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post #5 of (permalink) Old 09-22-2002, 09:30 PM
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Re: One day left before new health kick begins.....

Glad you gave up the smokes. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Buerger's Disease last week. He was told he had to quit using all tobacco products immediately. Here are 2 link s that give some info on it. http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/topics/circ08.htm#whatis

Basically it is a vascular disease caused by smoking. It affects men age 20-40 and causes blood flow restrictions in the feet and/or hands. His right index finger was cold and hurting on wednesday and by friday morning it was black. The doctors could find no blood flow in the digit or on the sides of the digits next to it. He is going to be on blood thinners for the rest of his life now. If any of you guys need a reason to quit smoking, this is it. Did I mention that i could cause gaingrene in the effected digits or the whole foot or hand?
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