Day 3, feeling better then yesterday!!!

Hello,

Just wanted to say thanks for all the support. Day 3 now and feeling alot better then yesterday! I work from home and this is the first day back as i non smoker so if i can get through today it'll be great.

Can i ask a question though please and it's probably very silly.

I have read that by the end of day 3 you should start feeling better as that is when the nicotine is out of your body but I am on patches so this wouldn't be the case would it?? does this then mean that I will have to wait until I'm off the patches then go through day 1,2 and 3 again???

Thanks again xx

Claire

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  • Interesting one that...I guess in theory you should still feel better as you're not inhaling all of the nasties. Your body will still be clearing all of the Carbon Monoxide and be benefiting from the additional oxygen. This process is cause for some of the side effects experienced when one stops smoking.

    You'll still have to go through nicotine withdrawal at some point, that will have it's own little bunch of side effects. However, I believe the main effect of nicotine withdrawal is the "empty feeling".

    Well done and keep at it!

  • Hi Claire

    For me day 2 was a living hell but thankfully I never had a day as bad since! Not sure about the question on the patches but someone will be able to help you out my love.

    You are doing very well.

    xx

  • I used patches Claire and came off them gradually so didn't notice the drop too much, it was also further into the quit rather than at the beginning so was able to cope. A lot of people tried cutting them, taking a bit more off each time, I think that's a good idea, if I had known about it I would have tried that.

    Jackie

  • Thats great everyone, thanks again for you advice and support x

  • Hi Claire, one of the biggest things about smoking is habit. I know as a driving instructor besides the norm, go to the shops have a fag, cup of coffee have a fag although I never smoked indoors. But between lessons I had to make sure I had one, on the way to my first pupil, on the way home at night and I still get these little niggles like yesterday I had to walk down to the car and when I thought about doing that the other thought came into my head "I can have a fag on the way down the road" it only lasted 2 seconds then I laughed it off.

    So by being on patches and not smoking you are already breaking the biggest part, the habit.

    Keep on patching your doing fine worry about the withdrawal symtoms when the time comes and that's if you get any.

    Jack

  • Thanks Jack thats very helpful. I know what you mean, i keep thinking oh time for a fag then a second later have to think no i dont smoke anymore :D.

  • Way to go Claire....day 3 already.

    Congratulations and keep strong

    xx

  • Thank you Lorna

    Good luck to you to xx

  • Hi Claire :D

    Day three that's great just hang in there

    Sorry I can't help re the patches as I didn't use them

    Love

    Marg xx

  • Hi Claire

    I too work from home but I made my office a no smoking zone 3 years ago and actually followed my own rule. Though I did spend more time away from my desk smoking some days than I actually worked.

    My OH smokes so the gubbings (baccy and papers) are still around but I can ignore them and not be tempted so much now/hardly at all.

    I used patches for 3 weeks or so but came off them quickly for personal reasons. I didn't find the first few days without them any where as tough as the first days without smoking. All our quits are different, even when using the same methods of quitting, but there are some great posts to help give you an idea of what to expect.

    Stay strong and KNOW that time quickly passes and the getting easier everyone posts about? It's true :cool:

  • I can tell you from experience of patches that after the first 3-4 days things do settle down considerably while using patches. Just keep in mind you will still be receiving nicotine 'over time' via the skin, so nicotine will not be out of your system until you complete the course of patches. during this time though you will break the hand-to-mouth habit of smoking. I thoroughly recommend however reading as much as you can about ways and methods of dealing with cravings and find the methods that work best for you. Some cravings may seem worse than others and you'll get the odd day still were you may feel a bit stressed (normally), but its how you deal with that which matters most. Find the methods that suit you and you should be fine.

    The patches are really for weening you off the nicotine even though you are still taking in nicotine as a drug. The dosage is less than smoking and doesn't have all the poisons and carcinogens either, so on the whole you find you will settle into your quit just nicely.

    Try to stick to the planned times for switching to lower patches if you can, but there is no shame in going an extra week or two.. perhaps longer if you truly need to.

    I believe in a saying 'each to their own', while there are folk who adapt to cold turkey, or prefer lozenges/gum etc, personally i found the patches to work for me. So if you are happy quitting with patches then good for you :).. i wish you luck and can definitely vouch for them working :)

    Oh and don't forget to always keep a spare patch with you at all times, or leave one emergency one in your drawer in work too.. just in case you forget to put one on in the morning.

  • I can tell you from experience of patches that after the first 3-4 days things do settle down considerably while using patches. Just keep in mind you will still be receiving nicotine 'over time' via the skin, so nicotine will not be out of your system until you complete the course of patches. during this time though you will break the hand-to-mouth habit of smoking. I thoroughly recommend however reading as much as you can about ways and methods of dealing with cravings and find the methods that work best for you. Some cravings may seem worse than others and you'll get the odd day still were you may feel a bit stressed (normally), but its how you deal with that which matters most. Find the methods that suit you and you should be fine.

    The patches are really for weening you off the nicotine even though you are still taking in nicotine as a drug. The dosage is less than smoking and doesn't have all the poisons and carcinogens either, so on the whole you find you will settle into your quit just nicely.

    Try to stick to the planned times for switching to lower patches if you can, but there is no shame in going an extra week or two.. perhaps longer if you truly need to.

    I believe in a saying 'each to their own', while there are folk who adapt to cold turkey, or prefer lozenges/gum etc, personally i found the patches to work for me. So if you are happy quitting with patches then good for you :).. i wish you luck and can definitely vouch for them working :)

    Oh and don't forget to always keep a spare patch with you at all times, or leave one emergency one in your drawer in work too.. just in case you forget to put one on in the morning.

    Jase all I can say to that is "Here, here"

    Jack

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