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I stopped smoking 13 days ago and yesterday I contracted what feels like bronchitis = deep, painful, raspy cough and my lungs feel raw. Is this normal and is there anything I can do to ease the intensity of the cough and corresponding discomfort? FWIW, I quit cold turkey when I had a tooth extracted and was told I couldn't smoke or use a straw for 5 days because I might dislodge the blood clot. After 3 days in I decided I might as well give quitting a go since I've been thinking about it for years but never had the motivation even though I'm well aware that my health and financial situation would improve if I stopped smoking. My Dentist gave me the nudge I needed and hopefully I can stick with it but this painful cough and flu like symptoms (muscle and joint pain) are no fun.
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