on day 15.Feeling very shaky! How long does this last?

Hi all, I am on my 15th day of quitting and although experienced some really bad shakes couple of days early on. I have had them really bad today and have had to eat frequently to stop them. (you know the type where you have to eat a couple of chocolate bars, about 5 biscuits etc. all in one go) also feel like I'm going hot.It calms down after about 20 mins but then happens again about 3 hours later!!

I sure its a symptom of recovery but how long does this last for and is anyone else getting this feeling?

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  • Hay Ey,

    I've read a lot of people get the shakes in various stages of a quit , I did on my last attempt for a couple of days but luckily only a few hrs this time.

    Apparently as all the crap leaves our system all the nerve ending that were once suffocated start coming back to life and re pumping the oxygen around properly again which can result in "rushy" feelings, shakes, circulation returns nad blood sugars dropping...how long this lasts....I dont know - every quit is different even for the same person

    You are doing great, and hope your shakes go away quick

  • Everyone is different.... your body is healing, detoxing, and I guess we all get different symptoms... Allen Carr speaks of something letting go of you around week 3 (?).... a lot of folks feel something shift around that time, feeling better. Most still have to deal with the mental readjustment period after that but I think around that time the body has accepted the change. Not sure :) The point is, you're healing, take it easy for a while, be good to yourself, and think positively if it's possible. You're doing great!!

  • thanks for the reassurance XshortXstuffX and bellablue13.

    You would think I would know now its my 5th attempt but it has felt different every time and never this bad before. Trying to be quite sensible with my eating today. Had 2 weetabix this at 8.30 this morning and shakes started again at 11 but was at tesco's so got home and stuffed myself with 2 oranges and a mars. Kicked in after about 15 mins. feel okay now. Roll on dinner at 1.30. I'm am famished! I have put on 7lb since quiting but actually okay with weight gain as better than being a smoker.

  • I have put on 7lb since quiting but actually okay with weight gain as better than being a smoker.

    Again, I can relate to the weight gain but you're absolutely right.......I'd rather be a bit heavier and sort that out later, than smoke :)

  • shakes started again at 11 but was at tesco's so got home and stuffed myself with 2 oranges and a mars. Kicked in after about 15 mins. feel okay now.

    Maybe go see a doc about this? Sounds like low blood sugar or something..... best to have someone check it out? Better safe than sorry, shaking like you describe is definitely a bit more then folks normally experience..... quitting can trigger all kinds of craziness in the body.

  • hey eye. all kinds o weird symptoms are meted out to us in the early days. the list is endless and mostly they are harmless i too had the shakes and it was caused by drinking coffee which becomes twice as strong when nicotine is excluded. check out joels library on why quit its a mine of info. it wouldnt harm to see your gp. make him earn his gold and feed his head.

    M:cool:

  • Thanks for the replies. MMM. I do drink quite a bit of coffee. not sure what you class as excess! I have had 6 cups today. Is that a lot? This is my normal amount!!! As for blood sugar level it may not harm to book in for a health check. Havn't seen my doctor in 5 years so might as well let them know I still exist. still had shakes today despite eating regularly.

  • are you drinking enough water?? I go wobbly when i dont, and its worse now, I too am overeating and its not like i had somewhere to hide a few pounds, but i figure since i quit because i want to start running again this will balance out soon enough :)

    A lil MOT at the quacks wint hurt (and think of the lovely smile youll get when you tell them you've kicked the habit!)

    Best of luck hope you feel better soon

    x

  • Thx sassy.

    I'm going to try to reduce the coffee intake and switch for good old tetleys tea. will try and just have 4 cups in total today and will try to drink more water. I know I don't drink nearly enough of that. Hopefully this will control the shakes with some sensible regular eating. will let you know if it worked.thanks all x

  • hey eye. all kinds o weird symptoms are meted out to us in the early days. the list is endless and mostly they are harmless i too had the shakes and it was caused by drinking coffee which becomes twice as strong when nicotine is excluded. check out joels library on why quit its a mine of info. it wouldnt harm to see your gp. make him earn his gold and feed his head.

    M:cool:

    Thanks Mash,

    I have been reading Joel's library - i'll stop smoking when i lose weight(this discusses sugar levels) and it has really made a lot of sense to me around eating, weight and the effects of a drop in blood sugar levels. Before reading this, my attitude was... well I can eat what I want, give myself a break the most important thing for me to do is concentrate on my quit.

    In fact I was replacing one addiction with another. I am re thinking my whole diet and actually how I eat is not normal. I used to eat a lot when I felt like it but in reality the cigerettes made me go for long periods as it supressed my appetite. I often skipped breakfast and had dinner late at night. I am really going to try to have 3 sensible meals per day with fruit and juice in beween. cut down on the caffeine and see if this makes a difference.

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