I'm a 30 ciggie a day smoker... smoked for 25 years... have tried to quit about 4 times (once cold turkery, twice on patches, and once with champix) have to admit the champix was working but around the day i was to "quit", all hell broke loose in my personal life... even my friends said just leave it a few more days then quit.. problem was that each day turned out a bit more drama and there never was a "good day" to quit. So... finally quit taking the champix - a true sign of giving up and motivation that had abandoned me. Then my neck went out... home off work... bored... pain (you all know the drill!) and smoking has shot through the roof... smoking more than normal just out of absentmindedness, boredom, and some delusional sense that it's helping me cope with the pain!
So present day... bouncing around this site to help manage my anxieties and prepping for dual level cervical fusion on 24th Feb... and I LEARN SMOKING INTERFERES WITH FUSIONS!!! As if all my other anxieties weren't bad enough lol!! Now i get to add all the anxieties that go with letting go of my little white addictive buddy!! To say good bye to a "friend" of 25 years!! (mello dramatic or what lol! but its all addictive rationalizations....)
So... after i type this post... i'm ringing doc to have him post me a new script for champix... and start all over with quitting... and be off the darn lil things before i go in for op!! If i was scared before (of op!) i'm like shaking in my boots now! But... i thought writing this may be a way of crystalizing this for me, of committing myself, and of making myself accountable!
Cheer me on!!! I'm typically one of those stubborn people.. the more somebody TELLS me to quit... the more i dig in my heels and DON'T, but... guess I'm really gonna have to do this...
L4-L5 fusion 1998; ACDF C4-6 2008; DDD