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Will quitting smoking reduce my pain?

I've seen a few mentions online of smokers experiencing more back pain, as well as faster disc degeneration. Like most smokers, I have tried to quit many times.

Patches, pills, gum, hypnosis, acupuncture.. I've tried pretty much everything. But I had a thought.. If there's a real chance my pain will be less if I don't smoke.. That may be enough motivation for me to kick the habit for good.

Has anyone quit smoking and found that their pain was less intense?
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,299
    but having my wife being a Respiratory Therapist and Pulmonary Nurse for 35+ years, smoking is always a negative thing.
    I haven't been there all the time, but just knowing how my wife works with the COPD patients cigarettes are taboo.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Tobacco is awful for your bones. It destroys your blood vessels starting with the smallest ones first. Those would be in your lower back and teeth. Hence why everyone that smokes has back pain and teeth problems. I had a hard quitting myself. Took me breaking my back to finally say enough. But try steps. Start munchin on carrots and clementines instead of smoking. Or change the amount if nicotine by rolling your own. Fresh tobacco has less nicotine in it than pre rolled store bought smokes. Do whatever works for you and your lifestyle.
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  • mcjimjam said:
    I've seen a few mentions online of smokers experiencing more back pain, as well as faster disc degeneration. Like most smokers, I have tried to quit many times.

    Patches, pills, gum, hypnosis, acupuncture.. I've tried pretty much everything. But I had a thought.. If there's a real chance my pain will be less if I don't smoke.. That may be enough motivation for me to kick the habit for good.

    Has anyone quit smoking and found that their pain was less intense?
    I am sure that quieting smoking will surely help you in pain. I know a friend of mine who had same problem like you and after quit smoking he felt much relief from pain.
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