7 weeks new member here

hi eveyone :D

i am new and haven;t smoked for 7 weeks ( was a 30 a day smoker )

I have been using patches and its gone really well and have had no real cravings... just wanted to ask if anyone else has had muscle aching ?? my arms and feet ache so much i could cry my GP says its withdrawls :confused:

nicotette say it can happen on area's where the patch has been and i have used both arms and tops of the feet ( only place they would stick)

am doing ok with not smoking but will this ache ever go ???

any one had this :)

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  • Hi Inca,

    Welcome to the group. Doing Great so keep up the good work. Can't say I know anything about your question but I am sure someone can answer it. This is a wonderful site. Everyone is supportive and caring and a little NUTS. hehe You will get some good support here.

    take care

    Cindy

  • thanks for the reply .............i am just a little confused whether its the patches or the withdrawl :confused:

    another question one doctor told me to to cut my remaining 10mg patches in half for the last 2 weeks of the programme my other doctor wasn't happy i did that and gave me another prescription for 5mg

    PS am on Nicorette

  • try getting some exercise i think that will help

    i had the same i think it is the body changing and relieving it self.:) :)

    money i saved i spent on a bike and running shoes.

    hope things go OK your body will change and remember greater the risk when you are smoking.

  • Welcome and well done for getting to week 7:D :D :D

  • Hi Inca and welcome,

    Well done for getting so far on your patches, I must say I can't remember having aches and pains when I was on patches but we are all different. I have read lots of posts on the site where people have had aches and pains but never heard of it where you have had your patch.

    As for cutting your patches can I just say that when my ex mother in law gave up she was cut her patches up after the 12 weeks were up into smaller patches and kept making them smaller and smaller until they were about 1cm in size. I think she was just scared to phycologically stop using them, mind you she hasn't smoked since and that was a good 5 years ago.

    Anyway good luck and keep up the good work, you have done great so far.

    Befly x x

  • Hi inca and welcome to the forum!

    Sorry you have had these aches I have had them also, and sometimes I feel as though this is all neverending, but it helps me to read the posts of those who have been quit a long time as it shows me that all this wont last forever and soon we'll all be fighting fit!

    Stay strong, charlene. xrtwo.speedcentral.co.uk/im...

  • Welcome Inca x x x x

    I would hazard a guess that the aches are quit related, probably your new improved oxygenated circulation!!

    I think the doctor was cost cutting by telling you to cut the patches!! the 2nd doctor was correct in prescribing you the right sized patch! I would stick with the 2nd doctor ;)

    You have quit nearly 2 months already!!

    Well Done!! stay strong

    ~Buffy x x

  • thankyou so much for all the replies ................i guess its all part of the proccess

    I have been suprised myself really I haven't really craved that much ...I am trying to be careful not to gain too much weight :eek:

  • thanks I have one on my back now .....great minds think alike eh ? :)

  • welcome inca

    congratulations on your progress so far! good going, keep it up! :)

  • Hi Inca

    Welcome your allready doing so well congrats. When I was on patches my arms hurt like someone had really punched me hard give the patch a rub it helps a little. Keep up the good work Linda xxx

  • Hi Inca

    Welcome your allready doing so well congrats. When I was on patches my arms hurt like someone had really punched me hard give the patch a rub it helps a little. Keep up the good work Linda xxx

    thanks Linda

    thats just what it feels like ....how long after the patch came off did it take to go away ?

    my feet are aching a lot tonight as i was putting the patches on the front of my feet and shin ( doctor said it was fine )

    I have oily skin so found patches a nightmare to keep stuck on anywhere else

  • Please don't cut the patches in half. they are transdermal and if you cut them in half the nicotine will run out and not be effective. It's a gel like substance in the patch. Your doctor was an ass for even telling you to do that.

    Cindy

  • hi Cindy

    I've heard that before to when i cut mine they were in effective.

