In April of this year, I switched cigarette brands and cut back the amount and where I could smoke. At the end of April, I began using the patches. I stopped all nicotine on June 3, 2012. My right elbow joint began to hurt around the the end of May. It's very painful to pick up things or carry items with my right hand/arm. Within the last two weeks the knuckle joint of the left pointer finger and thumb is hurting. I cannot grasp things with my left hand without discomfort and assistance from the equally bum right arm. I had a short quit in 2006 and also experienced joint pain but that time the pain was in my knees. I used the patches in 2006 for the full 8 weeks and was at the doctor for blood work (normal) and chiropractor (didn't help) five months after quitting smoking/beginning the patches. I began smoking regularly again after about 6 months and my joint pain eventually went away. I've been a vegetarian for 6 years (yes, I get plenty of protein), practice yoga 3x a week, exercise and walk/run almost daily. I have been drinking a gallon of water a day since quitting this time, getting plenty of sleep, watching my calories (gained 25 lbs last quit but finally lost it with The Break-Up Diet 2 yrs ago) and salt intake and I even stopped alcohol consumption. I do not normally have joint pain or aches except for an old shoulder injury during a weather change. I cannot find any medical documents on joint pain AFTER quitting smoking. I have read blogs where others are experiencing this but no studies or journal articles addressing it. I have not been to a physician as I do not have medical insurance. I thought I'd post here for any suggestions before beginning the quest for a physician who is educated in nicotine addiction and isn't bed fellows with Big Pharma. Thank you in advance. Namaste.View Thread
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