Originally Posted by ember919
I've been surpised by the number of smokers or ex-smokers on this board. You know, they tell you to quit after the surgery because smoking supposedly inhibits bone healing, but now I really wonder if any of us are in this situation because we smoked in the past? Did smoking contribute to the problems or make them worse than they'd have been if we had been non-smokers? I was off and on for years, but never smoked a lot like some do.
Just idle observation/curiosity.
I believe you actually have some validity in your observation/curiosity. When I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in July 05, my first thought was the smoking did it to me. Nope. ... however ... because the hyperthyroidism I had, (prior to the radioiodine treatment that fried my thyroid to render me hypothryoid) was the most common, Graves disease of the eyes, (but affects your whole body & functions ... joy). I now see double, (what was actually the reason my herniated disks in my neck were diagnosed and is presently the least of my worries) and from what my endocrinologist told me is that if I didn't quit smoking, my vision would continue to get worse.
So, my eyesite may never go back to single vision but if I stay off the butts, it won't get worse & I can still read & drive. :-)
When I see him tomorrow, I'm going to ask him to clarify that and ask him his opinion on my herniated disks. I trust his knowledge in many matters. He told me that of the people who get Graves Disease, people who smoke get double vision 15 times more than people who don't, so of the Graves disease patients, 1 non-smoker will get double vision, compared to 15 smokers. I always knew this could bite me in the butt but, I was a defient rebel, I kind of still am ... which makes it difficult in this lovely Aspen collar for the next 10 or so weeks. ;-) Anyway, I digress, my Endro. knows his pharmaceuticals well and prescribed my blood pressure medicine, which is the main reason I'm seeing him.
I still can't sleep through the night due to the pain waking me up, my blood pressure is a little high but the chest pains are subsiding. I want him to do some bloodwork to make sure everything in my endocrine system is where it should be considering the procedure I went through only 12 days ago.
I really hope I quit the cigarettes before doing extreme damage, and get other diseases like a heart attack, stroke, empysymia & lung cancer or any other horrid disease. This is hard enough to go through at what should be the prime of my life, (43). Believe me, it's hard for my family too because they are just realizing that I truly did most everything in and out of this house for this home and I can't
play the martyr anymore. What a learning experience this whole ordeal seems to be. As was being diagnosed with hyperthyroidsim, which started my intense thirst to know what was wrong & why & how I was going to cope & make my kids, (age 10 & 13, plenty old enough to do ALL the chores) do what was expected of me when I was growing up and what I expect of them. Now, they have to do a bit more, while their dad is exhausted trying to keep up with it all and doing a fine job if I do say so. He's able to work from home while being here for me but realises it's a lot of work and takes alot of planning out here in the middle of nowhere to keep house & activities running smoothly.
Sorry to ramble, I probably gave you all way more information than you wanted but I do believe smoking has exasperbated conditions we may all were prone to anyway, hence making the situation, let's say, not so pleasant.