Today is my first day.
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Congratulations on your first day of the rest of your smoke free life! I do not have symptoms of COPD so I can't address your question - but I DO know that my breathing when I swim laps dramatically improved. I do know that if you keep smoking with it, your life will be badly affected, including your energy level and being able to take a breath when the air is humid. Quitting now is the BEST thing you can do. Have you discussed your condition with a specialist? Taken a spirometry test? There are medications, and breathing exercises that can help. You might do a search for it with the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner and pay special attention to the blogs by Thomas3.20.2010. There is a wealth of information on his page. Click on his avatar, then "Content."
Right now, the best thing you can do is concentrate on your quit. To that end, I recommend the following readings:
Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do. Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
I had lung pain and a very productive cough for about a month or so, and then it all cleared up. Lungs do start to heal themselves, but I don't know how much.
None of the damage I had done reversed but I am absolutely positive that I slowed the progress of the disease as I started to take better care of myself in many ways. I could not breathe when I quit, I was seriously ill...I will never be running any marathons or be able to walk quickly, particularly if there is any incline...BUT I can work out in a pool when the weather permits and I can work out on a stationary bike and I have learned a great deal about nutrition and how to take care of myself in many ways.
I used to cough all the time, I rarely cough now, I am much healthier than I was when I quit.
I’m the same as Ellen in many ways. The damage from smoking and COPD will not change for me. I lost 25% of my lung function. That won’t come back but here’s the great news !! It won’t get worse now that I don’t smoke. My cough got worse the first month. I no longer cough now. My pulmonary doctor said I can build the lung muscles by walking. I’ve been trying to do that. I’ll be better at it this as the less humid weather comes. This summer has been difficult for me and I must use my nebulizer daily. It’s because it’s the most humid summer I can remember. Please stay strong and pledge daily with us. We will all help you. Always remember you are not doing this alone. I learned that! You are doing this with all of us. We will help you any way that you need us. Stay strong. I promise it will get easier. Just do the work and you will keep your quit. It’s so worth fighting for. I’m sending hugs Kelly
Barb 220 DOF. Days of Freedom. After 40+ years of smoking. You can do this too
I'm on quit day 2 (literally at 9:30 pm). I haven't seen a Pulmonologist yet but have been told after a chest CT that I have emphysema and some lung nodules. I wheeze when I lay down to go to bed and walking up stairs leaves me very winded. I'm 56 years old and have been smoking since age 11. My appointment isn't until October but I will keep you posted on what I notice as the days go by.
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