Struggles with Pain, Frustration & Cigarettes

Struggling with the pain and frustrations of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis I decided to smoke again. I watched my mother struggle with an addiction to cigarettes all her life. For many years she smoked three packs a day, I am not sure how she was able to handle it, maybe she wasn’t.

So I made it through four packs of cigarettes before I quit again. The first day of smoking cigarettes I had bad stomach aches and headaches. The second day the stomach aches were less but I still had headaches. The third and fourth day no headaches or stomach aches, but I just could not stand the smell or having the feeling of needing to have another. I noticed numbness in my feet starting earlier than usual, B-12 shots have helped stop that but it was not time for the shot yet so I guess the smoking was not helping. I also had increasing congestion and breathing issues each day.

I guess the good part was I was able to see what it was doing to me, enjoyed some frozen snickers bars and still lost 5 lbs in a few short days. Also it was good to see the mist rise off the car in the morning as the sun was rising, the birds flying around, animals crawling in the trees and a hummingbird flying above the front yard. Maybe I just need to find another reason to step outside and enjoy the scenery. I have had less pain and stiffness again since the Cimzia shots, a good thing since the SalonPas patches do start burning me after using them so often.

A reminder Rheumatoid Patient Foundation is sponsoring a contest to help spread awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis. Find out more about how you can win a Pentax Camera on RA Warrior and for the entry rules. Also Eric from Bringing Me Back Home is hoping to raise $1500 for Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, please consider helping him in his goal by donating through Causes.com.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis since Dec 2003, currently on Cimzia monthly, Meloxicam, Arava, Ambien CR, Vitamin D3 daily and B12 shots weekly. Also take Zyrtec for allergies. First remission was with Enbrel and Arava from April 2007 through September 2010 with a few bumps in the road (remission does not mean free of all pain, stiffness and swelling, but to me more like a headache once in awhile and not on a daily or weekly basis). No Prednisone since July 25, 2007
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