Hi guys! Well I'm on day three and would just like to say hi to everyone on here! So... Hi! It's good to be among fellow non-smokers going through this.
Okay quick question to you guys. I'm on 14mg patches which are certainly reducing the withdrawal symptoms compared to my usual cold turkey, but I'm still getting awful migraine, complete inability to concentrate and I feel like I want to go for a run as soon as the bedside light goes off at night! My skin is pastier than when I was smoking and I've broken out in acne, my eyes are bloodshot -I feel terrible!!
I wasn't expecting this to be easy, but I thought the patches would have helped a bit more. I've though about using the stronger 21mg ones, but to be honest I just want to get it all over with as soon as possible, and as long as I know that that the withdrawal symptoms will eventually fade away with the patches then I think I can handle them.
My fear is that the NRT is just going to prolong the withdrawal symptoms and I'm going to feel like this for months as I go through the step down program, rather than a couple of weeks as with cold turkey. The dilemma is that I know how horribly bad I get with cold turkey and I may as well not bother turning up for work!!
It's purely the physical effects which are getting to me, I still have absolutely no urge to put that filth in my lungs anymore which I feel great about!! Can't believe I did it for twenty years!!! I'm 33 and before quitting had smoked for longer than I'd been alive - scary stuff!