Please help!!!!

So its been over 3 months since i quit the fags, ive put on over 2 stone, i have permanent cold & sinus pain, my gums are constantly bleeding, mouth ulcers galore, bad breath despite regular brushing & dentist hygienist * appointments, * *I am ratty, stropy, short tempered. Feel on another planet most of the time!

Please somebody tell me it gets better cos right now i feel like crap!

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  • Have you checked the side effect of chamix? have a look and go and see your doctor because I dont think thats normal! i was on champix before for 3 months and non of that happened to me! hope your ok xxx

  • Stopped taking the champix over 2 months ago tho :-(

  • So its been over 3 months since i quit the fags, ive put on over 2 stone, i have permanent cold & sinus pain, my gums are constantly bleeding, mouth ulcers galore, bad breath despite regular brushing & dentist hygienist * appointments, * *I am ratty, stropy, short tempered. Feel on another planet most of the time!

    Please somebody tell me it gets better cos right now i feel like crap!

    Oh heck Sophie, you are suffering :(

    Maybe a trip to the doctors to see if they can give you something for it?

    If I remember from before you were smoking a fair bit for a long time so it's going to take time for your brain to adjust to not having nicotine any more.

    For the mouth ulcers, try cordosyl mouthwash, salt water and you might be slightly anaemic? I am and my dentist told me that - taking iron tablets helped!!

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  • I was at the nurse yesterday and she said to me that things can take up to 6 months to level out but it does get better and it is worth it.

    For your mouth, use Corsadyl mouthwash twice a day for a month then switch to listerine (other brands are available), this should help stop any bleeding and take care of ulcers.

    Cold symptoms must just be your body clearing out the gunk but you could try steaming your head for 10 minutes a night. It will help clear the sinus area and will also help get rid of any gunk in your lungs. If you find your throat is sore take a spoonful of honey a couple of times a day and this will help with that.

    I know how hard you are finding it an fully sympathise with what you are going through but you are doing so well. Follow the tips above and hopefully they will make you feel better. My journey hasn't been overly horrendous but I have had a few moments in there. I can only offer general advice and encouragement. It will get better, it does get easier and you will have a drink in the penthouse when we get there.

  • Hi Sophie, Sorry to hear you're feeling so grotty. The cold/sinus thing could be just that and ulcers are common if you're run down, I echo the corsadyl recommendation. I am also still suffering with the bleeding gums, your dentist/hygienist should have told you this was normal and depending on how much damage has been done to the capillaries, it could take a fair old while to settle down. As far as the weight gain goes, if you're anything like me, I have eaten enough food since the end of July to feed a small country. It might be an idea to see your doctor and make sure nothing sinister is going on, try to eat a bit healthier then get yourself active, join a gym, take up running etc as giving your heart and lungs a good workout will help with clearing the pipes, lightening your mood and getting rid of a few lb's. I hope you feel better soon, keep us posted xxx

  • Sophie,

    I'm very sorry to hear that you are not doing well. First things first, you have been experiencing these symptoms for far too long and you need to see a doctor to make sure you don't have something more serious like pneumonia. Now for my opinion... Quitting smoking is quite hard on your body both physically and mentally. The stress this puts on you weakens your immune system and makes it vulnerable to things like colds. It sounds like it is a cold that your body is just too weak to fight off right now. I think that Jenninegs is correct in this, get as much exercise as you can manage, eat your fruits and veggies, and drink lots of water. The mucus from your cold is probably causing your bad breath and the bleeding gums again, is because your body isn't fighting off the bacteria in your mouth.

    You'll get better, it will all get easier. I'm sure smoking is what put you in this position and not the quitting aspect of it. Once you get through this you will feel 100000000000 times better than before.

  • Thanks guys, i really appreciate u takIng time to reply.

    I feel like i have lost my mojo, really need to kIck myself up to backside!

  • Thanks guys, i really appreciate u takIng time to reply.

    I feel like i have lost my mojo, really need to kIck myself up to backside!

    Know it's tough Sophie, but please stay with it, is definitely not worth smoking again, take it from me :/

    You will feel better, am sure of it!!

  • Hi again Sophie!!

    I thought for a while before posting this as I'm not a doctor and don't want to give poor advice, please take this for what it's worth and maybe see one if you're still concerned?

    Anyhow, in turn - I put on over a stone in weight in months two to six. Still not shifted much of it but I don't care as I'm fitter than I was before quitting. My gums used to be the colour of blanched trout, now they are a vibrant pink and yes I still see blood on the dental floss. My dentist who I've seen three times since I quit says this is entirely normal and I may well have saved a couple of teeth in the long run.

    I'm using a sinus spray to counter the early signs of a cold, but millions of us get colds at this time of year, I have regularly. Mrs H got an overcoat of mine out of the closet yesterday, there was an old pack of mints in the pocket so old that they'd gone soggy. It was the brand I used to mask the smell of my smoking and I haven't used them in nearly a year. Sometimes my mouth just feels bland as it's not permanently flushed with spearmint.

    And three months is a huge amount of time to be free of smoking, but also in the great scheme of things, over the course of life's rich tapestry it's no time at all.

    I guess I'm saying that it takes a while to get used to not smoking and our bodies have to get used to it the same as our brains do. See a doc please if you're in any way concerned, I think I (among many) have seen similar symptoms as you and personally I think you're doing fantastically well!! Great stuff Sophie79!!

    Keep going, you should be dead proud! :)

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