Hi all. I was a smoker for over 30 years. I quit 21 months ago, and hoped that I'd be healthy and happy by now. But sadly, I have gone downhill ever since. Within two weeks after my quit, I developed a gluten intolerance. A month later, my thyroid gland went on strike. Those were things I could deal with... going gluten free and finding an amazing Thyroid specialist.
But three months ago, I developed breathing issues. I've been taking an antihistamine and using an inhaler, but I'm at my wit's end. I've heard stories of detoxing taking a while ... but 2 years? I'm having more tests done next week, but I'm about ready to throw in the towel. (I really have no desire to smoke, but I don't know what else to do to feel better.)
Is there anyone else out there that's had so many health issues after quitting? My best friend and I quit at the same time, and she's the picture of health. But me ..... I'm ready to buy a pack, just so I can feel healthy and happy again.
Please don't go back to smoking, you have conquered that evil habit!! A cigarette right now will not make you feel better, it will make you dizzy and nauseous on top of your other ills!
I have had issues but I don't think they are smoking related. My fingernails used to be my pride and joy, now they are thin, short, brittle and break all the time. I am depressed - don't know if it's from quitting smoking, but it's making me sleep and eat a lot!
I will not go buy a pack. It's so much more liberating not having to smoke.
Good luck!! Let us know how you are doing!
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I'm still smoking but know a bit about what you're going through. It would be nice if I could just throw them down and walk away but know it's not going to happen. I can applaud anyone who can quit smoking successfully. I tried Chantix and thought I was going to die from the leg and chest pains it caused. Girlfriend did chantix with no problem. Yet, others I know had hallucinations and nightmares with no physical effects.
For one thing, you spent 30 years putting all that stuff in your body and your body adjusted or compensated to tolerate it. Some of the garbage will leave on it's own and some will be with you forever. Detox is as mysterious as any malady just as addiction can be. It seems that there are some good things that Niacin does to help flush out the toxins. I'm definitely more convinced that a natural approach with supplements and changes in behavior with exercise is a best approach. One theory in my mind is that the body will have to go through changes to rebuild and reconfigure to the new you. Definitely, not everyone has the same body chemistry and everyone will have to tailor their treatment to what works for them. Address each symptom individually and look at what they have in common then cut down on the unnecessary or duplicated supplements. Many are synergistic so taking a particular combination very well may work better than one simple supplement alone.
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Were you starting to have the health issues when you quit? is that part of why you quit? I am no Doctor but I am pretty confident that quitting smoking did not bring on the issues. Perhaps if not consciously then subconsciously you felt the health issues and knew it was time to quit.
LPD.....the same has happened to me. I smoked for about 25 years. Finally thought I better quit (didn't really want to, liked it too much) and it was good for my health (so I thought). I used Chantix and quit just fine with no side effects.
Around 6 months later I got a really bad sinus infection, then pink eye. Ok, no big deal. Then my heart went crazy (self diagnosed to be I think, PSVT). But the most aggravating thing is a RASH of all things. Can't get rid of it. It seems to be everywhere. Dermatologist says it's contact dermatitis, however I have done everything I know to do to make it better (patch testing also)......NOTHING!
Anyway...thought about going back to smoking again too. At least I felt better!! But I just can't get over the fact that I would be killing myself even faster, plus the cost!!
All in all, I think my problems boils down to stress. Don't feel stressed, but my body might since I'm not smoking now. So hang in there....do ALOT of reading and research on your conditions, how to fix them and how to deal with them.
I don't know why all this happens after the decision to better ourselves by quitting. I sometimes wonder if smoking wasn't an invisible blanket that masked all of our ailments. Doctors deny that quitting has caused any of these problems. Either way....know that you're not alone. Others feel or have felt the same thing, whether they admit it or not.
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