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I quit smoking and... ugh!

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 27, 2007
  • 02:08 AM

I quit on Jan 2. For the last two weeks I have had a sore throat that switches sides and bad nasal/sinus congestion especially at night and early morning when I am trying to sleep, and when I blow my nose it's nasty: dried/clotted blood and brownish clods. I also cough up some thick phlegm but not much and constantly clearing my throat and it feels like there's something caught there. ehem!

I am 44 male and in good health otherwise (low BP/chol/etc) although 40lb overweight. I am not on any Rx or nicotine replacements but I take Prilosec OTC 2x daily for GERD which I have had for about 25 years (hm, as long as I was smoking).

Is it my body recovering from 25 years of smoking or what?

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  • Your body is going through changes ......... cleaning itself. Some tips: Start swimming (pref in a place with a sauna / steam room - will help clear the lungs)Expect to be challenged in some way. You will be sent test of your will, some can be / seem severe. This is to test your resolve. Be strong and fight this alien habit. Are you a man/woman or a mouse. It is not as difficult to kick smokes as you have been led to believe. Nicotine clears the system within 7 days. Drug gone - get over it. You will feel better and eat better. Better be a bit over weight than have black lungs!
    worded 3 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 06:16 AM
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  • The best tip I can offer you as you get the nicotine out of your system is to get a neti pot and use it daily. This works great to cleanse the nasal passages so they can do their job of filtering out toxins. Can't recommend it highly enough! It takes some time to get used to doing it, but if you get in the habit just like brushing your teeth you will see amazing results. Also, get some EmergenC and up your vit C intake. Smokers are chronically deficient in C, and smoking further leaches it out of your system. EmergenC is great as it gives you energy and other important mineral ascorbates. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 03:33 AM
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