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wheezing heavy

Hi,, ive been off them ciggys now for 7days and really am wheezing heavy, i have been put on steroids to clear my chest and lungs, just hope its not the c o p d, does anyone know if this will clear, and how long it takes to start to feel better from the smoke free. im determined to see this through cold turkey method and am finding it quite difficult, just want to feel there's a light at the end of this tunnel, many thanks all.

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Aup Macker, it's brill to see you on here :)

Firstly I would like to welcome you to this lovely quit smokin site, there is loads of help on here, from all these lovely people :) :) and a big well done to you for getting to your first week, smoke free :) :)

Erm am not sure about wheezing :o but I do know when you quit smoking your body clears all that, erm unwanted stuff out of your lungs, so you tend to cough a lot in the first couple of weeks :( but it soon clears :) I've found this post that our lovely quit support adviser Emjay wrote, it might just help you to see what is happening to you body :) :)

The health benefits of stopping smoking

Posted by EmJay ROY CASTLE 15 Nov 20124 commentsReport

Stopping smoking is the single most important thing that you can do to improve your health. That is a fact.

Unfortunately, not every benefit is visible and you can be left thinking to yourself that you don't feel any different.

However, there are a lot of changes going on behind the scenes that you may not be aware of, but you can rest assure that your body is busying itself away and repairing as much of the damage that smoking has done to your body as possible.

Your body will begin to repair itself as soon as you stop smoking and you'll go on feeling the health benefits for the rest of your life.

20 minutes after stopping, your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer.

8 hours after stopping, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood will be cut by half and oxygen levels will return to normal. Chances of a heart attack start to fall.

24 hours after stopping, the level of carbon monoxide in your body will be that of a non-smoker and your lungs will start to clear. You could always ask at your local pharmacy or GP surgery and see if they can check your carbon monoxide levels for you.

48 hours after stopping, your body is becoming free of nicotine and your sense of taste and smell is improving.

72 hours after stopping, you should be breathing more easily. Airway passages in the lungs begin to relax. Energy levels increase.

2 – 12 weeks after stopping, your circulation is improving, making walking easier.

3 – 9 months after stopping, your lung function has increased by up to 10%. That means less coughing and wheezing and fewer breathing problems.

5 years after stopping, your risk of having a heart attack is halved.

10 years after stopping, your risk of contracting lung cancer is halved and your risk of having a heart attack is the same as if you’d never smoked.

If it dosent get any better in a few days I would go and see your doc, just to be on the safe side eh :)

Stay strong Macker, Pete :)


Many thanks for the info monky, make's you wonder why i ever started smoking in the first place, but some interesting facts there to work on, cheers


Hi Macker and welcome to our lovely community. I managed to quit cold turkey and have been quit over 9 months now but I'm sure I wouldn't have managed it without the help and support of all the lovely people on here. I was very lucky and was pretty fit and healthy when I started my quit (despite having smoked for over 40 years) so didn't suffer with any breathing problems. If you can get out for a brisk walk every day that may help with getting your lungs and chest a bit clearer and help with the cravings.

Stay strong and come on here if you need support, you can do this, Andi :)


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