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  1. Thanks for posting. I literally quit right before tree pollen season in Michigan. It’s been a rough go if it since that point with respect to allergy and sinus symptoms. Nice to know I may not be the only one. Hopefully follow down your path and things get easier next year. appreciate the post.
  2. Hey all it’s been a little bit since my last post , coming up to almost 6 months post quit. Can’t believe it’s been that long already, not even a hint of trying to smoke during that time. I posted previously about some sinus issues and congestion. After some testing and visits to allergists and Ear/Nose/Throat Doctor it seems that I have Allergic Rhinitis that’s causing swelling in my sinuses / nasal passages. I have never had these types of problems during my smoking days. I have searched and googled and have found some instances of people’s allergies getting worse durin
  3. Yes it seems that inflammation in the sinuses is causing drainage into the ears and throat. Hopefully the antibiotic and the nasal anti inflammatory work. doctor thinks it’s a combination of stopping smoking (this has been bothering me for 4 weeks so it’s not recent) , the stay at home orders being locked inside and allergies.
  4. Hey all , figured I would start a new thread here. Still smoke free since shortly after the Super Bowl, so almost 3 months. Not going to lie, it’s been a challenge for my body, especially with the Covid situation, the anxiety levels and such have been escalated to unreal measures. I have a question for you all , has anyone had sinus issues post quit. My problem is , extremely dry nose, when i blow my nose very little (chunky) comes out with a little blood. These issues have also caused ear issues . It’s been happening since the very beginning of April. Extremely frustrating. Doctor
  5. Hey all just checking in ... still smoke free , going on two months!!! not really having any urges to even have a cigarette. battling really dry sinus nowadays. Nose feels like is plugged at times but it’s just pressure it seems. I know smoking does a number on our sinuses as well. Other than that holding strong. Stay safe everyone.
  6. you’re not kidding. At times the anxiety seems to be controlling me , literally negative thoughts rolling through the mind 100mph. It’s strange to me as I have never really been a worry wart. Now I simple cough and all of a sudden, i must be sick ... crazy because it comes and goes. For example i was on several conference calls throughout the day, everything was fine ... soon as I have alone time , watching the news or checking social media , thoughts spin out of control.
  7. Wow where should I start ... initially it was insomnia and heart palpitations(couple times). recently it has been a feeling of being tired , strange because it has been about 5 weeks post quit, but have read that it’s totally expected. Also anxiety , anxiety and anxiety. Seems to worry about things much more nowadays. other minor things , skin breakout and minor headaches.
  8. It’s definitely anxiety: all the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. literally once i calm myself down everything returns to normal. I never realized how hard anxiety can be on someone until the last few weeks. with everything going on with Covid-19 it’s really triggering lots of bad thoughts. but still finding a way through it ... haven’t touched a cigarette
  9. I was actually thinking about doing this is it persists. I am not a fan of prescribed medicine unless it’s absolutely necessary. luckily when i had the panic / anxiety attack episode a few weeks back which resulted in the hospital visit, then ran all sorts of tests ... blood work, chest x ray , ECG , stress test , etc and all looked good. But anxiety is a different breed and somewhat new to me ... outta nowhere it strikes and then passes ...
  10. So guys / gals , honest question for you all. have you found your anxiety levels increased after quitting smoking. I was never a big worry wart per se in the past , obviously there were things that stressed me out but it seems that smoking kinda hid some of that ... nowadays I find myself freaking out about things. Anxiety seems to be elevated at times , kinda feeling anxiety attacks , brief but they come and go... maybe it’s just the extensive nature of the corona virus and coverage but it has me kinda going crazy to be honest. Obviously thinking of the worse case scena
  11. luckily , I am not a heavy caffeine consumer. I rarely drink coffee , when i do it’s usually the latte or machiatto kinda drinks, yes yes i know it’s embarasssing lol I stay away from energy drinks as well and outside of maybe a cola at lunch at times, soda consumption is very low ... I can only imagine what a monster or red bull would do to me at the present time ... yikes but I think the caffeine stuff is spot on ; I took a pre workout the other day before the gym , loads of caffeine obviously and it was messing with my heart rate , breathing , etc ... n
  12. Hey all checking in .... still cranking , recently past the 1 month of being smoke free. overall feeling good , tendencies to be a bit tired at times, but that seems to be the norm post quitting. sleeping habits are getting much much better. Still waking up certain nights and having a hard time sleeping, but other nights are just fine. moving forward
  13. Hey all , checking in still going strong smoke free .. other than trying to adjust to sleep things are going well. Still kinda having a hard time getting a good nights rest but it’s been better than last week. plugging and chugging along. Having some stomach adjustments as well, which my doc told me is expected. getting closer and closer to 1 month
  14. Thank you so much plugging and chugging dry cough , no fever moving forward
  15. Thanks for the notes all ... I am definitely not taking the fever lightly or connecting it to quitting smoking. Took the day off work , been relaxing , drinking tons of fluids. Fever is essentially gone ... since I am a little anxious , I check my temp every hour or so (maybe more) thank you all for the concern
  16. Most likely back to normal today it seems, fever at 99 , probably a mix of everything
  17. Thanks appreciate the kind words .... seems like one thing after another ; have a fever of 102-103 ... probably not related to quitting but dam when it rains it pours , frustrating
  18. So I do have one more question... is Smokers flu or Quitters Flu a real thing. not gonna lie, I was feeling pretty good the last couple days , thought we were on the gravy train rolling and then this afternoon unbearable headache and coughs ; no fevers or anything of that nature just the headache , coughs and stuffy nose ... ugh
  19. Good Morning all ... still going strong Night time anxiety seems to be getting much better , actually getting some sleep nowadays. Still have small episodes of anxiety and panic but much much better. keep on keeping on ...
  20. Yes Jillar it’s also the time you have the most to think ; wife is usually sleeping early, she’s been battling to stay up as late as possible to support, but she needs he sleep to be able to work efficiently in the morning ... it’s doesn’t feel like my mind is racing 200mph but it is ... and bam heart palpitations and panic ... ugh , this morning I looked myself in the mirror and asked WTF is wrong with you , calm the f$&! down Lol
  21. Ugh ... crushes it at the gym last night including 15 minutes of cardio, thought for sure i had worn myself out enough to get some sleep... laid down around 11:30, can feel I was anxious and mind was full of thoughts , dozed off for a bit only to awaken to a what I would call small panic attack, nothing like over the weekend , only lasted 30 seconds or maybe less ... but hay was the end of my sleep for a while , last time I looked at the clock it was almost 3am , up and outta bed around 6:00 , and the 3 hours was lousy sleep i really hope the anxiety and heart rac
  22. Just an update ... had a hard time sleeping last night , definitely a bit anxious , especially with the series of events from the night before. eventually I was able to fall asleep for a few hours after taking some deep breathes for few minutes. holding strong thus far ; no nicorette yet today. a little discomfort in the chest area which is the norm, also starting to cough a bit.
  23. Great to hear. Stay strong and committed. sounds like you have some motivation with the wife quitting. day by day , win the small battles , it all adds up. keep us posted. We will be there for you

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