i quit smoking 2 months ago.....relapsed... quit again about 25 days ago
i am 29. smoked for 8 years about 2-7 cigarettes a day
i am not coughing and i am not wheezing.. i did great on spirometry test and my blood tests came back all normal
the only thing that bothers me is the phlegm stuck in the back of my throat every morning... i have to force it out and when i do get it out os clear phlegm with tiny brown flecks in it...not much just a pea size or less per day...it used to me more the first couple of weeks...
Hi Sandy, and congrats on your quit! 25 days, whoo hoo! Got your note - honey try not to worry, the phlegm with the brown specks is a buildup of tar in your lungs and is completely Normal and will go away soon! Good news for you at the Pulomonologist, too! I'm also using Musinex to keep that junk coming up.
Keep up the hard work, and Sandy, really, let this be your last quit. You are still VERY young, so be done with this nasty habit. I am 53 now and trust me, the habit gets more and more ingrained the older you get. I'm leaving you the link to "whyquit", a quit smoking site with a TON of educational info. You may join, but they only support a cold turkey quit. I will post my tracker from there as well as my tracker from here at MedHelp. It gives a sense of accomplishment to fill in that 0 every day.
Good luck to you, honey!!
4w 18:56 smoke-free, 287 cigs not smoked, $86.10 saved, 23:55 life saved
Ok, the Musinex for you is out, so other than 'time', I have no other suggestions. It WILL go away though on it's own, so please try not to get yourself all worked up over it, okay? I promise you, it will go away! I smoked pot on top of the cigs, so just imagine the phlegm *I* was coughing up...black and gross, let me tell you!...and scary!
Thank you for your sweet words, I truly appreciate them but this is not my first time quitting. My first time was in 07 which was what brought me here to MedHelp. I hope this will be my Last time though, as I cannot breathe anymore while smoking; the congestion is just unreal, and I'm afraid I'm on my way to COPD or worse!
Oh, and hey, if the stories on whyquit are upsetting you, then avoid those and just read the articles.
I know it's hard Sandy, but the cravings will get less and less as time goes on. Big Hug, you're doing great!!!
OH...one suggestion would be to deep breathe throughout the day. When we smoke, we are taking that big inhale many, many times a day, but that all comes to a stand still when we stop smoking. To keep the mucus moving, be aware and take deep breathes as often as you can remember to. That's another trick I'm using. I actually set my timer the first few weeks every hour so I would remember. LOL
Thank you so much for your messages. I read them last night and slept better because of your reassurance. I cant thank you enough...
I keep taking deep breaths throughout the day ..just like you said :)
as you might have guessed by now :) i have anxiety issues as well...
this is not my first quit either... i have quit a couple of times before...but this is first time i am seeing the tan flecks in the phlegm... maybe they were there i had not noticed before...
did you experience this gunk in your previous quits?
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.