Cigarette smoke and Fibro symptoms?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by myaeggi, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. myaeggi

    myaeggi New Member

    I was wondering if anyone knows of any evidence of theeffects of cigarette smoke on people with FMS. I don't smoke but my husband does. He doesn't smoke in the house and he's usually careful about smoking aroud me, but there are times I'm exposed to second-hand smoke.

    I don't know if it's my imagination, but I could swear I feel tightness in my muscles immediately upon exposure. Sometimes I'll develop headaches and my throat will itch.

    I was just curious to see if there is anyting to this or if I'm just super-sensitive. Whadda ya think?

    Michelle
  2. queenoftherain

    queenoftherain New Member

    and I learned there are over 2000 chemicals in a ciggarette including ddt, arsenic, and many more. I can't remember all of them, HOWEVER, my point is yes, they can stay inclothing and irritate you! My sisters ob/gyn said she had to not only wash her hands but change her shirt before she could handle her baby because the cemicals are on your skin and in your clothing and could be hurtful to a newborn.
    If you have allergies, I guarantee they could be bothering you from his clothing.
    I'm trying desperately to quit right now, and don't necesscarily feel better, but I know I will soon. My hubby has allergies, and he said he felt better immediately.
    love, BEc
  3. starla06

    starla06 New Member

    i too have noticed that being around smokers makes me feel worse but since it's at work i can't do anything about that. My husband smokes outside. I quote 2 years ago & since that time I have found new health problems. My daughter told me that nicotine can mask alot of illness. So what you are feeling is real. I feel tightness as well. to all of you that are quiting hang in there. You are alot better off-i think.
  4. DMBrox

    DMBrox New Member

    and notice on the rare occasions I do smoke, I feel l worse. This usually accompanies drinking so it could be the combo of the both or just the booze. I dunno.

    If I'm not smoking and someone around me is , I usually start feeling bad. Hope that helps.
  5. shelbo

    shelbo New Member

    always makes me feel much much worse.
    Shelbo
  6. myaeggi

    myaeggi New Member

    Now, how do I bring this up with hubby without sounding like a jerk? He's already made a ton of adjustments to his life because of me, how do I ask him to do this? I realize he's had this habit forever, and I won't ask him to quit. He has to want to do it for himself or it'll never happen. I never really said anything to him about me feeling the way I do when he smokes around me. #1: I thought it might have been my imagination that I instantly felt worse. #2: He already does so much for me and his world revolves around me and this DD.

    I guess I shouldn't feel bad, but I get to feeling so guilty because I've turned into such a taker. I don't want him to develop resentment toward me for all of this.

    Michelle
  7. Buddie

    Buddie New Member

    Everytime I try to quit smoking, I can't take the pain ! I never realized Nicotine is such a potent pain reliever. Yes, I know I should quit and part of me wants to but I feel so much better smoking.

    I have gone as long as 6 months and just could not take it anymore even with nicotine patches. I just hurt too much. At this point in my life, it's going to take a miracle for me to give it up long term. It's a powerful addiction and right now I can't see giving it up. I would rather die and I am sure it will kill me. But, I accept that may happen.

    I am very considerate of others and go without one as long as I can and always go outside. I feel for you and your husband as I know how hard it is for him and you having problems with it.

    I WISH it made me sick and forced me to quit but I get too much benefit from it. Now, chemical smells and heavy perfumes cause me severe problems. It is strange I can swim in cig smoke but have a terrible allergic and fatigue reaction to strong chemical fumes. I can't even go down the soap isle at the grocery store without a reaction. I avoid the scented candles and bath products. I have to limit my time in garden shops where the chemicals are strong. I will take the stairs rather then get on an elevator if it opens and I can smell strong perfume.
    I have had to move or leave church because of people dousing themselves in perfume. I would rather smell body odor or bad breath.

    I have these reactions to chemicals and you have this reaction to cig smoke. I think we all have different reactions to different things but we do have the same problem in that we are more sensitive to everything in life. So, no matter what it is, we have to teach others what bothers us.

    For you, it is the cig smoke and you got to let your husband know you can't handle it. For me, it has taken me years to train my husband to keep the pesticides and yard chemicals away from me. I would rather have weeds and bugs.

    Good luck to you and I hope you get some good feedback...
  8. Yamajin

    Yamajin New Member

    When I was recently in the hospital for about a week in the CCU, I was having a heartbeat problem from some Lexipro, and I was not allowed to leave the room, so I had not smoked for about a week. Wish I would not have picked up one after I got out, but I did and I noticed immediate pain relief in a strange kind of way. I think for me the Nicotine helps the pain meds work more efficiently. Deprived of smoking I was so sick! But, it's a disgusting and expensive habit. I was also ENCOURAGED in a way to keep on smoking when I had my heart cath test and was told I didn't have any kind of smoking related problems.

