The gloves are off and it nearly had me…
After much deliberation I have decided to share my experience with this forum. I am never one for spreading negative vibes and if you look at all my previous posts they have been very positive.
I have been ill for a while and have decided (my doctor disagrees) that the root cause of this is smoking. Please note I am not blaming quitting.
I am now on day 53 of my quit. Week 1 – hard. Week 2 and 3 – easy. Week 4 – things started to change. I developed a cold, this turned into flu, this turned into pneumonia and a stay in hospital. Now I have studied the affect on smoking cessation and everyone is very different. I am one of the many people I have found on the internet that has been nothing but ill since about week 3. White blood cells down, immune system down and feeling pretty poor in general. Week 3 I felt like I had a permanent cold, week 4 on off symptoms of flu and chest pain – week 5 to 7 have been awful with feeling pure ill and just being completely depressed about it. The reason I disagree with my doctor is the fact that google paints a very different picture if you do certain searches. Now after recovering from the Pneumonia and having a reflection I know I haven’t helped myself and many of the people who have experienced similar may not have either…
This is why I wanted to share.
I have quit smoking cold turkey from probably the peak of my smoking habit – not cutting down just jacked them in. I also didn’t change my diet which if truth be told wasn’t a good one. I also work in a stressful job and didn’t find anything to replicate the escape the smoking gave me and finally I was very reluctant to get help with my sleeping which was at one point - less than 2 hours per day. I now know that when I put it all together I have put my body under a lot of stress and not given much back. I suffered as a result. Well know the penny has dropped and I have got my head back on and I am coming out fighting.
I can’t blame stopping because if I hadn’t smoked in the first place I wouldn’t have had to stop. I can’t start smoking again to get back to how I was because that would be fatal (we all know what smoking does do). What I can do is help myself. This week I have changed my diet. Wasn’t hard to do as I have been eating nothing through illness so replacing this with a healthy diet is easy. I am also taking some vitamin supplements as recommended by my GP to promote the immune system. I have changed a few things at work (back this week) and have also decided to take some herbal sleep remedies. Result is after 4 days I feel so much better. I am going to introduce some exercise next week once I have built up some strength this week (seriously didn’t eat anything meaningful for a fortnight). If I get ill again I am not going to let it beat me and get down about it. I am going to accept that I might have to put up with a few bugs this winter but I will have many more healthy winters and xmas days with my kids as a result.
So my point or advice if you can call it that :–
If I had to do it all again I would cut down for 3 months, start the healthy diet prior to stopping and make sure my diary was free. I am sure if I had done this and built up my core strength and got my body to a healthier point (as healthy as it can be sucking all that shite in every day) I wouldn’t have had any of these problems. I quit 10 years ago and was sleeping, in an easy job, playing football and eating well and I didn’t have any of these issues.
If anyone has experienced similar please share.