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    I have been cutting back on my smoking since all the new issues have been coming up and lets face it, the money is also a big factor. my quit date is August first, but I am wondering about something. anyone know if the "stress" from quiting will cause a flare? I have been cutting back in preparation and for the last few days I have had really bad pains in my neck, shoulders and my hands. the meds are not even helping and tonight my knuckles are all swollen and red and I have small red bumps on my fingers (that part is REALLY new). I am gonna quit!!! but I just wanted to know if anyone has had the same thing happen to them.

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    Lornak,
    I have no advice as I am still a smoker....Shame on me, I know...As no one should be smoking, I am REALLY stupid for smoking as I was in respitory failure a few years back, and suffered damage to my lungs. They told me back then that if I started to smoke again (which I did 4 years later) it could literally kill me...I started anyways...Stress, illness, family stress, money stress...all mitigating factors, but YES stupid nonetheless.
    I give you a lot of credit for quitting...it is not easy...but Im proud of you!!! Hang in there. Im not sure about the stress factor of quitting starting a flare, but maybe you could get some meds to keep your neves down? Or that new Cymbalta? (though I hears some TERRIBLE things about that medicine - BAD depression apparently)
    Either way, I wish you the best..I felt so much better the four years I didnt smoke...I have to quit eventually soon as well...
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    Hi Lornak, I quit almost 3yrs ago after 12yrs smoking. I don't know if it causes flares, but it will cause body aches and pains. Don't give in, that will pass. At the most, about 2-3 wks depending on how often and strength of cigs you smoked. I used my tredmill for stress, even if sore and even if only a few minutes. After a month it was down hill from there. I thought I'd be honest, the first week's the hardest. Then each afters a little easier. For me cold-turkey was best, but everyone's different. Good Luck!!
    Cheryl

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    Dont know anything about the flare ups with quitting but want to giveyou a great big HOORAH!!! for taking that on. I quit last summer. Had 10 weeks smoke free when I started again. Same supid reasons as pp. When I quit last time tho I used a patch and wellbutrin. Worked like a charm. Maybe give those a try?

    Keep it up, one day again I will join ya.

    K

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    well guys,

    yesterday was not totally smoke free, but I only had two. I think that is great for me. I usually smoke 1-2 packs a day.

    so far today I have not had any. gonna try again for "nothing". I will let you know how it turns out. thanks for all the support!!!

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    We are all in your corner! Good Luck and Congrats on only two cigs yesterday :lol:

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    I started smoking when I was 27, yah I know...stupid. Anyway...for many yrs (I'm 48 now) I tried every method you can name to quit smoking.

    Nothing worked. Frankly I like/liked smoking. I enjoyed it...I loved it...I looked foreward to it...get the picture?

    My husband had a heartattack just over two yrs ago. He's doing fine. We both quit smoking then and there. Cept now I think he has started sneaking smokes again, but that's another story.

    I quit cold turkey that time, cause I was fed up with "trying" to quit and nothing working for me.

    So I toughed it out. I warned everyone around me to brace themselves cause this wasn't going to be pleasant but it was something I absolutely had to do.

    And I frickN did it. I stll get cravings two yrs later. I still "miss" smoking. But for my sake and my husbands sake I can not ever give in.

    Perhaps when I'm 80 and dont give a hoot any more...I'll smoke my brains out. But for now I'm smoke free and I am very proud of anyone who keeps trying to quit. It's the hardest thing I ever had to make myself do.

    Good luck
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    Only 2, yeah !! How'd you do today?
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    well today is Sunday and I am still on the "only two" deal. that is still good but my worst times are in the morning with the coffee and after supper. I am good the rest of the day. I just have to work on those two times. my coach is suppose to call on monday to see how I am doing and I will ask her for any suggestions. but thanks to all for the input and the support. I knew I could count on you guys!

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    Those were my 2 worse. Went straight to dishes after dinner, kept busy. In morning I would find something I needed to do while sipping my coffee. Still only 2 is doing great!! Keep it up .
    Cheryl

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