@acid2come – I agree with Becky. The dr. can't talk to anyone else about you without your permission.
@wgatap21-Please don't beat your self up about it being psychological. It's just the opposite. The tobacco companies admitted that they knew that it was and lied about it. That's why they have lost so much money with federal and state and personal injury law suits. Please read:
Nicotine doesn't take long to get you into it's addictive behaviors. It's nicotine that has been described as being as powerful as as some benzos. I hoep that this helps! Best of luck!
@kanaazpereira– Thank you for inviting me into this discussion. I just finished a post on ways to curb your cravings for nicotine https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ways-to-curb-your-cravings-for-nicotene/ but I did not address anything about "Social Smoking". I smoked Marlboro's for 35 years and i understand how difficult it is to quit. Smoking socially is a misnomer. because being social indicates being with others and smoking occasionally. Smoking is not a social activity. Most places inside and a lot of outside ban smoking because second hand smoke is dangerous to others. Much has been written on this subject as well. This can't be compared to social drinking because drinking doesn't harm others and as far as I know if someone gets drunk, few places will allow that person to stay.
The term Social smoking doesn't even make sense now.
When someone has an addiction "just having one more" doesn't work otherwise you wouldn't have a problem.
Almost no-one is left unscathed if they smoke for any length of time. An Xray will not show emphysema or COPD. And both can be mild. You should have yearly CT scans. Probably should quit is just kidding yourself. I want you to quit but the harsh reality is that it is dangerous to your health and others and if you keep smoking than you stand the chance of becoming ill. When you stop smoking you don't automatically stop the effects of damage to your body because every time you smoke the damage accumulates. it multiplies. It takes time for that to stop.
Here are some other side effects of smoking
Some of the effects that may be experienced after smoking tobacco include:
initial stimulation, then reduction in activity of brain and nervous system
increased alertness and concentration
feelings of mild euphoria
feelings of relaxation
increased blood pressure and heart rate
decreased blood flow to fingers and toes
decreased skin temperature
nausea, abdominal cramps and vomiting
coughing, due to smoke irritation.
A high dose of nicotine can cause a person to overdose. This means that a person has taken more nicotine than their body can cope with. The effects of very large doses can include:
an increase in the unpleasant effects
rapid decrease in blood pressure and breathing rate
respiratory arrest (stopping breathing) and death.
60 mg of nicotine taken orally can be fatal for an adult.
Tar in cigarettes coats the lungs and can cause lung and throat cancer in smokers. It is also responsible for the yellow–brown staining on smokers’ fingers and teeth.
Carbon monoxide in cigarettes reduces the amount of oxygen available to the muscles, brain and blood. This means the whole body—especially the heart—must work harder. Over time this causes airways to narrow and blood pressure to rise, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
High levels of CO, together with nicotine, increase the risk of heart disease, hardening of the arteries and other circulatory problems.
Some of the long-term effects of smoking (Quit Victoria, 2010) that may be experienced include:
increased risk of stroke and brain damage
, yellowing of whites of eyes
loss of sense of smell and taste
yellow teeth, tooth decay and bad breath
cancer of the nose, lip, tongue and mouth
possible hearing loss
laryngeal and pharyngeal cancers
contributes to osteoporosis
shortness of breath
blockages in blood supply that can lead to a heart attack
high blood pressure (hypertension)
myeloid leukaemia, a cancer that affects bone marrow and organs that make blood
stomach and bladder cancers
slower healing wounds
damage to blood vessel walls
increased likelihood of back pain
increased susceptibility to infection
lower fertility and increased risk of miscarriage
damaged sperm and reduced sperm
Passive smoking occurs when a person who is not smoking breathes in the smoke from people who are smoking. Passive smoking can irritate the eyes and nose and cause a number of health problems such as heart disease and lung cancer. Tobacco smoke is especially harmful to babies and young children.
Nicotine can affect the way the body processes many different drugs. This can affect how these drugs work. For example, nicotine can decrease the effectiveness of benzodiazepines. Smoking while taking the contraceptive pill increases the risk of blood clots forming.
Check with your doctor or other health professional whether nicotine might affect any medications you are taking.
Read about the effects of tobacco use on pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Many drugs can cross the placenta and affect an unborn child.
In general, using drugs when pregnant can increase the chances of going into labour early. This can mean that babies are born below the normal birth weight.
If a mother uses drugs while breastfeeding, they may be present in her milk, and could affect the baby.
Check with your health professional if you are taking or planning to take any drugs during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.
Tolerance and dependence
People who use tobacco regularly tend to develop a tolerance to the effects of nicotine. This means they need to smoke more tobacco to get the same effect.
They may become dependent on nicotine. Dependence can be psychological, physical, or both. People who are dependent on nicotine find that using the drug becomes far more important than other activities in their life. They crave the drug and will find it very difficult to stop using it.
People who are psychologically dependent on nicotine may find they feel an urge to smoke when they are in specific surroundings or socialising with friends.
Physical dependence occurs when a person’s body adapts to the nicotine and gets used to functioning with the nicotine present.
For more information, please click on the Australian Drug Foundation’s DrugInfo
Smoking also causes heart disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm (a balloon-like bulge in an artery in the chest), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts, and worsens asthma symptoms in adults. Smokers are at higher risk of developing pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other airway infections (1–3). In addition, smoking causes inflammation and impairs immune function (1). (https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/cessation-fact-sheet)
Other cancers that can be caused by smoking: lung, larynx (voice box), mouth, esophagus, throat, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
I hope that you do quit. Yes it is hard and we hare here to help you. Do you think that you might give it another go?
@acid2come– Boy do I understand about asking husbands when I'm sitting right there! Perhaps this started because you had a very hard time at the beginning talking but if you can, now is the time to speak up because as much as your is helping the doctor is not hearing anything from you. Keep speaking up at your appointments so that the dr. gets the idea! Have you told the dr.s that your throat feels itchy? It's most likely very irritated. The prednisone and time should make it feel better. If it's really severe then find out if you can swallow anything to soothe it. Tea with honey and lemon is very good- but not too hot to avoid burning your throat again. These things might help: a spoonful of honey to coat the throat, salt water gargles, nasal sprays, cough drops, and lozenges. I don't know if where you live is very dry, arid air but here in NE our cold days are just that. We have a pot of water that sits on a low flame on top of the stove to hydrate the air. Is this something that sounds like it might be doable?
@acid2come– I am very relieved that you went and that someone finally gave you some steroids to calm the inflation. I use Nasacort, and over the counter noses pray to help with drainage. A friend of mine who has bad asthma uses it and recommended it to me, even if I do not have asthma. Best of luck. I hope that you rest more easily tonight.
@acid2come– Hello again. I bet you're thinking, and for all my efforts in trying to help my husband, this is what I get? co2 inhalation can cause a multitude of problems and it gets so confusing to get rid of them all. I'd be running toe very specialist around in a dizzying frenzy. But my suggestion, if you find yourself lost, is to make a list of what is bothering you the most and go from there. Don't make the list with what you think that you might have, but with what is effecting you the most. It might seem like they all do but try your hardest. Then list all of your symptoms per problem. This might help you feel more in control and help reduce your anxiety. I am very glad that you won't put up with lousy doctors. Have any of your doctors suggest a prednisone shot of some sort. It sounds as if your lungs are very very irritated. A nebulizer is great. I even own one for my lung cancer. It does take a long long time for lungs to repair themselves.
What did they do for you or advise you to do?
Did you go to the clinic?