really bad stomach pain

Hello! this is first post on this forum , in fact, my first one on any kind of forum!

i quit cold turkey 14 days ago, as some sort of New year's resolution and it's been hell the last few days.

At first I was just cranky, but now I have these really bad stomach pains, a soar throat and severe insomnia. I had to take pills yesterday and the day before that so I can finally not fall asleep at 5 or 6 in the morning. instead i fell asleep at about 12 and kept waking up at 2, at 3 at 5 and now it's 6 and I can't go back to bed.

but the stomach is killing me! and the general weakness and also my head is hurting pretty bad.

I never thought it would be so hard. I am 22 and I smoked for 6 years, about a pack and half a day, sometimes more, on special occasions even 3. I used to smoke everywhere, at any times, especially on the street, while waiting for the bus, while working, while reading, while in bed, while at the table, while showering even.

i didn't use any medicine or patch or gum, just my sheer will and I'm not giving up! I already can smell the stench on smokers and around ashtrays and never want to go back to that. but I'm having a really hard time coping with the pains. (my uncle just quit the same way after 30 years and didn't feel a thing, so my family is quite confused about what i'm going through and...)

Any advice will help!

Have a wonderful smoke free day!

4 Replies

  • Congratulation on becoming a non smoker! 14 days is terrific! Super job and great you are doing it cold turkey. Look at the Why Quit web site and also the Freedom web site, for lots of information on nicotine addiction and stopping cold turkey.

    Sore throat is a common complaint for people stopping smoking, I have had that problem. I ended up going to my Dr and got antibiotics which helped. I think if it is bothering you, then you need to see your Dr about it.

    Stomach pains, this I am sure you need to see your Dr about as soon as possible. Severe abdominal pain as far as I know is not associated with stopping smoking, and even if it was you should still see your Dr. This could be anything, so call you Dr right away.

    The only stomach problem I can think of associated with quitting is constipation. Nicotine is a stimulant, so many people experience constipation when they stop using nicotine. The bowel will slow down until it adjusts to life without nicotine. This can last about 2-4 weeks.

  • Hi Long tall Dee Dee :)

    Well done 2 weeks smoke free is great

    Being cranky, trouble sleeping and sore throats are all normal early in a quit OK

    Some get a bit of stomach pain but if it's severe you really should see you Dr to be on the safe side and set your mind at rest

    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 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


    Marg xx

  • thank you so much! entering third week feels amazing, especially since i was sort of (thinking about) planning to quit :D , but kept postponing and avoiding because i kept believing i liked it so much. i never really thought i would quit and last so long. I'm still amazed of the whole thing.

    and also, I'll see the doctor, but i feel like there's no other reason to have these stomach pains all of a sudden, except withdrawal. hopefully I'm right and there's nothing more serious.

    Congratulations to everybody on the forum! It's great to be a non smoker!

  • Welcome and well done having stopped for 14 days.

    I also had never been on a forum when I came here, it's great, everyone very helpful and a happy atmosphere. We have been through most of what is happening to you, check out tummy in case it's not smoking related. We belive that knowing as much as you can about nicotine addiction is the way to stay stopped. There are several websites in my signature which give you loads of info. In the drop down box at the bottom of this page you can navigate to other places, see how people further ahead are doing, great because it shows it definitely can be done and help pages as well.

    Wishing you success.


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