Really bad gas

I have been free from the sticks of evil for nearly 1 month. This is about the 3rd serious attempt I have undertaken.

Each and everytime I have really bad gas - from both ends!!!!. Never an issue when I smoke.

Can anyone give some medical insight into what's actually happening? What does smoking actually do that alleviates this?

I'm determined to carry on with my quit however this unfortunate side effect is both embarassing and to a lesser degree painful!!!!

Help appreciated.

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  • Hi, do you eat an extreme amount of mints?! I found that when I was consuming more mints then was normal, the effect this had on me was rather, shall we say, unladylike :o

    I didn't really address the issue 'cos what's a bit of gas compared to inhaling nasty fumes in to my body? Gas wins every time lol

    As for a remedy, I'm sorry I can't help you out there, other than to say cut down on the mints if you do indeed consume a large amount. I'm sure somebody on here will have a more educated answer for you soon :D

  • Hi, do you eat an extreme amount of mints?! I found that when I was consuming more mints then was normal, the effect this had on me was rather, shall we say, unladylike :o

    I didn't really address the issue 'cos what's a bit of gas compared to inhaling nasty fumes in to my body? Gas wins every time lol

    As for a remedy, I'm sorry I can't help you out there, other than to say cut down on the mints if you do indeed consume a large amount. I'm sure somebody on here will have a more educated answer for you soon :D

    Thanks for your reply. However I don't eat mints. In fact I was conscious of making sure my diet didn't change - aware that some people struggle controlling their food intake due to replacing the cigarettes.

    On the basis nothing has changed I can only deduce that it's related to not smoking, just can't understand medically why it's the case.

  • Just been on google and it seems flatulence/ stomach problems are quite common side affects of quitting smoking. Nicotine, it would seem, is definitely a culprit in all of this; the instigator. From what I read, symptoms calm down after a few weeks. Or are supposed to! Good luck with ur research & hope you find an answer & possibly ways to lessen these affects.

  • Nicotine, it would seem, is definitely a culprit in all of this;

    Oh, well there's a surprise :rolleyes:

    Seeing as it was instrumental in the birth of the micro-chip, the reason we smoked, the sinking of the Titanic and getting Neil Armstrong on the moon it comes as no surprise that it's also a cause of flatulence.

    Of course quitters on NRT don't ever report any windiness.....

    [/sarcasm]

  • Oh, well there's a surprise :rolleyes:

    Seeing as it was instrumental in the birth of the micro-chip, the reason we smoked, the sinking of the Titanic and getting Neil Armstrong on the moon it comes as no surprise that it's also a cause of flatulence.

    Of course quitters on NRT don't ever report any windiness.....

    [/sarcasm]

    Sorry, have I missed something here?

  • Sorry, have I missed something here?

    Possibly.

    It's Friday so I'm wearing my 'Nicotine, I'm not all bad' T Shirt today.

    [/fashiontips]

  • Possibly.

    It's Friday so I'm wearing my 'Nicotine, I'm not all bad' T Shirt today.

    [/fashiontips]

    Interesting.....I would add though that I did start my quit on patches (stage 1)....issue developed whilst still putting nicotine into my system. However since I went cold turkey (last Thursday) it's progressively become worse.

  • "Constipation, Flatulence or Diarrhoea: As a stimulant, nicotine can increase intestinal movement and suddenly removing nicotine can temporary slow the system as it returns to a normal state. Flatulence may also become a problem. Drinking plenty of liquids, eating a diet that contains roughage and getting plenty of exercise will help. The typical duration for this symptom is 1 to 2 weeks."

    The article I took the above cut&paste came from Nicotine Withdrawal...not rocket science :rolleyes:

  • I thought that my 'gas' was starting to smell much worse than usual -- until it was pointed out to me that it was always that bad and that it was my sence of smell that was improving! :D

  • Just in case there's a slim chance of an error in the internet it's worth bearing in mind that CT and NRT quitters exhibit similar symptoms.

    Without donning my white coat I'd have to have a rough stab that it's therefore something to do with not breathing smoke.

    What is often overlooked is that of those infamous 4000 chemicals in cigarette smoke 3950 are in wood smoke too as straightforward products of combustion.

    Besides our old friend nicotine, stopping smoking reduces the levels of many things in our bloodstream and similarly increases others.

    If there was money in finding out what the culprit was then we'd know by now.

  • Glad to report as I pass one calender month of my quit that the gas issue has subsided some what. I would say more 'passing' than usual before the quit but certainly less than the first 3 weeks.

    Anyway enough about my bowel activity....onward and upward.

  • I thought that my 'gas' was starting to smell much worse than usual -- until it was pointed out to me that it was always that bad and that it was my sence of smell that was improving! :D

    haha so true u made me laugh this morning

    boo

  • Im bottling my wind and when i go camping next week I'll use it to cook my breakfast.

    MX

  • Mash - that is totally gross!!!!!

  • Im bottling my wind and when i go camping next week I'll use it to cook my breakfast.

    MX

    eeeewwwwww

  • Well it is methane! and organic. and free.

  • Woofmang refers to it as quitulence and I do remember it. Sadly am mobile so can't do proper link but here's the URL quit-smoking-support.woofma...

  • Difficult to say whether i had this or not to be honest :confused:

  • I'm on week 4 and gas, bloating and constipation have been tough to handle in the last 3 days. I'm eating fruits baby spinach salads oatmeal, all high in Fibre, water, lemonade but nothing seems to work. Tends to hit me the worth at night from 6pm onwards.

  • Mlederman this post is from 5 years ago and poster is no longer a member of the community and majority of the members that replied too.....

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