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Weight gain, stomach full, pain below ribs, postmenopausal, hypothyroid, IHD patient, smoker

hi sir,my mother had been a smoker since 25 she has quit smoking but she is experiencing symptoms like:- weight gain she feels her stomach is full like a ballon having air in it and she is experiencing pain on the left side just below ribs.the pain is so intense that she cannot sleep on that side. let me inform you that her age is 50 years,postmenopausal, hypothyroid and IHD patient can you please suggest me what to do?
Asked On : Wed, 18 Apr 2012
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Many people experience bloating and constipation after quitting smoking, which may last for up to few months. Ask her to take some antacids and to include fibrous foods in her diet. Ask her to do light exercise like walking, or any other exercise which her cardiologist has allowed. Weight gain is also common after quitting. The pain may be due to gaseous distension of the stomach and if so, will improve once constipation is relieved. If it doesn't improve, please consult a doctor as it may be something unrelated to quitting smoking.

Tell your mother that these symptoms are temporary and will eventually improve, but the benefits of quitting smoking are immense and certainly worth all this trouble.

Best wishes.
Answered: Sun, 21 Jul 2013
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