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  • Posted By: melsmom
  • October 23, 2007
  • 03:52 AM

I quit smoking using Chantix. My last cigarette was Oct. 1st. I noticed the blurry vision and facial numbness starting the same day which lasts all day every day. On Oct. 8th, my Dr. told me to get off the Chantix. I waited and weaned myself off to have a better chance of success. I last took Chantix on Oct. 12 at .5 mg. I told Dr. I've had blurry vision on prior quit smoking attempts. My mother's side is rampant with diabetes. My blood work came back normal. MRI on head w/contrast came back normal. Eye tests came back normal. This summer had replacement tooth filling resulting in intense headaches. Tooth is temperature sensitive, and pressure sensitive. But still doesn't seem like culprit. Difficulty focusing (like I cried without the tears), numbness from below both eyes all the way down to neck and over to ears. Headaches, sore throat.... some symptoms are probably due to my body's reaction to no nicotine. Frustration mounting.... difficult to drive.... difficult to function. Does anyone have any idea what is causing this?

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  • Sorry, this will hurt. Tap the tooth lightly, maybe with a spoon. If it hurts, you might have an abscess. When your face is numb, is it also paralyzed? Where is the tooth? I feel sorry for you, quitting smoking must be horrible enough on it's own.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 08:40 AM
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  • Sorry, this will hurt. Tap the tooth lightly, maybe with a spoon. If it hurts, you might have an abscess. When your face is numb, is it also paralyzed? Where is the tooth? I feel sorry for you, quitting smoking must be horrible enough on it's own.No pain from tapping. I can actually chew with tooth (upper left molar), but can feel "pressure" when I do. My face is not paralyzed and there's no drooping anywhere ... since I quit smoking it's ALWAYS numb and my eyes are ALWAYS blurry... Thanks for the support.
    melsmom 4 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 01:36 AM
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  • The earliest symptoms of a facial paralysis can be subtle. In addition to weakness of the facial muscles, patients may experience any or all of the following: facial numbness, pain or burning, blurry vision or burning in the eye, dental pain, drooling, and sensitivity to sound, ear pain, nasal congestion and cold symptoms. Many of these symptoms can begin before the weakness of the facial muscles becomes apparent. If a rash breaks out around the face or ear, this may represent Ramsay-Hunt syndrome. If there is hearing loss or ear drainage, this may suggest an acute or chronic middle ear infection. I think I would go to an ENT doctor.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 06:54 AM
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  • The earliest symptoms of a facial paralysis can be subtle. In addition to weakness of the facial muscles, patients may experience any or all of the following: facial numbness, pain or burning, blurry vision or burning in the eye, dental pain, drooling, and sensitivity to sound, ear pain, nasal congestion and cold symptoms. Many of these symptoms can begin before the weakness of the facial muscles becomes apparent. If a rash breaks out around the face or ear, this may represent Ramsay-Hunt syndrome. If there is hearing loss or ear drainage, this may suggest an acute or chronic middle ear infection. I think I would go to an ENT doctor. Symptoms were intensifying. Others became apparent: Intense pressure in head, dizziness (feeling I would fall even if I was sitting), unusual facial acne/blemishes, and burst of pain in left forearm which resulted in left hand in pain and weak. Took about a week to go away. I have no doubt cigarette smoking is masking an existing condition. Neurologist wrote me off saying I was fine and prescribed me a drug to calm down. Immediately after returning to smoking my symptoms improved. Blurry vision is still a major issue; using my neighbors reading glasses (I've never worn glasses before). Helps with reading because the letters are bigger, but blurriness does not go away. Seems worse. I'm trying to get my nicotine level up to where it was before I quit and hopefully the vision will improve. In the meantime, my world is difficult to see every day, all day. Any ideas where to go next? Been checking on other possible matches with symptoms (psuedo-tumor cerebri) however, opticle nerve is fine per eye doctor. Don't have symptoms of copd or thyroid disorders.... help.
