Question for you...
My son just called . He is going to Navy Boot Camp in two weeks. He thought this would be a good time to quit smoking, as the physical demands on him will be great. He has been preparing himself over the past few months by working out, swimming, and running.
He said he quit smoking 6 days ago (using the patch). He has run twicw since he quit, but said now his lungs have searing pain when running, and due to the pain, he is not able to run half the distance he was before, while he was yet smoking. ?????????????????? Any cause for this? Any suggestions? Ideas as to why this might be happening?
His concern is being able to perform as well as he was BEFORE he quit, as he doesn't want to mess up his performance in Boot Camp. He said he would quit AFTER the rigors of Boot Camp, if necccesary, if this pain hinders him from running as he was able to before he quit...
So... anybody know why he would be having lung pain after quitting ? He needs to know how to proceed... wants to stay smoke free, but not if it's going to hinder his performance in Boot Camp and cause him to fail... he said he'd rather wait then until he's out of Boot Camp and quit then.
Any input on this is greatly appreciated !
Jul 19, '04
Hmmm. After 30 some odd years of smoking, I quit a couple of years ago. What I remember was coughing a lot but lung pain... no. I'm just not sure what that's about. I seem to remember hearing somewhere that actual lung pain is pretty rare. Usually the pain comes from the surrounding structures. Can you get a chest x-ray ordered for him? What do his lungs sound like? He may be coughing out all the junk from smoking. A few more days and it all may be a thing of the past. Returning to smoking in order to gain lung function makes no sense at all. Could the pain be chest pain from the patch?
Last edit by wonderbee on Jul 19, '04