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Author Topic: Cold Turkey.. the delux edition..  (Read 844 times)

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Offline komnaes

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Cold Turkey.. the delux edition..
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:36:59 AM »
Hi folks,

Haven't been back for a while, so just dropping by to say hi to old friends and for this bit of update.

So after a few false attempts since diagnosis I really planned and worked out a strategy to quit smoking cold turkey about 2 months ago. Didn't work out the first few weeks as I quickly relapsed, but then about a month ago I packed up whatever strength I managed at that point and went for broke.

I still won't call myself an ex-smoker yet, but yesterday was my one-month anniversary for being smoke-free.

Other than sharing this bit of good news - just wanna know if anyone's successfully quit (be it using aids like patches, or meds like chantix) has had to deal with issues like tiredness and muscle aches after quitting. I have been told that these 'side effects' are to be expected, and with more exercises they would pass like all other withdrawal symptoms. But are there ways to boost your energy level - supplements, juicing, etc?

Hugs, Shaun
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline spacebarsux

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Re: Cold Turkey.. the delux edition..
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2012, 03:46:45 AM »
I haven't quit but cut down to something like once in a couple of days or less (on average). Most obvious side effect for me was a huge surge in appetite and resulting massive weight gain, especially arounf my midsection. I've ballooned up like nothing before. But in my case this can also be ascribed to a virtual halt in exercise around the same time.

So please do not discontinue working out!

Best
Infected-  2005 or early 2006; Diagnosed- Jan 28th, 2011; Feb '11- CD4 754 @34%, VL- 39K; July '11- CD4 907@26%,  VL-81K; Feb '12- CD4 713 @31%, VL- 41K, Nov '12- CD4- 827@31%

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Cold Turkey.. the delux edition..
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 08:08:34 AM »

Congratulations on the one month anniversary.  Stick with it, your doing fine.

These are two, of the latest ads, put out by the CDC, for anti-smoking.

Their pretty graphic, if you feel like a cigarette , watch one of these :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiQLBD7jZK0


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zWB4dLYChM



Good luck---Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Stlguy1976

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Re: Cold Turkey.. the delux edition..
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2012, 10:32:36 AM »
Congrats - I know this is really hard to do.  I quit 1 year ago this month (dont remember the exact date).  I just went cold turkey and so far so good.  There are many times I think about having one but know I will just go right back.  It helped alot when most bars went non-smoking around here.  At the same time I also gave up caffeine.  It did take some time adjusting but doesnt bother me now.  Just have to fight that urge...I think it gets easier the longer you go.

Good Luck!
Diagnosed: October 4, 2011
11/2/11 - CD4 21 2% VL 1,200,000 (started Atripla)
12/16/2011 - CD4 207 13% VL???
03/14/2012- CD4 148 11% VL UD
06/13/2012 - CD4 230 12% VL UD
09/27/2012 - CD4 220 13% VL
1/2/2013 - CD4 237 12% VL UD
4/27/2013 - CD4 251 12% VL 290
6/26/2013 - CD4 256 15% VL UD
6/26/2013 switched to Complera
10/16/2013 - CD4 278 15% VL UD?
1/18/2014 - CD4 308 VL UD

Offline Billy B

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Re: Cold Turkey.. the delux edition..
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2012, 10:58:38 AM »
Hello Shaun,
Congrats and hang in there. I quit cold turkey nearly eighteen years ago. I had no physical withdrawal symptoms while the poison was getting out of my body. Mentally I had a few.
I have encouraged many to successfully quit since I did. Week six is was usually the toughest for most of my now ex-smoking friends. If you feel the urge to smoke get up and take a walk or eat some fruit. Stay away from sugary / salty snacks. My best advice is to change the routines associated with your smoking habit.
Also don't be surprised when you start hacking up the crud that is in your lungs. This is normal.
When you beat this nasty deadly habit you will be so proud of yourself. Your ID doctor will be happy as well.
And another plus is all the $$$$$$ that you will be saving!
You can do this!!!
Billy
VL 4420 CD4 340 CD4% 24   3/15/10 Started I&T
VL  UD   CD4 340 CD4% 26.5 05/13/10
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.1 08/3/10
VL  UD   CD4 310 CD4% 28.4 11/22/10
VL  UD   CD4 420 CD4% 27.9 02/11/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 26.4 06/08/11
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.7 09/23/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.3 01/20/12
VL  UD   CD4 430 CD4% 28.8 05/11/12
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.1 09/07/12
VL  UD   CD4 390 CD4% 32.3 03/14/13

 


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