Constant Headaches After Quitting Smoking?
around september 2017 one of my acquaintances quit smoking after more than 30 years of smoking. Last January, I suddenly fainted and when I fainted, I had convulsions, and often had severe headaches. When he was taken to the doctor, his heart and head were checked, the results were all normal. Finally it was found that he had cmv and toxo viruses in his brain, after about 1 month of treatment, the virus was checked and it was gone. It’s rare to get dizzy and has a vital body. Suddenly I felt dizzy again but it wasn’t as bad as it used to be and my left palm felt like it was tingling/immune, then I went to a neurologist and ordered an MRI of the head. The results were also normal, but the same doctor was given medicine for epilepsy. Does it have anything to do with epilepsy or is it due to nicotine addiction after quitting smoking? Thank you
Smoking habits do have a negative effect on health, especially if it has been going on for a long time. One of the substances contained in a cigarette, namely nicotine, can cause a dependence effect (dependence) and also a nicotine withdrawal effect (withdrawal). Dizziness can be one of the effects of nicotine withdrawal, in addition to other symptoms such as anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, disturbances in carrying out daily activities, increased appetite, sleep disturbances, and so on. However, the seizures themselves are not part of the nicotine withdrawal effect, so they are most likely caused by CMV infection and toxoplasmosis found on examination. A history of CMV infection and toxoplasmosis can cause lesions (injuries) to the brain that can trigger sequelae such as recurrent seizures (epilepsy), headache, dizziness, neuropathy (with symptoms such as tingling/immunity), or other neurological disorders, depending on the location. affected brain. In addition, several classes of drugs used to treat epilepsy can actually be used to treat other complaints of nicotine withdrawal, such as anxiety.
To know for sure, it is advisable not to draw conclusions before discussing further with the doctor who treats your colleague, to get an explanation of the current condition and the purpose of the treatment given, because of course the doctor knows better about the course of your colleague's illness and has been based on clinical judgment doctor.
You can read the related article: the dangers of smoking
I hope this information is helpful.
Regards, dr. Delvira