Nealy 7 weeks now and this week I have had 2 relly bad panic/anxiety attacks. Not the edgy, anxious feeling with not smoking but full blown fight or flight attacks with racing heart, loose bowels, trembling and complete loss of appetite through throught closing. Really horrible thought I was going to pass out. I have had them before although quite a few years ago and was prepared to experience them in the first days of quitting. When no symtoms came just the craving which I could manage by keeping busy, walking etc I thought great.
But had another attack yesterday and really thought if I have a cig it may take the edge off the attack. Didn't though but I do not want to live with anxiety again it is horrible and it also makes you depressed.
I know the doc can give you SSRi's but don't really want to take them. My nice pharmacy man said being a long term smoker who ended up smoking 30 cigs per day, said the receptors?? in my brain where having to adjust and heal from the withdrawal and it was part of the healing process. Does this make sense?
Anyone out there suffering like me, after 7 weeks thought I was over the worst.
Quit 12 September 07
Smoked for 45 years
Method Cold Turkey