Using tobacco products can cause many health issues, including Buerger’s Disease. This ailment prevents proper blood flow, which can eventually lead to cell death and ultimately amputation.
This November, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions would like to encourage you to take part in the Great American Smokeout and put aside tobacco for good. If you’re having trouble quitting cigarettes, here are some suggestions to help wean yourself off of them:
1) Water… and lots of it!
Instead of walking to the normal destination you visit for a cigarette, walk to the sink and pour a big glass of water. Then drink it slowly. This will keep your mouth, throat and body engaged in doing something other than reaching for a cigarette.
2) Identify your cues.
What was it that normally caused you to smoke? Was it during 15-minute breaks at work? Use those times to go for a short walk around the premises instead. Was it during parties, while driving to work, or relaxing at the end of the day? Make a plan to ensure that these do not lead to a relapse.
3) Keep your mouth busy.
Get something such as peppermint gum or healthy snacks like celery, carrots or nuts. Keeping your mouth busy will keep you from wanting to put a cigarette in it.
4) Have something in your hands to play with.
This could mean keeping a pen handy, a stress ball nearby or a rubber band around your wrist that you can twist around your fingers… this will help you kick the urge to hold a cigarette in your hand.
5) Remember that it’s never “just this once.”
It’s really tempting to have a single cigarette just to kill the craving, but this often leads to people picking the habit up all over again.
Here at Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions, we want all our patients to live life to the fullest! If you already live with limb-loss, we don’t want you to develop conditions that could cause further amputation. We can also help those who do live with Buerger’s Disease to adapt to life after limb loss. Call us today for an appointment or check out the services we offer.