What you should read First

What you should read Second.

Start with "Fibromyalgia Definition"and and then move on to the rest of the posts of dated April 24th

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Smoking with Fibromyalgia

If you smoke and you have fibromyalgia, you may be hurting more than you have to.

I'm not going to preach at you to quit - I know that's just annoying and doesn't do any good - but I do want you to have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. And we have mounting evidence showing that smoking and other tobacco use makes fibromyalgia symptoms worse.

Do you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco?

When you have fibromyalgia, tobacco use may have even greater health risks than you thought.

Multiple studies have shown that tobacco use is associated with worse fibromyalgia symptoms. Smoking may also be a risk factor for developing this condition.

The Studies

In 2009, Mayo Clinic researchers published a study that included data from 984 patients, 145 of whom were tobacco users.
Researchers said tobacco use was linked to:
  • Greater pain intensity
  • Higher scores on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire
  • Fewer good days
  • More missed work
Also in 2009, a study published in Rheumatology International found that the following symptoms were more severe in cigarette smokers:
  • Chronic widespread pain severity
  • Unrestorative sleep
  • Paresthesia (odd nerve sensations)
  • Anxiety and depression
Those researchers compared smoking rates of fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis patients and found that fibromyalgia patients were more likely to smoke.

A 2011 study involving 336 people with fibromyalgia found that about 10% of participants were current smokers. Researchers concluded that smokers:
  • Had more tender points
  • Were more likely to be depressed (women only)
The authors called for more research into the impact of smoking on pain, function, and psychiatric features in the illness.

A 2010 study suggested that smoking cigarettes appeared to be linked to the development of fibromyalgia, and that smoking may be a risk factor.

Trying to Quit

Go to one of my links about E-Cigs. as of 2/6/14 I have been smoke free for 3years 2 months and 6 days using an E-Cig. My pain decreased by at least 10%.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on being smoke-free for 3 years. I don't want to piss in your Cheerios but nicotine is an alkaloid and in the nightshade family. I know that nightshade makes my symptoms really bad. I also know that not everyone is affected by nightshades and if you are one then disregard this comment, but I have reduced/eliminated that all over body pain by not consuming nightshade plus other factors. I Really believe that what we consume, good and bad, have a huge effect on our fibro symptoms. I actually started a blog a couple of weeks ago on this subject. Fibroandfood.com. You might also want to check out this article about nightshade.
    I wish you the best and will continue to read more of your posts.