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Cut Back Smoking to Reduce Your Pain

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Did you know that your smoking habit can also lead to an increase in your body pain?

A lot of people smoke nowadays, in order to ‘cope' with their lives. Smoking can turn into quite an addictive habit. The nicotine present in tobacco, tricks the body into believing that it feels good, as it triggers ‘feel-good' chemicals which help you in feeling so.


However, what most people don't know is that tobacco can impair your blood flow, which causes less oxygen to reach the bones and the tissues leading to an improper flow of blood, fewer nutrients are received by the body parts which causes deterioration especially in the spine. This then causes lower back pain.


Smoking makes you feel more tired. It also slows down the body's healing process. You may experience high-intensity pain. And most people smoke in order to manage the pain they feel, what they don't realize is the more they smoke, the more pain they will experience.


This is because smoking affects your body in such a manner that it fails to respond to pain management therapies as well. If you smoke, there are three times more chances of you suffering from pain in your back as opposed to someone who doesn't smoke.  

How does smoking affect the body’s response to pain management therapies?

Smoking ends up worsening one's medical conditions. You are also more at risk to suffer from conditions such as joint pain, arthritis, and chronic pain as well. People who smoke, their pain sensitivity and perception increases, causing them to feel intense pain! Your body is unable to heal itself. Smoking also inhibits the effectiveness of pain meds. Smokers usually require a larger dose of meds in order to reduce their pain which itself is another health concern.  

How to stop smoking?

  •  Start drinking lots of water.
  • Always keep gums and mints with yourself. 
  • Get your teeth whitened. You really would not want to damage them after seeing them so clean.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, alcohol, soda, etc. 
  • Ensure that you wash all of your clothes to get rid of the smell.
  • Avoid places where smoking is allowed.
  • Indulge in outdoor activities and keep yourself busy.
  • Surround yourself with people whom you love.
  • Seek professional help. Let them know what you deal with your smoking problem.