Eeeeek. This is bad. This is history repeating itself and I desperately need help as this is thee most likely thing to see me back on the cigs. Over the last couple of weeks I've noticed my foot getting a little bit swollen. Now my engagement ring threatens to cut off my blood supply. I have suffered this problem before for a long time. I think this was why I decided to stop smoking the last time I attempted to quit because all I could come up with as a cause was COPD. I didn't have COPD and in the end after being given Diuretics which didn't work, and having many blood tests including tests for diabetes I went to see my GP yet again. As luck would have it he was old and experienced, he looked at my shaking hands, he listened to my racing heart and he looked at my alarming blood results which said I had a very overactive thyroid and he referred me to a consultant. My then elephant sized ankles and feet were so bad and itched madly with some weird rash all over them that the consultant sent me to the hospital photographer to have photo's taken of my feet. Within just a couple of weeks of taking Carbimazole my poorly swollen feet and ankles that I'd suffered with for months and months went down to a normal size and I have never suffered from swollen feet until now.
I don't have any other symptoms at the moment of thyroid problems other than the unexplained water retention but why does stopping smoking trigger all this. It's exactly the same as last time, although I already had quite bad odema in my feet and ankles by the time I got to three months of stopping smoking it had escalated to the state where I could hardly walk, was breathless, had blurred vision and my heart would race for no reason. I started smoking again because I was so stressed out, mainly because no one knew what was wrong with me. The smoking made matters worse. It would make me shake more, I wouldn't be able to see properly for 10 minutes after having a cigarette. I was getting weird gold flashing lights in the corners of my eyes and strange holes in my vision. Was a very scary time and stopping smoking seemed to be the start of it all, though starting again definitely made things worse until I started with the Carbimazole treatment which I was on for 18 months. All this was about 5 years ago and I've been fine for the last 3 years without any thyroid treatment. Now I've stopped smoking again it all seems to be starting again. Sorry to chat on but I am absolutely convinced now that by the time I get to three months in without smoking all the symptoms start up. It's as if stopping smoking triggers my thyroid problems.