Lack of cough?

Hey all,

From the massive amounts of reading I have done leading up to and since I have quit, I have read that I may develop a cough as my lungs clear out the crap. It seems the most usual time is before day 3 from reading.

I am in day 4...whoop! But apart from a sore throat and stuffy nose which is a cold that came from my delightful kids, ( whole house is down with it!) I have nothing! Is the lack of a cough a good or bad thing?

I'm worried things may be to far gone and all "caked" in and not shifting :( Did anyone else not have a cough or did you get one later then most sites advise?

Thanks for any help, much appreciated.

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  • Loopy, the key word is "may". Many people, but not everybody develops a cough for a while, and some people continue to have more than average phlegm for a long time after they quit.

    Don't worry. The human body is great at taking care of itself. Your lungs and respiratory system will clean themselves at their own pace, which may or may not involve coughing an excessive phlegm.

    In case it becomes a real worry, go see your GP.

    Alex.

  • Hi Loopylane welcome to the forum and well done on day 4. I dont think i got a sore throat just a tickly cough it only lasted a few days. I am at 3months 7days quit and have had bad days and good days and yes its hard but you need to be focused all the time well thats how i have been, lots of willpower and determimation and many rants on here when felt the need to, everyone on this forum will be there for you as they have been for me and many. Well done and keep going.

  • Thanks Alex :)

    I know I sound a worry head and weird for wanting a cough lol but I actually do want the cough! It would be a sign that I have given up if that makes sense.

    I would also much rather the cough then it all just staying there for life! I know I will never have the lungs of someone who hasn't smoked ever but cleaner ex smoker lungs will do me ;)

    I have noticed that when laying on my back in bed now I don't seem to "wheeze" or "rattle"

    Gosh I sound an absolute babe huh!:rolleyes: haha!

  • Hi Loopylane welcome to the forum and well done on day 4. I dont think i got a sore throat just a tickly cough it only lasted a few days. I am at 3months 7days quit and have had bad days and good days and yes its hard but you need to be focused all the time well thats how i have been, lots of willpower and determimation and many rants on here when felt the need to, everyone on this forum will be there for you as they have been for me and many. Well done and keep going.

    Thank you for your post. I would love the tickly cough! lol Strange girl I know ;)

    Well done on doing over 3 months! I really hope I stick this out and can say that soon! I actually think I will do it! I know that sounds conceited and I apologise, I had a health scare which prompted my quit and it seems to of scared me more then my kids faces ever did when they begged me to stop :( (bad mum alert!)

    I do though miss smoking :( I enjoyed it if I am honest! But I am also looking forward to being a bona fide non smoker like you and others on here!

    Thank you again :)

  • Loopy, be careful what you wish for! I doubt you want to be posting about a persistent cough in six months from now :)

    Strength with your quit!

    Alex.

  • Very true Alex!

    But then I am a girl and entitled never to be happy with what I have lol :D Thank you for taking the time to put my mind at rest.

  • Hey Loopy,

    I'm over 90 days today and I never had a cough or sore throat. Like Alex says, everyone is different.

    I also "miss" smoking from time to time, but if you are truly honest with yourself, you must admit you never really "enjoyed" it. You "enjoyed" relieving your withdrawal symptoms every so often. Keep reminding yourself of those false memories and think about all the positives of quitting.

  • Hi Loopy

    I just wanted to add in that i never got a cough, i only had the lovelly phelgm bringing itself up constantly for a few months and now 7 months in i still get it but very occasionally and no where near as bad as the beginning. Hopefully you will just heal nicely and not have too many side effects.

    Good luck with your quit your doing so well.

    lol :)

  • I quit because I had a cold but I was also like you loopy and I didn’t and haven’t coughed after quitting, for a while I actually worried that if it wasn’t coming up it must be congealing in the bottom of my lungs (sorry gross I know) but all those months later I still have not brought up any gunk and although I had a cold after Christmas I am still gunk free so don’t worry as everyone has said we are all so different and the quitting process affects us all in totally different ways, I agree as well in that the last think I want now is a persistent cough as to me that would be scary, you are doing well so be grateful for small mercies and enjoy being cough and wheeze free.

    PS welcome to the forum.

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