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FreedomNicotine
Joined: 06 Dec 2008, 16:58

20 Feb 2009, 15:34 #1

Every now and then a person will experience a specific symptom and put up a post asking whether or not the symptom is one that is normally experienced by people who have quit smoking and if others here had experienced the same symptom when they had quit. As far as if a specific symptom is one that "can" occur after cessation, we have put together a pretty inclusive string titled Possible Withdrawal Symptoms.



As far as whether or not another member or numerous members experienced the same symptom, it does not really make a difference if they had or had not. It is like someone writing and saying that he or she is having a tingling sensation in his or her arm and wondering if anyone else experienced the same symptom when they quit. Then a person who had slept on his or her arm one night when quitting smoking and woke up with that particular arm tingling writes back and says that sure enough, he or she had a tingling arm the week he or she had quit. Now the recent quitter feels a sense of relief because he or she has seen that one other person had the same symptom. So the person does nothing.



The problem was that the person who wrote the question was not having tingling from having slept on his or her arm, but rather, was experiencing a symptom of a heart attack that he was now ignoring. This action could result in a fatal mistake of not seeking what was immediately needed medical attention.



Read the posts Giving and getting medical advice online.Possible Withdrawal Symptoms, and Life goes on without smoking
. If you have a concern of a symptom that you are experiencing consult your personal doctor. We say it often here, that the only medical advice that we can give is that to reduce your risk of a host of illnesses and conditions is to stick to your commitment to never take another puff!



Joel



This concept doesn't only apply to physical symptoms. There are times where people have emotional issues stemming from family problems, work problems, actual organically based mental illnesses, etc, who will write on the board that they are having overwhelming emotional feelings. Then other people will weigh in saying that they had problems at one time or another when quitting but it got better.

While it may be true that the person offering the advice was just having a reaction to smoking cessation, it may not be true for the person writing now as to his or her mental anguish. Giving the person the idea that it is automatically going to get better when the problem may not be simply from not smoking may be doing the person a real disservice. It may prevent the individual from seeking the real professional help he or she may in fact need for problems that were not in fact quit related.

As it says in the string How do I deal with....

A quit smoking site is not the place to solve major life traumas. A quit smoking site may be the best site to deal with smoking, depending on the site, and there may be some other specialized sites that are helpful in dealing with other traumas too, but often people on an Internet sites may not have the best training or understanding or be the best prepared for dealing with the specific problem at hand. You may find people who really want to help but who may not in fact be the best people to deal with the problem you are facing.

If a member encounters real life tragedies they should seek help from professionals. Who would you call if your car breaks down? Would you call a friend who has no particular knowledge of car repairs and whose own car is currently broken down too. This person cannot help you fix your car and cannot even at this point in time offer you a ride. If your car breaks down you call a mechanic. If your computer suddenly dies you don't call a friend whose computer also died and has not been able to get it going again. If your home plumbing explodes you don't get right on the Internet and waste time chatting on a bulletin board about how bad everything smells without first calling a plumber to actually fix the problem. If your house all of sudden starts on fire you don't go to the Internet and compare notes with others who may have lived through a fire experience--you call the fire department. If someone breaks into your home while you are still there you don't go to the Internet to talk out your fears. You either call the police or try to escape from your home. If you are experiencing sudden chest pains or maybe all of a sudden lose vision in one eye you shouldn't spend time looking up symptoms on the Internet or chatting with others who may have had a similar experience at one time, you call for paramedics.

If something emotionally big is happening in your life and you find yourself spinning out or control you need to seek professional help too. It may mean calling your doctor, a professionally sanctioned crisis hotline in your town who can offer real live support, going to a local emergency room, calling 911 or what ever emergency number is set up in your area by local authorities, depending on the severity of the problem and how fast you can get action.

This list could have gone on but hopefully everyone gets the point here. If you ever find yourself in a medical or psychological crisis seek professional assistance, meaning, seek a professional in the arena of the specific problem you are encountering.

Again, depending on the problem you are facing there are professionals who can help. There are professional mechanics, plumbers, firemen, police, paramedics, crisis counselors, psychologists and physicians. Deal with emergencies head on when they occur. At the same time stay focused on the fact that whatever the problem, taking a cigarette will not help it.

