29 Nov 2017
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Congratulations on being smoke free for a month! That is awesome.
I quit cold turkey and found the first month extremely difficult. But after that, things seemed to ease off.
I don't know why breathing is harder for you right now. It's good that you had some testing done. Keep an eye on it. I know that my breathing improved very quickly. My heart stopped pounding with the slightest exertion, and I could climb a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing.
The one major problem I had, especially in the first month, was the physical effect cravings had on me. My lungs would literally throb with pain. In fact, that is what tripped me up in previous quit attempts. The throbbing pain was awful. But I told myself, no one ever died from quitting smoking, so I just had to get through it. And I did.
It is not unusual to reflect on the damage smoking has done to your body after you quit. Conversely, you start thinking about other ways you can improve your health. Quitting smoking often leads us to make healthy changes to our diet and lifestyle. It's like we finally start caring about ourselves.
No matter what, keep the quit, stan27. It sounds like you are ready to live the rest of your life as a non-smoker, and you will love the freedom that comes with that.