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    Before I get started, let me say this, I know smoking is bad for your health.
    That said. Is it right, fair, well founded or a sure reason, to blame everything on smoking?
    As you can tell, I am a smoker.
    But here is my problem. ALL symptoms, ailments, pain and complaints I have, my doc. will say " smoking causes this".
    From so many of my friends here at WHL, I know that you have the SAME symptoms ect. and you are non smokers.
    For instance, breathing problems ( shortness of breath), joint pain, low vitamin D, muscle pain, brain fog, nerve pain, raynauds,dizzyness ect.
    But all I hear from my doctor is, " you wouldn't have these problems, if you would quit".
    I think that is stretching it a little bit.
    What do you think?
    It would be good to know, when you answer, if you are a smoker or non smoker.

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    I may have been dealt a bad hand, but at least I'm still playing with a full deck. ( most of the time anyway).

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    I think you're right in thinking that it's wrong to blame it all on smoking. I quit in 01 and I felt really good for a while after quitting. By 03 the symptoms I had been dealing with before were returning and much worse. I began to experience new symptoms.

    I do believe smoking can make symptoms worse. As can caffeine and all the other things that aren't good for us. I've heard of and met doctors that have the opinion we can't blame everything on AI issues, but I've never heard of someone blaming it all on smoking. If only it were as simple as that, but sadly it's not.

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    Well, I'm not a smoker, but I have every one of the symptoms that you mentioned. I didn't grow up in a house with a smoker either, and I married a non-smoker. Despite this, I had recurring bouts of walking pneumonia as a young teen and I have two kids with asthma. Go figure!
    No, the doc can't blame it all on the smoking, but I bet that you would start to feel somewhat better if you do quit!
    Hope this helps,
    Marla

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    your Dr. doesn't sound very compasionate or caring -
    I quite smoking in 1989 it was the hardest thing. I still occasionally have a dream about smoking and I wake up not sure if I smoke or not. Isn't that weird? after all this time -

    Still you know you gotta quit - especially if you are having lung problems. I hope you will try -
    much love to all my lupie friends -

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    My doctor said the same thing. two months ago i got into a really bad flare couldn't keep food in again. gi dr couldn't find anything wrong again said it was a flare. i quit smoking and with in days the flare stopped an i feel great with the lupus symptoms. my fibromaylia is killing me but the flare is gone and i rather have one thing going on than both like i do when in a flare. so try to quit if you can. i have had a cig here an there don't finish it an i feel great not going back to smoking and my chest feels great and breathing is better also. so if you can try and stop i have smoked for over twenty years and know how hard it is. but like all habits its a mind thing not a body thing our minds are stronger than our bodies so think postive about it. good luck
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    I've never smoked at all, and I have both SLE, and MS.

    Rob

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