Week 3: still damn tired, horrible throat, and excess mucus!

^^^ Apologies from the grim title above!

Bit of background info: I'm 23, started smoking at 15, so didn't really smoke for all that long. But I smoked a hell of a lot - when I stopped smoking tobacco (and transferred onto the electronic cigarettes a year ago) I was going through a 25g of Old Holborn every 1.5 days or so.

Anyway, I smoked the e-cigs for about a year, and decided to ditch them too 3 weeks ago. The first three days were difficult, but since then it really hasn't been too bad, especially with stacks of chewing gum in reserve :D

The problem is that I have encountered the following issues, some of which are getting worse:

Tiredness --

I am SOO tired now, all day. The upside is that I can sleep better at night. But I wake up sooooo soo exhausted. It truly is an epic battle to get out of bed.

Sore throat --

Excess mucus/blocked throat --

Has anyone experienced these specific issues, and can advise exactly when they might go away? I know that they are all typical symptoms of quitting, but I'm looking for particular information as to when they will disappear...

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  • Hi there

    Well done for quitting btw!! I stopped smoking nearly 8 months ago and used an e cig to help me for the first 5 and a half months or so. Since coming off the e cig I have also felt really tired and coldy - but I put that down to the time of the year etc. Perhaps it is simply a wintry cold or even caused by the nicotine leaving your body? Alternatively it might just be your body recovering? Either way, it may be worth a trip to the gp.

    Sarah

  • I have made an Appt to see my GP on Friday, as I am suffering really bad with constant sore throats and also fatigue. It seems to have got worse since stopping smoking, I don't know if there is a conction-but I have been smoke free for 4 months now!

    It could be unrelated, we shall soon see after seeing the doc xx

  • Hi there

    Well done for quitting btw!! I stopped smoking nearly 8 months ago and used an e cig to help me for the first 5 and a half months or so. Since coming off the e cig I have also felt really tired and coldy - but I put that down to the time of the year etc. Perhaps it is simply a wintry cold or even caused by the nicotine leaving your body? Alternatively it might just be your body recovering? Either way, it may be worth a trip to the gp.

    Sarah

    Damn this isn't really encouraging news.. are you both saying that you're still feeling really tired even months after quitting?

    I don't think I've ever felt this consistently tired, especially in the mornings. If I'm honest, I'm kind of questioning giving up the e-cigs, as I could enjoy smoking whilst not having to put up with the worst effects of smoking tobacco, such as coughs etc... It's almost like I felt more healthy on the e-cigs!

  • Sorry I didn't mean to discourage you!!! I feel physically great although I am really tired. I don't have a sore throat or a cough either but I do feel a bit coldy. I'm sure it will pass soon - just hang in there.

    Sarah

  • Sorry I didn't mean to discourage you!!! I feel physically great although I am really tired. I don't have a sore throat or a cough either but I do feel a bit coldy. I'm sure it will pass soon - just hang in there.

    Sarah

    You didn't, don't worry - thanks for the tips. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Mmmmmm lets weigh it up shall we?? fatigue and a sore throat (which could be unrelated to stopping smoking) Or carry on with the fags, which makes you skint, smell. wheeze and a future with a high risk of strokes, heart attacks and cancer....I know which one I would choose ;)

    Stay with it, after all the second choice is only for the foolish....

  • It could be to do with coming off the e-cig if you were using nicotine fluid in it. Sounds to me a lot like nicotine withdrawal symptoms, what juice did you use in yours?

    I used this apple flavoured juice called Eden - initially it was quite high strength (18mg), then I reduced it to around 6. I'd agree with you about the nic withdrawal... just want to know how long I can expect it to last :mad:

  • I think there may be a tenuous link to the tiredness, but other than that I can't see how the symptoms are quit related I'm afraid.

    On the tiredness front, it takes about three days for nicotine and 90% of it's metabolytes to clear your system. Once that happens your brain has to recalibrate the sensors that it developed to cope with your insistance on flooding it with nicotine. These sensors also regulate dopamine, seratonin and (I think) some adrenaline, so feeling like a zombie for a while is normal. This can last a few weeks - more than just a couple of days, but certainly not months either. By the way that was me - night of the living dead for my first month. :o

    But I can't think that I've seen any link that connects sore throats and mucus to nicotine - smoke yes, but you stopped that ages ago, unless it's e-cig linked? No idea - I'd see a GP if I were you as it could be, and probably is more a seasonal illness or something.

    Well done with the quit! :)

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