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Tips to quit smoking and lose weight

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Greetings All,

I've been diagnosed with AS (anklyosing spondylitis) and it is soooo painful. I've had pain for a long time and was first diagnosed about 8 years ago. I've kept it to myself because I've always been able to deal with it until now.

I decided to go back to school for FNP; I talked it over with my doctor and he thought it would be a great fit because even if I am in a scooter I can get around in an office and work part time with a doctor.

I've been having problems lately. I've sunk into a depression so deep I'm going to see my doctor next Friday. I've began to smoke again, for over a year now. I'm going to ask for a Zyban prescription because its an anti depressant and aids in not smoking. I need to lose about thirty pounds, I know thats why I've been having so many painful flare ups and not sleeping well.

My question....if anyone has been a smoker, what has helped you quit? I quit before by just stopping but for whatever reason its not working now. What are some things you did (if you've sunk into depression) that has helped you get out of it? And finally, what has helped you lose weight?

I know smoking is horrible, please don't judge me, I am asking for help and input.

Thank you.

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Hi cacentralvalley! I'm glad you are seeking help for your depression, that is truly one of the most difficult things to admit to yourself.

I know we are not allowed to give medical advice per terms of service, but I wanted to share an experience. I have never smoked, but my dad was a chain smoker when my sibs and I were kids. Before my little sister was born he said he wanted to quit but didn't know where/how to start. Interestingly enough, his sister gave him a gift certificate for acupuncture that Christmas despite his extreme avoidance of what he calls 'magic voodoo medicine.' After one acupuncture session, he never touched another cigarette- that was 19 years ago.

Best of luck with everything! Keep your chin up!

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I would wait a bit for the depression to lift before trying. Seriously. I know smoking is bad for you but why set yourself up to fail? And talk to your doc. Again. :)

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Congratulations on making the decision to quit, it is honestly one of the hardest things you will ever do but also one of the best. I quit probably a dozen different times and Chantix is what did it for me this last time & its been 3 1/2 years now. It works so totally different from everything else it is amazing and the support group that comes with really helps when you just want to give in & have just a puff to take the edge off or just one because today has been the worst day ever or cause the sky is blue, water is wet. You know how it goes. What ever route you chose get involved in a support group, that extra support from people who have been where you are is invaluable. Good luck and God bless.

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So sorry to hear you are going through a difficult time. We are all here to listen and support you. I don't smoke but one of my friends successfully quit by using an electronic cigarette and nicotine gum. As for the weight question I have done weight watchers in the past and successfully lost weight. As someone else mentioned though, don't add more to your plate! Try to work on feeling better first and then focus on the smoking and weight. I wish you the best and hope you feel better soon

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My daughter also quit with Chantix. She had tried a number of other times, but this helped her quit for good. She now is one of those obnoxious ex-smokers! LOL. I love it!

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Sorry to hear of your diagnosis.

Depression is part of the cycle when one is faced with a life-altering medical condition, so what you're going through is awful but quite normal. I'm in the same boat [degenerative spinal cord problems post-tx for malignant tumor resulting in incomplete quadriplegia and central pain], and my best advice for dealing with the depression is to find a support group [local is best, but online can work too] and a good therapist. Use the therapist to find meds and develop coping strategies for depression in general, and the support group to get insight and have a safe place to vent from people who can empathize with what you're going through. This combination has worked to help a lot of people through the very rough period that you go through post diagnosis/accident.

That you're making plans for the future and doing everything you can to minimize the potential for flare-ups are both very good indicators that you'll do very well with finding ways to minimize your depression.

If you haven't already, start the search for a pain management doctor right away. Sadly, good pain docs are becoming harder and harder to find. It may take several tries to find one who's familiar with your condition, but the payoff will be worth the time, effort, and emotions that go into the search process.

Sending good thoughts and wishes your way. It really does get easier to cope over time.

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My daughter also quit with Chantix. She had tried a number of other times, but this helped her quit for good. She now is one of those obnoxious ex-smokers! LOL. I love it!

If you are depressed, I would not try Chantix. Wellbutrin may also be a choice. It aids will depression, weight loss and smoking cessation.

I admire you for being so honest and seeking help. I wish you the best.

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My mother quit using the nicotine lozenges. She smoked for over 30 years and hasn't had one in probably 5 years now or more. She's still sucking on those lozenges, but at least she's not smoking!

I'm glad you're going to see your doctor. Getting on the right medication will be a big helper for you as well for the depression. Getting the depression under control can go a long way for helping with the other byproducts and issues.

Big hugs, sweetie.

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What made me quit? A heart attack! Kicked me right in the patootie. Stopped cold turkey and have never looked back. I'm now on a journey to lose the weight. I've lost 87 lbs this past year and I have 77 lbs to go, but we're doin' it. It's not that e-z, but when you really put your mind to it, you can do anything. ;)

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hi cacentralvalley, just want to share with you my husband who has been smoking for more than 10 years... I have seen him struggle and try his best to quit he has tried almost everything, from nicotine patches to cold turkey, electronic cigarette... almost evrything then one day his smoke buddy at work quit smoking and he came to find out the guy used CHANTIX, so he went on to see a doctor and was prescribed chantix... the best part... after a month of taking he quit smoking... funny thing is when he see people smoke, he hates the smelll and all.. :) i am more than happy to see him living a healthier life... :) Weigh your options and seek help from your doctor... whichever you think will work best for you...

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