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Old 07-13-2006, 06:33 AM   #1
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quit smoking but still wheezing

Hi all, just a quick question...I quit smoking a week ago (not that long, I know) but I still wheeze. I thought that if I weren't inhaling cigarette smoke then the wheezing would get better.

I'm on 400 mcgs of Pulmicort and take albuterol before walking outdoors. So when does the squeezing and wheezing stop? I'm very frustrated. I've been on Pulmicort for 5 months and albuterol for almost a year.

I knew when I quit smoking I wasn't going to get better overnight but, honestly, I thought the wheezing would stop since I was eliminating the irritant. Any thoughts?

 
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Old 07-13-2006, 02:15 PM   #2
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Re: quit smoking but still wheezing

tiercy
Hi all, just a quick question...I quit smoking a week ago (not that long, I know) but I still wheeze. I thought that if I weren't inhaling cigarette smoke then the wheezing would get better.

I'm on 400 mcgs of Pulmicort and take albuterol before walking outdoors. So when does the squeezing and wheezing stop? I'm very frustrated. I've been on Pulmicort for 5 months and albuterol for almost a year.

I knew when I quit smoking I wasn't going to get better overnight but, honestly, I thought the wheezing would stop since I was eliminating the irritant. Any thoughts?



Hi tiercy,

Hi my theory/thoughts are that perhaps it is too far gone.
Meaning the trigger (smoking) was not avoided and treated soon enough and now your lungs have become sensitized to other triggers as well.

I am thinking as an example, a person can start out having just one trigger perhaps cats or smoking which irritates your lungs.
After long term exposure (over a year) of this every day constant irritant
your lungs than become so irritated that you reach a point of no return & you develop a permanent condition asthma
in which your lungs or so sensitized that you can now be irritated by almost anything (humidity,allergies, exercise, smoking,etc)
even if you are avoiding the original trigger smoking/cats.

The asthma meds are supposed to reduce inflammation but apparently dosages and meds have to be adjusted at different periods in your life.
Meaning for example if you are under a period of a lot of stress you might require more powerful anti-inflammatory meds (oral steroids)

You said you only quit smoking a week ago.
Perhaps your body needs more than a week to recover and for the anit inflammatory to kick in.

I believe the you need to give at least 2 weeks for the Pulmacort to kick in while of course avoiding the irritant (smoking)
Perhaps your doctor might want to give you additional meds to add to your regiment, increase existing dosage, or go with powerful oral steroids (which can have bad side effects), etc.

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Old 07-13-2006, 06:26 PM   #3
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Re: quit smoking but still wheezing

Thank you Solaray. I guess I just thought that quitting smoking was going to be some kind a magic pill to make the asthma go away. Humidity, allergies and cold air also cause me to have an attack.

I will pass on the prednisone. I have other health problems that kept me on pred for quite some time. I was an emotional mess. I have a follow appt with the asthma doc on August 1st, if things aren't better by then, I will ask what we need to do next.

 
Old 07-13-2006, 07:42 PM   #4
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Re: quit smoking but still wheezing

Well, asthma won't go away. You'll always have it. One week isn't nearly long eough for you to see any breathing improvement....but the asthma itself won;t go away. Perhaps you just need a med adjustment. Hope oyu're seeing a pulmonologist.

 
Old 07-14-2006, 04:30 AM   #5
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Re: quit smoking but still wheezing

Titchou, I am seeing an Immunologist. Specializing in Asthma and Allergies.
I also have Lupus so I thought and immunologist would be a good choice.
Would a pulminologist be a better choice? What is the difference between the two?

 
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Re: quit smoking but still wheezing

That's a good choice. Most people don't have that option as that combo is hard to find. I'd give it more time...at least a month. I think it takes that long to see an improvement when you quit smoking and have no other issues.
And then maybe talk to the doc about the meds. You may need a different daily inhaler or a dosage change.

 
Old 07-16-2006, 04:03 PM   #7
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Re: quit smoking but still wheezing

hey there,

CONGRATS on quiting smoking, its no easy thing. just keep reminding yourself that you damanged your lungs over a period of time and it will take time for them to clean out. You should actually get worse before better. Tar build up in the lungs can cause an increase in coughing as the built up contaminates work their way up and out. Also, My father in law who quit after 20 years of smoking says you may notice a difference in the shower as the toxins work their way out of pores. As for your ashtma, talk to your doctor to see if you are eligible for something like Spiriva. Its a realativley new med that helps stop the progression of COPD and emphesema. I sure I did not just spell that right, sorry. Good luck and be patient. An allergy and asthma specialist may be in order as well as a pulmonologist.

 
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