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Joan

Smoking and Phantom pain

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Hi everybody,When I went into hospital in Sept.09 I was smoking 30 cigs a day.I was told that I must stop as they were the reason for my blocked arteries to my legs which resulted in my having a triple vascular bypass and BKA.

I have used various electronic cigarettes which helped for the first couple of months untill my PP started,however, when my daily PP is at its worse I have to have a real ciggy which really helps me through it.

So I am still having 2 or 3 cigs a day :blush: I find that the electronic cigs are useless when in pain.I keep remembering what the doctor said after my op."if you don't stop smoking you will be back here again".This frightens me and I really really want to stop completely

I would like the thoughts from other people in a likewise situation.

Joan

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Joan, I'm not in your situation, but I do know a fellow who is a bilateral BKA and says it was caused by his smoking creating vascular problems. I don't really know anything about it myself, but I'd assume that being a non-smoker might give you an advantage over being a smoker, just in terms of general health.

I know we do have smokers out there...has anyone heard about smoking being a complicating factor for amps?

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Hi everybody,When I went into hospital in Sept.09 I was smoking 30 cigs a day.I was told that I must stop as they were the reason for my blocked arteries to my legs which resulted in my having a triple vascular bypass and BKA.

I have used various electronic cigarettes which helped for the first couple of months untill my PP started,however, when my daily PP is at its worse I have to have a real ciggy which really helps me through it.

So I am still having 2 or 3 cigs a day :blush: I find that the electronic cigs are useless when in pain.I keep remembering what the doctor said after my op."if you don't stop smoking you will be back here again".This frightens me and I really really want to stop completely

I would like the thoughts from other people in a likewise situation.

Joan

Goodness Joan, if I had been given that prognosis ... I would just stop smoking. I don't think we realize how precious our lives are until things begin to go wrong and we can't do the things we once did.

I have no idea if smoking helps with pp .... but given the pain you have at the moment, imagine it possibly x 2 (or a higher amputation)because that could be the situation.

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