To answer your question:
Yes, stopping smoking can cause water retention. There are a variety of reasons as to why. Suffice it to say it is a normal event and it will go away in time as your body adjusts to life without the poisons from smoking. This swelling may cause you to be cranky or depressed by the increase in weight (remember a gallon of water weighs eight pounds) or by the discomfort caused by water retention swelling. If you can, discuss options with your doctor or just ride it out. It really is a small price to pay for being smoke free.
Quitting smoking also affects your circulation. Once you quit, your body starts to heal and part of that means improved circulation. This can lead to itchiness, tingling or numbing feelings, and joint pain. The best advice I can give is to walk through the pain and try to remind yourself that this is the benefit of stopping smoking in the long run.
I stopped smoking and went through many of the symptoms you folks are mentioning. I was worried at first, but as I read more and talked with my doctor, I realized that this is just the temporary penalty we pay after a lifetime of smoking and it is a small price to pay to be smoke-free. Your body will adjust and recover and you will be better than ever. Keep it up!
Wow. I thought I was by myself. I quit smoking 5 months ago and have been swelling badly when I try to walk and run. I have gained a lot of weight, but I think most of it is due to swelling. I am hoping my body just kicks in and starts behaving badly, but I am starting to get worried. I have always been athletic and relatively thin and muscular. Now my legs swell up and hurt and it is keeping me from exercising.
I also have swollen feet after stopping smoking. I stopped six months ago and this last month my feet started swelling. I also found on another site that stated this condition can be connected with quitting smoking and that it may take some time but you will revert back to normal. I have just order the Waterfall diet book heard it is really good for water retention, so I'm going to give it a go.
Oh my goodness. I'm on my 3rd day of no smoking and my ankles have started swelling too. This is crazy and I wonder what is causing it.
Has anyone gotten any answers about this? I quit 6 weeks ago and for the past week I've been experiencing edema in my feet. Is it related?
I quit smoking 4 weeks ago, swelled up after about 1 week, I'm also diabetic, so I called the doctor, he put me on water pills and is now testing for congestive heart disease. He said that cigarettes have vasodilators in them to keep arteries and veins open. When that medicine is taken away, hopefully in time (I smoked 38 years), your veins and arteries are no longer artificially kept open.
Okay, well add me to the list... I quit smoking two weeks ago, and the past three days or so have swollen ankles. I had to wonder if it was related, this thread makes it a definite maybe.
I don't have an answer for you, however, you'll be pleased to know that the whole reason I logged on to here was for the EXACT same reason. I Googled "swelling after quitting smoking" and I saw your question posted here. I have extreme swelling in the feet and ankles as well, but when I quit smoking almost a month and a half ago, the swelling was all over. I just recently realized there may be a link to the two events, but I'm going to see an internist and hope he knows what's going on. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for asking.
I quit smoking nine weeks ago and just recently my lower legs have started to be very swollen. I was even in the hospital for a few days to check my heart, lungs, etc. No doctors are connecting it to my quitting smoking. I am using the electronic cigarettes, but no nicotine for weeks. Would love to know if it is connected. I am getting worried.
It is happening to me two, I quit smoking 10 days ago
I also quit smoking about a month and a half ago and have had swelling in my feet and lower legs, Ive never had this before, please let me know what you all find out and how you do, I havent gone to the dr yet but plan too soon, thanks.