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    Hello:

    I quit smoking just over 2 weeks ago cold turkey. The first day I tried the patch and it was too strong. After smoking over 30 years it has been very tough. I have been dizzy, light headed, paranoid, bloated body and nervous.. a spaced out zombie. Two years ago I quit for 2 weeks but only had constipation as a side affect. I have gained 6 pounds, no problem, I only weighed 95 and my facial skin looks great (no more oily T zone.

    My bladder does not hurt so much...I don't know if this is from quiting smoking or the Cystocopy/Hydro I had late last month.

    Has any one else had a reduction in bladder pain after quiting smoking?

    God bless, Yvonne

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    Congratulations! And don't give up now --- it's a really great feeling to be rid of smoking. I quit something like 20 years ago and have never regretted it.

    And yes --- I think my bladder benefitted. It's difficult to know if it directly effected my IC, but it's known that tobacco is a major cause of bladder cancer in a healthy bladder so I figure it can't be good for an IC bladder.

    I really admire anyone who can quit cold turkey. I couldn't do it, but with the help of Nicorette gum, I managed.

    Warm congratulatory hugs,
    Donna
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    • #3
      CONGRATS YVONNE!!!!!!!!!!!! I quit over a year ago but started back up after I was dxed with IC . I didn't know much about it and the only thing I was told by my doctor was it was incurable. I seriously thought I had a disease that was like cancer and was going to kill me. It caused me to have a severe Anxiety attack and I was working at a gas station at the time so I just grabbed a pack off the rack and lit up. If I had only known about this site then. My hubby quit the same day I did and it still going strong 1 year and 5 months later. I have tried again several times but it seems I'm always around someone who is smoking so I give in. They say you have to be really ready to quit, and I guess I'm not REALLY really. Last time I was pumped about quitting and I managed 4months. Congrats to you and keep it up. Take it one day at a time and here is a tip for you, YOU CANT JUST HAVE ONE.


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      • #4
        Yvonne...

        Congrats on making the decision. That's a big one. By now you should be noticing some changes in your breathing and how you feel. 2 weeks is a big deal. Be proud of yourself. You deserve it. Each day, it will become easier and easier to say no to the urges. Keep it up. Kick those cigs in the butt. lmao You can do it!!!!...Sharon (Cig free since May 1991)
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        • #5
          Congratulations!!!!! I'm over a month now & having no problems with quitting. HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs, Kathi grouphug lmao Hang in there baby
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          • #6
            Yvonne and Kathi...You go girls

            Remember to treat yourselves with kindness. This is hard work but, in the end, it is sooooo worth everything you are going through, now.

            I promise...it does get easier every day until one day, when you see someone light up, you realize...hey, I'm a non smoker...I did it...Yea for me!!!!

            Sending you both a big hug grouphug ...Sharon
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            • #7
              Kelli...

              You are so right. One is a deal breaker. It will not help. I know...I thought I could have just one more several times...NOT eek scream And, yes...to finally be able to break through and quit for good, you have to really, really want to do it...Sharon
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              • #8
                Great news, good for you! When I try to quit I feel stressed out and have more symptoms..Xanax didn't help that either. HOW did you quit? I'd like to know., The gum didn't help me, except to make me nervous. Be proud of yourself, sanctuary
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                • #9
                  Hello:

                  Thank you my friends for all the support..you are all great!

                  I quit cold turkey ...woke up one morning with no ciggs and said this is the day (one day early than my planned quit day). I put on a patch but did not like the way it felt and took it off the same day.

                  Prior to this I tried to cut down but would smoke from 10 to 20 (when upset) to 10. I did have a quit date planned for February 6th but my cat died a week before and that changed my plans. I think that you have to plan a quit date and get outside support. I signed up for Health Canada's quit smoking program http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hecs-sesc/tob...ex.html#lines. I get daily email messages for support.

                  Now I have a sinus thing going on, I think my body is still house cleaning. I still have cravings but not as bad.
                  God bless, Yvonne

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                  • #10
                    CONGRATULATIONS !!!!.Keep going Yvonne...you are doing great...I quit a year ago Feb 14th...you can do it I know you can! kissing
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                    • #11
                      Yvonne47,

                      Congrats on quitting! I quit over a month ago after smoking for 15yrs! I started when I was 15 and thought I could never quit. But I did! Good for you joining a support group. I still think about smoking sometimes but then I think of all the bad things it does to me and then I forget about smoking. Good Luck....I know you can do it!

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                      • #12
                        Yvonne,
                        I am exactly two weeks behind you. I quit smoking the day you posted your message. I am on day 7 today. feeling a little (okay a lot) depressed and moody but at least the tobacco won't affect my bladder anymore or anything else for that matter. hi My kids are very proud of me and that keeps me motivated every day. Not to mention, the 27th that i quit smoking will be my birthday so I at least have to get to that point.....and then of course there's many other milestones to face. Good luck to us. May the angel fly with us all.

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                        • #13
                          I'm ast the 6 weeks mark lmao I'm doinf fine. It gets easier, hang in there all of you that have quit. There are still times I think I want a cigarette, but wonb't do it to my bladder or lungs any more. Be strong!!!! grouphug Kathi
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                          • #14
                            As a little more incentive not to have a cigarette, I want to tell you that a very dear friend of mine who smoked all his life had a chest cold this winter that lasted for a couple of months . Because he was also having incredible pain, they did a chest x-ray and found cancer which had already spread thru his body. Two weeks later (one month ago)he died. No opportunity for chemo or anything...it was just too late. We couldn't believe how fast it happened!

                            I think people think it can't happen to them. But I'm here to tell you it can.
                            Kat

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                            • #15
                              Hello:

                              Gabrielle, Kathi, Jane...congrats on quiting! It is one of the hardest things to do but it will makes us feel so much better.

                              I have lost a friend to smoking cancer and know another who has no voice box, he speaks through a hole now.

                              One of the reasons I quit was for my cats,I don't want them to get get sick. Pets can get the same second hand smoke diseases as us.

                              Again, thank you for the support.

                              Hugs, grouphug kissing
                              God bless, Yvonne

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