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Hi All, I am hoping for a little support and reassurance. I decided to quit smoking after 12 years of smoking 20 to 30 smokes a day. I was constantly out of breath and generally unhealthily. I used champix to quit, but after 4 weeks of taking champix I was having some tightness of the chest, I stopped taking champix. I have now been smoke free for six months. I still get a lot of discomfort from a tight chest and neck with a constant dry throat. I have been to the doctor who has run blood tests and done an exam and his conclusion is this is withdrawal symptoms. It is extrememly hard to believe this as I constantly feel fatigued and tired and irritable, after reading all the positive things that would happen after quitting and none seem to be happening to me it is very disheartening. Has anyone else experienced this?
I am quit 14 months now. There have been some scary things i have had to confront regarding my health and up until this past week I was exceedingly lucky considering i smoked for 40+ years, and I have been very thankful. This week has been a game changer for me. I went to hospital for a cardiac cath procedure on 4/13 to see about having a stent or two. The good news is that my heart muscle is strong and is undamaged....but my main arteries have major blockages and i was admitted to the cardiac unit and am being monitored 24/7. i am scheduled for a quadruple bypass this Tuesday, April 17th. This condition wasn't caused by smoking totally....some family history here, along with genes, etc....but doc says it didn't help! I quote "you are one lucky lady...somebody is looking out for you" as he looked skyward!!!