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Welcome to the EX community. A few have said that their thyroid was affected by quitting. Here is a blog from the Mayo Clinic. Smoking and your health: the thyroid If you would like to research the topic. Risk of Hypothyrodism Rises With Quitting Go to the magnifying glass top right select and enter a keyword. Hypothyroidism - Symptoms and causes - Mayo ClinicTell us a little about yourself.
I'm 53 years of age been smoking since I was 17, I lost my mother in June of this year, due to smoking, I tried to quit smoking in June but my attempt wasn't a success,I recently found EX on here I read a lot of interesting things and I'm hoping my quit works this time,,here recently been having a little breathing difficulties was hospitalized a couple months ago or pneumonia just hear the past 4 months been sickly my mmune system seems to be low cant fight infections off and I'm the person I was never sick never had to go to the doctor until here the past 4 months,,,I been telling myself need to quit the smokes,
Sorry for the loss of your mother. I am glad that you found us. I smoked for over 40 years and finally quit with the support of this site. I have found that education is the key to a successful quit. Along with being willing to do whatever it takes not to smoke quitting is doable. NOPE not one puff ever. First, you have to relearn your thinking and behavior. Not only is smoking a habit with the hand to mouth action but it is an addiction. I would advise you to read as much as you can on the site. I was advised to read Allen Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking. I would say Easy I would say Easier. Planning and preparing my help My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX If you need help getting started navigating around the site here is the link If you're just joining us check out our Getting Started Guide. Feel free to ask questions and research with the magnifying glass. We are here to help. Welcome again. Stay around.
First, welcome to the community; you have come to the right place if you are looking to quit! Jackie has already provided you with the thyroid answer. I hope you are able to get your questions answered and find your way to quitting!
Welcome to our community!
I have heard about thyroid issues when quitting, but that can be handled with medication. Illnesses from smoking are not as treatable, and not quitting because of that possibility is not a solid reason - it might be an excuse!
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend 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. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
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, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
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-smokeThe 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!
Quitting definitely messed with my thyroid. Still trying to get the dose right again. It’s a frustrating possible side effect I was hoping would not happen. It can also affect diabetics. Best to keep your doctor aware of how you are feeling and get tested for your current TSH level. I am assuming you are on meds? They may have to be adjusted.
Morning,,Reason why I'm asking because went to the doctor couple weeks ago and they said my TSH was slightly elevated and wanted to recheck in 6 months I haven't quit yet my quit date coming up soon, thank you for your input though I was just reading one of them article on here ,
I haven't quit yet my quit date coming up soon
How soon? Have you set a date yet?
Yes thank you my quit date is Sept 25, ,,
You and MaryRobin are setting the same quit date. You all can have a quit date buddy (you'll still have the entire community as a quit buddy).
Just so you are aware, Mary Robin is not related to Christopher Robin; don't let that deter you she is cooler than him anyways.
I would love a quit buddy! Here’s to the 25th, and all the days we have left to live as “Sexy Ex’s!!”
Many people, including nonsmokers, develope thyroid issues as we age. But, from all the research that's been done, I don't think there's any body organ that isn't affected by smoking. I am 61, have been quit for 8 weeks, and smoked for 48 yrs. It's so much easier now. 2 yrs., ago I develped immune deficiency after a lifetime of good health. They don't know what causes is it, but I would not be a bit surprised if there's a smoking link.
Read the posts Jackie sent you. I wrote one of them. I developed hypothyroidism after I quit and discovered it because I kept gaining weight. I finally contacted my doctor,because I knew something else had to be going on. There is a body of evidence that there is a connection between quitting smoking and hypothyroidism.
No expert, but from my research: Smoking is associated with hyperthyroidism (overactive). Quitting with hypothyroidism (underactive)
This is a another good article How Doctors Diagnose Hypothyroidism - Diagnosis of an underactive thyroid function is made based on a combination of thy… There are actually two blood tests involved in this diagnosis.
After all of this, have you picked a quit date? Educate yourself about nicotine addiction and create your quit plan. We're here to support you on your journey.
I do too really need a buddy thank you,,my quit day around the corner sept 25 I'm a little scared I'm going turn into a monster lol yea me without smokes and coffee, yea I drink coffee alot all day long ,which not good I know,,I'm going try with the patch this time,but I tryed last month the patch wouldn't stick to my skin,
You might try the generic patches - I have heard they actually stick better. Walmart's have been mentioned, but there may be others.
You might need to change your coffee routine when you quit. Caffeine has a much greater impact. Perhaps switch to half decaf and half regular and see how you do? If you find yourself getting fidgety, it is probably too much caffeine!
Let us know if we can answer questions or offer support This isn't easy, but it IS doable!
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