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I know I need to but im scared... LIVE.OUT.LOUD Due July 11 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lawrenceville, Georgia 1606 posts
18th Mar '13

I have been a smoker for almost 9 years. I used to smoke menthol but they started hurting my throat so I switched to full flavor. In December I started coughing up blood. I have cut down a lot (I was smoking a pack a day now I smoke about 5 cigarettes a day) thinking maybe if I cut down I would stop coughing up blood. Well it has gotten a little better but not much. My grandfather was a smoker and had lung cancer. He has been in remission for about 10 years now. I know I should go to the Dr but im scared what they will tell me. I know its a good possibility something is wrong but the irrational side of me keeps saying if I quit it will go away. Which is not true... Im terrified... And I am quitting.I am cutting back slowly until I no longer smoke. I watched my grandpa suffer for years trying to beat cancer and I dont want to go through that or have my kids and DH watch me go through that... Ugh... Im so scared.... Any words of encouragement would be great..

Ladee+Grant+Lilly 2 kids; Tallahassee, FL, United States 19758 posts
18th Mar '13

I think it's amazing that you've cut back so far! With willpower like that, I have absolutely no doubt you can be smoke free someday soon!



And, honestly, I have no words for the doctor that won't sound rude without me meaning to :( you know you need to go, so I will leave it at that

Mommy2ThreeLilMonkeys 3 kids; California 5005 posts
18th Mar '13
Quoting LIVE.OUT.LOUD:" I have been a smoker for almost 9 years. I used to smoke menthol but they started hurting my throat so ... [snip!] ... that or have my kids and DH watch me go through that... Ugh... Im so scared.... Any words of encouragement would be great.."


well you are very young, hopefully it is just burst blood vessels in your lung from coughing so much..go to the doctor, get checked out. for your babies sake and your future child, i encourage you to continue on the path to quitting..if you can go down to 3 cigs a day for the following week and then go down to 2 the next week and then 1 the following week, and then 1/2 the next week and then none! how great would you feel if you were able to quit in the next month! =]

LIVE.OUT.LOUD Due July 11 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lawrenceville, Georgia 1606 posts
18th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Just Ames:</b>" If you were legit coughing up blood (since December) you'd be very ill at this point. Quitting smoking is a daily struggle for me. All I can say is if you really want to do it, you can do it. "</blockquote>




Very ill? Coughing up blood seems pretty ill to me. Not to mention loss of apitite, no energy, wheezing. I cough up about a quarter size of blood every time.

kthx. TTC since Nov 2012; Cleves, Ohio 65273 posts
status 18th Mar '13
Quoting Just Ames:" If you were legit coughing up blood (since December) you'd be very ill at this point. Quitting smoking is a daily struggle for me. All I can say is if you really want to do it, you can do it. "


:!: So the only thing I can think it would've been is an irritated throat.



Quitting is hard, OP. I smoke Camel Menthol... so not only is it a menthol, it also has the crush in the filter. They're rough, and I enjoy the burn on my throat which is so awful :oops: But, you CAN quit if you want to. Keep your hands/mind busy so that you don't get bored and want one (that's my biggest problem).

kthx. TTC since Nov 2012; Cleves, Ohio 65273 posts
status 18th Mar '13
Quoting LIVE.OUT.LOUD:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Just Ames:</b>" If you were legit coughing up blood (since December) ... [snip!] ... pretty ill to me. Not to mention loss of apitite, no energy, wheezing. I cough up about a quarter size of blood every time."


Those are side effects of smoking in general. Not cancer. And even then, feeling any fatigue or loss of appetite if you have cancer isn't from cancer itself... it's from the radiation therapy.

LIVE.OUT.LOUD Due July 11 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lawrenceville, Georgia 1606 posts
18th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ladee+Grant+Lilly:</b>" I think it's amazing that you've cut back so far! With willpower like that, I have absolutely no doubt ... [snip!] ... have no words for the doctor that won't sound rude without me meaning to :( you know you need to go, so I will leave it at that"</blockquote>




Thank you. I started cutting back 1 each week.



Yeah I understand. I will end up calling the dr.. Im just terrified

LIVE.OUT.LOUD Due July 11 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lawrenceville, Georgia 1606 posts
18th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting kthx.:</b>" :!: So the only thing I can think it would've been is an irritated throat. Quitting is hard, OP. I ... [snip!] ... you CAN quit if you want to. Keep your hands/mind busy so that you don't get bored and want one (that's my biggest problem)."</blockquote>




I used to smoke those. And yeah keeping myself busy has helped a lot. We have a spotless house..

LIVE.OUT.LOUD Due July 11 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lawrenceville, Georgia 1606 posts
18th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting kthx.:</b>" Those are side effects of smoking in general. Not cancer. And even then, feeling any fatigue or loss of appetite if you have cancer isn't from cancer itself... it's from the radiation therapy."</blockquote>




I know but why has it been getting progressively worse (minus the coughing blood)? Do you think quitting will solve the problem or should I go to the Dr as well?

Sara❥ 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 8621 posts
18th Mar '13

I quit 2 years ago using Chantix. That stuff is awesome. You can do it you just gotta put your mind to it and you really need to go to the doctor. Good luck!!

LIVE.OUT.LOUD Due July 11 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lawrenceville, Georgia 1606 posts
18th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Just Ames:</b>" Also, do some research. When you cut back or quit smoking you actually "seem" to get ill because your ... [snip!] ... I remember reading it but when the Husband and I quit but I can't remember the details. It's pretty interesting though."</blockquote>




Ive heard they repair. I didnt know about it making you feel sick though. Thats interesting.

LIVE.OUT.LOUD Due July 11 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lawrenceville, Georgia 1606 posts
18th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Just Ames:</b>" Yeah, like it gives you upper respiratory infection symptoms."</blockquote>




Wow! I had no idea. I want to look up more on that now. Thats crazy.