To cough or not to cough?

Hi Everyone,

I know that a lot of people find that they cough perhaps more when they have quit as your lungs clear all the nasties that have accumulated there.

I have COPD, my chest & cough where VERY bad by the time I quit this time. Often felt like I was drowning & constantly coughing :(

When I quit I always stop coughing, totally. So whats happening to all my nasties? Are they just sitting there?

I can now actually breathe in & out without coughing, wheezing etc so obviuosly my chest is greatly improved :D

Just wondered if anyone else is the same & if anyone had a clue where all my years of gunk due to smoking may have gone??

Cheers.

Gaynor x

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  • Hi Everyone,

    I know that a lot of people find that they cough perhaps more when they have quit as your lungs clear all the nasties that have accumulated there.

    I have COPD, my chest & cough where VERY bad by the time I quit this time. Often felt like I was drowning & constantly coughing :(

    When I quit I always stop coughing, totally. So whats happening to all my nasties? Are they just sitting there?

    I can now actually breathe in & out without coughing, wheezing etc so obviuosly my chest is greatly improved :D

    Just wondered if anyone else is the same & if anyone had a clue where all my years of gunk due to smoking may have gone??

    Cheers.

    Gaynor x

    Morning Gaynor

    sounds to me you have cleared enough ,and your body can cope with what's left (if any i dont know Doc will answer that one) but that's great isn't it ? nothing like a good cough and clear the gunge out ...twenty odd years of crap finally out of our bodies ... i am greedy i hope there is more i can get out :) bet you feel great now don't you ?

  • Hi Bradders,

    But most people continue to cough for a while once they have quit. I don't, stop smoking, stop coughing.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining just interested.

    I FEEL GREAT, thank you :D

    G x

  • Hi Bradders,

    But most people continue to cough for a while once they have quit. I don't, stop smoking, stop coughing.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining just interested.

    I FEEL GREAT, thank you :D

    G x

    Have you made an appointment to ask that question ..... Everyone is different Gaynor peraps your lungs are healing very quickly to the point they are coping now .....can only be great news .... i suffer from colds more often now ....(no not man flu )

    Gaynor what is normal now? after twenty to thirty years of killing our immune system and then suddenly stop doing just that ...... what is normal ? every ache now feel like someone has stabbed me where before i would have a fag and not feel it ..................

    Might be worth a trip to the Doc's he will answer your question i am sure .....:)

  • Hi gaynor

    that happened with me i had a cough for years for ever having to clear my throat and as for wheezing it was awful especially at bedtime took me ages to get to sleep..

    but i must admit when i quit on was on steriods and antibiotics so wheather is was them i dont know..

    but i did post this on another forum cos i too was worried that everyone else got coughs and i didnt mine had gone and the reply i got from a lady was that the very same thing happened to her mum and she was fine ..so like the quit maybe its different for everyone ..:)

    June..

  • Next time I have a routine check up I will try to remember to ask :)

    It is SO GOOD not to be coughing, wheezing, choking etc. To be able to breathe in deeply & out (not so deeply but the damage done to my lungs will never improve just not get worse at the same rate).

    I am lucky & never used to get many colds at all when I smoked. However when I did it went straight to my chest & hung around for weeks :(

    I have noticed other people say they have developed aches after quitting or those they had already seem worse. Guess they where like that before but smoking just releived it a little, much like alcohol does. My back would not hurt at all if I had drunk lots CQ.

    G x

  • Hi Gaynor Im not sure about COPD as the only person I know who has it is my friend and you, and she want quit so well what can you say she can only just get up the stairs now at 47 what will she be like in another 10 years scary, you are doing amazingly well and as for the cough I had a stinking cough and cold when I quit and after 2 weeks havent coughed since not a bit and like you I do think its strange, does it mean that we have cleared as much out as we can or that its sitting in wait for us LOL oooo that is even more scarey like some big creeping black mass ugh.

    When you find out it would be good to know, I have had chest exray last year and that was clear but what they can see from that dont know and had peak flow and that was normal for my age at 450, people talk about spirometer tests which tell you your lung capacity and wonder if thats the same as peak flow no idea.

    At least you know that you have halted yours in its tracks Go Girl Go xx

  • Hi Gaynor

    When I smoked I'd have a little 'clearing' some mornings or during the day. Nothing much thank goodness, but something there.

    Now I've quit, like you, there's nothing clearing now.

    I'm puzzled by it to be honest. I expected some amount but to have had nothing so far does seem strange.

    Normal or not, I find it's strange.

