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11/3/11 9:11 P

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When I quit I had phlegm problems and did go to the doctor. I do have COPD but most of the problems then were my body cleaning out my lung and sinuses. You know your body and going to the dr is not a bad thing.

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10/12/11 5:34 P

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Thanks for the advice. I want to wait another day to see what happens I think. I will certainly go to the doctor if it gets worse! :)

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10/12/11 5:10 P

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I, too, got sick not long after I quit smoking. I can't say that was the reason, although I am fairly confident it was much of the reason I was coughing up as much phlegm as I was. It takes only a few days for your lungs to start to heal and purge themselves of the icky stuff you've coated them with. My doc even said that was most of what was going on with me. As for your sinus and ear problems, they could very well be related. And, don't take this as medical advice, because you should always listen your gut (if you think you need to see a doc, by all means, see a doc), but my experience with sinus/ear infections is this...if you stay hydrated, take OTC pain relievers such as tylenol and advil (ibuprofen is good for helping with inflammation), and use a saline nasal rinse (I love my Neti-Pot) the infections WILL clear up by themselves. I used to take my daughter to the doc every time she'd get an ear infection. Finally one night an ER doc refused to give her an antibiotic like her regular doc always did. Said hew ouldn't give one to his own kid unless it had been going on for several days. Most sinus/ear infections are viral. Antibiotics will not kill a virus. You risk developing an immunity to that antibiotic down the road when you really need, AND you waste your money.

I agree with Tiger, though, check around for cheap clinics, if you do decide to go. Call around, because sometimes you can find ones that operate on sliding payment scales. It may not end up costing you much at all. And most pharmacies now have "club" programs, where you can get a lot of medications at ridiculously low prices (WalMart has a HUGE list of $5 drugs).

Good luck, and I hope you get to feeling better soon. Hang in there, and GREAT JOB making it 9 days! It's tough, but it does get easier.

*~Danielle~*

"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in - forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old mistakes and nonsense." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



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10/12/11 4:30 P

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Great job living nic free for nine days!!!

About your hx of sinus infections. Many folks get sick, stuff 'comes up' as the body tries to heal itself. However this is not to say the illness is less 'authentic' or real. No matter if quitting smoking has anything to do with your symptoms, you know an infection will not clear itself up.

Be kind to yourself. Go to a clinic where there are smaller fees and get seen, please. Quitting nicotine is the first step of many. You will learn a whole new way of living if you want to apply the 12 steps to your recovery.
For me it has created the miracle of 11 years, 11 months and 1 day NIC FREE!!!
nicotine-anonymous.org or nicamar.homestead.com

Dale
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with Grace and Self Esteem. Refresh yourself with high personal
regard and live happy, joyous and free!

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10/12/11 4:12 P

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I've heard that it's kind of normal to get sick after you quit smoking.

*****I know no one here should be giving me medical advice. The best solution is for me to go to the doctors. Well, I don't have health insurance right now. So, I'm not going to go right now. Obviously, if things get worse I'll go.*********

Right now, I'm about 9 days smoke free.

A few days ago, my ears really started hurting. I feel like my ears are clogged. One ear more than the other. My grandma used to put "sweet oil" in our ears when we had ear aches. So, I've been doing that. It just doesn't seem to be working as it used to.

Then my sinuses started to get uncomfortable. (I've had many sinus infections through out my life. So, this isn't new to me.) I really only had mild pressure compared to the usual sinus infection where I can't even open my eyes. I just have some swelling in my throat going on in my tonsils. My tonsils need to come out so this is typical when I'm feeling kinda sick and my sinuses are funky.

Now, my breathing is starting to feel shallow for lack of a better way to put it. I can still get a breath in.

I just feel like there is a ton of mucus building up. I'm drinking a ton of herbal tea.

I just was about to spend the $230 to go to the doctors. So, I decided to just check out if there was anything on the internet about quitting smoking and getting sick. I found a ton of people complain about it. Now, I'm sort of considering holding off on going to the doctors a few days to see if I feel better.

Did anyone else have this effect? Did you go to the doctors? Did you actually get medicine?

Just curious. Not looking for anyone to play doctor on the internet.

Thanks!!

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