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  • anyone quit smoking for the new year?

    I quit (again, and for the LAST time ) on Jan 4 when I returned to work after Christmas break. Cold turkey! Still going strong. Did anyone else take the plunge?

    I've been dealing with some back pain issues for a year now and once I got my xray and mri results last November I knew I had to make some lifestyle changes so the smoking had to go. I do think this is it this time.

    I've been using www.whyquit.com for support. What a great website. Lots of literature and videos there to support you as you prepare to quit, during the first days of your quit, and beyond. They explain why cold turkey is the most succesful way to quit

    The support I'm getting there has truly made the difference for me! I've made it a rule that anytime I ever feel like I'm going to cave and relapse, I have to go the that website first and read the posts that are intended for exactly that situation. I've even downloaded some of the videos to my MP3 Player so I can listen to them when I'm not near my computer. I can't tell you how many times this has saved me from going to the store for a pack or bumming one off a co-worker!

    It really is true--the physical nicotine withdrawal lasts no more than 3 to 10 days--but the psychological dependence lasts so much longer, forever really! And what I am finding is that changing my internal dialogue to combat that psychological withdrawal and the constant negative nicotine chatter in my head (those who have quit smoking know what I'm talking about!) has been the most important thing for my recovery. I can't recommend that website enough. It has turned about to be THE thing to get me thru this quit. If you have recently quit or are planning to, please take a look at www.whyquit.com

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    Congratulations!!!!! I couldn't make it cold turkey --- when Nicorette gum first became available and was a prescription item, I asked my uro to order it for me and it literally saved me. The first four days were awful, but after that I was okay.

    When I quit over twenty years ago, one of my reasons was that the cost of a carton went up to over $4 --- now in Oregon they are $40! I can't believe that people can actually afford to smoke.

    Donna
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    • #3
      Good for YOU!!!

      I'm SO proud of you Bri!!! I smoked for years and quit in Aug of 97. It's TOUGH!! And now my husband has just quit ( 5 weeks and counting) and watching him go thru the mental withdrawal has been so tough. I'm just so proud!! Of both you and him!! It's tough but good for you for reaching out for help!! You're a strong woman!!! You can do anything!!!
      Katie-46 yr old female dx'd with IC after 15 years of symptoms off and on long term antibiotic use, GERD,IBS and now IC diet, gallbladder removed, endometrial ablation w/tubes tied
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      • #4
        Way to go, Bri! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're doing great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I'm 2 years and 2 months into recovery from my nicotine addiction and still going strong. It can be done! There are still times (not often now) I think about smoking, but I take a deep breath and move on. I don't want to mess up all the hard work I've put into kicking this and have to go back and start all over again. No way do I want to go thru the 1st day, week, month or year of quitting all over again. The more time I have invested in being an ex-smoker, the more incentive I have to keep on the straight and narrow. I quit before we moved to TX so none of my wonderful new friends ever knew me as a smoker. I love my home, community, active lifestyle and friends here. To be honest, though, I don't think I would have fit in nearly as well had I still been a smoker when we moved here.

        Stick with it, Bri! It's not easy to do, but so worth it!!!!! No doubt about it; you will succeed. We've been so busy in our new community and exploring the Hill Country that we still haven't found time to make it south to explore your neck of the woods, but hope to do it in the next year. Hope we can get together when we finally make the trek.
        Annie

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        • #5
          I am so proud of ll of you! This is very inspiiring an it makes me want to try again too. Think I will get the patches when I go to town later today and try this again. You guys are all awesome and very inspirirational!
          Last edited by amaranthe; 02-20-2011, 06:45 AM. Reason: deleted something
          I am not a medical professional. I do not give medical advice. In all cases, I urge you to talk to your Dr. about your treatment options.

          D/Xed 2003 with IC. Also have the co-existing condtions of VV, Vulvadynia, Lupus, Fibro, GERD, CPP, Endo, & Adhesions, and Depression

          Meds: Estrogel (due to total Hyster)
          The meds r/xed by my Pain Dr. from the Pain Clinic are as follows: Morphine ER and IR, Baclofen, and Lyrica and Seroquel (used off-label as a sleeping pill, but it also helps with depression)


          (I listed my meds in case someone reading this has been told like so many ICers that Drs dont r/x pain meds for IC.) I want you to know that there ARE tons of us who are also dealing w/this disease and the pain and many of us ARE on pain meds.)


