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Why can't I cough that horrible stuff up?

Butt-out7417 Month Winner
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Hi everyone! I just recently came across this site so I am a Newbie at this. I quit smoking 110 days ago!!! After almost 25 years of smoking. Yeah me!!!😊 I was wondering if anyone has experienced not coughing up any gunk and gross crap? My chest feels very heavy and tight but then again I recent caught a flu bug😷.

About 15 years ago I quit and coughed up so much stuff...it was scary but actually a relief-good feeling kind of thing. can anyone relate/help? Thanks πŸ˜ƒ

Oh P.S. How do I change my profile pic 😜

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Hiya Buttout and welcome to quit support πŸ˜ƒ

Congratulations on 110 days quit, terrific achievement πŸ‘

Not everyone actually develops a cough when they quit but if you feel as though you need to, there are some breathing exercises to help bring it up. At the top of the page click your name and news feed comes up, then go down to breathing exercises to get up gunk. Hope this helps. You can change your profile pic by going into profile and click change but if you're on a mobile device it nots possible to do unfortunately😒

You may just be feeling the after affects of your flu so hope you feel better soon πŸ˜ƒ x

Butt-out7417 Month Winner in reply to Briarwood

Thanks 😊

droopyJMarvellousness LTW

Hi butt_out..... Wow that's a great quit you have got going on thereπŸ˜€

I have been quit 11 months but have never had a cough or been able to get anything off my chest...... except for the normal moans and groans :) ;)

If you let monky know your quit date he will go get you a lovely shiny badge to go against your name :)

droopyJMarvellousness LTW in reply to droopyJ

Ok have just seen monky s post.....Blimey he's very quick off the mark today :)

monkyAdministrator in reply to droopyJ

:P :P :D :D :D

droopyJMarvellousness LTW in reply to monky



You may have a chest infection following flu - tight chest etc - please see your doc or nurse and see if you need some antibiotics to clear it....... :)


ps I am 6 months stopped now monky :)

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monkyAdministrator in reply to Hidden

Eyes, I'm very sorryyyyyyyyy, but I've just searched my 1 brain cell ( which only took a couple of seconds ) and I dont seem to have your quit date :o

Sooooooo, if you could please let me have it, then I will add you to the Wall of Winners and my Winners badge database :)

Thank youuuuuuuuuu :)

Hidden in reply to monky

I quit the last day in Aug - 31st 2014 :)

BriarwoodAdministrator in reply to Hidden


Massive congratulations eyes on your 6 month quit, terrific achievement, so well done to you πŸ˜ƒ x

Hidden in reply to Briarwood

thank you Briarwood :)


Aup Buttout, a big warm welcome to our lovely quit support forum :) and a big well done to you for reaching 110 days quit :)

As Briarwood and Droopy have said, not everybody develops a cough when they quit :o but I have bought a breathing exercise up to the top of this page which may help :)

If you look to the right of your post, you will see ''TOPICS'' in blue, just have a mosey through some of them :)

Take care now and keep focused, cos your doing just great :)

Pete :)


Hi there,

Same thing. Smoked 25 yrs.

Quit 8 mth ago. No cough no chest congestion, nada.......just tired all the time.....


Butt-out7417 Month Winner in reply to Hidden

Thanks Dee Dee and congrats on 8months!

This is such a new way of life.

I can't sleep either!!!

So lazy all day that when it is time to go to bed I end up laying in bed hours awake, grr!

The benefits outdo the crappy side effects but it sure is stills hard, easier now but I just wish I could forget that I ever smoked!

Hidden in reply to Butt-out74

Hi Butt-out 74

Wish I could 4get that I ever smoked too. It completely controlled my life.

I looked forward to it every freakin minute of the day. I just couldn't inhale any more. My body finally shut down. Sad thing is," I would probably still b smoking if I was feeling great..... Worry too about contracting one of those cancer related diseases.

Butt-out7417 Month Winner in reply to Hidden

I know! I had such a love/relationship with them lol. I miss them the most when I am socializing but I smell better than my friends now hee hee πŸ˜‹

Hidden in reply to Butt-out74

U definitely have 2 hav a sense of humor w all this very telling stuff goin on after u quit. Still not sure where this strange chemical smell is from. Kinda cums and goes.

May be my body still detoxing fr all those

toxins in blood stream.Not ready to

March n 2 docs again 4 this one yet

gautama54 MONTH WINNER

Dry cough here and at 130 days. I think we are good. Has a doctor listened to your chest and breathing? That's who should tell you what's up.

Good going!

Butt-out7417 Month Winner in reply to gautama5

I had to cancel my doc appointment last week bc I had the flu so bad, maybe this week I will be lucky to find am opening. Early on when I had the panic attacks I told the doc and he wasn't too concerned at that time??

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