Once you have dealt with the crisis, and your full attention is not needed to get out of the immediate danger, then is the time to come to a quit smoking site and reinforce your resolve to stay smoke free, either by reading or maybe even posting. Hopefully if you come back in to post, the essence of the post will be saying how you have proved to yourself once again that even under the most extreme of circumstances that you are able to stay smoke free by just sticking to your commitment that no matter what else is going on around you that you still know to never take another puff!

Joel

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Johnnie
Joined: 17 Aug 2010, 16:35

09 Oct 2010, 14:52 #2

Perfect clarification from Joel on what's relevant here and what isn't.  This follows a long night thinking about another member's wondering if there were other site areas that are more active.  Good question.  The answers were equally good:  that this remains a hardcore site with a straight-on focus, intended for serious quitters.  And step by step, as we go on, we learn more and more about the deep truths of a short list of dictums that work:  NTAP...Every quit is different....etc.

There's not much else to say, but thanks.
Gratefully Gold

I escaped from the prison of smoking on August 14, 2010.  
[font]The best revenge is quitting well![/font] 
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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

04 Mar 2011, 00:12 #3

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msanders
Joined: 27 Jan 2011, 18:11

22 Mar 2011, 15:23 #4

Starting few weeks after I quit, I have sporadically (though not constantly) felt a little short of breath, where I am repeatedly drawing in very large, deep breaths. No pain or any other problems. I've read elsewhere online that this is common among ex-smokers for a while, after their cilia regrow and start to sweep their lungs clean. I don't hack up tar, but have had it coming up into my sinuses for weeks now. This is something I had not anticipated.

Is this truly a common sideaffect of quitting?
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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

22 Mar 2011, 18:11 #5

Feeling short of breath is not a symptom that should be simply written off to quitting. While cilia regeneration and nerve cell repair can often result in light coughing, frequent or infrequent clearing of the throat, or some discomfort in the throat or through the respiratory tract, even those symptoms should not simply be written off when occurring weeks into a quit. If people have symptoms and are concerned, they should check in with their doctors, let the doctor know that they recently quit smoking, and then let the doctor assess whether or not something is going on. If their physicians do not come up with other underlying causes, they may very well determine that the effects being felt were from a healing process. But no one can make that determination from reading about another individual online.

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FreedomNicotine
Joined: 06 Dec 2008, 16:58

22 Mar 2011, 18:12 #6

From the lead post by Joel:
Every now and then a person will experience a specific symptom and put up a post asking whether or not the symptom is one that is normally experienced by people who have quit smoking and if others here had experienced the same symptom when they had quit. As far as if a specific symptom is one that "can" occur after cessation, we have put together a pretty inclusive string titled Possible Withdrawal Symptoms.


As far as whether or not another member or numerous members experienced the same symptom, it does not really make a difference if they had or had not. It is like someone writing and saying that he or she is having a tingling sensation in his or her arm and wondering if anyone else experienced the same symptom when they quit. Then a person who had slept on his or her arm one night when quitting smoking and woke up with that particular arm tingling writes back and says that sure enough, he or she had a tingling arm the week he or she had quit. Now the recent quitter feels a sense of relief because he or she has seen that one other person had the same symptom. So the person does nothing.


The problem was that the person who wrote the question was not having tingling from having slept on his or her arm, but rather, was experiencing a symptom of a heart attack that he was now ignoring. This action could result in a fatal mistake of not seeking what was immediately needed medical attention.


Read the posts Giving and getting medical advice online., Possible Withdrawal Symptoms, and Life goes on without smoking. If you have a concern of a symptom that you are experiencing consult your personal doctor. We say it often here, that the only medical advice that we can give is that to reduce your risk of a host of illnesses and conditions is to stick to your commitment to never take another puff!

Cilia




Everyone is different?

Every quit is different

'Conventional quitting' wisdom at Freedom

Reading at other quit smoking sites



 
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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

12 Oct 2011, 12:04 #7

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josnewlife
Joined: 13 Oct 2011, 19:30

16 Oct 2011, 21:37 #8

Re. the unexpected benefits of quitting, I have suffered with a very sore knee for a year which has miraculously stopped hurting three days ago. Also I can breathe through my nose for the first time in months.
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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

12 Jun 2012, 15:46 #9

"I know I am going to gain weight if I quit smoking!"

Video discussing misconceptions about weight gain, and warning about physiological adjustments and changes that may occur after quitting. Stresses importance of not writing off symptoms after quitting.


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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

07 Sep 2012, 21:51 #10



Video discusses the danger or writing off symptoms just because someone else says they had a similar reaction that just got better with time.
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