Read my feelings at almost 5 months

At April 18th 2010 I will celebrate 5 months of not smoking, and I am so proud of myself as I done it "cold turkey". Well the truth was that I had a CT Scan on 19th December 2009 after going to A&E with a pain in the lung area when I was breathing. The Pain disappeared after 24 hours and I was given a CT Scan and something was seen on my lung, fast forward 10 weeks and another CT Scan shows that everything is o.k.,but the fear of this whole process gave me the determination to stop smoking.

I am 55 years old and have been smoking for about 35 years and I tried to stop two years ago with Champix but it messed with my head and I was back to smoking.

Since I stopped I have found this site to be very helpful as I was able to read other peoples experiences and in particular the withdrawal symptoms which seem to differ from person to person and as an example everyone seems to go through the coughing stage but at nearly 5 months quit I have never had any coughing?I have, and think that I am currently suffering from slight depression,and for the last month I have had a tingling sensation on my face and I can only think that it is nerve endings starting to work, I also seem to suffer from tiredness even although I am getting 8 hours sleep each night. I also seem to have developed slight back pain (muscular between the shoulders) which is helped by a hot bath or a massage and I just wonder if anyone else experienced this as I am conviced it is conected to my stopping smoking,all this said I feel convinced that I will never return to smoking and I would like to say a big thank you to every single person who has took the time to add comments to this site as it has helped me to stay off smoking to this point, and I hope that my comment will help someone else to stay off cigarettes.

Age 55

Smoking for 35 year

Three kids and two grandchildren

Rejoined Gym at local heath centre? 5 months ago I could not walk up a set of stairs without struggling for breath and it has all changed now.

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  • At April 18th 2010 I will celebrate 5 months of not smoking, and I am so proud of myself as I done it "cold turkey". Well the truth was that I had a CT Scan on 19th December 2009 after going to A&E with a pain in the lung area when I was breathing. The Pain disappeared after 24 hours and I was given a CT Scan and something was seen on my lung, fast forward 10 weeks and another CT Scan shows that everything is o.k.,but the fear of this whole process gave me the determination to stop smoking.

    I am 55 years old and have been smoking for about 35 years and I tried to stop two years ago with Champix but it messed with my head and I was back to smoking.

    Since I stopped I have found this site to be very helpful as I was able to read other peoples experiences and in particular the withdrawal symptoms which seem to differ from person to person and as an example everyone seems to go through the coughing stage but at nearly 5 months quit I have never had any coughing?I have, and think that I am currently suffering from slight depression,and for the last month I have had a tingling sensation on my face and I can only think that it is nerve endings starting to work, I also seem to suffer from tiredness even although I am getting 8 hours sleep each night. I also seem to have developed slight back pain (muscular between the shoulders) which is helped by a hot bath or a massage and I just wonder if anyone else experienced this as I am conviced it is conected to my stopping smoking,all this said I feel convinced that I will never return to smoking and I would like to say a big thank you to every single person who has took the time to add comments to this site as it has helped me to stay off smoking to this point, and I hope that my comment will help someone else to stay off cigarettes.

    Age 55

    Smoking for 35 year

    Three kids and two grandchildren

    Rejoined Gym at local heath centre? 5 months ago I could not walk up a set of stairs without struggling for breath and it has all changed now.

    Hi Danny

    First off congrats on your 5 months mate tha's brilliant... i know what you mean about being scared into quitting, think sometime as a smoker we have that oh it will never happen to me ..course it will just takes something like you had to make us finally get our fingers out and quit glad you did mate glad we all did ...good luck to you as you go along keep posting let us know how things are and how you are doing ....:)

  • i think its your trapezius muscle giving you problems, thats one of the first to seize up if you are feeling a bit tense which could in turn be related to the depression, but im no doctor :)

  • Hi Danny.

    I've got a trapped/pinched nerve in my shoulder I'm convinced. Seeing doctor on Monday. I've had intermittent neck and shoulder pain over the last few years but never this bad. The weird thing is this particular bout of pain started the day I quit the nicotine patches and has continued ever since - I'm sure it's stress related.

    Whatever happens I won't start smoking again. Like you I love my new feeling of having more energy and generally feeling fitter and I'm sure once my subconscious finally gets the message that I'm not smoking ever again no matter what then this pain and the cravings will all melt away.

    KTQ,

  • mini

    Thanks for your comments and well done for staying off the fags since 5th Feb,

    Dannyboy

  • Thanks Sue

    Hi Danny

    First off congrats on your 5 months mate tha's brilliant... i know what you mean about being scared into quitting, think sometime as a smoker we have that oh it will never happen to me ..course it will just takes something like you had to make us finally get our fingers out and quit glad you did mate glad we all did ...good luck to you as you go along keep posting let us know how things are and how you are doing ....:)

    Sue thanks for your reply,and you are saying the same as myself, that this back ache is caused by some type of stress and this is related to stopping smoking. I notice that you stopped on january 25th with a slight slip on 7th march, well forget the slip and take a pat on the back for stopping this habit and I will be watching your progress.

    Dannyboy

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