I had no idea smoking could make my MS worse
My diagnosis story
From the start of the investigation it was only 4 months before I had an official diagnosis, but they think I’d had it for ten years by then.
I’ve been smoking about 20 cigarettes a day since I was 16, but had no idea it could be making my condition worse
It should have been investigated before, but I’d changed doctors. And although there was a neuro report saying I needed an MRI it was never followed up. Must have got lost along the way.
All my friends smoked
I took up smoking when I was sixteen because all my friends smoked, plus lots more people smoked back then anyway. I work full time and smoke around twenty a day.
Giving up is hard to do
I did give up once when I was pregnant, but I went back to it three weeks after my daughter was born. That was eight years ago!
Recently I tried using a hypnosis app on my phone and it worked for a few months. But I slipped back when I was on holiday. My husband smokes which makes it harder to resist.
I’m considering a quit attempt… with help!
Obviously everyone knows cigarettes are bad for you, but I think very few people realise it might affect MS symptoms, or make MS progress faster.
It’s frightening but, if quitting could keep me out a wheelchair longer, I’m thinking very differently now and definitely considering giving up with some support from the NHS and Stoptober.
Your routes to quit
If you want to make a quit attempt this October you won’t be alone. There’s support wherever you live in the UK.
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