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Im new and on day 5 cold turkey

Hi all - im new and looking for some support on quitting. im on day 5 cold turkey and have had some moments where I thought I may cave in and have a smoke. Looking for some support to keep me on the straight and narrow. I have had terrible withdrawl symptoms such as nausea, stomach cramps, disturbed sleep, hear palpitations - has anyone else experienced this and how long is it before I start to feel normal...please help :(

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Hi Chris

Welcome and well done on day 5. Yes we have all had the symptoms you describe and more, but they do get better. I am only on day 8 and feel much better having slept through the night for the first time in a week.

My saviour is prune juice as it clears your body quicker of all the nasty chemicals (although for those with the runs I wouldn't recommend it). Dont be afraid to ask questions and read through all our old posts as it really helps me. Welcome again



Hi Chris

Well done on reaching D5 all by yourself, I'm on D4 myself with a small help from a nic inhaler, keep going at it, i my self have had loads wierd stuff has the Nic comes out of my system, bad sleeping and dizzyness the main, but these are starting to fade now, there is allot of support on this site, with every having been or in the same boat as us.

Good luck,



Hi, your a day ahead of me but boy have I had those symptoms! I was in panic mode over these and after days of research and a trip to my GP I am assured it is normal while quitting. Although it can be scary I think many people suffer with heart palps. I have to say today, I am slowly starting to feel better so fingers crossed theres light at the end of the tunnel for you too.

Whatever symptons you get will be short term and so much more healthy than the problems you'll have by returning to smoking.

Huge well done and stick with it. :D


day 5 cold turkey :eek:

jeez your braver than me

your doing great to have got as far as this, now keep it up :D


thanks for the support

thanks for all the words of support -makes me a lot calmer to know that many have experienced the same symptoms as me over the past few days.:)


Hi Katchel :)

Well done 5 days cold turkey is great keep it going

All the things you mention are normal for us quitters but they do pass fairly quickly no time limits I'm afraid as it varies from person to person

Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

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

This link is good for the psychological 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 xx


Day 7 Cold Turkey


I am on day 7 of cold turkey and have had several symptoms (some of which you had as well). Funny enough, I found day 1-4 fairly easy. Day 5 a bit more difficult and day 6-7 has been horrible. Not sure why it is that way but it has been.

Trying to keep my mind busy, drinking water etc, reminding myself why I quit in the first place and moving forward. It is not always easy but will be healthier and easier with time. Hang in there... I know EXACTLY how you are feeling right now. Cold Turkey is not the easiest way of doing it but I strongly believe that it is the quickest. Well I hope it is....


Hi all,

It does get better, I promise you. Im approaching week 8 and i don't even think about them any more, feel 20 years younger, have tons more energy, sleep better, feel more positive etc etc. The list is endless.

It helped me to think like this. The pain of quitting smoking is 1/100th that of a heroin addict, so with that in mind, I never ever felt sorry for myself when I had any withdrawal symptoms compared to what they have to go through to quit, and most of us in society think they are the lowest of the low and expect them to quit heroin instantly!!!!!

So don't be feeling sorry for yourself guys, feel great that you are over the worst!

Hope this helps



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