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Quitters flu / sinus issues?
  1. #1
    James Patterson Guest

    Default Quitters flu / sinus issues?

    I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. Since I quit I have
    had alot of sinus issues. It seems like I have been battling one head cold
    after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown in. I
    though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with another
    sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!

    Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely caught
    colds.

    Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this what
    they call the quitters flu? How long does the nasal drip last for after you
    quit? Anyone else have similar issues? Is it possible that quitting smoking
    will temporarily lower you resistance to crap like this?





  2. #2
    FlatIronMike Guest

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    Hi James! Each of our recoveries are different but I expect many will
    tell you that a period of sinus changes with all the horrible drips,
    etc. are sometimes part of the process. I know I had a period of about
    3-4 months where I just could NOT seem to clear my throat fully no
    matter how hard I tried. It did slowly correct itself and I have none
    of that today. As we do write often, 'hang in there, it does get
    better'!

    FlatironMike
    Two years, four months, one week, 2 hours, 22 minutes and 9 seconds.
    17161 cigarettes not smoked, saving $5,148.34. Life saved: 8 weeks, 3
    days, 14 hours, 5 minutes.

  3. #3
    Sue Guest

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    On Wed, 17 Jun 2009 23:11:33 -0500, "James Patterson"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. Since I quit I have
    >had alot of sinus issues. It seems like I have been battling one head cold
    >after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown in. I
    >though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with another
    >sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!
    >
    >Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely caught
    >colds.
    >
    >Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this what
    >they call the quitters flu? How long does the nasal drip last for after you
    >quit? Anyone else have similar issues? Is it possible that quitting smoking
    >will temporarily lower you resistance to crap like this?


    I had no troubles like that...until now...3+ years later. For about a
    month now I've been constantly having to clear my throat. I wasn't
    sure if this was from something manufactured in my upper lungs or from
    "post-nasal" drip, but I've finally figured it's the latter. I have
    never, ever had allergies, my nose isn't drippy or stuffy, no sinus
    trouble. I'm sure that my problem has nothing to do with smoking.
    Don't know about yours. Hope you have a better summer.
    Sue



  4. #4
    Bill Guest

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    "James Patterson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:c%i_l.73$[email protected]..
    >I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. Since I quit I have
    >had alot of sinus issues. It seems like I have been battling one head
    >cold after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown
    >in. I though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with
    >another sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!
    >
    > Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely
    > caught colds.
    >
    > Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this
    > what they call the quitters flu? How long does the nasal drip last for
    > after you quit? Anyone else have similar issues? Is it possible that
    > quitting smoking will temporarily lower you resistance to crap like this?



    After 15 months quit I am coughing and stuffed up worse than I ever was when
    smoking. It's great (I think), it's shows that my lungs and respiratory
    passages are coming back to life and redeveloping sensitivity. I am assured
    it will pass in time, and is a problem worth putting up with to be finally
    rid of smoking.

    Bill

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  5. #5
    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: Quitters flu / sinus issues?

    Yes, it is very strange but I've seen similar reports from many many
    quitters. All these little things are going to pass, you just have to be
    vigilant and wait it out. Good job!
    With hope and heart,
    Kathleen


    "James Patterson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:c%i_l.73$[email protected]..
    >I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. Since I quit I have
    >had alot of sinus issues. It seems like I have been battling one head
    >cold after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown
    >in. I though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with
    >another sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!
    >
    > Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely
    > caught colds.
    >
    > Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this
    > what they call the quitters flu? How long does the nasal drip last for
    > after you quit? Anyone else have similar issues? Is it possible that
    > quitting smoking will temporarily lower you resistance to crap like this?
    >
    >
    >
    >



  6. #6
    Gregory Baxter Guest

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    "James Patterson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:c%i_l.73$[email protected]..
    >I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. Since I quit I have
    >had alot of sinus issues. It seems like I have been battling one head
    >cold after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown
    >in. I though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with
    >another sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!
    >
    > Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely
    > caught colds.
    >
    > Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this
    > what they call the quitters flu? How long does the nasal drip last for
    > after you quit? Anyone else have similar issues? Is it possible that
    > quitting smoking will temporarily lower you resistance to crap like this?
    >
    >
    >
    >


    I had problems breathing and post nasal drip. I thought the worse but it
    just turned out to be allergies that smoking was masking. Medication,
    problem gone. See a doctor.



