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Day 3 - Inside out

Hi all, well I'm on day three and my body has decided to turn inside out. Aches pains and much sneezing and sniffling. My brain has ceased to function in any useful way and I've become the worst boyfriend in the world - grumpy, neurotic, basically a whining mess of a human being! The love of my life has pledged support and is an amazing rock, but I keep snapping at her, then I feel guilty as hell and angry with myself which just makes me feel grumpier and more depressed. I don't feel like me. When I woke up this morning I would have given anything for a time machine just to go back, find my 15 year old self and shove that first cigarette where the sun doesn't shine. What an idiot!!!!

Every time I've quit smoking in the past it's the depression and loss of sense of my usual positive self that gets me. Last time I got to three weeks and it hadn't abated.

I'm on 14mg patches as I was smoking 10 - 15 a day, but they don't seem to be working which is both frustrating and scary, scary because if I feel like this now then what's cold turkey gonna be like?

I'm trying my best to take it a day at a time, but I feel like I'm losing the plot!!

Anyone else feel like this?

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hi chris answer yes

hi chris yes i have been moody & depressed, i am on patches day 15 (using 25mg patches) going to smoking cessation clinic(through nhs) apparently i use this high strength for 8 weeks the drop to 15mg for 2 weeks the 10mg for 2 weeks .. dont think patches give you the same hit as cigarettes coz its like a slow release into body ...but i think breaking the habit is the biggest challenge, the patches just supposed to help ..i also smoked around 10 a day but was also using nicotine gum so maybe my nicotine was higher...are you going through nhs .. just a thought? it gives you support & ideas & it works out cheaper because on prescription .. first week get one week supply (£7.30) the 2nd week 2 weeks supply (£7.30) dont know on next time due back on monday ...keep going & if not already i would highly recommend the clinic (you can also self refer to them) .. have you tried reading allen carr easyway stop smoking itas a great read even if not doing cold turkey (skip bits about nrt though) x good luck it does get easier

day 15 no looking back


ps you are not losing the plot, youre feelings are very normal x


Hi Chris :)

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 and 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

First well done getting to day 3 you're doing just fine

Most of us on here have felt exactly the way you feel right now Promise but it does get better just hang in there it's perfectly normal to feel like this in the early days of a quit

Don't worry about coming off the patches just yet either I didn't use them but lots that have say it's quite easy to do there are even a couple of threads that tell you the easiest way to do it when the time comes I'll find them for you

Take it hour by hour if you have to it all adds up and will get you where you want to be OK

Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK


Marg xxxxxxxx


Thanks guys

Awww, thank you guys! I think I just needed a rant. It's lovely to know that there are people out there who have come through the worst of it. Had a cup of tea and feel a bit more zen, my tea intake has gone up by a thousand percent also!!!


Hi and welcome - just be aware that when you are not smoking the caffeine intake absorbtion level is much stronger - like from tea and coffee - you absorb far more caffeine as a non smoker than you do if you smoke - nicotine as we know is an adrenalin hit - stimulant so contrary to common belief smoking does not relax you !! and of course tea and coffee have high levels of caffeine in them ! If you can bear it you might like to think of substituting some of your brews with say fruit teas which are caffeine free - or even juice which will keep your blood sugar levels up - one of the best tips I was given is to drink heaps of water - it fills you up and helps shift the toxins from your body quicker - be strong and the very best of luck


Hiya Chris,

I find a nice cuppa usually does the trick and am drinking a couple of cups a day whenever I get stressed and feel the need to unwind. You're on day three so give yourself a break. There's no way you can be happy, healthy and normal after three days of being a non-smoker. It took years of addiction to get you to the point you were at but it won't take years to get back there, just got to be patient and give yourself time. You may find that your patch is not strong enough. I smoked around 20 a day and was on the 21mg patches (although I took them off at night). I can honestly say that I only had a niggly feeling (the habit) and didn't get all emotional and crazy like I have before when I went cold turkey so your body could already be in withdrawl. Coming off the patches can be a bugger but there's a good method on here and besides that's weeks maybe even months away. Be nice to yourself and go get a decent patch on, you'll feel better for it and you can start thinking about getting rid of them after a few weeks when you've kicked the habit. Good luck!


Hi guys, I did think about using the stronger patches HarleyQuine, but I'd managed to reduce my ciggy intake from 15-20 to around 10 a day over the past couple of weeks unless I was out for a drink, so I'm worried that the 21mg patch would just get my tolerance up again. (Although at the moment the temptation to see how many 14s I can fit on my arm is overwhelming he he!!) I've just been to buy a bumper pack of peppermint tea and am going to try that this afternoon Hoboatheart.

Trying day nurse to get rid of the flu effects but it hasn't touched the sides, my nose is running like a tap, got some serious pink eye and I have a client meeting in an hour argh!

Still, my resolve is kicking in and I'm pretty determined not to let this win. I've just moved cities and I don't have the bad influences around me that I did in my home town, chain-smoking friends etc so I don't think there'll ever be a better time. Hopefully I'll be feeling a bit better tomorrow and if so I'm going running. I still can't quite believe that I'm only 34 and yet have been smoking for over half of my life!!!


Hiya Chris. Take note of what Kitkat72 has suggested, I also stopped smoking with patches through the NHS clinics.I started on 21 then 14 and finally 7mg, no bother coming off them when it was time. Don't try to stop the patches till you're sure you're ready (or when NHS adviser says) otherwise you're liable to be back to square one. I didn't do the full course because I felt ok but we're all different. All the best Chris. David


Hi Chris :D

Have a look at this link it tells about the symptoms including a bit about the runny nose

I think it may help a bit


Marg xxxxxxxx


Thanks everyone, for the support and the links - you all got me through a horrible day 3, so much easier when you've got people rooting for ya! I made it through a very sweaty and restless night but physically it feels like I'm over the hump. So I'm just gonna mosey on over to the Day 4 thread and hang there for a while.:D


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