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Old 11-04-2003, 09:38 PM   #1
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I am a 28 year old woman. I have smoked since 8th grade. About 3 years ago i got bronchitis.{sp?} Ever since then I have breathing problems, I use my inhaler almost daily. I sometimes hve chest pains, and raipid pulse. My doctor says I am too young, but I don't believe her. I have had a chest ex ray about 2 years ago which were normal. I am worried about lung cancer. I do not cough up blood but I have a hard time breathing and sometimes get back pain. I am not short of breath when walking or going upstairs though. My doctor keeps pushing away my concerns. I want another ex ray. Do you think I am paranoid or is it just the smoking.? I don't know what I am looking for, I just feel lost. I want to quit smoking so much.


My mom has non-hodgkins lyphoma.. I feel it runs in the family. any help would be appricated. Thank you so much for your time.

 
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:01 AM   #2
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Brook123,

I have smoked since I was in 13 and in January I decided to quit (of course this was the 4th time) but this time I knew I wanted to. I quit cold turkey---sucked alot of suckers!!! BUT I DID IT!! If there is a will to quit --you will.
I am so glad that I did quit---My Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 monthes ago----and it is a very ugley. IF anyone who smoked could feel her pain and see her suffer, I would think that would be enough! I have 3 sisters and a brother that still smoke and watch her go down every day!! I ask myself every time they go outside to smoke--why why why! What will it take!! I know it is not easy for anyone but if you want to bad enough you can!
Good luck to you! May God bless you and give you strength to quit!

 
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Old 12-18-2003, 07:47 PM   #3
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I am only 35, heavy smoker since 8th grade also. Last year they told me I was pre-emphasyma....I didnt quit. Last week they found a 5mm nodule in my upper left lung, they dont know what it is, they want to wait 3 months and re-exray to see if it has grown. Im scared. 2 to 3 packs of ciggs a day, to now...1 pack a day, and a few more days, hopefully a non smoker. It is hard, but i am very afraid. I have 5 young daughters. Please stop smoking now, and dont believe your doc when he says you are too young.

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Old 12-19-2003, 08:05 AM   #4
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I am only 35, heavy smoker since 8th grade also. Last year they told me I was pre-emphasyma....I didnt quit. Last week they found a 5mm nodule in my upper left lung, they dont know what it is, they want to wait 3 months and re-exray to see if it has grown. Im scared. 2 to 3 packs of ciggs a day, to now...1 pack a day, and a few more days, hopefully a non smoker. It is hard, but i am very afraid. I have 5 young daughters. Please stop smoking now, and dont believe your doc when he says you are too young.

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Kelly,

Don't wait the three months to re-x-ray, find someone who will start tests immediately. Maybe a biopsy, reguardless if this grows or not within three months you still need to know what it is. I would suggest telling your doctor to do something about it now or you will find a physician who will. A lot can happen in three months. My thoughts and prayers are with you and good luck with the smoking...please keep us posted.
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Old 12-20-2003, 02:54 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your comments. Kelly, I would seek a second opinion, I also would not wait either. I have asthma due to smoking, I think I am now ready to quit, before it is too late. I was recently in the hospital for other problems and they did a chest x-ray, they said it came back normal. My thoughts and prayers are with you, quitting smoking will be hard, but it's better then living this way.

 
Old 12-20-2003, 04:00 PM   #6
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Mdphoto:

I didn't want to wait 3 mos. I "reminded again" my doc that my family is very tainted with lung cancer. I told her I wanted a CT scan. She said she didnt think it was necessary, I told her YES IT IS. She called me just yesterday, said she discussed it with a pulmonary specialist, and scheduled my catscan for Monday (this monday). OKAY, I got what i wanted, now im scared to death, what if it shows more nodules? what if the results are bad? how can i handle that? what will happen to my children if im sick? Anyway all these thoughts rushing through my head. Now, to JEN---you might try (as a smoking cessation tactic) smoking American Freedom cigarettes. They are 100% pure tobacco, and yes I know this does not make them neccessarily safer, but, i've heard that it is the CHEMICALS, such as formaldahyde and arsenic in ciggarettes that keeps us hooked. I could be wrong, but ive been cutting down on smoking with these American Spirits and they are just as strong, but definately not as satisfying, so I smoke less and less. You can tell as you smoke them that they probably wont satisfy your physiological addiction, but the help the "habit" aspect. Anyway, just a thought. Ill keep you all informed.




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Kelly,

Don't wait the three months to re-x-ray, find someone who will start tests immediately. Maybe a biopsy, reguardless if this grows or not within three months you still need to know what it is. I would suggest telling your doctor to do something about it now or you will find a physician who will. A lot can happen in three months. My thoughts and prayers are with you and good luck with the smoking...please keep us posted.
K.

 
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As someone that just quit smoking after 53 years non stop I am going to tell you that it is not as hard as you think if your head is in the right place. If you go in thinking it is hard and that you will fail, you will. The nicotine is out of your system quickly. Drink water everytime you want to light up. the craving passes so redirect your mind and just think of all the millions of people that have quit and realize they are not smarter or stronger than you. Don't set a quit date. Just do it when you are down to a couple cigarettes and don't kid yourself that by only having a couple that you have "almost" quit. No such thing. I ha ve severe emphysema, have been on life support and still did not quit until I realized what a dope I was and what a crummy life I was going to have. 95% of quitting is mental so don't blame it on the cigarettes because the "drug" is gone from your system quickly. Use the patch and a nicotrol inhaler to puff on once in a while if you are having a fit but don't keep any cigarettes around and stop thinking how hard it is. You can do it and must if you want a decent life down the road.

 
Old 12-21-2003, 12:47 PM   #8
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Kelly, Please keep us informed, I will be thinking of you and praying for good results. I have heard of those cigaretts, but I think I am just going to go cold turkey. wish me luck!


Canyondweller, I think I am just going to quit, I have always had a reason not to, but I am having health problems and I know it is now or never. thank you both for your advice.

 
Old 12-30-2003, 03:09 PM   #9
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Kelly, Please keep us informed, I will be thinking of you and praying for good results. I have heard of those cigaretts, but I think I am just going to go cold turkey. wish me luck!


Canyondweller, I think I am just going to quit, I have always had a reason not to, but I am having health problems and I know it is now or never. thank you both for your advice.

hi jenbrooke! i have been wrestling with giving up smoking for about two weeks now. i had gone a day here and a day there without smoking at all. but i kept relapsing. i'm not ready to give up though, so far today, i haven't smoked. i think i kept relapsing because i had tobacco in the house. i wasn't even enjoying the smokes, i was just smoking them because they were around. now, i have absoloutly no tobacco in my house, and i sure as hell am not going to go buy any! i have had a lot of the same physical symptoms you described. so i have been amazed at how much easier i was breathing after not smoking for even one day! i also never expected my energy level to pick up the way it did! the tightness in my chest relaxes a bit. i think you should get the medical attention you want to make sure your lungs are ok, but chances are, it may just be the smoking! i'm 27 and have been smoking a pack of marlboro reds every day for the past nine years. my recent experience with a terrible flu made me decide to try quitting. i could just feel it moving into my lungs.......and i didn't want to end up in the er again with bronchitis. also, the person who posted, saying it's all about the attitude you have about quitting, is right. it probably is harder if you tell yourself it's going to be hard. if you need some support to quit, join me at the smoking cessation boards. i just joined it, there are some great ladies to talk to there! good luck to you!

 
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