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Smoking Symtoms: Quit Smoking and Stop Wheezing

Stop Smoking and Stop WheezingOne day while working as a financial professional, one of my regular clients approached me. He started asking me about my family and home life. He asked whether or not I had any pets, specifically a cat, and whether or not I had allergies. Perplexed by the usual line of questioning, I asked him why he was asking me such strange questions. He replied that he could hear me wheezing and that there was whistling sound when I breathed that appeared to be originating from my lungs. Although, I did own a cat, I did not have any known allergies. At this point, I realised that the wheezing must be the effect of years of smoking on my lungs. That evening I made an appointment with my doctor to check my lungs and investigate this wheezing that was unnoticeable until my blind client pointed it out to me.

The scans came back with blackening on my lungs that my doctor attributed to excessive smoking, but that no significant damage had been made to justify the wheezing. My doctor’s advice to me was to quit smoking before needing to smoke through a hole in my neck. I will not guarantee that that was an exact quote but the message was clear. I must quit smoking, if I wanted to live a healthy life.

After that day at the office with the blind client, I kept hearing the wheezing, and in my head it got worse with each cigarette that I consumed.

I was too young to be perpetually wheezing. It was gross, and it definitely advertised to everyone I crossed that I was a smoker, no more subtleties. After this, I would often put my hand on my chest as I inhaled. I was shocked by how shallow my breath capacity had become but also I was shocked that I could actually feel something lodged inside on my lungs, bits of tobacco no doubt.

Although the intensity diminished when I reduced my consumption, it remained until the day I quit for good. Now, I can actually appreciate the deep breaths I can take.

What are the Symptoms of Quitting Smoking?

It is certain and understood that when you do quit smoking, after having picked a date and having made a firm commitment to quitting smoking, that there will be some symptoms of quitting smoking. The symptoms related to having quit smoking can and do vary from person to person, but as a rule they are generally mild and easy to ignore, if you are in the right state of mind.

The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal that most people seem to report when quitting smoking are cravings. These are seemingly powerful urges to smoke, when you can think about nothing else but smoking and you get that vague feeling of emptiness that your mind convinces you can only be cured by smoking a cigarette. You must resist this urge to start smoking again at all costs, and the reality is that this craving will go away by itself in a few short minutes.

Some other symptoms of having quit smoking are headaches, increased irritability and pasty mouth. These symptoms are, once again, all temporary and will disappear very quickly if you are firm in your decision to become a non-smoker.

The stop smoking headaches you experience are temporary and will go away on their own if left untreated. When you experience headaches, feel free to have an Advil or Aspirin, if you think it will help, but don’t overdo it. In general, just drinking a glass of water and thinking about something else will do the trick.

The irritability you feel when you have just quit smoking is also a natural reaction, and be sure to control it and not let it ruin your day or the day or your loved ones or coworkers! Just tell people around you that you have quit smoking, and to cut you some slack. In a few short days, this annoying symptom of quitting smoking will have disappeared and you’ll be back to your normal happy self!

Another common complaint is the pasty mouth you get when you stop smoking. This symptom is counter-intuitive, since your mouth should feel much happier now that you are not stuffing it with cigarette smoke! Nonetheless, if you get that symptom, just have a sip of water and go about your day.