My company test was done at Quest Labs, which I have always believed to be a fairly reliable lab. My GP knows that I am a non-smoking athlete and feels like I should just put the whole thing out of my mind and not stress about it, but I hate having anything in my file that could portray me as a smoker, when I have been so adamantly anti-smoking for my entire life! Also, if there really IS nicotine in my body for some reason, might this be harmful in some way?
As Dr. Foulds suggested, I asked my GP about conducting an independent test, but she felt that urine and follicle testing were even less reliable than the bloodwork; in her opinion, I should just forget the whole thing. Still bothering me, though, and I unfortunately opted out of doing my company wellness testing this year, as I worried that the false result would be repeated!View Thread
Everybody is different on that. I used Chantix which I would recommend to anybody, in the long run after going off the Chantix to soon I ended up quitting cold turkey. My husband used the gum to quit. I also have friends that used the patch. Each individual is different View Thread
I have a major surgery in 15 days. I cannot test positive for nicotine or the surgery is off. I have quit for...
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I have a major surgery in 15 days. I cannot test positive for nicotine or the surgery is off. I have quit for 2 weeks now but have had some slip ups with 1 cigarette on some days. I bought a vapor cig and use 0% nicotine. Will I be safe using the vapor and if not how many days prior to surgery do I have to have with 0 slip ups.View Thread
I was considering taking Chantix to help quit smoking. Is there anyone taking it that can give me some insight on how good it is, or another comperable medication to help me quit smoking?? Thanks!View Thread
I stopped smoking 6 months ago. I notice no improvements except less chest heaviness in the morning. I too noticed wheezing after I quit. I never wheezed in my life prior to quitting. I thought it was a result of increased allergies. I was told by the doctor that the wheezing may in fact be secondary to allergies flaring asthma. The nicotine is a slight bronchi-dilator, therefore that may be why I was not wheezing prior. Well, now I wonder is it respiratory disease secondary to smoking for years.View Thread
Wow.... I too am experiencing severe joint pain and stiffness since quitting smoking. The first month after not smoking I felt great!!!! All @ once I noticed my left wrist being very stiff, sore and just aching. Within a day or so the right hand started. Then it became my elbows, and shoulders. OK, now this is pain that has not let up since..... The only thing I have found that relieves it at all is alieve or a really high dose of ibuprofen. The pain is often in my knees ,ankles and toes.....??????? !!!!!!!! I too have no insurance and am at a loss. This has been 4 months now of constant pain and discomfort, I am now extremely stressed and depressed and it is consuming me. If you find further info on this plz inform me as I will do the same for you. Wishing you all the best.View Thread
So I'm trying to get a job as an ED tech but the hospital requires I pass a drug and nicotine test. Drugs are no problem I'm straight. However, nicotine is a scratchy situation. I smoke a pipe rather regularly; I don't always inhale but sometimes I do. Anyway, how long in advance do I need to quit one of my favorite hobbies? Also, the tests are blood and urine.View Thread
I would recommend chantix to anybody, but not everybody can take it. I had terrible dreams when I first started taking it, and if I didn't eat anything before I took it I got nauseated really bad! After awhile the bad dreams went away. It was just a blessing for me not to smoke, with Chantix I didn't even crave cigarettes. If you do take it don't go off of it to early that's what happened to me. I ended up after that quitting cold turkey because I couldn't afford to buy the Chantix again. My friend wanted to use it to quit smoking but her doctor wouldn't let her because she has severe depression. There's alot of helpful information on this site. That was one of the things that helped me the most was reading, and support groups we are all here to help. I wish you the best on whatever you decide.View Thread
I would think putting anything in to our bodies that isn't healthy whether in moderation or not can be harmful to are health. We all have cancer cells and they can be activated. So why take the risk if we can just quit the bad habit altogether J View Thread
I run a program for teens 16-18. A young man of 17 wants his mother to purchase nicotine patches for him and provide these patches to our medical staff (not physicians) to distribute to him. Medical staff reports that this is against the law. I am searching for a second opinion or a referral to the law. Thanks for any help you can provide.View Thread
As a previous poster mentioned, I too visited a resource on electronic cigarettes (seen above). I also got the V2 kit and it helped me get off tobacco cigarettes, and then eventually I got off e cigarettes as well.
One thing that I didn't really realize when I made the switch to the electronic cigarettes was that they have not really been around that long, so they really haven't been researched that much as far as how they effect health - and there's evidence that they could not be very good for you. So my advice is to just make sure that you do your research into them as much as possible.
