Misinformation?

Hi

My quitting has been quite stuttered recently, I quit a few months back but then started again when I went through some really difficult stuff.

I have quit again (for good this time!) but am experiencing all sorts of horrendous side-effects! (Poor concentration/head-fuzz, aches, itching, nausea, bowel issues, depression, tiredness/lethargy, new moles, etc.)

I was led to believe that all of this was a result of nicotine withdrawal, yet I am using the strongest nicotine patches available!

Does anybody know if the information that we have available from official websites and other places is deliberately inaccurate?

NRT seems to only quell the cravings, irritability and hot & cold spells that I have experienced when going cold-turkey in the past yet all other symptoms are still attributed to nicotine withdrawal, which it seems clear to me that they are not!

Am I the only person who believes that there needs to be much clearer information on what happens when you quit smoking?

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  • I had all your symptoms. Slap on a patch, chew some gum or use an inhalator. Huh. There isn't any help for the other stuff. What about withdrawal from all the chemicals. We're on our own here:(

  • ...I was led to believe that all of this was a result of nicotine withdrawal, yet I am using the strongest nicotine patches available!...

    This can often be a defining moment in our quits.

    Quitting is actually a road of discovery and in its simplest form is merely breaking that crave - reaction double act.

    Am I the only person who believes that there needs to be much clearer information on what happens when you quit smoking?

    It's all out there, flippin' great wadges of it. Finding the best bits can be a challenge. Finding the regurgitated clap-trap just means turning on the tv... ;)

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