Day 8 which emotions belong to which problem

Well it's day 8 for me, at least I think it is could be 9 as I've lost track a little. I went cold turkey on the spur of the moment, always wanting to give up so why not.

My problem is that in the last few weeks I've lost my job, broke up with my girlfriend and had to move onto my sisters sofa!

I'm having trouble knowing what is general life stresses and what are withdrawals.

I'm very irritable and having lots of trouble sleeping ( i don't think this is purely due to the sofa.. although it's not ideal).

I do get cravings but I know that smoking does nothing except make those go away so although they plague me I have them under control...

I'm in a fair bit of discomfort and was wondering what your thoughts are on this ?

I was considering some anti-anxiety medication as I don't want to take any nicotine replacement. I'm thinking if i can ease the suffering slightly I'll make it through without any glitches.

What do you think

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  • Well first off, I think it is a massive achievement that you have gone through all that and not caved in and smoked. You can comfort yourself that if you can get through the first week of a cold turkey quit under such trying circumstances, you can tackle anything. A huge congratulations to you. Stop and give yourself a huge pat on the back, be proud of yourself, you deserve it.

    Secondly, I'd say some of the things you're experiencing are due to withdrawal, but not nicotene withdrawal, because that is over by now. Your brain has become habituated to expecting a cigarette when you're under stressed, tired, etc. However, psychological withdrawal can produce some very physical symptoms. Loads of people have sleeping issues in the first weeks of their quit. So I'd imagine your insomnia is due to stress, smoking, AND sofa! Maybe something like Kalms would help with that? A good night's sleep would help you cope with everything better. You may find that it helps with the irritability too.

    And this forum is a great place to get support when you're finding things hard, so stick around!

    I don't know about the anxiety meds - I'd take your GP's advice on that.

    I hope your situation improves soon.

    Helen x

  • Thanks for the praise I never thought of it like that, I've been awash with negative feeling. A pat on my back was just delivered.

    As for the kalms I have in my time used a whole host of plant teachers, the main ingredient in kalms seems to be Valerian, I had this before and have had no real beneficial effects or sedation from it, I'm sure it works for some.

    I did stumble upon an old ally 5htp, I've used this through some tough time sbefore and found it to be very effective mood brightener, I'll see how it lends it hand to beating this terrible addiction.

    Thanks for you reply and support Hels

  • Well done on getting into your second week! Still a challenging time for most and you should give yourself a pat on back for sure for hanging in there, especially considering all the recent hard times. I think quitting smoking most likely is the biggest contributor to your current discomfort. Hellesbelle says it's not due to the nicotine but I disagree with that.... nicotine has caused havoc with your body (I wrote a little about it maybe it will help you) I can't imagine that after years of smoking all nicotine has left our body in a few days, I think it takes quite a lot longer for the body to completely heal and rid itself of all traces of nicotine and the toxins that are in fags.

    Agree though to talk about the anxiety meds with your doc.... they helped me TREMENDOUSLY in my first month and then I tapered off and stopped taking them second month. In my opinion, why suffer.... some don't need it, some have higher levels of anxiety and they do benefit. So definitely something to look into if your struggling! Some on here have also benefited from St John's Wort, maybe do a search on this site and check out the threads. Good luck, keep going, you're going to be sooooo glad you did ;)

  • Well done on your second week MTS - it sounds like you have gone through quite a lot so remember to be good to yourself - You can beat this addiction my friend!

  • hello. sorry to hear about your troubles but happy to hear that you are keeping on with your quit!

    we are all different and go though things differently including quitting smoking. so i think that all things that you are going through are quite normal and with the added stress of whats going on in your life it does make it a bit more difficult!!

    but you are doing very well under your circumstances for sure and congrats are in order so...congrats!!!!! also if it gets to much for you to handle go see a doctor before you light up!! all the best and let us know how you are doing!

