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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Tightness in Chest

 kolo - Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:26 pm

I quit smoking about 2.5 weeks ago. For the last 8 or 9 days I have had severe tightness in my chest. Could this be from nicotine withdrawal? I read where this can happen but it said it would only be from 1-5 days. Any feedback appreciated. Thanks!!
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:20 am

User avatar Dear kolo,
Chest tightness is an expected well known Nicotine Withdrawal and Recovery Symptom. It is temporary and lasts for few days. It is though to be a result of withdrawal associated or associated with a real biophysical withdrawal effect like, early cleaning, coughing and lung healing. Relaxation exercises, a warm shower and fluid or ice water intake would make tar and mucus removal easier, hence minimize their irritation effect on the airway. If the symptoms are increasing in severity or persists for long time, a visit to your physician should be done to be sure of the underlying cause.
Good luck,

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