Hey guys. I've have just signed up for this hoping it will help me. I signed up to the patch programme with my local chemist. I am on day 5 and it has by far been the worst day. I am very very down. Have been irritable. Bad sleep. And general feeking of unwell. As I wasn't a heavy smoker they put me straight on step two of the programme which is a patch with less nicotine content. The step one patch would have been too high for me.

When did you guys notice improvements in your mood etc? I am feeling generally terrible. I had also had bowel issues. Or lack off should I say.

I suppose I am wanting some reassurance.

Thanks in advance everyone.

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  • hi Matt28

    you will be down,you sort of lost your best friend (we know it was not our freind)

    you wil gain more power every day.

    I cant say anything about constipation (yes) I don't know much about it,perhaps a word with your chemist,

    someone else may have the answer later.

    you are doing great,you will do better 😁

    take care 😊

    keep kicking 😎

  • Hello Matt, you're getting all the start-of-the-quit symptoms rolled into one unfortunately. We know how you feel - it's rotten. Everyone seems to come through it at different times so I couldn't say when you will start to feel better. My mood picked up after a couple of weeks but before that I was all over the place; up and down at the drop of a hat. I also missed the laxative effect of a morning cigarette. That's a vile thing to say, I know, but it's true - they were great for putting things in motion.

    It DOES get better but it can feel like it never will at this stage.

  • Hi Matt28 , it will get better... We promise!!! Day 5 is great! Moods will improve but everyone is different. Take it minute by hour by day. Giving up smoking will be one of the hardest things you will ever do. You can and will succeed if you REALLY want to. We will be here to help:)


  • Hello and welcome Matt28

    We'll done for reaching day 5. What you are experiencing is, I am afraid, part of quitting. It is difficult both emotionally and sometimes physically. Do not let this rough patch put you off. All of these symptoms really will fade away, you just have to plod on until they do.

    It really does get better with each passing day.

    Don't cave in. Take it one day or even one hour at a time. You've got this. 😊

  • Hi Matt28

    Well done getting so far into quitting smoking!! I've definitely felt a lot of what you're feeling and I'm not that much further along but loving that it gets better, it genuinely does. Oh wow, I was horribly constipated for a good 16 days (not that I'm counting haha) but, day 17 and a corner was turned!!

    I changed my diet over the months before my quit date and this has helped, high fibre and vitamins galore... a great tip is drink lots and lots of water, helps hugely and it definitely takes your mind off the craving. I also get out of the house as much as possible because once I feel grounded I get itchy and want a smoke!!

    You are so far in, even if you don't feel it, 5 days is a whopping amount of time :) well done, be kind to yourself 😊

  • Thanks everyone. Great advice. Tonight at the minute I feel 100%

    I downloaded a smoking ap and also an ap to count exercise etc so that's a good incentive.

    I will keep you all posted.

    Thanks again everyone

  • Hi Matt. 5 days is awesome!

    I felt like crud for months before I quit so I didn't expect to feel good right away. It took me a month of being smoke-free before I really felt well, and it's just got better and better since then.

    This will pass. Hang in there and keep kicking. The best is still to come!

  • Thanks so much for this! Great advice. Feel so much more confident.

  • 5 days your out from the nicotine addiction sleep bathroom mind fog edgy irritating feelings it's all normal it's all the chemicals in the cigarette leaving your system and your brain has to get back to normal regulators in the brain that exspect that big hit of nicotine are going nuts read all you can about all the 4000 chemicals the tobacco co puts in a cigarette to keep you sucking on there products you really mean a lot to them they don't want to take a chance on loosing such s good customer they only put enough in them cigarette to get your fix every 30 min or so if you read what the other use for nicotine is it makes a little harder to smoke. your doing it. hang in there there's a lot of better feelings on the other side

  • Welcome Matt28 and congratulations on over 5 days quit - what you are feeling is perfectly normal and will continue to improve for every day that passes. You are doing great :) Keep in touch with us!

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