    Carolinex

    I have been quit for 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 hour, 25 minutes and 33 seconds (74 days). I have saved £370.28 by not smoking 1,481 cigarettes. I have saved 5 Days, 3 hours and 25 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 29/05/2007 22:00

  • hi Inca

    welcome to the site x

    Guys i didnt realise you couldnt cut the patches in half! i havnt used them this time but i did once b4, they made me itch so i used to cut them and place them in diff parts of my bod.

    you learn something new everytime u come on here lol

  • Please don't cut the patches in half. they are transdermal and if you cut them in half the nicotine will run out and not be effective. It's a gel like substance in the patch. Your doctor was an ass for even telling you to do that.

    Cindy

    I thought i had heard something along these lines!

    It makes sense, or they wouldn't bother making them different sizes , just cut to size!

  • I was cutting the patch in half and then into quarters and i have done so for hubby and dump as i think you can wean off them better with out such a big drop in dose and for us it has worked fine

    The nicotine is on them not in them

    and my doctor and quit nurse said that was fine to do so as the nicotine is still the same

    sorry to contradict you all:o

    Ps mum mum did the same in her last quit as well

    I wouldn't imagine it makes too much difference on the last stages and this prolly helps psychologically (Argh weres me spell check i miss it soooo) to wean off the patches.

    No contraditions your both right :p Ouch i got splinters up my a**e from this bloody fence :p hehehe

  • I know that some patches have a raised piece in the middle and some are flat and smooth.

    Maybe they are different here to the ones in the usa.

    Befly x x

  • i have an update ........

    I spoke to nicorette medical team this yesterday who told me that muscle ache and pain isn't a common side effect BUT is one that has been reseasrched due to a small number of effeced users , it would seem that the nicotine in my case isn;t dispursing throught he blood stream as fast as it should causing mucscle pain I was told to stop using the patch asap if the pain was bad and take advice from my GP....geeee its Saturday afternoon

    OK so i thought calmley peeled off the patch( bacause the pain was getting bad ) and got out the inhalator loaded it up ready to use ..slight panic i had work last night as a resedental carer a job that requires patience or a smoker LOL its was alright i had a littel puff on that when the presure was on

    its been ok no patch on today either just the puffer so slight nerves here.............I do not want to slip back after all this time so i guess this is when the real willpower starts :eek:

  • Hi inca I also work as a carer in a residential home on an emi unit as well as the other units, and I did find it really hard at work not smoking as sometimes the only thing that would offer comfort was the thought of "I can have a fag soon", but now its not there.

    I started bringing magazines in and ice lollies, you wouldnt think so but the ice lollies worked a treat! xrtwo.speedcentral.co.uk/im...

    Stay strong and have faith in yourself, you can do it!, charlene.

  • Hi inca I also work as a carer in a residential home on an emi unit as well as the other units, and I did find it really hard at work not smoking as sometimes the only thing that would offer comfort was the thought of "I can have a fag soon", but now its not there.

    I started bringing magazines in and ice lollies, you wouldnt think so but the ice lollies worked a treat! xrtwo.speedcentral.co.uk/im...

    Stay strong and have faith in yourself, you can do it!, charlene.

    the home i work in isn't EMI but many residents should be in a unit ...its a shame the places just aren't there

    ice lollies will give that one a go thanks :D

  • I think alot of places have the same problem, upstairs where I work isnt emi, but some residents should be down there, makes the job more stressful as they are always on the wander.

    One or two are for nursing care as well, but there just are not the places for them anywhere else, it stinks I think!

    Its enough to drive you to the ice lollies! xrtwo.speedcentral.co.uk/im...

  • I think alot of places have the same problem, upstairs where I work isnt emi, but some residents should be down there, makes the job more stressful as they are always on the wander.

    One or two are for nursing care as well, but there just are not the places for them anywhere else, it stinks I think!

    Its enough to drive you to the ice lollies!

    CARE in THE F'ING COMMUNITY!!!!

    *tutz*

    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

  • i know hun, believe me I know, and it makes me sooo mad xrtwo.speedcentral.co.uk/im...

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