starting day 5

good morning,

did anyone suffer from a burning snesation in their chest that was off and on, i had one yesterday and it hurt so bad i went to emergency room. Have not had a cigarette since last friday at 4:30. it us hard dealing with all these withdrawal symptoms and sometimes i just wanna give up and have one, but i know i have come this far so why ruin everything i have worked so hard for. Also i have just used the nicotrol inhaler and chewed a lot of gum, any other hints to help me get rid of this urge would be greatly appreciated

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  • Hi SVS

    Sorry to hear you're having a hard time but the first few days are usually the worst so things should start getting better as time goes by.

    I've had quite a few failed attempts at quitting before so I do know what it's like, you just can't think about anything else no matter how you try and you feel you can't manage without your cigarettes. To be honest I don't think I really wanted to quit enough because I couldn't face life without having a packet of fags close to hand - how weak was that?? No wonder I kept failing!

    I'm currently on Day 4 of yet another quit but I know for sure that this will be my last one. The reason I can say this is because I now know that smoking is damaging my health and I know I would be a fool to carry on - I have to stop!

    Now that I've finally made the decision to STOP now before I do any more damage I am finding life without cigarettes easy. I'm not getting cravings although there have been a couple of times that I would associate with smoking where cigarettes have crossed my mind, but that's as far as it's gone and I still have no desire to put another cigarette near my lips.

    It's only been three days since I quit but I can see the differences and improvement to my general wellbeing already. Hardly any cough or wheezing now and I really do feel so much better in every way - clear head and no feelings of anixiety regarding my quit - I know I can do it.

    I think what I'm trying to say is that you have to really want to do this whatever your reasons may be. It is a hard habit to break, it is an addiction after all, but we can do it if we believe in ourselves and hang on in there.

    The worst of any withdrawal symptoms start to ease after the first 72 hours and should start getting easier to deal with from then on. There are many products out there to help with your quit if you are finding it really difficult and many people benefit from joining a smoking cessation group as these seem to be really helpful too.

    Me, well I've just bitten the bullet and gone cold turkey, I know it's up to me at the end of the day and that it's my choice, no more putting it off til another time for me.

    Be strong, anyone can stop smoking if they want to so there's no reason at all why you can't.

    Good luck

    Linda x

  • Svs8764

    yes i had that [i cut patches in half and that helped me, don't give up 'am 3tms on and finding am over the worse and have been for a few weeks, keep with it and you will find that all the shit feeling your mind telling your body will past.

    poppy x

  • it was just time

    LAst friday when i got home from another trip to the doctor, this time to make arrangements to get my cholseterol checked and hearing for the umpteenth time you need to quit smoking i got home and when the wife came home i gave her my cigarettes and said take them i dont want them anymore. Have been sleeping a lot and i do also have acid reflux bad but have noticed a change in it since u quit smoking, it is not aggravated as much as it usually is, i used to grab a cigarette first thing when i got up and would smoke 4 or more before i left for work... I know it will get easier as time goes by but im doing this day by day...Thanks linda and poppy for your words. means a lot top know there are people out there just like me ...''

    Svs

  • LAst friday when i got home from another trip to the doctor, this time to make arrangements to get my cholseterol checked and hearing for the umpteenth time you need to quit smoking i got home and when the wife came home i gave her my cigarettes and said take them i dont want them anymore. Have been sleeping a lot and i do also have acid reflux bad but have noticed a change in it since u quit smoking, it is not aggravated as much as it usually is, i used to grab a cigarette first thing when i got up and would smoke 4 or more before i left for work... I know it will get easier as time goes by but im doing this day by day...Thanks linda and poppy for your words. means a lot top know there are people out there just like me ...''

    Svs

    Well done for making the decision to quit!

    Like you've said, take it day by day (there's nothing scarier than thinking too far ahead) and eat sweets, lollies, go for a walk, clean the house. Do anything you can to stay away from those evil sickorettes!

    Keep going, you're doing great! :D

  • Hi SVS :)

    Well done on going 5 days, that's a great start!!

    I got heartburn when I used the gum, and you said you were chewing a lot of it so that could be making you feel bad!! Apparently if you chew it too fast, you swallow the nicotine instead of letting it absorb through your mouth and it gives you heartburn like that.

    You've done brilliantly so far, keep it up and have a rant on here any time you need to!!

  • Hi SVS

    I have heard a lot of people say that smoking 'masks' certain health problems so that when we quit we become more aware of them but I'm not sure if this is entirely true.

    If you suffer from acid reflux I would have thought that smoking would have aggravated it so I hope it starts to decrease in severity now that you've quit. If it doesn't though you might just be one of those people who are prone excess acid and I do know that the doctor would be able to prescribe some excellent medication that would sort it out for you.

    Just take your quit one day at a time, remember why you don't want to smoke any more and remember that you are in charge. I know it will get easier, just remember that smoking is for losers - not us.

    Stay Strong, you can do it.

    Linda x

  • my acid reflux

    Hi Again

    the acid reflux has calmed down a lot, i have noticedthat, i have had tests three times to check me out and they have all come back showeing i dont have any heart problems. Doctor still wants me to get a stress test to be on the safe side so going to get that done. JSut better to be safe than sorry atthis stage of the game.

  • Hi SVS :)

    Well done on going 5 days, that's a great start!!

    I got heartburn when I used the gum, and you said you were chewing a lot of it so that could be making you feel bad!! Apparently if you chew it too fast, you swallow the nicotine instead of letting it absorb through your mouth and it gives you heartburn like that.

    You've done brilliantly so far, keep it up and have a rant on here any time you need to!!

    im not using the nicotine gum, just the nicotrol inhaler, just chewing regular gum by wrigleys.

  • im not using the nicotine gum, just the nicotrol inhaler, just chewing regular gum by wrigleys.

    Ooh sorry!!

    Too much normal gum can give you an upset tummy too but if yours is getting better it was probably smoking that caused it 'cos it does all kinds bad to you.

  • Hi SVS

    The doctor will do lots of test to establish the exact cause of your acid reflux. It may just be that you are one of those people who produce excess acid, especially if you eat fatty foods of eat last thing before bed. It might have nothing at all to do with smoking but smoking can make it worse. I would just let the doctor do his tests and hopefully he will be able to give you something like losec or lansoprazole which, when taken on a daily basis, should sort the acid problem out.

    Try not to get stressed by your quit as well. I'm just thinking positive this time and it seems to be working because I'm not really thinking about smoking, it seems too good to be true so I hope I stay like this.

    I have used the NRT lozenges before and they didn't really agree with me and upset my stomach a bit. The inhalers seem to work for a lot of people, especially if you are missing 'the hand to mouth' action. I think it's different strokes for different folks where quitting is concerend though, we've just got to find the best strategy for coping - I think mind over matter is probably the best although I know it can be easier said than done.

    Just think positive, you've done 5 days so you can do 5 more.

    Best wishes

    Linda x

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