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pstevens4 MONTH WINNER

29 days quit from a 2 pack a day habit. Been smoking 48 years. Still having hoarseness no cough yet. The last 2 days have been really hard. A couple of people have told me that they went thru a bad time after about a month out. Has anyone had these problems. I am on the patch 21 mg. I am not worried I will start smoking again, it just seems harder now than at the start. Also how long for the hoarseness Saw my GP after about 2 weeks. He couldn't see anything but said I may need to go to a throat MD to look at the vocal cords. Any one else have this?

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Hi pstevens what you are experiencing is very common, I got a sore throat about 4 weeks and use antibacterial lozenges which soothed it. I haven't had a cough at all after 18 month quit so don't be too concerned about that. My throat took a a good month to come right. If you are concerned don't hesitate to go back to your gp.

Try and be patient, it does get better 😀😀

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Hi well done in quitting COPD I think usually comes with a cough. I stopped July 2014 after many attempts. I was diagnosed with COPD in 2006 smoked 20 a day. My breathing did get worse when I stopped but that just gunk coming out of your lungs. I used the e cig hope you feel better soon take care xx

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Hi pstevens firstly great quit, 29 days is fantastic 😊

We are all different so no two quits are the same. Like glolin I never had a cough. I did give up with patches though😊

If you look at the pinned posts there's a post re side effects that's may help you 😊😊

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Hiya pstevens, please don't worry as your throat is regenerating and you're getting tender new tissue. This can cause hoarseness and I remember one of our lovely members was able to sing again after suffering with this. Now it took a while but she was so happy. Lots of hot drinks and honey to lubricate and suck some lozengers too. If you're still worried about it, then perhaps a second opinion to put your mind at rest. Maybe a gargle with salt water will help things improve as salt is very healing. You're doing great, well done on 29 days👍🏼😊

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XoxNataloushxoX20 Months Winner

Hi there,

Congradulations on this big big achievement!!

It is very common to have strong symptoms few weeks after quitting. I remember experiencing sharp pain in the chess for a period of 24 hours.

Your lungs are clearing out and in this process you might feel some discomfort. After this process you will feel so much better.

Best of luck

Hi, I remember all too well just how hard it is after smoking for such a long time. You must be very proud of yourself and try to cope with the side effects. You really do deserve all the support available and I applaud you - you are very brave.

All the best

Ngaire xx

if all you got is a hoarse throat Ill trade you cause I smoked 40 years a pack a day been smoke free over a month and now I have constant headaches, anxiety up my ying yang, salivating like a hungry dog and sweats. any idea how long this might last cause Im ready to smoke again

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droopyJLTW MARVELOUSNESS in reply to bandit2

Debbie have a look at the pinned posts... there's a poll on there about all the side effects from nicotine withdrawal.... it's quite interesting reading but hopefully you won't get all of them .. 😮😮😊

Everyone on here has been where you are hun and you are doing so well 😊😊

Keep up the good work hun 😊😊

finally found someone who smoked as long as me. I quit cold turkey its been 2 months and im still having symptoms, headache,salivating, sweats, cant sleep and anxiety. no hoarseness. im feeling like it didnt hurt like this smoking

Just posted a question which poses a fairly similar concern.

It's been 6 weeks for me cigarette free but I have daily tiredness, much mucous production, albeit clear and "healthy" seeming, sneezing, very minimal coughing (if any), and a mild, and I mean a very mild, feeling of a tickle in my throat.

Still, overall, I somehow feel sicker than when I was smoking!

I try to remind myself that this is all part of the process and the NRT helps greatly in the form of a patch. Still, I realize that I will have to let that go too in the next several months.....

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