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6/28/11 11:41 A

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Thanks Angel and Linda for the encouragement and kind replies. Today will be day 2 with the Stop Smoking Stuff as I call it .... first pill was easy ...till a few hours later and then I was SERIOUSLY nauseous. Luckily I have a close friend who used this method a year ago to quit so I called her and she basically said to eat and eat well about a half hr before taking the pills. I did that today so fingers crossed!!!

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6/28/11 6:14 A

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Something you might find interesting-I used to work for a pain mgmnt doctor-he swore that
smoking made it harder for the pain meds to work! Hope that little tidbit convinces you of
your choice! emoticon

"It's not the mountains ahead that wear you out-it's the grain
of sand in your shoe"-unknown


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6/27/11 2:47 P

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emoticon on 2 major life change decisions in one week, both of which I believe will bring positive results. I started Enbrel nearly 3 years ago now, with good symptom relief coming very quickly, and general health improvement that is still improving. Its shots are so much easier than the old style injections of my childhood - really not a problem, tho keeping on schedule takes getting used to. Try to avoid confined areas where infectious people may congregate while on Enbrel. I stopped attending my son's wrestling matches, for example, as they took place during flu season & packed in crowds. I still go to outside sports. I actually have had LESS respiratory disease issues since going on Enbrel, but if you get one, getting rid of it can be difficult, so take care, take vitamin C & avoid what you can.
RA can mess with your lungs and heart on its own - you do NOT need the added damage smoking causes. I quit that over 30 years ago and realize doing so is not easy. I still occasionally get an itch to smoke. But I would never have lived to my present age had I not quit, and I wish I had quit sooner, or never started. You will not be sorry you've left smoking behind. Good luck on maintaining this transition! God Bless your efforts!

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MAKE THE BEST FOOD CHOICES YOU CAN TODAY - and then, try it again tomorrow!- Dr. John La Puma, M.D.


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CHRISTYINAZ's Photo CHRISTYINAZ Posts: 47
6/27/11 12:27 P

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Well I did it .... I bit the bullet, got the pre testing done and I will start my Embrel injections this week (Friday). I was all for waiting and watching how things went but my rhuemy no so much ..... I guess my "numbers" are not looking so great and they keep declining. That and I am sure she got tired of hearing me whine about the prednisone (hehehe) so it's on to new stuff to try and get control of my symptoms. Not to thrilled but I am hopeful!
Second change .... I am quitting smoking! I know I know .... one of the WORST things I could be doing to myself (smoking NOT the quitting) ..... soooo my doc talked me into trying the Chantix to get a leg up I guess. I am not a rabid smoker (about a pack every 3 days or so) but still hard to just "let it go" so now I am adding ANOTHER med to my already bursting medication list! That's OK though .... this ones benefits will be far and wide... I started this morning so again ....hopeful!
What a way to start the new week! Looking forward to a 3 day weekend coming up .... something tells me I am going to need it lol!!!!!


So two new meds, one huge lifestyle change .... should be interesting!

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