• 1 month ago

    Hoarseness and dry cough days after quitting

    I quit smoking 11 days ago. I am using the lozenges and besides being irritable occasionally, I do not have withdrawal symptoms. I have no doubt that I will quit successfully. I smoked for 12 years, quit for 8 years, life happened and I started smoking after hanging with other smokers during a time of stress. This time, I have been smoking for 8 years and I am done. However, just a couple of days after quitting, I felt like I had a cold...you know the kind that settles in your chest. I guess I started coughing, but the coughing really wasn't too bad or too frequent, but I went hoarse. The feeling in my chest is gone, but I still have trouble talking and I do cough more. It is a dry cough and only occasionally am I able to get something up; otherwise, I feel like there is something there I cannot move. Also, my throat is very sensitive and if food touches it, it makes me cough. I know the coughing happens because of the cilia growing back and ridding my lungs of the toxins, but what about the hoarseness? Last time I quit, I didn't go through the coughing or the hoarseness, so I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this and how long does it last? Thank you ahead of time! Congrats to my fellow quitters! Keep it up and do not give up! It is hard at first, but as long as it is what YOU want, then you can survive the discomfort to get yourself to a healthier place. Deciding to finally quit and taking that first step is half the battle. FIGHT ON!