    All the best to you with your continuing quit :)

  • I been reading up on COPD Gaynor to ty an understand about it in more detail

    I think you are truly amazing to get out and stay out of the slavery of them fags with other health problems to contend with on top of your illness

    Big Pat on your back babes (and this time im deffo behind you just in case):p

    You know you MUST stay quit but thats a tough order when the junkie mind comes calling

    Stay strong, we all support you every step as you continue to do well and stay well:)

    Hugz Chrissie xx

    Awwww, thanks Chrissie,

    I am not amazing, just did not want to die a slow painful death & not being able to breathe is darned scary :eek:

    No must about it hun, done with it, gone, not part of my life or me now or ever :D

    Thanks again for always being there & always making me smile or laugh no matter how I feel.

    Love n hugs, G xx

  • Hi gaynor

    that happened with me i had a cough for years for ever having to clear my throat and as for wheezing it was awful especially at bedtime took me ages to get to sleep..

    but i must admit when i quit on was on steriods and antibiotics so wheather is was them i dont know..

    but i did post this on another forum cos i too was worried that everyone else got coughs and i didnt mine had gone and the reply i got from a lady was that the very same thing happened to her mum and she was fine ..so like the quit maybe its different for everyone ..:)

    June..

    Thank you June,

    Nice to know I am not.........well wierd :eek:

    G xx

  • Hi Gaynor Im not sure about COPD as the only person I know who has it is my friend and you, and she want quit so well what can you say she can only just get up the stairs now at 47 what will she be like in another 10 years scary, you are doing amazingly well and as for the cough I had a stinking cough and cold when I quit and after 2 weeks havent coughed since not a bit and like you I do think its strange, does it mean that we have cleared as much out as we can or that its sitting in wait for us LOL oooo that is even more scarey like some big creeping black mass ugh.

    When you find out it would be good to know, I have had chest exray last year and that was clear but what they can see from that dont know and had peak flow and that was normal for my age at 450, people talk about spirometer tests which tell you your lung capacity and wonder if thats the same as peak flow no idea.

    At least you know that you have halted yours in its tracks Go Girl Go xx

    Hi J,

    Hope your friend does manage to quit. I am only a little bit older than her & I do know the more scared you get about your health the more you want to smoke, well I did, Doh! In the end I knew that I did not want to die young & it was getting so bad I knew that it would not be long (in the scale of things) before I ended up incapable of even walking & on oxygen. No choice really in the end.

    LVL at the creeping black mass, I did think is it sitting there in a nasty gunky layer, yukky. When I go to the docs next I will ask & post.

    Glad your peak flow test was good. I have a spirometry test (lung function) every year so am hoping for an incredible improvement. Last year when I went it gave my lung age as 75 :mad:

    Hugs, G xx

  • Hi Gaynor

    When I smoked I'd have a little 'clearing' some morning or during the day. Nothing much thank goodness, but something there.

    Now I've quit, like you, nothing clearing now.

    I'm puzzled by it to be honest. I expected some amount but to have had nothing so far does seem strange.

    Normal or not, I find it's strange.

    All the best to you with your continuing quit :)

    Thanks Pol, well done to you as well :D

    Perhaps we are just unique, not strange LVL :D

    G xx

  • Will have to ask when I see my rheumatologist if I can have one and see if Im a lot older than I am LOL feel it, can you get about ok or has it reduced your mobility, it has also affected her circulation and she gets cold feet not sure if thats related as like most people dont know will have to check it out hate being ignorant about things xx

  • I used to get REALLY out of breath, would have to stop at the top of stairs till I got my breath back. Anything like hoovering was hard work as I got out of breath. Anything apart from sitting made me out of breath.

    My circulation was bad as well, always getting bad cramp in my legs & feet & purple is not a good shade at all. Now I am all pink & NO cramps :D

    G x

  • Hi Gaynor

    I have mild copd, and like you from day 1 of my quit my cough just dissapeared, i had an appointment last week for a check up (lung function etc) so brought this up to the practice nurse who couldn't offer an explanation but did not seem to find it strange. she did say that maybe if/when i did start to cough it would be like a soot fall :eek:

  • Thank you Burney for that,

    I hope your copd is much improved now you have stopped. Did your lung function test come out much better?

    Soot fall hey, LOL, will look forward to that if it happens then :D

    Gaynor x

  • Hi Gaynor,

    Yes the PFTs all showed improvement,which was a good reinforcement to my quit:) i was particularly interested in my lung age as the last time it came back at 83:eek: and considering my true age i was really shocked, the results showed it now to be 71.

  • I'm glad the results where more positvie Burney. My lung age last year was 75 so like you was rather a shock. Hope mine comes down loads as well this time then :D

    Gaynor x

  • Gaynor had to post this even if its a bit out of date, if you want to cough get a heavy duty frying pan and heat up your dry spice seeds ie pepper corns cardinams etc and then dry chillies then add the oil and forget what you are doing and take deep breath believe me you will cough for about 3 hours and cant stop, at the time I thought I was never going to stop ever but did eventually.

    Joking apart dont try this at home, I normally do that out side but couldnt be bothered to get the wok burner out and hey ho major coughing fit it was so scary.

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