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I Have Been Ill since i Stopped Smoking. What's Going on? medical people?

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Tortington Sun 04-Sep-11 22:51:32

Any ideas?

I had a cold, then i had the flu, the flu that you can't get out of bed from, i've been to the doctors - i was on steroids becuase my breathing was so bad, i have asthma and at 39 yrs old i ws only blowing 200 on the peak flow.

soi got over the flu,...kinda...but somethings been lingring, i cough and cough until i feel i can't breath, i am exhausted, wheesy and not sleeping. my back and lungs hurt and i am generally fed-the-fuck-up with this now.

i am going to see an asthma nurse. but i literally haven't stopped being ill for even a day in MONTHS.

i get that the lungs are coughing up shit, and they do that - but for months? i can't cope - any ideas?

Nyx Sun 04-Sep-11 22:59:46

Well done for quitting. I won't say congratulations just yet, until you feel better!

I'm sorry, I have no idea at all, but I have been there - really very much one thing after another, and I'm certain it was linked to quitting. I am planning to stop smoking (again) tomorrow and you've just reminded me about this. Am still going to do it though. I will be watching the thread. Good luck!

Tortington Sun 04-Sep-11 23:17:14

thanks - goopd luck to you too!

Nyx Sun 04-Sep-11 23:21:11

Thanks - am about to start a thread, to force me to go through with it - I've never managed to go along to a meeting...perhaps Mumsnet will be a good substitute!

Tortington Sun 04-Sep-11 23:22:25

highyl excellent i can recommend them

MrsFlittersnoop Sun 04-Sep-11 23:50:32

Aah, shit Custardo, am so sorry to hear this. sad

Gave up a 30 year+ 20+ per day year fag habit last March (on Champix) . Have not had any side effects though.

Have you thought about other allergic stuff which might be making you cough or affecting your lungs?

DH (VVV heavy smoker) stopped when I did. He is also asthmatic and has had loads of allergic reactions/problems this summer since quitting fags.

He reckons its still much better to be fag-free however smile.

YAY! to fag-free living!

Tortington Mon 05-Sep-11 22:16:00

congrats to you and well bloody done

i wouldnt go back now

doc ringing me tomorrow am to wee if i am worthy of an appointmenthmm

thanks x

HeyYouJimmy Mon 05-Sep-11 22:16:52

I'm with you on this Custardo, the only difference is that I don't have asthma. When I gave up smoking over 3 years ago I was counghing and hacking like I was on my last legs for the best part of 7 months, then things settled down.

After a few months I wondered what I got out of it and was very tempted to light up again, but I kept telling myself that I'd come this far and I was determined not to go back. Every time I coughed and hacked, I imagined that all the crap I'd inhaled over the years was what my body was getting rid of.


fanjoforthemammaries7850 Mon 05-Sep-11 22:21:04

Could well be a secondary chest infection following flu, they are common

Imnotaslimjim Mon 05-Sep-11 22:29:37

Sorry to hear you're struggling, hopefully the GP will see sense and make space to see you tomorrow.

I've been off the fags for 15 months now, and the first couple of months I was like you are. I got cold after cold. I have 2 young DC so when they brought bugs home from school I caught them, every single time

But now I'm doing great, and I'm sure you will too. Just persevere, you'll get there

nightcat Mon 05-Sep-11 22:40:53

HeyYou is right, you are detoxing from the build up of fag toxins, hang in there, if you want to speed/ease the process, drink more liquids, try juicing or simply try a superhealthy diet (5+++ fresh veg/fruit) - or even some vitamins
<have seen this with my late dad and more recently my ex>

bibbitybobbityhat Mon 05-Sep-11 22:45:09

Oh God, no idea what's going on with you but just wanted to say well done on keeping off em. I'm sure its something to do with gradually getting rid of protective coating of tar n shit on your lungs.

lubeybooby Mon 05-Sep-11 22:51:21

Well done, I found I was ill for ages too. Thing is your immune system has been so supressed and now it's back it will play havoc and attack everything. It settled down for me after about ten months

Tortington Wed 07-Sep-11 04:36:32

7 months!!!
10 months!!

thanks for all the good wishes

went to docs today, got another round of steroids, a lovely new spacer - it really is nice! and a peak flow meter - i love pre-payment cards grin

today i have a cold my sinuses hurt like a mofo. can't sleep and have some stupid team building fucking thing which involvs raft building on a body of water

i can't duck out either as its a new job, so am pretending to like joining in etc.

so fucking ill, tired and pissed off

cheers everyone x glad to know im not alone

MaMattoo Wed 07-Sep-11 04:47:09

Have been in your shoes and you have my sympathies! What did eventually help was a steamer in the room (warm mist kind). I was coughing very dramatically for about 5 months..gets better. Good luck with outdoor activity tmrw! Get better soon.

Iamseeingstars Wed 07-Sep-11 09:03:31

have you been to the doctor and got checked out?

Tortington Thu 08-Sep-11 19:34:44

yes yes been docs on steroids again!!!

asthma nurse monday

CMOTdibbler Thu 08-Sep-11 19:41:06

You are coughing more as the little hairs in your lungs that the smoke had destroyed are growing back and are now able to clear the crud out of your lungs
It will get better

hiddenhome Fri 09-Sep-11 23:43:32

I gave up 20 months ago and have only just started to feel well. I got infection after infection when I quit and I was totally sick of it, but it does get better.

Try to build up your immune system with some vitamins, echinacea and manuka honey. Sambucol elderberry extract is also anti viral and will help with the winter infections.

adamschic Fri 09-Sep-11 23:52:19

I've given up and haven't coughed or had respiratory problems at all. I didn't when I smoked though, will admit to feeling slightly better, especially first thing in the morning.

I have heard of people getting coughs a flu after giving up so maybe it's a warning that you were due to quit grin.

I have found that since turning a certain age, I ache when I've sat in one position for a while, have lots of other issues so am glad that my lungs are at least, healthy.

Tortington Sat 10-Sep-11 00:59:03

20 bloody months?!

christ on a bike

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