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          • #6
            Congratulations! That is how I quit when I did it about 13 years ago. You are right about the psychological addiction, that is the worst. I asked my Mom how long it took her to get over that part when I quit, she quit smoking over 43 years ago and she said even 20 years after quitting if she saw someone smoking in a movie, she would think about it! Of course that was back in the day when every office you went to they were smoking! I swear I think they had ashtrays at the Dr's offices back then!

            So, you are over the really tough part, now you just have to deal with your brain thinking you want one! It does last forever, you are right, but like someone said the thought of starting over with quitting is a good reason not to pick one up again. Way to go! I am sure you are already feeling better and to me the best part was not worrying about smelling like a chimney to other people.

            Keep going!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by sailawaygrl View Post
              Congratulations! That is how I quit when I did it about 13 years ago. You are right about the psychological addiction, that is the worst. I asked my Mom how long it took her to get over that part when I quit, she quit smoking over 43 years ago and she said even 20 years after quitting if she saw someone smoking in a movie, she would think about it! Of course that was back in the day when every office you went to they were smoking! I swear I think they had ashtrays at the Dr's offices back then!

              So, you are over the really tough part, now you just have to deal with your brain thinking you want one! It does last forever, you are right, but like someone said the thought of starting over with quitting is a good reason not to pick one up again. Way to go! I am sure you are already feeling better and to me the best part was not worrying about smelling like a chimney to other people.

              Keep going!
              I remember when I was a kid, children weren't allowed to visit patients in the hospital until they were 12 yrs old. They had to wait in the lobby of the hosptal. Anyway, I remember they had these HUGE ashtrays all over the lobby. Does anyone remember those brass/metal ashtrays that were on stands (sort of like a plant stand, except for ashtrays)? Anyway, I remember when I was small, they had those things everywhere, even in Drs offices and the hospital lobby.
              I am not a medical professional. I do not give medical advice. In all cases, I urge you to talk to your Dr. about your treatment options.

              D/Xed 2003 with IC. Also have the co-existing condtions of VV, Vulvadynia, Lupus, Fibro, GERD, CPP, Endo, & Adhesions, and Depression

              Meds: Estrogel (due to total Hyster)
              The meds r/xed by my Pain Dr. from the Pain Clinic are as follows: Morphine ER and IR, Baclofen, and Lyrica and Seroquel (used off-label as a sleeping pill, but it also helps with depression)


              (I listed my meds in case someone reading this has been told like so many ICers that Drs dont r/x pain meds for IC.) I want you to know that there ARE tons of us who are also dealing w/this disease and the pain and many of us ARE on pain meds.)


              John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

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              • #8
                amaranthe, I remember having to sit in the waiting room when my Great Grandmother was in our (then) tiny hometown hospital. those nurses weren't about to let me get by them, and yes I remember those ashtrays too. It is hard to believe we have so many smoking bans now only 30 years ago people smoked everywhere, and I mean everywhere! Good progress.
                Link to the patient information, everything from What is IC? to Disability
                http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

                American Urological Association Clinical Guideline
                Diagnosis and Treatment of Intersitial Cysitis/Painful Bladder Syndrom
                http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf

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                • #9
                  That is so weird!!! I quit smoking the same day! Cold turkey too. I did notice that it helped my bladder pain immensely.
                  Diagnosis: IC '09, vulvodynia '10, fructose intolerance '06, GERD '06, fibromyalgia '09, IBS '10 and TMJ '09, PCOS '11, genital herpes '12

                  Current Meds: Butrans patch, welbutrin, lamictol, geodon, xanax, aldactone, linzess, topimax, trazadone and diflucan as needed.

                  Meds tried before: Elmiron, elavil, antibiotics, welbutrin, cymbalta, prozac, nerve blocks, instills, nyastatin, flexerol, percocet, naproxen (which was what I was given for pain for years).

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                  • #10
                    Congrations to both of you!!!
                    Annie

                    IC
                    Ulcerative Colitis and IBS
                    Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

                    _________________________________________________________
                    Retirement is great! Work is highly overrated!!!
                    ---My dear hubby

                    ________________________________________________________
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                    ---Unknown

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