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Feeling sorry for myself


Dont really know why I'm posting other than perhaps to seek sympathy :p

I've got flu, not man-flu but full blown sit in a corner and shiver and sweat and cough and ache and stare at the wall becasue you can't be bothered to think about switching the telly on.

I've smoked 20 a day for 30 years, on sunday I had 4 and each one was greeted with a coughing fit that lasted longer than it took the fag to burn out.

At 5pm I realised that I was being a total idiot. I did have another go on tuesday, lit it, coughed and put it out.

I can recommend flu as a way of giving up. No cravings, no light headedness, no sore throat etc. That's because I have felt so dreadful all week.

I had a brief moment earlier of being able to smell stuff. Coffee tastes vile though.

Can someone please tell me it's worth it. The way I feel at the moment I might not live long enough to reap the benefits ;)

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It's worth it.

And flu is much worse than anything you'll encounter on the way, in my experience


even If i knew that the world is coming to an end tomorow armagedon stile , I wouldount start again , because I love not smocking, It feels great !

short answer If It didint worth It quiting for you mate , you wouldount have started in the first place.


Oh dear. Loads of sympathy- I really do feel for you, flu is vile.:(

Well done for choosing not to smoke. Over the years I've had flu, bronchitis and pneumonia and managed to keep smoking throughout. I can't believe now that I put so much effort into smoking. Quitting is so worth it - keep going and you'll soon feel the benefit (especially if you avoid the post flu smokers cough!):p


Thanks for the kind words. I know deep down it'll be worth it. Just wanted a bit of a whinge. After all, I'm a bloke and I'm poorly and I've quit!!!!!!! :D


Hi, Whinge away all you like. If you're ill with flu you're entitled to a whinge. Good on you for quitting the cigarettes. You're a long way towards clearing the nicotine addiction out of your system - that usually takes about 72 hours. But - and here's the big but - you still have to get over the habit. Read as much as you can. psot often and ask questions

Good luck



Hi Fullofflu :)

Sorry you have full blown and not man flu and sorry you feel really bad with it but not one bit soory you've had to quit the fags because of it

Yes it's worth it I smoked at least 20 a day for over 50 years and the benefits since I stopped are amazing I can do things I hadn't been able to for years

Life is so much better as a non smoker Promise for sure there's a few bad times along the way but they pass quickly and the further you go the easier it gets

Whinge as much as you like OK it's fine we've all been where you are now at some point and most of us have winged. moaned , ranted and raved but it's par for the course as we kick this addiction into touch

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 sympathising 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 found 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




YES the flu is worth it. 2 weeks ago I came down with flu. I ended up in bed for 3 days as I was that bad. When I emerged the thought of Cigs was horrible as my chest felt so bad. So I decided that this is a good a time as any to give up.

I am now on day 14 of giving up. :D


Welcome and well done for stopping the cigs. It's always worth stopping, to help you could read some of the websites in our signatures and other peoples posts they will help you to understand what may happen as you are healing. It's also a good idea to look at the posts of people who have been stopped for a while there you will see how they feel now.

Best wishes, hope your flu is better soon.



How's it going Fulloflu?

Feel any better?


Thanks everyone. A real attention seeker of a post :D

Been asleep most of today [is day time telly designed to make people want to go to work?] and feel better for it.

Just got a cough & sore throat which could be flu or giving up, alongside feeling washed out. But thats flu for you.

My better half decided to change our soap mid week, it may be coincidence or flu or giving up but I'm covered in a rash from head to foot and my face has swollen, I'm pretty sure it is the soap [I used that brand years ago and had a similar reaction - yes I am that stupid that I used it again, err twice]. But I look like a cross between my mother and those dogs that are all wrinkly and quite cute.

Just glad I have an excuse not to go out.

And it really helps that the news says that swine flu cases are down this week. Cheers for that. Be just me and Brucie then.

I do hope that the things stay the same, I had to go outside this morning, was having a warm moment, sat there, faffed with my phone as I always used to. Never occured to me to light up. The odd thoughts of sparking up up have passed within seconds. It can't stay like this can it?


Hiya Fullofflu

I'm glad you're feeling a little better. I know what swine flu is like I caught it three weeks ago and still have bronchitis from it, so I sympathise (feeling ill and having a two-year to look after is no fun). I decided to give up then smoking + bronchitis = feeling like shit. I'm on Day 4 now and feeling good about not smoking. You're gonna have flu forever on this forum because of your name LOL. Take care Lisa X


Past a week at 5pm today.

Still feel like *&^^%.

Got a cough and a sore throat. I can cough for 20 minutes at a go.

Still it'll all be worth it.


It will be worth it and as non-smokers we shouldn't get any where near as many colds/flu as a smoker. We're doing great. At least when you're feeling crappy it puts you off smoking even more. Hope you make a full recovery soon. Lisa X


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