    GregB
    9 years
    --
    My Epitaph - I'll try harder next time.



  7. #7
    Lynn Guest

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    I noticed I never had certain allergies until after I quit now I notice
    perfume stuffs me right up and being around a smoker I feel like my head is
    going to explode. I think smoking and breathing in those toxins all of my
    life masked the allergies at the time.
    the First few months you will notice a lot of crazy **** as your body
    adjusts and tries to heal. nothing happens over night. if you don't think
    something is right see a doctor
    --
    Lynn OOF+ Leaper

    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end
    of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."



    "James Patterson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:c%i_l.73$[email protected]..
    >I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. Since I quit I have
    >had alot of sinus issues. It seems like I have been battling one head
    >cold after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown
    >in. I though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with
    >another sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!
    >
    > Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely
    > caught colds.
    >
    > Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this
    > what they call the quitters flu? How long does the nasal drip last for
    > after you quit? Anyone else have similar issues? Is it possible that
    > quitting smoking will temporarily lower you resistance to crap like this?
    >
    >
    >
    >




  8. #8
    James Patterson Guest

    Default Re: Quitters flu / sinus issues?


    >
    > I had problems breathing and post nasal drip. I thought the worse but it
    > just turned out to be allergies that smoking was masking. Medication,
    > problem gone. See a doctor.
    >
    >

    Finally decided to get some help. I have a sinus infection, ear infection
    and a bad case of pink eye. Hopefully the meds clear up ALL my sinus issues
    I have been having lately... I told him what I have been experiencing, and
    he thought it was quite common to have sinus issues and catch alot more
    colds and flu's after you quit smoking. ( he is a former smoker )

    He thinks smoking causes thicker mucus makes it harder for virus to
    penetrate. When you stop smoking, the immune system is not used to
    defending off all the colds virus, resulting in more colds and flu's until
    your body re-learns how to fight it off. So I should EXPECT to be sick
    alot more as my first year as a NON-SMOKER. He made it sound convincing!



  9. #9
    Eldon Guest

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    On Jun 18, 6:11*am, "James Patterson" <jpa...@yahoo.net> wrote:
    > I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. *Since I quit I have
    > had alot of sinus issues. * It seems like I have been battling one headcold
    > after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown in.*I
    > though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with another
    > sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!
    >
    > Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely caught
    > colds.
    >
    > Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this what
    > they call the quitters flu? *How long does the nasal drip last for after you
    > quit? Anyone else have similar issues? *Is it possible that quitting smoking
    > will temporarily *lower you resistance to crap like this?


    You might want to try this doing once a day or so.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasal_irrigation

    You can get a little thing called a neti pot, or use a small syringe.
    See the Mayo Clinic video at the bottom of the Wikipedia article.

  10. #10
    FlatIronMike Guest

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    I've used a Neti pot before when I first was working with my
    allergies. I still use it from time to time as clearing out our nasal
    passages helps with better breathing. Like Lynn, I did not notice any
    allergies until after I quit smoking. Still, I will take some
    annoying allergies that I can deal with over all that nasty smelly
    smoke I used to waft in.

    FlatironMike
    Two years, four months, one week, 20 hours, 49 minutes and 35 seconds.
    17177 cigarettes not smoked, saving $5,152.95. Life saved: 8 weeks, 3
    days, 15 hours, 25 minutes.

  11. #11
    Sue Guest

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    On Thu, 18 Jun 2009 15:45:28 -0500, "James Patterson"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >>
    >> I had problems breathing and post nasal drip. I thought the worse but it
    >> just turned out to be allergies that smoking was masking. Medication,
    >> problem gone. See a doctor.
    >>
    >>

    >Finally decided to get some help. I have a sinus infection, ear infection
    >and a bad case of pink eye. Hopefully the meds clear up ALL my sinus issues
    >I have been having lately... I told him what I have been experiencing, and
    >he thought it was quite common to have sinus issues and catch alot more
    >colds and flu's after you quit smoking. ( he is a former smoker )
    >
    >He thinks smoking causes thicker mucus makes it harder for virus to
    >penetrate. When you stop smoking, the immune system is not used to
    >defending off all the colds virus, resulting in more colds and flu's until
    >your body re-learns how to fight it off. So I should EXPECT to be sick
    >alot more as my first year as a NON-SMOKER. He made it sound convincing!


