Day 14 and help!!! :(

Guys,

I have been soooo positive up to now but I have turned into a crazy woman in the last two hours, for the women out there...the only way I can describe my outbursts are like time of the month outbursts although they are not as bad as that and dont last as long. Also I am suffering from constipation. Sorry if thats too much info but I am (even though I have my daily wholegrain cereal, salad or brown bread sandwich for lunch and chicken and rice for tea!) and its driving me insane. The headaches are getting worse too. Fortunately the only thing I am not doing (yet) is over eating. I thought I was one of the luck ones with hardly any side effects etc but they all seem to have come at once and now I am freaked!! :eek:

Another thing is my patches, I have (as of today) started to cut my 14mg patches in half and so today is my first day wearing half a patch. Is this really contributing to my change in mood do you think-and so suddenly?? I still dont want a cigarette or anything like that, I am definately in the frame of mind of being a non-smoker, i am just freaking out at all the effects that are rearing their ugly head :( I also read that some people can have mood swings for anything up to 5 months after coming off patches...is this true?? Surely not. Of course I want to kick the habit permanently and I havent cheated once but the thought of this lasting for what..maybe even a year is really scary! :( Have I arrived at the hell whole that some of you guys have been talking about since day 2/3?

Support please x

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  • Hi and I am not sure that I can give you loads of support when it comes to info on patches as I did CT but I can Tell you that constipation was norm in the quit for me and quite a few others as you will see if you type in constipation in the search pod, but it has of about 3 weeks ago not been too bad, ok next thing I didn’t suffer much with mood swings but again most people do but I think you are in the very early stages and that will pass, as I said didn’t get them not unless you count stabbing my OH but that doesn’t count does it, only joking.

    You are doing good so don’t beat yourself up its not an easy thing to do and cannot be achieved over night by anyone but I promise you you will not regret it as you will feel so much better after a few weeks and like I say to appreciate the good days you have to have the bad days xx

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  • I think the quit does that to us a bit- just as it feels like we've got a handle on it and it's all going steady, some nasty withdrawal symptom or association jumps out when we're least expecting it. My moods went haywire when I first stopped (and I wasn't exactly the most chilled of people initially) but I can honestly say, in the last 2 weeks (I'm at 2 and half months) I feel calmer than I have in as long as I can remember. It's different for each of us, so don't stress about it lasted so long for other people- even if it does take a few weeks to level out- each week will be less intense than the one before- in the mean time- have a rant here when you need to. As you say, you know you're not going to smoke- so it's just a case of finding what way works best to ride out the storm- I found Avena Sativa really useful in those full on crazy woman moments...Keep going, it will ease off before you know it and 2 weeks will roll into 2 months- an onwards

    Pols xxx

  • Thanks Jamangie and Pols!

    haha Jamangie - "stabbing the OH" - funny :D

    I still was a bit grouchy last night, (walking round the Trafford Centre feeling bloated because of constipation didn't help to be honest). I feel a little calmer today but seem to be getting a cold and although I had a great sleep just keep feeling tired all the time. Also, the ngihtmares have changed to really nice dreams...I assume it must be because my body is getting less nicotine?? Its interesting to follow everyone on this journey, because to me thats what it is, every day (or a few) something changes, a symptom goes and another one comes...I suppose this time is the biggest test of all. I am only on week 3 but still am proud of myself.

    Thanks for your replies... I re-read them when I get stressed! lol (and it helps!) x

  • hi trying my best xx ahw your doing good babe....dont know about the patch thing....5months moods:eek: ...im too on patches...well at least we will have a good christmas xxx:D

    2 weeks over & done ....Moods do get better & easier each day ..you get stronger & dont feel as fragile ...........keep at it x well done

  • hi trying my best xx ahw your doing good babe....dont know about the patch thing....5months moods ...im too on patches...well at least we will have a good christmas xx

    2 weeks over & done ....Moods do get better & easier each day ..you get stronger & dont feel as fragile ...........keep at it x well done

    :D Yeah we should be sorted by Christmas! :rolleyes: I do hope you are right, they are like mini eruptions! They are over as soon as they start. I could have punched my computer at work yesterday at one point :mad:, its ridiculous honestly :D

    If I make it to 1 month (ok when I make it) I will be celebrating!! xx

  • Hi Trying ,

    Not sure how long you have smoked or how many but obviously the strength of the patch required is dependant on these factors . I PERSONALLY USED 14 MG PATCHES FOR 2 MONTHS AND THEN 7 MG FOR 1 MONTH

    After only 2 weeks of quitting 7 mg ( 14 mg patch cut in half ?) is a small dose and it will be very much like quitting C.T. Also it is NOT recommended that you cut patches in half , one of the reasons being that you will not be able to stick them onto the skin properly and consequently not receive the full benefit from them.

