First, hi to all and sundry, this is my first post on this forum and this is where i am at!
Basically 11 days ago i had a strong palpitation which put the fear into me. At the time panic was high and i immediately vsited the doc for a diagnosis. ECG and blood tests proved nothing evidently wrong from these tests. After some self research into the subject, i found caffeine and nicotine are likely causes of these tachycardia episodes, as well as stress and anxiety. Looking into my life at the time, things were building up a bit, and i wasn't coping too well! I'm putting the episode down to this.
However, during the panic stage, i decided flat to stop smoking. I haven't had one since (aside one which i had late at night after a night out on the 3rd day, and threw away as soon as i'd taken two or three puffs, it was orrid!). I have a heart scan in a couple of days, by an expert in the field, to see if there is any abnormality in my heart. I'm apprehensive and excited to have this done, knowledge is better than the unknown!
Well, i'm 22, smoked for 6 years, and have been on the wagon solid for 11 days. I feel better, don't smell, and am getting through the cravings with deep breathing. I quit cold turkey - i believe that if ou want to quit, you have to get rid of nicotene full stop from your body, as quickly as possible. This is my method, i understand others are different!
Anyway, will probably update this post when i find out more in a couple of days. Good luck to all those in the same boat. I have to say, it is a wonderful journey - every day gets better and better. My favourite thing so far has been smelling winter again, you know that wintery smell? I can't wait for other smells i can only remember!!