It's 2am, the coughing fits are wide awake, and so am I.
Been smoking since 2012! Not very long, but I am (was) a regular smoker. Then I tried to quit in October 2015 and soon after, started coughing. Never realized that it might've been connected to me quitting A few months later I had to get a nebulizer because breathing had reached unreal levels of difficulty! Haha.. Anyway, I ended up in the ER on my 23rd birthday after going into shock when I was administered some kind of steroid to open up my lungs or something. I began smoking again shortly after that, and haven't coughed since (which is how I realized *smacking forehead* the coughing and smoking might be related - duh! idiot.. lol). That gave me a reason to continue smoking (see: smoke more) - to keep the coughing at bay. But if I'm being honest, thats me lying to myself about what's actually a vicious cycle. I don't want to "rely" on cigarettes anymore, I don't want to be that way.
It's been a whole two days since my last cigarette, and I'm already coughing like all the tar in the world lives in my chest. So there I was, googling- "I quit smoking and now I'm coughing" and this support group pops up. I wouldn't wish this kind of discomfort from smoking on anyone, but I've gotta say- it's so nice to know I'm not alone. To see people explain exactly the symptoms I've had/am having, and possible ways to get over it (i.e. exercise, drink lots of water) - I'm grateful!
Tonight I'm praying for the strength to ride out these (necessary) repercussions and the willpower to not give into my cravings (and my head telling me that I won't cough if I smoke just oooone more). It's a tradeoff between a comfort fleeting or forever. Or as long as my forever's left to be!