world won't help unless you make the commitment.  BTW-where in CA are you?  As you probably know, I just moved from the Golden State. :-)
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson

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