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Hi all, im new to the forum, been reading for the last few days and what a help its been.

I am on day 10 of going cold turkey

I stopped in 2010 when my Dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer but stupidly lit up when he was on his death bed, i have always promised i would do it again so here i am :D

I have really struggled emotionally, and feel like im grieving for somthing, but im not going to give in i know this is my time, really pleased with myself though as this is the first time i have ever done it cold turkey (tied everything else unsuccessfully).

I also have a really sore throat which is driving me insane, feel like im swallowing razors, has anyone else had this, cant remember ever having it on previous attempts to stop

well good luck all and going to carry on reading

Rach x

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  • Hi Raich,

    Really sorry you to hear what you've been through.

    I think any kind of non-life threatening side-effect is pretty much the norm for us quitters. Sometimes it's real and sometimes it's an amplification of what we would normally feel if we hadn't quit. The golden rule is to always consult a GP if you feel something is awry.

    I totally advocate cold turkey, in any case, because after a few days it leaves only the psych side of things to deal with ("only" being a big word in this case, but still.)

    I hope you're looking at this from the angle of yourself, and not as a derivative of what life has served you? I think that's important.

    Reach out as much as you need. We're here for you.

    Alex.

  • Cant say anything better than alex has already said.

    Welcome Rach. Very glad you found us. :)

  • Hiya Rach.

    Well done on day 10....double figures, woo hoo! I had a sore throat too when I stopped smoking this time (I didn;t have it on any previous quits). I think your throat is suddenly coming alive again without that nasty harmful smoke constantly pushed down it. The last time I quit in 2008 my tongue felt like it was on fire...literally all my tastebuds were inflamed. It was like my tongue had become hypersensitive. not nice but both the sore throat and tongue didn't last long. Any longer than a few weeks and I'd go to the GP to get it looked at but it's probably down to quitting. Good luck and stick with it. I'm on month 7 and it really does feel great not smoking.

    Lisa xx

  • It is a fairly well know that stress can cause sore throats even down to swelling in the throat. The start of a quit is a fairly stressful time. You may not feel particularly stressed but it may be the cause but like others have said if it last too long get the Doc to check it out.

  • Thank you everyone for making me feel welcome :D

    The throat has eased off a bit this morning, thank god.

    Well im starting to feel that the cravings are getting less, iv had none up to now and been up hours (insomnia strikes again).

    Im starting to feel like a non smoker, and feels good to say I DONT SMOKE :D

  • Hi Rach and welcome.

    At the beginning of my quit I had all sorts of weird reactions including a sore throat but it does pass.

    I'm still left with constipation and piles though lol (sorry if it's too much information) I wouldnt swap them though:D

  • Day 20 and been struggling the last few days, really aggitated and craving badly.

    Really hope it passes soon.

    And still got the sore throat nearly 3 week later, rang docs this morning as i was really worried, but they just said it was down to stopping, surely by now though it should be going.

    Hope everyone else is good :D

  • Hi Rach

    Hi Rach,I am really pleased you have made the decision to stop smoking, it is the best decision you will ever make. However I get the feeling you are really worried about your throat so I suggest you go and see your GP to put your mind at rest. I dont know who you spoke to this morning (unless it was a telephone consultation with your gp) but if someone had a look at your throat that would be a lot more reassuring than just someone saying it is because you have given up? I get the feeling that this worrying is spoiling your quit and I find that upsetting. I really dont believe you have anything to worry about but you need proper reassurance. Go to a walk in clinic if there is one near you. they will see you. Then come back on here and post that all is ok!:)

  • Thanks Haze

    yes im extremly worried and yes it was a phone convo with doctor, as im a nurse they tend to prescribe to me over the phone thought i may need some antibiotics , i went last week and they looked in my throat and said it was really red and inflammed. Goin to go to surgery next week if its no better.

    Im a real worrier anyway, and yeah its spoiling the excitement of quitting.

    Just think im having a couple of bad days

    Rach x

  • Thanks Haze

    yes im extremly worried and yes it was a phone convo with doctor, as im a nurse they tend to prescribe to me over the phone thought i may need some antibiotics , i went last week and they looked in my throat and said it was really red and inflammed. Goin to go to surgery next week if its no better.

    Im a real worrier anyway, and yeah its spoiling the excitement of quitting.

    Just think im having a couple of bad days

    Rach x

    No problem! I am sure you are fine as I said I just dont want you worrying all weekend if you could get some reassurance. I know what it is like to be a worrier, I am one myself we can torture ourselves! Have a great weekend stop worrying and be happy that you have quit. Keep posting on here and we will keep encouraging you and help in any way we can.xx

  • No problem! I am sure you are fine as I said I just dont want you worrying all weekend if you could get some reassurance. I know what it is like to be a worrier, I am one myself we can torture ourselves! Have a great weekend stop worrying and be happy that you have quit. Keep posting on here and we will keep encouraging you and help in any way we can.xx

    Thanks and have a lovely weekend too

    Will keep ya posted xx

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