Just make sure that you look at trusted resources like WebMD and not sites like the above - because many of those sites (I later learned) make a commission from any sale they make.
I actually found an article from WebMD on this exact topic called "e cigarettes under fire". If you Google that phrase it will come up for you.
Again I'm very happy to be done with smoking (both real and electronic cigarettes) but if I had to do it over I would have done more research on the electronic cigarettes and possibly just tried to quit cold turkey or with a nicotine gum.
Hope this opens some eyes, or at least encourages you to do your research.View Thread
Hi !thankyou for your response. I am on day 6 cold turkey, nothing else seemed to help, and I just wanted to get the nic. out. I am doing well, very little urges, I give the Glory to God!! I am still having a little trouble breathing and chest pain from the blood clots, but I am alive and smoke free. I know I would have quit eventually , or something worse could have happened before I did quit,due to the discomfort when I smoked, but when my son caught me smoking, I had no choice. I could have died if I kept smoking due to the blood clots, but I couldn't quit . I am thankful that things turned out the way they did. I don't have any support from my kids though, I told my daughter that more than the lectures I get when I smoke, I need thier support when I quit . Nobody ever asks how I am doing or gives me encouragement, that is kind of discouraging to me. But, I will keep right on being smoke free because I am doing it for my health . Thankyou for listening-83D-E03View Thread
Maybe anxiety? I'm on medication for that problem with similar symptoms. The passing out is not usual for that problem though from what i understand. That's concerning for sure. Not recommending medication for you but maybe your doctor can give you some ideas. There are various types of treatments. Smoking has been a crutch for me in that area and I am trying to plan alternative coping mechanisms since I plan on quitting starting tomorrow. I have quit before so I know I can. I also know it may be harder this time because it has become more of a crutch. I know its worth it though. I'm tired of sinus problems for one.View Thread
There are thousands of these products and, like any other category of products, some are good and some are bad. The products I use are made from high grade stainless steel and pyrex glass. The e-liquid I use is made in the USA from USP pharmaceutical grade propylene glycol, USP food grade vegetable glycerin, FDA food flavors and the same nicotine that's used in FDA approved nicotine inhalers and nicotine gum.View Thread
I have to take a blood test to prove I'm nicotine/cotinine free before my insurance will approve my surgery. I'm out of work because of the injury (2 pinched discs). I haven't had a cigarette in 12 days...will I be able to pass the blood test? I feel this is insurance ccompanies way to force people to quit. I understand the health reasons, but I'm being refused my god nd country given right to work nd provide for my children because I'm a smoker.View Thread
I have a college friend that just started smoking hookah only 2 times in the last 2 months, but I worry for their safety because I'm not sure if or when they will do it again. I've been reading online that smoking hookah isn't as harmful, but other reviews stated that it is. I'm confused and I don't want to be worrying about my friends health when they quit smoking or if they don't. If I can also get a description of the process.Please give me your true honest professional opinionView Thread
Greetings This is priceless! So let's review the advice given from folks who either have gone through it or seem to have some insight into the issues. The preponderance of suggestions revolved around running out to see a doctor immediately, or trying to rationalize seeing a doctor while maintaining conformance with some silly religious practice. I didn't see any suggestions to stay with a Practitioner exclusively and ignore medical science. And since your husband has already hinted, by using your inhaler, that there may be more to medical science than just barking at the moon. But OH oh - maybe your inhaler was made by the devil - better be careful. What is a Practitioner anyway - is there a college that future Practitioner's attend - a college with real courses in medicine taught by folks fully cognizant of modern medical practices - that would be doctors! Or is there no such formalized training requirement or opportunity - are Practitioners selected based on how they practice religion? There are way too many news articles about children who suffer or die because their parents have some bizarre religious notion - practitioners should be kept far away from children in any circumstance - for adults - well in this country we are free enough to do just about any dumb thing to ourselves - which is how things like practitioners continue to spew their mumble jumble - and collect money from dummies. Best of luck - your husband's difficulties will increase, not diminish, so long as he sticks to these occult practices - but the good news is - it helps if you wear a great hat!View Thread
I appreciate your insight as I do learn so much from you and the members here.. I have been smoke free for 2yrs, 8months.. Thanks to all the help and support available here.
So if no one has told you , THANK YOU!
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