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Body aches and everything seems pointless

Hi, I am 3 weeks and 3 days in my quit cold turkey. I am ok with not smoking, although have to admit been completely avoiding trigger situations up to now. My majority of issue/concern is the body pains and lack of interest in almost everything. My body constantly feels tight, joint pains and I struggle to build up the energy to do anything. I guess my question is if others felt the same.

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Huge welcome to our community that-s-it , congratulations on 24 days smoke free, well done!

What you are experiencing with the lack of energy and 'the blahs' is perfectly normal. See below pinned post on withdrawal symptoms of nicotine and also 'The Icky Threes', try to keep as busy as possible, even though you don't feel like it, lots and lots of water, bit of exercise to clear the head and above all, stay close to here, post often and read up on others journeys here - I stopped cold turkey too over 2 years ago, it is a roller coaster of a journey but so worth it, best achievement of my life :)

healthunlocked.com/nosmokin...

healthunlocked.com/nosmokin...***the-icky-threes***

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It's amazing how bad quitting can make you feel. I've been here for over two years and I've heard this complaint repeated time and time again. I felt it at times in the early days...although I mostly felt angry...but it affects people in different ways. I don't have an explanation for it but I know that a lot of people feel, and have felt, the same way. It will pass even though it probably feels like it never will at the minute.

To get to 3 weeks is a great achievement. To get to three weeks while feeling like this is even better! keep it up that-s-it and it WILL go away.

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That-s-it...I called it " The wrath of the nicodemon"...Keep in mind that you were enslaved and no master allow his slave's to leave easily..Nicotine is a very strong drug and classed in the same catogory than heroin... with the only difference when we want to quit we must do it on our own where a heroin addict is admitted in a special institute and get all the aid possible...

Yes we all felt the same ...You can supplement with herbal supplements and take extra vitamins....Strongs !!

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Yep, I'm at 2 weeks 2 days and feel icky and sore.

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Yes, I too r smoke free for 3 wks and my joints in legs are tight....I wondered why as I have gone to Gym for years so legs should be strong and not the cause of tightness.

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Welcome anitacarter61 - congratulations on 3 weeks smoke free, well done!

The joint pains are normal withdrawal and should ease and improve shortly, it is your blood circulation and pressure stabling and returning to normal with getting fresh, healthy oxygen flowing now but if things do not improve or get worse, maybe go to your doctor just for piece of mind.

Perhaps, create a introductory post sharing your story and experiences - we have quite a few members at the same stage as you...

Below is a link to some pinned posts worth a read if not already done so:

healthunlocked.com/nosmokin...

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Thanks RoisinO

You were very informed on joint discompfort...not bad but just feels the same when u have exercised too much..Thanks so much for your reply...

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Thanks all for your replies, it seems most helpful hearing from my brothers and sisters in the same struggle. I guess I should've also mentioned I've been an alcoholic as long as I remember have been a nicotine addict. It's always been very hard for me to admit to my alcoholism. Although I think the labeling of an alcoholic is very subjective these days. What I can say with certainty is that I didn't drink as heavily in my earlier years as I have in the past 10 years and started smoking at age 16. Sorry for not mentioning this on my initial post, as am pretty sure the alcohol plays a major role with the pains and lack of energy.

I am no longer sure which number quit this is within the last 3 years but my longest quit was 5 months and few days. That was about a year and half ago before my mother was diagnosed with cancer and I started smoking the day I found out. And it didn't even feel good as I remember smoking it, which pissed me off even more, but it was the only thing that I automatically was drawn to.

This quit I have committed to zero drinking with the no smoking, and have been successful thus far, even I am surprised...lol

Anyways, just wanted to share with you kind folks what I call my "quit tea" maybe it might help some of you as it seems to help me calm down and me time..... anything that might help right?

Thank precautions if you have medical issue as this is a strong drink and am not sure how it might effect you (allergies, high blood pressure etc.)

but here it is if you like to try it:

Everything gets grated down to past like, and I use this Japanese hand-held grater holes not punched through, but any grater would work I think. link below

ingredients:

-raw garlic, one clove

-raw ginger, about the same size as the garlic clove

-raw turmeric

-tea spoon apple cider vinegar

-table spoon raw honey (whole foods) or more depending on your taste

-2 table spoons of lemon or lime

and the hot water

the ginger is most helpful with the cravings, health benefits are great just research.

thanks

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I did starting at 2nd month quit i could barely get out of bed. I wonder since you're going cold turkey that may be better on you. Seemed those who were at same stage as me had those symptoms sooner but recovered a bit quicker, less time altogether. It is normal and will not last. Drinking lits of water helps. So much so i wondered if we dudnt dehydrate quicker & thats what caused joint aches. Either wat, your body IS in a state of shock and healing. This is good. It just doesn't feel good. It doesn't last. You're doing fantastic! Very proud of you.

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