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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   hi,i smoke heavy,only in the last 2 weeks i started exercise,my job is sitting,i intend to give up cigarettes,i currently have bad circulation in my hands,in cold weather particullary i may get numbness in a finger or two,with white color,im afraid to go to gp,what do i do?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   42
Doctor :   and since how long and how much have you been smoking?
User :   probably on and off with 15 years,i intend too quit tommorow,i hope,i also suffer anxiety
Doctor :   ok and these symptoms you have mentioned since how long you having them ?
User :   my job was physical always,now my job is sitting,and a few months after i started this sitting job,maybe a year
Doctor :   ok now what you are experiencing could be a condition called as Buerger Disease
Doctor :   The condition is strongly associated with heavy tobacco use, and progression of the disease is closely linked to continued use.
User :   that is?
Doctor :   the sensitivity to cold
Doctor :   and numbness in the fingers
User :   im sure the answer is quit and exercise?
Doctor :   its a disease where your arteries start to degenerate
Doctor :   and yes you need to REALLY quit
Doctor :   its a serious condition and you should also get your self examined
User :   thats it their in the bin
Doctor :   but its reversible
Doctor :   i am glad you are quitting
Doctor :   Absolute discontinuation of tobacco use is the only strategy proven to prevent the progression of Buerger disease. Smoking as few as 1 or 2 cigarettes daily, using chewing tobacco, or even using nicotine replacements may keep the disease active
User :   thank you,im giving it a go,and ill keep an eye on it,thanks
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   and wish you good luck
Doctor :   stay motivated
Doctor :   take care
User :   if i quit and turn my habits around i should improve?
Doctor :   oh yes definitely
Doctor :   the circulation will improve
User :   thank you im nervous and think every thing is a killer
Doctor :   but till then do avoid cold environments
Doctor :   wear gloves
Doctor :   dont worry you are making a positive step you will be fine
User :   will do,thanks
Doctor :   good bye
User :   i want my health back
Doctor :   you are on the right track
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