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20 years old, recently quit smoking, scared about serious condition
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Hames1839 posted:
I am new to this sort of thing. For the last few months I have been experiencing back and neck soreness on my left hand side, and a pressure on my left breast just below my shoulder. I was a smoker on and off for the last year and a half, but I can't help but be very concerned. I was curious if anyone knows just what the effects of going cold turkey on cigarettes and how it can be connected to a possible heart condition.

I plan on seeing a doctor tomorrow, but I just can't get to sleep about this. I should note that life is also incredibly stressful lately, and that may be a big contributor to my symptoms. I just want to be alright, and hopefully someone has gone through this sort of thing before. I am much too young to be feeling so close to seriously unhealthy.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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