    I agree. As a smoker I rarely got colds even when my GMF was laid up
    with one. I still don't get them very often but there's this post
    nasal drip thing. I suppose I ought to go to the doctor, too.
    Sue
    >


  12. #12
    BIGLEO Guest

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    On Jun 18, 12:11*am, "James Patterson" <jpa...@yahoo.net> wrote:
    > I have been quit for a little over a couple of months. *Since I quit I have
    > had alot of sinus issues. * It seems like I have been battling one headcold
    > after another, along with allergies, and even a mild swine flu thrown in.*I
    > though I was finally getting healthy over the weekend, but back with another
    > sore thoat, nasal drip and even a case of pink eye!
    >
    > Prior to quiting I never had any sinus issues or allergies and rarely caught
    > colds.
    >
    > Has this just been one hell of a spring for colds and flu's, or is this what
    > they call the quitters flu? *How long does the nasal drip last for after you
    > quit? Anyone else have similar issues? *Is it possible that quitting smoking
    > will temporarily *lower you resistance to crap like this?


    Going through the same thing now.Years ago I had a quit ,I got sick on
    Dec 3rd,the day of my quit and stayed sick through March,three rounds
    of antibiotics.My doc who hadn"t seen me in years was seeing me every
    few weeks.I hope I never have to go through it again.You really should
    see your Doc,sinus infections will go away on their own but they go
    away alot faster with antibiotics.Trust me I know ugg why am I
    torturing myself again.All the best Big JimSix days, 4 hours, 27
    minutes and 32 seconds. 123 cigarettes not smoked, saving $49.48. Life
    saved: 10 hours, 15 minutes.

  13. #13
    Gregory Baxter Guest

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    "James Patterson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:MHx_l.152$[email protected]..
    >
    >>
    >> I had problems breathing and post nasal drip. I thought the worse but it
    >> just turned out to be allergies that smoking was masking. Medication,
    >> problem gone. See a doctor.
    >>
    >>

    > Finally decided to get some help. I have a sinus infection, ear infection
    > and a bad case of pink eye. Hopefully the meds clear up ALL my sinus
    > issues I have been having lately... I told him what I have been
    > experiencing, and he thought it was quite common to have sinus issues and
    > catch alot more colds and flu's after you quit smoking. ( he is a former
    > smoker )
    >
    > He thinks smoking causes thicker mucus makes it harder for virus to
    > penetrate. When you stop smoking, the immune system is not used to
    > defending off all the colds virus, resulting in more colds and flu's until
    > your body re-learns how to fight it off. So I should EXPECT to be sick
    > alot more as my first year as a NON-SMOKER. He made it sound convincing!
    >


    Thanks for the update. Strange, you try to do something for yourself to make
    you feel better and it actully makes things worse, but it is only for a
    while. Your body and mind will learn to deal with your new non-smoking life
    and in the long run will thank you for it, We truly are our own worst enemy!

    GregB



  14. #14
    DutchVanAfoort Guest

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    Glad you saw yer doc. Hope you feel better soon.

    "James Patterson" <> schreef in bericht ...
    >
    > Finally decided to get some help. I have a sinus infection, ear infection
    > and a bad case of pink eye. Hopefully the meds clear up ALL my sinus
    > issues I have been having lately... I told him what I have been
    > experiencing, and he thought it was quite common to have sinus issues and
    > catch alot more colds and flu's after you quit smoking. ( he is a former
    > smoker )
    >
    > He thinks smoking causes thicker mucus makes it harder for virus to
    > penetrate. When you stop smoking, the immune system is not used to
    > defending off all the colds virus, resulting in more colds and flu's until
    > your body re-learns how to fight it off. So I should EXPECT to be sick
    > alot more as my first year as a NON-SMOKER. He made it sound convincing!
    >



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