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Rita
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USA
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Posted - Dec 04 2009 :  08:52:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Everyone,Found this Forum in Google maybe that was lucky for me, I am so Frustrated,I
am Finally on my knees I will try to be brief.

I am almost 55 and have been smoking since I was 13 yrs old,well means 41 yrs or so that I have smoked.I was diagnosed with COPD and
I have been so addicted to cigarettes that if anyone mentions me quitting I Freak out!! that has changed,I want to Really Quit now it is in my Heart
but am so lost as what to use or how to start.I cannot breathe anymore,my Doc gave me a breathing machine to use along with a inhaler and such.so I was holding a cigarette in one hand and a breathing machine in the other. I used to laugh about that or joked about that how sick can that be,I am not laughing anymore..

I am worried because something tells me if I ever get the Flu again or Phemonia again I would not live through it,I am sad because I
am so lost as to what to use to quit this nasty old habit,so you see I need something that is strong enough to help a 41 yr habit
I am finally ready to Stop,someone please help me any information,on anything to help would be so appreciated.what medidcations from the Doc. or over the counter meds. I am crying because I want to live not die.I know now if I don't stop I will.


Rita

gehaag
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USA
3 Posts

Posted - Dec 04 2009 :  1:56:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Rita,

I smoked an average of 2.5 packs per day for 30 years, so I know what you're going through. I quit on 9/5/03. I did 4 things; got rid of all cigarettes, drank a TON of water, chewed Nicorette Gum 4mg and joined an online forum called Quitnet:

http://forums.quitnet.com/community/talk/

I haven't had a puff since, but it hasn't been easy. I was diagnosed with emphysema in 2003 and have since developed asthma and been hospitalized for double-pneumonia. I am now on oxygen 24/7, but feeling alot better.

Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

Gwen
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llewis230
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20 Posts

Posted - Dec 04 2009 :  4:43:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I quit on 12/2/97, I did it cold turkey. I just woke up that morning and decided I'd had enough. My wife quit a couple of years ago, and had very good results using the medication Chantix. She had also smoked from a young age, and had tried a number of things to quit, such as hypnosis, the nicotine patch, nicotine gum etc. with no luck. Chantix proved to be a miracle drug for her. I'd say it was worth investigating.

Lance-IN
Alpha-1 ZZ
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jctls146
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USA
7 Posts

Posted - Dec 04 2009 :  9:31:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rita, I was diagnosed this summer with COPD also. At first, I was angry because I really enjoyed smoking. It was my alone time, and I wasn't ready to give it up. But then like you, I became scared. I was scared enough to stop. I never finished the pack that I had nor bought anymore. I was smoking a pack a day and had for over 45 years. I couldn't sleep at night so my doctor put me on a low dose anxiety medication and Advil PM. Slept like a baby. Then I gave myself a 60 day spree of eating whatever I wanted.

I picked up a few pounds but now its been 7 months and haven't touched one since. I'm taking off the pounds I put on and have more energy than I have had in years.

You have the main ingrediate for quitting and thats the fact that you want to. It's amazing the power we can muster up inside ourselves when needed. Keep posting on this forum. There are so many people who you will meet who have helped me and will help you through this tough time.

JC

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Casey-CA
Senior Member

USA
782 Posts

Posted - Dec 05 2009 :  02:25:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Rita,
I am 56 and was in the hospital 3 years ago next week with Asthma and Pneumonia. I couldn't take one step I was so SOB (short of breath) and my husband carried me in.
I ended up in the hospital for 5 days. My O2 reading was 69! That is really low as you are probably learning.
I knew I had emphysema for 6 months, but the antibiotics I took didn't do the trick for the
bronchitis I had and I just got worse and worse. Of course, I had continued to smoke ( I smoked for 33 years). I was scared and I just didn't know how to do it either.
Well, in the hospital I was told that I would continue to end up there getting worse and worse if I still smoked. They are right too.
I asked them what to do and they prescribed and started me right away on Wellbutrin and the patch. I asked for the 7 after they wanted to start me on the 14, but I wanted the nicotine out of my system as fast as I could. I tore off the patch after 10 days and never had another cigarette again.
I never will. I also chose to live and not continue to get worse. It is the best thing I ever did for myself.
It really is the decision to finally do it for yourself that really matters. Do whatever you have to do to not smoke any. Eat, clean, walk, pace, drink a lot of water and do it again. Sleep helps too.
You will start to feel better just by not smoking and will also learn how to do other things to get better.
We are here for you. You can do it.
I have heard the Chantix is good.

Casey formerly majseventh

Edited by - Casey-CA on Dec 05 2009 02:27:14 AM
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