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Hello, I quit smoking...

Hello, I quit smoking marijuana 3 days ago and am having a very hard time. Headache, nausea, vomiting and coughing. I know that the other symptoms will subside soon but I'm worried about the cough. I smoked excessively for 15 years and am coughing up grey phlegm and have a cough that is mostly dry but produces the grey stuff sometimes too. What can I do about this cough? Is it because I quit? When will it stop?

Doctor's Assistant: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?

Episodic, the nausea daily. I've gone through the nausea part before and it does stop

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Nope that's all

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Connie Pennington
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Good morning. I am Dr. Pennington. I am a surgeon.

Congratulations on smoking cessation!

The cilia (tiny hairs) in our airways are terribly damaged and cannot clear particles in smokers.

When you stop smoking over a period of weeks these cilia recover, and start to work again. Cilia trap particles we breath in and move them up and out of the airway. What you are experiencing is normal function of recovering cilia. There are many symptoms associated with withdrawal of cigarettes (nicotine) that should all pass within a few days. Again congratulations!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I have never smoked cigarettes. Just marijuana. Have I done irreparable damage to my lungs? 15 years, several times per day.

Oh goodness no. The body is amazing, and repairs itself quickly.You will be fine. Optimize your health with a clean diet (lots of fruits and veggies, organic meat sources, lots of water). Get some exercise every day, get quality sleep and try to spend time in healing relationships/love. This is what the body needs. You will be fine. Smokers should have routine CXR's, and a physical examination, regular labs, all that stuff also. Good luck!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you!

You are welcome friend. Have a great day!

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