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  1. #11
    I smoked for about 30 years and I quit smoking cold turkey in 1993. After three days, my wife noted the "rattling" had gone from my chest while I was sleeping. I could also take a deep breath with no pain nor coughing. I thought of smoking for a while and even liked being around people smoking as it smelled good. After a couple of months, people smoking really irritated my sinuses. Now, if anyone smokes, I can smell the pungent odor of their breath and clothing across the room.

    I swore I would never harass anyone who smokes and I still abide by that today. There's enough information available about smoking without my adding any warnings.

    I will encourage anyone to stop smoking that wants and can guarantee only one thing: "It won't be easy but it'll be worth it!"

    Good luck,

    Millard
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    recently a close friend had to have some skin grafts. I learned from the surgeon, that a person who smokes, more so for the male than female smoker, skin grafts and skin flaps, do not work as well if you smoke. healing of the skin for a tobacco smoker is not very good as a rule according to what I learn from a plastic surgeon.

  3. #13
    I quit almost 32 years ago and at that time I thought I felt good, can't imagine what my life would be like now. My dad was a 3 pack a day smoker, I wish I knew what the doc told him but he quit overnight. You can do anything you set your mind to!
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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by jody View Post
    recently a close friend had to have some skin grafts. I learned from the surgeon, that a person who smokes, more so for the male than female smoker, skin grafts and skin flaps, do not work as well if you smoke. healing of the skin for a tobacco smoker is not very good as a rule according to what I learn from a plastic surgeon.
    You are right, Jody. Our plastic surgeon will not even consider doing a flap if you have not stopped tobacco product use for at least 4 weeks, and promise to remain tobacco free for the duration of the healing. Of course the 6-8 weeks of bedrest on our SCI unit (no smoking) after a flap makes this sort of automatic. Nicotine patches and gum are not allowed as medication since that causes the same vasoconstriction that smoking does.

    (KLD)

  5. #15
    I had to quit smoking five years ago to get a skin graft done and I haven't started back up at all. It's been really nice not having to worry about smelling nasty or being able to afford it, especially considering the price of cigarettes to safe. I don't miss it at all
    C-5/6, 7-9-2000
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    Question any ideas?

    I'm new comer to this site. SCI 26 yrs ago C5-6 Incomplete Quad. Started smoking a few months after the halo came off. My spasms didn't throw me outta bed when I started smoking. I Quit almost a year ago for the obvious reasons of my health. However for the past year I have really bad pain & spasms from the knees down, Doc says it's neru pain (which I never had before) I asked if it was because I quit smoking? Doc says no!
    I don't believe everthing my Doc says, this Doc has put my health at risk a few times over the years any learned very early you have to also be your own Doc.
    I have had to go off work and I love my job, not sleeping cause of the pain, had to start drugs (baclofen), haven't been taking hardly any since injured (very lucky) I just don't like being physically weak from the drugs.
    I guess I'm asking if anyone else has experienced this so many yrs after their injury? Any ideas from anyone out there? I want my life back!!!

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    I'm working on it. Altho living an extra ten years in this body isn't exactly ideal either. lol

  8. #18
    Puddels, all evidence is that smoking makes neuropathic pain worse, so I would suspect that it is just a coincidence that your neuropathic pain started at the same time you stopped smoking. What are you doing for your pain and spasticity now? Meds? Stretching? Standing? Exercise? Baclofen is a poor drug for neuropathic pain, but can help many with spasticity.

    (KLD)

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    KLD......Thanks for responding!. I'm seeing a neruphysio, kinesiologist, massage therapist. I also do some leg work (lifting & pushing with assistance from the the therapists. I do tons of stretching both at home & with the therapist, cycling on a power assist bike up to 12 mins now increasing by the week. I take baclofen only at night, I've never been comfortable taking meds I would rather alternate therapys. I'm open to any suggestions, just want to get back to my job & my life!
    Any idea why this pain would start after 26 yrs post injury, have you come across this before?
    Thanks again for responding!!!!
    Last edited by puddels; 01-23-2010 at 10:41 AM. Reason: spelling

  10. #20
    Unfortunately, it is fairly common for neuropathic pain to worsen with aging in SCI, but if this is completely new, and the suddenly increased spasticity is new, I would at least want to rule out a syrinx as the cause. Don't you have a physician? Generally a physiatrist or neurologist would need to order an MRI to evaluate you for a possible syrinx.

    (KLD)

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