Tight chest

Hi, currently on day 10 of quitting cold turkey, and for the last few days i have had a tight chest, almost feels like someone is sitting on it.

I went to the docs but she could find nothing physically wrong, so i havent got a chest infection or anything.

Could this be another sympton of quitting?

Another thing, i havent started coughing up any crap out of my lungs yet - does everyone get this? Should i be worried if i dont?

Thanks,

Nick

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  • Hi Nick

    As your doctor has already checked you out, I wouldn't worry about this too much. My doctor told me that in the first three or four weeks, almost anything odd can be put down to quitting!

    I don't know how long you smoked for, or how heavily, but if you think of it in terms of the adjustments that your body is having to make, it starts to make a bit more sense. Even though the nicotine and other chemicals weren't good for you, they represented what was "normal" for you for a long time.

    On the coughing issue - some people do, and some don't - either is usually fine.

  • Another thing, i havent started coughing up any crap out of my lungs yet - does everyone get this? Should i be worried if i dont?

    On the coughing issue - some people do, and some don't - either is usually fine.

    x2 on Mrs T's comment. Previously I've had attempts at stopping where I did and then others when I didn't. The main thing to take away is that it's not unusual not to.

  • Hi nick, on week 10 of my quit, first 6 weeks my chest was really tight, went exercising felt like my lungs were working about 70% had a strange feeling that I couldn't expand my lungs to full capacity. Week 6 developed cough, spent last 4 weeks coughing up shit, now beginning to feel loads better, lung function now brill.

    Hope this helps

    Jonnie

  • Thats great, thanks guys!

    :)

  • I'm on day 114 and have only just started to cough up gunk - I've only just started an exercise regime so that might be why!!!

  • a tight chest is part of the deal methinks mines been tight then loose and tight again.. itook a deep breath a month ago and its all gone into my belly. im a great big round thing now rolling about, its fun being this shape;

    Mash x

  • Hi Nick

    I haven't had tight chest, on day 82

    all I have is congestion in my nose, so don't worry just keep up the good work. :)

  • Just thought i would check in. The tight chest went after a few weeks. Im now 5 months into quitting and i still havent coughed up any crap...

  • Over 7 months for me ... and I haven't coughed up anything either Nick.

  • I'm going from coughing up crap, to being fine, to coughing up more crap. Today, I'm great, tomorrow, I may, or may not, be coughing up more crap.

    Just goes to show, everyone's different.

  • 9 months tomorrow for me and I haven't coughed anything up at all :)

  • This has been a worry for me as well - this tight chest feeling so I was really pleased to find this older post.

    well worth a bump imho

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