Symptoms/side effects of quitting

Guys,

Interested in the physical side effects or Symptoms you've had of giving up and what you've done to over come them.

Big one that got me recently and took me 24 hours to work out, was why I constantly wanted a cigarrette, not a craving, just vaguely wanted one.

Realised it was because I could taste tar and that was causing it. Obviously the lungs are now able to clear the 15 years worth of tar, and are dumping it right onto my taste buds, and that taste to me equals time for a hit of noctine. Hence a constant nagging that I wanted a ciggie. Finding swishing water round my mouth is clearing resolving that one.

I've since had people talk to me about cramps, dizziness and bleeding gums. What other joys do I have to look forward to, and what's the best way to counter them?

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  • Hi Athlone :)

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Good Luck

    Marg xx

  • 20 a day for 15-16 years, stopped about 2 weeks ago, and doing it via willpower. As for the why? Why not? =P Basically just decided on the spur of the moment. Been trying to work out the why ever since.

    Cheers for that. Yeah both those sites had a few of the joys out there. Not very cheerful are they? They sound like the hate filled ramblings of an ex.

  • A lot of people who successfully beat this thing end up as "hate filled ex's", but that's because they know the truth.

    That there is no good reason to smoke. It isn't enjoyable, it isn't cool, it doesn't give anything and only takes your health.

    And they (I) can't believe that they (I) wasted so much time doing it.

    Listen to the people that wrote those sites.... they know what they are talking about ;)

  • Real Side effects of quitting smoking

    The physical effects are listed at Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms. But for some people, quitting can "mess with the mind." Some possibilities that might crop up are:

    * Mild depression or sadness. There goes your best friend that you turned to in need. Tobacco was always handy to blot out your worries and give you your fix.

    * Anxiety. The jitters and fear of facing life without tobacco might try and overwhelm you.

    * Boredom and loneliness. There's now a few gaps in your day to fill up. A smoker spends a lot of time hanging about either smoking, rolling or buying and preparing things for their habit.

    * Anger or short-temper. Despite making a positive change in your life, this can still be stressful. All life changing events, good and bad are seen by the body as stress. It's not necessarily bad, but it can cause you to over re-act and be a bit on a knife-edge for a short time.

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