I quit smoking cold turkey just over 3 weeks ago and last week I started having some difficulty in breathing. When I try to take a deep breath it feels like my lungs just won't expand that last little bit. I went to the doctor and have had a chest X-ray which came back normal. I am going for a pulmonary function test on Friday but am a nervous wreck. I have read of other "quitters" have the same difficulty in breathing, but found no responses. Is this a normal reaction of the lungs and if it is, how long does it last?
hey, am no expert or anything but i am a smoker who is giving up using champix, it is normal when you are giving up for your lungs to be under pressure because your body is working overtime to clear your lungs of chemicals caused by nicotine, every 10 minutes your lungs are getting clearer (so i have read) and with you breathing in and out it is making it harder, so your chest seems tighter and you cant take a deep breath without feeling uncomfortable, this should clear up in time ( about a week) if you continue to not smoke. If it doesn't i would seek more medical advice hope i have helped you out Jenny
undrtktres, how's it going? still having those chest pains?
i rememember last time i quit, i had the same thing for a few months... it was like my lungs were "unglueing" themselves apart. lovely...
anyway, after that lovely story, i started smoking again... after going to a few smoke fillde clubs in eastern europe... so, i'm sick now with the flu and going thru day one of not smoking. my plan is to ride it out while i'm sick - i've foudn that it's much easier to get over the hump this way in the past. hope it works again
ive been stopped 9 month and the tightness and breathing comes and gose ive had xrays ive had test and ive had a copd teat and thats ok while im talking my voice gets hourse and my breathing gets hard..no one can say what wrong.. so it might be the ter in our lungs that need removing by our bodys.. i dont know but i need answers.. anyone offering..
I have been quit for 2 1/2 months and am having coughs till I gag. Sometimes hard to breathe in air, like lungs starving for air. I can get on my knees and elbows with butt in air and breathing is no trouble. Does anyone know how long this will last. My wife quit about 2 weeks after I did and she is not having any and I mean not any kind of cough or hard breathing. Hahaha but she is gaining weight fast. I don't mean to laugh. Please anyone tell me what to expect.
This may sound like a dumb question, but did you smoke menthol or non-menthol??
I was a menthol smoker for over 20 yrs. I got really sick in July and was having a hard time breathing, so I finally quit smoking. After 3 weeks of being smoke free, I was having a really hard time breathing and ended up in the hospital for 4 days being pumped with 16 rounds of steroids, 8 rounds of antibiotics, and breathing treatments every 4 hours.
The Dr said my lungs had taken a beathing from smoking so long and so much. The problems I was experiencing was my lungs trying to rid themselves of all the 'junk' and trying to heal.
It was very discouraging, I finally quit smoking and my breathing was worse than when I did smoke!!
Just be strong, you will get through this!!
Good luck to you and your wife.
Menthol is harder on your lungs. My mother smoked non-menthol 25 yrs longer than I smoked menthol and her breathing isn't as bad as mine was. Not sure how true it is, but I always heard that smoking menthol was like crystalizing your lungs. I never asked the Dr how true that is, but he did tell me that menthol is harder on you.
I too am having the same problems - quit about 3 weeks ago and now feels like I cant quite get enough air in when I breathe - not every breath - maybe every 15/20, just feels like I have to put a lot of effort in to get enough air?
So, all I'm wondering is what were peoples outcome of this? Is it a trip to Dr's or will it just past?? I know the last post on this thread was a year ago but it would be handy to know if you're still around?!?
If you haven't guessed I'm a bit worried about it!
I quit on Oct 15th 2012 and now, 20-2-13, I'm checking out sites to see why I'm still feeling a little down, slight sore throat, can't get full breath, tight chest in the morning etc. It seems, from what I have read, that this is normal (even though in my case it is 4 months) and that we shouldn't worry about it. Obviously, there is a concern of what it could be, and a concern that should I go to the doctors, they send me for a scan and then there is a shadow, life over! Why did we put ourselves in this position I sometimes ask myself.
So, in answer to your question, I think only you know whether a trip to the doctors is the right thing to do. I thought the same only yesterday but will see how it goes over the next week. Think my lungs are finally clearing out all the phlem, chest remains tight in the mornings but clears by 10am.
walking a mile a day seems to be really helping with getting my pulse pumping a little.