    So, I get out and start up again. DUH! We had an article today in our local newspaper stating that a Study in europe showed that most smokers have back pain. Which I do! Something about oxygen and muscle. I think someone posted that above.

    Good luck. It's hard to quit and your husband likely relies on them for his nerves too like many of us. Don't push too hard, he could resent it, but if you can encourage anyone to quit Go For IT!
  9. virgieK

    virgieK New Member

    Being exposed to cigarette smoke definately makes me worse.
    Just being near one smoker is enough to make me wheeze and ache all over the next day. If someone in your family smokes then banish them to the yard it is your health that is at risk and they need to have more consideration.
    FM makes us sensitive to chemicals and you can't get anything more laden with dangerous chemicals than cigarettes.
  10. rzgtn5

    rzgtn5 New Member

    I read an article which is part of the daily news by my internet provider dated 5-2-04 which explained that when a person is exposed to an allergen along with air pollution which happened to be diesel exhaust, histamine levels increased five fold compared exposure to the allergen alone. It also stated that more inflammatory proteins were produced.

    Cigarette smoke isn't likely to be much different.

    My internet provider is also the manufacurer of windows software. The article was titled "Clearing the xxx".
    rhymes with hair.

    My cfs has turned into a fibro with bizarre muscle aches and pains which won't go away since I started a job in a heavily polluted environment testing transmission parts.
  11. stagename

    stagename New Member

    make anyone sick. when we already are prone to migraines, headaches, brain fog, memory loss, muscle pain, and faulty stress hormone function, it makes sense that smoke would cause you some reaction or feeling poorly (as they say in London).

    do you have other chemical sensitivities? allergies to perfumes and cleaners?? migraines? stay away from second-hand smoke.

    second-hand smoke stays in a car long after the smoker is gone and butted out. you don't have to be in the car while they're smoking to be exposed to the chemicals. they linger in the air even when you can't see the smoke.

  12. Jgavi

    Jgavi New Member

    it is a fact that smoke hurts us more....our body needs oxygen and fresh oxygen....he needs to stop smoking, anyone who smokes and has FMS needs to stop. I did and it helped in so many ways....its hard but worth it. jgavi
  13. vishkap

    vishkap New Member

    Alls i can say people is i really think if this smoking ban in public places comes to pass then things are looking up!!!
  14. s-rose

    s-rose New Member

    My Dr. says cigarette smoke cuts the oxygen level in the blood therefore causing the muscles to fail in receiving the proper amount of oxygen. As a result the tightness and pain.

    Love and Prayers, Susan
  15. loopyloo

    loopyloo New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    Smoking is Ban in alot of places in the UK, All Pubs and Anywhere that serves food, Cinemas, Tube Trains and British Rail, I haven't been on a train for while but i don't think you can smoke on any now.

    Two of my work collegues were escorted out of thier hotel after our christmas party on thursday as they were smoking in the reception area they was taken to thier room to get their stuff by the Police and escorted of the premises at 1am in the morning and left on the bench out side just for smoking,
    also most work places you cannot smoke it the buildings anywhere and also shopping centres.
    i live in Milton Keynes and its lovely that the shopping centre is huge but no one can smoke there. as i am asthmatic it really affect me badly,I didn't now about it affecting the FM till i read this post.

    Happy Holidays Everyone from Lyn in England

    Loopyloo xx
    [This Message was Edited on 12/17/2005]
  16. jakeg

    jakeg New Member

    I realize smoking is not good for you but come on now, is everybody gonna jump on the non smokers bandwangen. Yes I do smoke have all my life. I have also quite without a change to my fm and no change when I started again. The hype about smoking has not been proved with out a doubt yet that is causes all of these problems that numeruos people claim that smoking does. I even had a doc who said the smoking and drinking is the major cause of FM in this country and that's how I got it. what a kroc of you know what.

    Jake
  17. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    There are many smokers on the board. This post related to how it makes others feel when exposed to it.

    I quit 2 years ago and still miss it! I don't think it bothers me as it does some..

    Kim
  18. jakeg

    jakeg New Member

    Yes I realize it is about how others feel when there around smokers but every where you go now a days it seems that the worlds health problems revovle around smokers. and that is all I was stating, not that it doesn't bother non smokers.

    Jake