geez!! very restless today! question for yas?

Hi guys,

Well day 2 is nearly over and its been ok. Though I did feel extremely restless, like I had lots of mini surges of energy, luckily I was able to plough the energy or exert the energy in work :-) so it actually worked well for me! Not smoking during working hours was not a problem at all. I went swimming as planned this evening also. 66 lengths = one mile :-) so should sleep like a baby. And since the swim I've lost the restlessness. I've had a pretty chilled night....:-)

One thing that is confusing me, is I've been reading about the different stages of withdrawel....but see because I'm using the gum - does that mean those time scales don't apply to me as I'm still getting nicotine from the gum?!

:)

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  • Hi Sarah

    Glad you had a great day :)

    Good question and one I am asking myself at the moment as I start actively reducing my NRT.

    I believe, on NRT, we still feel the massive psychological withdrawal symptoms but we have lessened our physical ones to a degree.

    I also believe that the largest part of the quit is in the psyche not in the "habit"

    It was explained to me, by the great folks on here months ago, that quitting can be compared with swimming in a cool sea.....some jump straight in .... some, like us, dip our toes in first. That summed it up perfectly for me :)

    I knew I had to break the hundreds of associations I had with my smoking habit and then tackle the nicotine addiction.

    By sensibly using NRT during the early stages of our quit then putting a plan in place to slowly reduce it we will "bring ourselves down" gently.

    The danger for some is trying to reduce the NRT too quickly. It will be great to stop using it and I know for me that day will come but not at the risk of ruining my quit.

    Hope that made sense :)

    Take care and keep going

    Sounds like you are doing great

    Greg

  • Hi guys,

    One thing that is confusing me, is I've been reading about the different stages of withdrawel....but see because I'm using the gum - does that mean those time scales don't apply to me as I'm still getting nicotine from the gum?!

    :)

    It probably depends on what specific event you are talking about. If it's "lungs clearing mucus" this will happen after you stop smoking, regardless of whether you are using NRT, or not, since it is the smoke which paralyses the minute hairs (Cilia) that clear the lungs, and not nicotine. The same applies to "Carbon monoxide falls to low levels in blood" since the carbon monoxide is coming from the smoke, and is not nicotine.

    The absolute key thing to remember is that it is NOT SMOKING which is what counts here! Smoking is much, much worse for you than NRT. What does it really matter if some of the many different events which occur during withdrawal are delayed for a while?

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