Just thought I would vent a bit here, hope its the right place.
As smoking seems to be the main reason we have all damaged our lungs with COPD
I think stopping this habit is probably the hardest thing to do and get your head around.
Would like to know how people are managing this in real terms and perhaps continuos mention/
info/ support and encouragement of each other could help many that feel alone in this huge struggle.
I smoked for over 40 years, from the age of 15 until I had a heart attack last October 16 days after I quit smoking. Im 58 now.
I had a relapse (gave in again) in March and then stopped again in May. After recently being diagnosed with COPD fev1 56% I am determined to stay off the cigs. I have done the stop / start thing for years and now try to avoid being next to people that smoke because I am easily encouraged .
I find it VERY hard at times not smoking. I have been using patches daily since May and struggle when I reduce them to the lower strength (stage 2). I also have some nicotine gum 2mg and a vape for if the cravings get too much or I am stressed. Basically anything to keep my off the cigs.
I would appreciate learning what works for others that struggle.
When I stopped smoking I felt awful with build up of phlegm, chest pain, headaches etc but after reading what others have experienced realise this is common as my lungs had to learn to cope without the poisons and clear out somewhat. I will get the results of my latest breathing test tomorrow, fingers crossed that it hasn't gone worse. I will let you know!
I have found the BLF self care and exercise pack very useful and try to do the exercises every other day. I have also joined a pilates class once a week. I do not think PR is available in my area but have found a breath easy group that meets monthly that I will try next week. I was terrified when I was told I have COPD but now I have had good (valid) information from here feel pretty positive. Thanks to ya all!. Its just the smoking cessation that gets to me now more than anything. 40 years of habit and all that.....
Please post your thoughts and advise as I think there are many of us on here could do with the support.
Thanks and please all keep up the good work and take care of you.