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 StudiesIn 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
- Chronic widespread pain severity
- Unrestorative sleep
- Paresthesia (odd nerve sensations)
- Anxiety and depression
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)
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%.