    Hope this helps ?.....and good luck with your quit ( 15 days is great :) )

    Trev

    20 a day for 30 years :eek:

    quit 28th april 09

    3 months patches

    almost 9 months C.T

  • Hi Trying ,

    Not sure how long you have smoked or how many but obviously the strength of the patch required is dependant on these factors . I PERSONALLY USED 14 MG PATCHES FOR 2 MONTHS AND THEN 7 MG FOR 1 MONTH

    After only 2 weeks of quitting 7 mg ( 14 mg patch cut in half ?) is a small dose and it will be very much like quitting C.T. Also it is NOT recommended that you cut patches in half , one of the reasons being that you will not be able to stick them onto the skin properly and consequently not receive the full benefit from them.

    Hope this helps ?.....and good luck with your quit ( 15 days is great :) )

    Trev

    20 a day for 30 years :eek:

    quit 28th april 09

    3 months patches

    almost 9 months C.T

    Hi!

    I smoked 10 a day for 13 years.

    Yes you're right and I know I have gone to step 3 early but I want the nicotine out of my body ASAP you see, I mean its not as if I want a cigarette, I am just struggling with side effects so bearing that in mind, if I am not likely to light up going to 7mg is ok isn't it? I plan to stay on 7mg for at least a month. I havent had any problems with the patches not sticking or anything, but they are on my thigh (best place I find) and it never gets disturbed there!

    Thank you and congrats on your quit! Wow you have been quit for ages! I didn't notice that before! x :)

    _____________________________________________

    Smoked 10 a day for 13 years

    Tried to quit two years ago and failed at the first “emotion hurdle”

    Last cigarette 06.04.10 and now using patches

    Feel absolutely great and in control instead of the Nicotine Monster!

  • Hi x

    Didnt know u were lowering patch strength so early in quit..sorry misread ....well done you ..if ure doing okay & coping then good on yer ..wotever ure happy with ..but dont do too much too soon xx

    In a month you will be celebrating .. you will feel different again xx:)

  • Hi Trying ........cutting down strength early is fine as long as you are comfortable with doing so , I suspect that its the reason why you are feeling a bit angry / touchy though lol.

    I know as I reduced patches and went onto C.T I experienced the same thing on ALL of the occasions but it only lasted a day or three :p

    Sounds like you are determined to stop and WELL DONE for thinking like that ....reckon you are gonna enjoy the fresh air ride :cool:

    Yep .....a week off a year for me and looking forward to starting year 2;)

    Trev

  • Thanks KitKat! :) I will let you know if I make it! And if I make it to xmas I think we should have a celebration cig! :D only joking...

    Hi Bladeflyer....yeah well done you thats amazing!! Massive pat on the back there, I can only hope I reach that goal! I am focusing on my next goal first though which is 1 month on 6th May! lol But that in itself is huge for me!

    My day today isn't as bad as yesterday so thats something...and its good that my nightmares seem to be turning into nice dreams lol some of the nightmares on step 2 were just awful! I couldnt sleep through at all but have started to now so thats better. A saving of over £40 already too! Your saving must be nearly £1,000 or more?

    xx

  • about £1,790.00 saved here :D

  • wow bladeflyer - it brings it home when you see it written down (or typed) :eek: I have also smoked for 30 years and was up to 30 a day before my quit - imagine what mine is going to be!

  • Hi Steph .......it soon adds up doesn't it :eek: Its a great feeling knowing how much you are saving while improving your health at the same time I can't think of anything better to do in the world it just makes so much sense.

    Good luck to you to hun :)

    Trev x

  • Cheers Trev

    I have just tweaked my quit meter thingy to reflect where you are on your quit (doing fantastic as you are :)) and I am absolutely in shock.

    Not taking into account any of the budget increases over the next 10 months - the amount is - wait for it.......................

    £2,874.43!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:

  • Steph!!!

    Wow! :) Thats a 5* hol! and more!!

    x

  • I know :)

    I didn't quit with patches (tried before and they made me too depressed) so I'm not the best person to offer advice but I do know than you can get through this. Keep posting and we'll get there together :D

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