Day 4 - patches and gum

I'm on day four of non smoking after smoking solidly since the age of 17 (I am now 35), 20 a day without fail, even when ill. I've got patches AND gum, but the gum makes my chest feel really tight every time I chew it, plus a bit sicky. Is this normal? Have been having headaches etc, was expecting to feel brilliant but I am assuming it's just withdrawal symptoms. Anyway, I'm on day 4, had three large glasses of wine last night and had only minor cravings when wafts of smoke floated in the pub door. Feel pretty positive, although realise it's only the start of a long, hard slog!

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  • Hi and well done to getting to Day 4 !! Be proud of yourself especially going to the pub !! - very brave ! I did not use patches or gum so cannot comment on that - however cold turkey I had dreadful headaches for the first few days and then they started to ease - that was clearly a withdrawal symptom - I only managed to Day 8 and caved in - oh boy have I regretted it - I also felt incredibly tired - which again is normal - now I realise though that no two people are the same and what one experiences doesn't mean everybody will. I am quitting again tomorrow with more knowledge mostly gleaned from this forum and a website called which has a wealth of information on it regarding dealing with the cravings and the real reason we get them - well worth a read !! I wish you luck and in my bizarre way I am really looking forward to tomorrow and no cigs !! - best - Peta

  • Hi Sportswearclair :)

    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

    Well done on day 4 you're doing fine I'm afraid I don't know much about patches or gum but someone will be along that does to help son but I imagine its just part of quitting

    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 xxxx

  • Hello there

    Well done on reaching day 4.

  • Hi

    Well done on reaching Day 4.

    I too have patches and gum. I'm on Day 9.

    On 5th day, I was so busy until lunchtime that when I had a bad crave, I realised I hadn't put on my patch. I chewed a bit of the gum instead. I used another 4 bits of gum up to bedtime. I felt a slight rush of dizziness, rather than nausea, when I first used the gum. Perhaps because it's the sudden injection of nicotine rather than slow-release through the patch?? I've not used a patch since that 5th Day, down to 2/3 bits of gum and not had any more side effects. x

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