I'm new and excited to be a nonsmoker

Hi! Just came across this group when I googled "my mouth hurts from quitting smoking."

After reading your entries, I see this is common. Weird though, right?

I've reached just over 3 weeks since I've quit smoking. I was ready. I didn't suffer much nicotine withdrawal symptoms or irritability, because I knew I was ready.

I am suffering higher anxiety than my normal, but I've read that will subside soon.. I haven't gained any weight yet, but if I do, I'm prepared to work out more. Plus, I'd rather be a little overweight than not breathing and dead. :)

I'm happy to find such a supportive group!!

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  • Hi Heatherhayes, a big warm welcome to our lovely online quit support community :) and a massive well done to you for reaching over 3 weeks on your quit journey :) :)

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    I see you've had a look around :) there's loads of help and advice on here, but if you cant find what your looking for, just you shout out and we will try to help you :) If you hav'nt already, just have a look at the ''Pinned Posts & Topics''

    Heather, if you could please let me know your actual quit date, then I can add you to the Wall of Winners and keep your Winner badge up to date :) Thankyou :)

    Please feel free to come and have a chat with us :)

    Pete :)

  • I quit on November 21, 2015!!

    And thank you so much! I know I'm in need of some support on the tough days!!

  • Thankyou Heather :)

    Like I say, if you fancy a chat, then just join in :) cos their a lovely bunch on here and were all in the same boat and want to be FREE from the smokes :) :)

    Take care now :)

  • Welcome Heather .. and Congratulations on 3 weeks smoke free! Sounds like you've experienced a minimum of symptoms so far (count your blessings!!!) -- and have been doing really well for early withdrawal! You also sound like you have a great attitude which counts for a whole lot!

    As you have already discovered -- there are some symptoms that can affect you that you may never have thought of -- and there probably is a post or a "pinned post" about it somewhere on this site! Not everyone experiences all the same symptoms -- or if we do experience some, it is not necessarily at the same time or same intensity as someone else. However: IF anything really worrisome ever pops up -- don't hesitate to visit a GP.

    Some extra exercise and some deep breathing may be helpful -- but whatever your routine is -- it sounds like a "keep up the good work" is in order!!!

    And keep in touch! Let us know how you are doing!

  • Hi Heather. Welcome to quit support. Well done on reaching 3 weeks that's the same as me feels like a different lifetime ago tho which is weird.

    How ru coping with the cravings have u got nrt. I haven't had any bad withdrawal symptoms yet. Get cravings but using inhaler or chewing gum. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Hi! No, I went cold turkey... I've tried patches and gum in the past when I attempted to quit.. I guess I just reached a point where I genuinely wanted to quit. The withdrawal symptoms aren't too bad, just more anxious than usual. I tried non-nicotine Ecigs, but that only lasted a day. I didn't like it and it made my throat sore. I'm feeling very fortunate this time. I know I've quit for good, and I know that any suffering I may endure from withdrawal is well worth it and short term. :)

  • That's brilliant then. Yeah I think if ur determined u can do it cold turkey. U must be over the worst by now then. Did u try the Allen Carr book easy way to give up smoking? That's how my uncle quit he had about 40 a day or more for years then he got cancer read the book and quit. He's ok now that was few years ago. Iv read the book as well and got apps I'm trying everything! Working so far tho ๐Ÿค“

  • Thank you so much! This is about my 5th attempt at quitting. I smoked since I was 16, and I'm now 43... I just think we all reach a time in our lives when we want change. And some of us find the courage to actually do something to change rather than just talk about it.

    I suffer bad anxiety attacks, and smoking made it worse. I really am trying my best to alleviate the anxiety because it is a scary condition.

    I'm happy to have found you all. You seem like a great, supportive, well informed group!!

  • Hi heather 1st: welcome to the family๐Ÿ˜Š

    2nd: Whoohooo to you for 3 weeks smoke free and cold turkey too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿšญ

    It's interesting that you say smoking makes your anxiety worse. Most people think that a cig helps calm them down, relieves their stress..... But it is quite the opposite๐Ÿ™

    We are here to help support you and each other through our quit journey so just jump right on in ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    On here we say NOPE Not One Puff Ever๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿšญ๐Ÿšญ๐Ÿšญ๐Ÿšญ

  • 3 weeks is fantastic

    It's been said already but do look at the pinned posts as that will help with any symptom you may get.

    Well done again๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thank you!!

  • Hi Heather and a warm welcome :) :)

    I see you have met some of our members :) :)

    A big congratulations on getting through the first 3 weeks and especially going cold turkey :) :)

    We have a great quit family that is spread out throughout the world which is awesome is this means there is generally someone around :) :)

    Do take a look at some of info as this will really help in what to expect as part of the body healing from all the years of smoking..I was amazed at what some of the symptoms were, yet what we have found, is that they are all bearable, and none last for too long :D :D :) :)

    You are very welcome to join the conversations. Again...welcome :) :)

    Linda xx

  • Hello Heather, welcome and well done. Cold turkey is hard to do, just like all the other methods but you'll be over the nicotine withdrawal much quicker than any other method. Sounds like you're doing really well. Keep your guard up though and never let it down. We're all aware of stories, (and many of us have experienced In this in the past), that time when we think we're home and dry, so one quick ciggy will be okay....

    Never, NOPE

    Paul x

  • WELCOME to the rest of you life as a nonsmoker! You are in great company here.

    The admin team and others are super.

    Staying active has helped me. Lots of quick walks. It helps with the cravings and gets the heart pumping at any time.

    Good luck! And welcome! :)

    Coco

  • Thank you!!

    Yes, very excited about not letting smoking control my life anymore!! I find walking does help a lot, and also found I can accomplish things a lot easier and not run out of breath! That's the most amazing feeling. I feel healthy.

  • Hi Heather, welcome to our lovely quit support family and massive congratulations on 3 weeks quit๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ so glad you're feeling the benefits already and keeping fit as well. Good luck๐Ÿ€

  • Welcome Heather and congrats๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ my teeth were aching for 3 weeks and the roof of my mouth was peeling.... Ouch... Thank God for this site as well... I would have freaked out by myself wondering what the heck is wrong with me.... I came across this wonderful site googling the chemicals in a cigarette .... Someone up there was definitely looking out for me!!!! The people on here supported me through many times feeling sick and exhausted and wanting to light up.... Have a wonderful evening... Day... Wherever you live ...๐ŸŒ

    Arizona xx

  • Thank you!! And yes, I too am so thankful to find this amazing group of supportive people. We've all made an outstanding choice to better our health and it helps to have people at different levels to help us along the way. Someday we'll be able to do that for others too!! Congrats on 3 months!!

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