By the way, I am 36 and have smoked since I was 14... properly smoking at 16/17 (10 a day) moving up to 20 a day by 20/21 and by 30, around 25 a day! What a fool I was!
Anyway, let me know how it has gone.... I'm interested to hear...
I feel for all of us with COPD. And wish a long, happy & healther future for us all.
I quit smoking cigarettes again 15 days ago & am still having a hard time breathing when moving around.
I don''t understand this, because a few months ago when I quit I felt great. If anyone has an idea as to why, I sure would like a response. I have asked my lung doctor and they think maybe due to my allergies could be the reason.
I am using the vapor cigs, they work great for the nic cravings.
I can relate. This is my fourth quit in 18 months and this is the longest ever for me, about 6 weeks. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, I will feel short of breath. Not the deep gasping type like is common the first 2 weeks, but just the general sense that I am not getting enough oxygen, so I deliberately breathe a little deeper, though slowly.
Also, big hugs for everyone trying to quit. Honest, you can do it. It's all about controlling the mindset with me and indulging other cravings. Plus I dont get too down on myself when I relapse, try to avoid anger (a trigger for me) and jealously guard the first 24 hours, then the week etc. I don't feel comfortable saying I have 'quit' because I recognize that I will always like the taste and the nicotine can indeed be stronger than me if I accept temptation or get too proud of my will. I will always be a smoker trying not to smoke, and thats good enough for me.
Vaping can be just as bad for your lungs. Especially if you have allergies or trouble breathing. There's still chemicals in there and people don't know yet how it'll affect people long term. People assume it's "healthy" but they don't know for sure. It made me cough more than cigarettes did and gave me a sore throat.
It is always advisable to see a doctor before and after you quit smoking. Sometimes these unusual symptoms and strange sensations may be due to underlying diseases that you never knew that you had. You may have always attributed it to your smoking habit but it was in fact undiagnosed symptoms that have only now become apparent. Constant medical supervision can assist with a proper diagnosis or other means to counteract nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
I went cold turkey 66 days ago, and I have this same shortness of breath, but it wasn't something that happened immediately after quitting. I'd been stopped 4 or 5 weeks and then it hit me suddenly.
One day me and the wife took the dog down the park, and we walked 3 or 4 miles and I felt great, but the very next day, I could barely manage 1 mile, and its been like that for the last 4 or 5 weeks.
Im 4 stone overweight, and i've had asthma since I was 12. The cigarettes worked as a bronchiodilater for the first 20 years, and I was only bad when I got a chest infection or the flu, but apart from that, I felt fine enough.
A few years back I was diagnosed with mild pnuemonia. I didnt know I had it, and assumed it was just a heavier chest infection than what I got every year around the same time.
A few years later, my breathing started getting more and more wheezy, to the point I was taking the inhaler after every single roll-up ( I only smooked real cigarettes very occasionally, due to the price ), and I quit. I managed to stop them for about 20 months, and then one summers day when I wasn't even particularly tempted, I thought, "I'll have a cigarette while I sit in the park on this lovely warm sunny day", thinking that I could only have one, but I chain-smoked 3 , one after the other. Within a few months I was back up to 15 or 20 a day, and that has continued for the last 2 years.
I quit 66 days ago, and after my breathing started getting difficult, I had to go for a spirometry test with the asthma nurse.
After the test, she told me that I have a lung age of 87. I am only 45.
I know that the test has not factored these recent breathing troubles into it, and I explained this to her, and she said " well, I can only go by the test results"
The asthma nurses love to throw the terms lung-disease and COPD around, but the last time they tried to tell me I had COPD, it turned out I had bursitis in my shoulders ( which went away with 2 injections )
Anyway, its good to know im not alone and others are having the same experience.
I realise this thread is probably old and hasn't been replied to in a while, but I'd love to know if any one of you is now breathing normally again ??
For those trying to quit, remember this....When you quit, focus on the positives you are replacing cigarettes with, because as long as you are focusing on how deprived you feel, and feeling miserable cos you really want a cigarette, you will not be able to quit. Focus on the positive. Also, great advice....but a playstation because you'll be so engrossed in the game that you won't be thinking about smoking and your conscious mind will be engaged, and you can only be fully engaged with one thing at a time.
I wont say good luck, because there is no luck involved , and there is no "try"....there is only "do" , or , "do not"