    melsmom 4 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 06:34 PM
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  • I resumed smoking at the end of November to reverse symptoms. The intracranial pressure and headaches are gone. About 50 % of the facial numbness is now gone. I still have blurred vision specifically in my left eye. Been experiencing irregular quick sharp knife-like pains in chest, under left arm pit, and in head, hands, etc. Having difficulty recently when eating or drinking. Intense sensations in back of both sides of mouth - near throat (similiar to eating something VERY sour). Numerous times throughout day I can feel heart pumping strong and blood flowing through upper torso area. I get feeling of falling easily... especially if I move too quickly.Picked up MRI results: All normal with exception: Partial opacification of bilateral mastoid air cells. This could mean mastoidis, is could also mean a glomus tumor, it could mean nothing......Previous issues prior to quit smoking included: tinnitus (sometimes with heartbeat),and irregular chiropractic visits to assist with stiff neck/left shoulder pain. I've researched the internet for months now and cannot pin down definite cause. Have appt w/internist on 1-10-08. Looking for input on what tests to request..... in case this doctor is willing to listen.
    melsmom 4 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 09:06 PM
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  • Hope this information helps someone else out there who is confused as I am. About a week ago, I found a small lump on the left side of my upper torso. The doctor stated it was a benign (something or another) tumor. Since I already had one removed in my right hand about 17 years ago, I'm not concerned. She also stated I might have others and since this one is giving me pain, it's probably growing.Makes me wonder if there's another causing all these symptoms. I did tell her I would quit smoking again if she hospitalizes me. The symptoms I experienced when I wasn't smoking were incredible and according to what I've found on the net, could cause deadly results. I can feel I would be back to fully symptomatic if I was to quit again. My exam today was not as I expected. An odd thing was my bp. It was 140/70. I've never been over 112/70. I've also been experiencing what they call as flushing with heart palpitations, feverish, weak and heat intolerance. The summer used to be my favorite time of the year!I now have an appt with an opthamalogist and will be giving up more blood. The previous optometrist appt wasn't much good since my vision deteriorated further because of the constant pressure.My symptom list keeps changing as the weeks progress. I wish everything would just go away.....
    melsmom 4 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 04:26 AM
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  • I have read all the symptoms that you get and I'm going through smoking withdrawal now and have the same symptoms as you describe. The only problem is that I have spondilosis and sinusitis which is causing the majority of symptoms and quitting smoking increases the intensity of each of the symptoms. Have you also checked with a psychiatrist because it might also be related to anxiety or depression or maybe it's neurological condition ?God Bless
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  • I am sorry you are going through all this. You try and o a good thing and it turns around and kicks you in the butt! From experienced family members, Chantix HAS NOTHING GOOD TO EVER COME FROM IT!! I would never ever ever recommend this medication to anyone! It has caused my mother a WORLD OF MESS!!! On the good note, she is okay now, thanks to the good lord! Just keep strong and pray.
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  • Its from quitting smoking im going through the same thing im 19 and quit six days ago and u thinking it'd because of something else is the anxiety caused by quitting it should last a month after the third week it should improve depending on how long you have smoked also smoking masks allergies I thought I was going insane until I talked to a support group all of which had those symptoms give or take. So I got hit with withdrawal and allergies my body going insaneee. Im on day six of my second time quitting ( first time I thought . Like you. It was something serious and startedI smoking afgain and afterI a weekmonth it alla went away) and if you have smoked a very long time it can take up to six months for everything to go back to normal. Just remember the poison you were inhaling affected more than your lungs. I only smoked for three years and I have brain fog blurry vision ringing in ears swollen face bulging veins troublehot breathing randomly hot flashes heart palpitations chest tightness random mood swings and my head tingles ans sometimes my skin itches. Im not sure what is smoking and what is part of my new allergies. Hang in there is normal and alot of doctors don't know about the side effectsvof stopping smoking not many people do.
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  • i quit smoking just over a month ago. i am having problems with blurred vision also, and sort of feels like pressure behind my eyes. i did not quit with chantix, but i went to a clinic to get shots.....the shots worked fantastically!! however, the side effects from not smoking have me worried. last time i quit, i became so constipated, i started smoking again...thank goodness that isnt the issue this time.
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  • I totally understand what everyone is going through!! I quit cold turkey 8 days ago. My throat is on fire, my ears are clogged, I feel like I have something stuck in my throat (same place that always got irritated after heavy smoking) my neck hurts, I'm sneezing and coughing just a little bit...but the pain I'm going through beats the constant worry over cancer and heart problems...which I'm going I'm clear of both. Seems like everything gets worse when you stop...like your body wants to punish you back! Not sure how long to give this, going to dr in the am because my throat hurts so bad. Hang in there everyone!
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