  • I’m with Bell on this one and I think that if you are really struggling then it’s time for a trip to the Docs and get a mild tranq or something just to get you past what of course can be a very anxious time, I suffered with Anxiety big big time before I quit and was terrified it would get worse if I stopped smoking and to be honest I think its improved no end, also I went completely decaf and I think that has helped tremendously to ease the craves at the beginning, I drank loads of water as I got quit dehydrated in the early days and took Vits as well especially Vitamin B and D all helps and even if it was in the mind who cares after a few months it got easier and now I am so glad I took the plunge, I couldn’t have done it without this forum though and loads will say the same, also my typing skills have improved 100% LOL

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    Hello, I agree that u should find a good med.Your detoxing from chemicals, be good to yourself, avoid triggers. Look into Attarax. Its only for P.M though, more so for anxiety and lack of sleep. I will admit that it helped me!! I think I may need a higher dose adjust to quitting smoking. I used it for itchy back and no sleep. It helped greatly! What your going through is turmoil asking for help is the right way to get back on track!

    fQUOTE=MoveTheShadow;233225]Well it's day 8 for me, at least I think it is could be 9 as I've lost track a little. I went cold turkey on the spur of the moment, always wanting to give up so why not.

    My problem is that in the last few weeks I've lost my job, broke up with my girlfriend and had to move onto my sisters sofa!

    I'm having trouble knowing what is general life stresses and what are withdrawals.

    I'm very irritable and having lots of trouble sleeping ( i don't think this is purely due to the sofa.. although it's not ideal).

    I do get cravings but I know that smoking does nothing except make those go away so although they plague me I have them under control...

    I'm in a fair bit of discomfort and was wondering what your thoughts are on this ?

    I was considering some anti-anxiety medication as I don't want to take any nicotine replacement. I'm thinking if i can ease the suffering slightly I'll make it through without any glitches.

    What do you think

  • I know

    Hello, I agree that u should find a good med.Your detoxing from chemicals, be good to yourself, avoid triggers. Look into Atarax. Its only for P.M though, more so for anxiety and lack of sleep. I will admit that it helped me!! I think I may need a higher dose adjust to quitting smoking. I used it for itchy back and no sleep. It helped greatly! What your going through is turmoil asking for help is the right way to get back on track! fQUOTE=MoveTheShadow;233225]Well it's day 8 for me, at least I think it is could be 9 as I've lost track a little. I went cold turkey on the spur of the moment, always wanting to give up so why not.

    My problem is that in the last few weeks I've lost my job, broke up with my girlfriend and had to move onto my sisters sofa!

    I'm having trouble knowing what is general life stresses and what are withdrawals.

    I'm very irritable and having lots of trouble sleeping ( i don't think this is purely due to the sofa.. although it's not ideal).

    I do get cravings but I know that smoking does nothing except make those go away so although they plague me I have them under control...

    I'm in a fair bit of discomfort and was wondering what your thoughts are on this ?

    I was considering some anti-anxiety medication as I don't want to take any nicotine replacement. I'm thinking if i can ease the suffering slightly I'll make it through without any glitches.

    What do you think

  • One bit of advice

    If your going to quit ..make sure you make good choices in place of smoking, it will make quitting alot easier. Well it's day 8 for me, at least I think it is could be 9 as I've lost track a little. I went cold turkey on the spur of the moment, always wanting to give up so why not.

    My problem is that in the last few weeks I've lost my job, broke up with my girlfriend and had to move onto my sisters sofa!

    I'm having trouble knowing what is general life stresses and what are withdrawals.

    I'm very irritable and having lots of trouble sleeping ( i don't think this is purely due to the sofa.. although it's not ideal).

    I do get cravings but I know that smoking does nothing except make those go away so although they plague me I have them under control...

    I'm in a fair bit of discomfort and was wondering what your thoughts are on this ?

    I was considering some anti-anxiety medication as I don't want to take any nicotine replacement. I'm thinking if i can ease the suffering slightly I'll make it through without any glitches.

    What do you think