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Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/12/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Do any of you smoke! I do, about 3-4 cigs a day. I know using straws & such can cause gas, & they say smoking can too- have any of you found this to be true? I'd like to think that after my hospital stay I'll be a non-smoker, but I do know myself all too well......
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Iron supplement
Culturelle
 


suebear
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   Posted 3/12/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I am an ex-smoker and have strong feelings on this. With the upcoming surgery and your newly restored health, this is an excellent time to quit! Believe me, the first 5 days in the hospital you will not even think of cigarettes and by then most of the withdrawl symptoms are gone. Wouldn't it be great to come out of a life altering surgery as a non smoker?

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/12/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I know!!!! I am hoping to quit for good this time- every other hospitalization I go back to a few cigs a day a week or so after I'm home. But....it would be really nice to just not start up again this time. Thanks for the encouraging words- did you quit while you were sick, or afterwards?

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Iron supplement
Culturelle
 


praying4healing
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   Posted 3/12/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
u can do it eva! we're behind u!
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting
 Healingwell.com has been my Godsend...Thank you


sfgiantsjo
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Total Posts : 420
   Posted 3/12/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Quit! Quit! Quit!

We'll be here for you to rant and rave to if you need us! This will be a goooood thing.
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
 
Jo - UC, total colectomy,ileosotmy on August 24, 2008.


Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/12/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh boy, I was hoping I'd have at least one die-hard smoker on here to back me up! devil   I'm sure I'll be ranting & raving, but it probably won't be about cigarettes. I figured the stress of adjusting to life with an ileostomy would surely justify a couple smokes a day. but... nah.....  
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Iron supplement
Culturelle
 


RITAS
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Total Posts : 140
   Posted 3/12/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Eva Lou,
I was a die-hard smoker for 11 years and I've been smoke free for 4 years now!!!! Let me tell u, it's been the best decision I ever made. I did want it after the stress of surgery but I pulled through just fine....I actually gave it up for lent one year and haven't gone back....u can do it....i know u can...we're all here to support u!!
Rita
Crohn's Free Since April '06
Total colectomy/ileostomy April '06
Reversal July '06
Bowl resection/ileostomy July '07
Currently trying to learn about the "new me"


Shaz032
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   Posted 3/13/2008 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I smoke but I have to tell you I don't take much notice of what does and doesn't cause gas for me. If I want to eat or drink something I will whether it causes gas or not. When my bag gets full of gas, I just go to the loo and empty it or, if I'm alone, 'burp' my bag to get rid of the extra gas. Try not to let your ostomy dictate to you what you do or what you eat and drink - you rule it - not the other way round!
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/13/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I like that Shaz, "you rule it". Very empowering!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 


sfgiantsjo
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 420
   Posted 3/13/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
OOOhhh, goooood one, Shaz! I'm going to keep that one in mind. What a great thought.
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
 
Jo - UC, total colectomy,ileosotmy on August 24, 2008.


Glad Bag
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   Posted 3/13/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
ok, i am the devil's advocate on this one, but really, Eva Lou, would smoking three or four smokes a day be so bad? the air quality in most cities is at least as bad as that anyway..if you can control your smoking to one or two a day, i say go for it. More power to you.

suebear, you are lucky, i was thinking about smoking the same day i woke up from surgery....I am just that much of an addict i guess.

Eva Lou, if you really have a hard time, and really want to stop, get a script for "Nicotrol" they are nicotine inhalers things that feel almost exactly like a smoke. Each cartridge lasts for a while, so they aren't as expensive as you would think. they worked for me, but i love smoking too much, so i started back up. My mom recently quit though using the leftover Nicotrol i had from after my surgery
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!" - The Beatles

doesn't that just sound cool when you sing it?


Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/13/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
See, I love smoking too- I really don't want to quit, & believe me when I say I truly enjoy my 3-4 cigs a day. And that's all I have, really! When I drink beer I crave smoking, but I haven't drank in a looooong time. And I can't see my self ever really tossing back many cocktails at this point. So I don't really want to quit, but then had heard about the whole "gas in the bag" issue with straws, & wondered if cigarettes would have the same effect. As far as meds go, I've had enough!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/13/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
this is awful, but i really miss smoking! i smoked for eight years, and i quit almost eight years ago, this month. And it is hard, i just did it cold turkey, i think that was easier, but i still want to smoke sometimes!
i don't know if it would make more gas, i guess it could, since you are sucking in air when you do it.

Ash83
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 128
   Posted 3/13/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Chantix has worked wonders for many people I know. It completely stops the urge to smoke and it loses it's appeal. Smoking is so bad for you(I know you already know this) and with all the impurities in this world already, there's no need to add to it!

lbw
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   Posted 3/13/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   

I used to smoke when I drank, I don't know why. I just really craved it when I was drinking but I haven't smoked since my surgery. If that's what gets you thru the day then it can't be all bad. There's alot worse habits out there.

Luke

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