Gone but not forgotten

I no we all had the mental side affects of quitting. Cravings anxity Ect. But what physical symtom are u glad to see the back of. And would never want it to rear it ugly head back up again:mad:

For me it was the sweats. I poured of it even if I just did a steady walk. Bus rides were a nightmare as it would be ten times worse. And it was at the time when we had that horrible month of that rain and thunder where I was just muggy all the time. And I really stank as well I fort it was me and that's how I must have always smelt. But was informed that it was the chemicals coming out of me. It smelt like chemicals too:(. So glad that gone now.

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  • So many to choose from Shelly.

    I still have a few now but think they are maybe body healing rather than withdrawal symptoms.

    The worst symptom was the anxiety....for the first two weeks if I was in a busy place I would feel my heart racing and a desire to get out of there as quickly as possible. I assume it was anxiety and I think for years I had used smoking to avoid going into busy places...I could have a fag outside while the wife went into the shop.... I could have a fag and wait for that busy q to die down...

    So maybe it was anxiety, maybe it was just nicotine withdrawal, who know.. Glad the heart racing, cold sweat, rapid breathing panic attacks are GONE!

    I know you said physical but my anxiety manifested as physical, ie sweating and heart pounding... That make sense ?

    Paul

  • Constipation, I could not stand it, it was awful painful and made me feel bloated and unwell. Glad that has gone, but it took its time!:eek:

  • The panicky anxiety, that knowledge that I had no way of getting the nicotine rush, lasted about a week, maybe a bit less....

  • Slugs crawling up my throat, and my mouth tasting like i'd been chewing a saucepan.

  • Good thread Shelley.

    For me it was the unbearable itching. And I mean unbearable. It made me feel very low. I thought it would stop as soon as I finished the patches, but it took a long time to ease off.

    I felt so low that I wonder whether that was what made me succumb to the cellulitus infection. Any other time I might have fought it off.

    Healing now. Just a light bandage waiting for the rest of my leg to heal. Nearly there.

    toucan xx

  • Constipation, I could not stand it, it was awful painful and made me feel bloated and unwell. Glad that has gone, but it took its time!:eek:

    Haze I'm glad I'm not the only 1 thought it was just me:eek:..... It's also the heavy chest pain that I won't miss once it stops :(

    Sian xx

  • Good thread Shelley.

    For me it was the unbearable itching. And I mean unbearable. It made me feel very low. I thought it would stop as soon as I finished the patches, but it took a long time to ease off.

    I felt so low that I wonder whether that was what made me succumb to the cellulitus infection. Any other time I might have fought it off.

    Healing now. Just a light bandage waiting for the rest of my leg to heal. Nearly there.

    toucan xx

    I had the iching too.. Sweating and iching I must of looked like I was coming off hard drugs:(

    I used to wake up in a panick itching my face. So I had scratches all over me head at one point

  • Complexion

    My complexion is what suffered. I had ( most are gone now after 10 months ) many small lumps under my skin, mainly my forehead. I'm guessing it was the toxins coming out of my system.

    Another strange thing is that I think the colour of my complexion has changed. I've tried about 3 different foundations since quitting and can't seem to get the colour right. I had it matched perfectly before I quit smoking.

  • Constipation, I could not stand it, it was awful painful and made me feel bloated and unwell. Glad that has gone, but it took its time!:eek:

    :( Me too! Still not 'normal' and beginning to think it never will be! Also get very large red spots that appear on my face :eek: Never had spots luckily so bit of a shocker.

    G x

  • For me it was the rage. My OH couldn't breath at one point without me being irritated! Luckily for us both that went reasonably quickly, now I'm just left with the weight to get rid of from the peanuts that I chomped - my other major complaint!

  • I think I must have been lucky then because I didn't really have any unpleasant physical symptoms when I stopped smoking. In fact it was quite the opposite for me in that I no longer had to clear my chest first thing in the morning and I began to notice a distinct improvement in my energy levels.

    The problems I experienced seemed to be all in my head although I wouldn't describe them as signs of anxiety. For me it was a case of convincing myself that I could enjoy the simple things in life ie having a coffee, glass of wine or enjoying a nice meal without thinking something was missing afterwards without my usual cigarette to finish it off.

    What I can say though is that I know smoking was having a negative effect on my whole being and I feel so much better without it.

    My problem now is just staying that way because, even though I can go for long periods without thinking too much about smokingl, I know that occasionally there are going to be situations (usually the little tricky ones that we all have to deal with from time to time) when my immediate irrational thoughts will be to rush out and buy cigarettes - absolutely stupid I know and yet time and time again I've fallen into the same trap. I have to learn to deal with these situations without using them as an excuse for me to 'light up' again.

    I never truly believed that smoking was as addictive as people say but now I know (at least in my case that it is).

    I am determined to beat this addiction though so, although I'm doing fine at the moment, I'll just have to make sure I don't drop my guard in future.

  • I didn't have any symptoms until about a month after my quit. That's when I found this forum. As I thought I was going mad with some of them. My last few quits I had no symptoms like iv had this time.

  • I've read most of your posts Shelly and you certainly have had a tough time. I'm pleased that things are better for you now though and I think you've done really well.

    Evie x

  • constipation, but making stronger coffee and a few pots of poorhouse stew sorted me out.

  • Shelley you have done so so well to keep going with your quit.

    I feel so proud of you and you should be so proud of yourself :)

    I'm with Haze - the constipation has been a real pain - literally :eek:

    Unfortunately I am still suffering after all this time:o

    Any suggestions welcome hehe but please keep them clean

  • Thks Una-g, I am eating more fruit than ive ever done but its still not helping:(

    Your reply made me laugh as ive just succumbed to read fifty shades of grey and my imagination is running wild hehe;)

  • 400mgs magnesium every day keeps you regular. Wish I'd known that before I quit:D

  • Thks Una-g, I am eating more fruit than ive ever done but its still not helping:(

    Your reply made me laugh as ive just succumbed to read fifty shades of grey and my imagination is running wild hehe;)

    Mags I am still not right, not got back to pre quit timetable if you know what I mean:eek: it is yuk. I too have read 50 shades :oonly book 1... didnt really enjoy it found it repetetive.

  • You could ask you GP for Movacol...its a sachet drink and helps with constipation, its really very good.

    I have to agree with HAZE56 about the old fifty shades - I couldnt take much more half way through book 2, I don't know if Mr Grey just needs a good slap or robbed..or both!! I can't help but think that Anastacia wouldn't be sooo keen if he wasn't rich :rolleyes: If I was her he would have got a right hook by now...especially with my moods since coming of the cigs ;) If you want a good book with sex in it then I say James Herbert all the way, sex AND a good story..result every time :)

    I think its a good job I am not smoking at the moment...it would be dangerous to put a naked flame within 10 foot of me, the wind coming out of me is shocking!!! Rig me up and I reckon I could power a Jean Michele Jarre concert :eek:

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