11 Apr 2018
11 Apr 2018
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Hi all - I am reaching out to see if anyone has experienced anything similar to this, or has any advice. I "quit" for the first time about 4 years ago...it was my most successful attempt - I was smoke free for about 10 months. However, at the 6 month mark I got severe strep throat. My tonsils were the size of golfballs, white and the pain was unbearable. A couple months later, it happened again.
I eventually fell back into smoking for another 6 months. Once I quit again, I immediately got strep throat. By this point, I was suspecting it had something to do with not smoking. Over the next couple of years, I attempted quitting about 5 times - often going months, however when I was not smoking, strep throat would come back about every month or so. It has happened about 10 times at this point. When I am smoking, I will not get strep throat. The pain is truly unbearable and it results me in taking a few days off work everytime, which cannot continue to happen.
I have been smoking for a year again and have not had strep throat during this time, so I am absolutely sure that it is happening when I quit. My doctor is at a loss (and really not helpful), so I feel like I need to choose between smoking (which I don't want to do) or having recurring strep throat (which I REALLY don't want to do).
I am just curious if anyone has experienced this, has any insight, or really any advice? I am ready to quit, however not at the cost of being crippled with strep throat every couple of months after I quit again.