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Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can lead quitters back to smoking

When smokers try to cut back or quit, the lack of nicotine leads to withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is both physical and mental. Physically, the body reacts to the absence of nicotine. Mentally, the smoker is faced with giving up a habit, which calls for a major change in behavior. Both the physical and mental factors must be addressed for the quitting process to work.

Those who have smoked regularly for a few weeks or longer will have withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using tobacco or greatly reduce the amount they smoke. Symptoms usually start within a few hours of the last cigarette and peak about 2 to 3 days later when most of the nicotine and its by-products are out of the body. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to up to several weeks. They will get better every day that you stay smoke-free.

Withdrawal symptoms can include any of the following:

Dizziness (which may only last 1 to 2 days after quitting)


Feelings of frustration, impatience, and anger



Sleep disturbances, including having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and having bad dreams or even nightmares

Trouble concentrating

Restlessness or boredom



Increased appetite

Weight gain

Constipation and gas

Cough, dry mouth, sore throat, and nasal drip

Chest tightness

Slower heart rate

Just a tip on what withdrawal symptoms you may get.

I am out most of the day with my daughter so will nip back soon as possible.

have a lovely day everyone. :)

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Good morning Jillygirl, have a lovely day with your daughter :)

I'm out shopping later, not doing anything else, in too much pain today, hopefully tablets will work soon

will chat later :) x


Good morning everyone.

Beautiful picture Jillygirl, very cheerful. That has given me a thought, I might treat myself to a small bunch of flowers today out of the money I have saved from not smoking :)

Well done John on 18 days, you are doing really well, better than I did as I decided to stop smoking for Stoptober lasted 3 days then smoked again but I did stop again the next day and haven't smoked since.

It's good to know about all those withdrawal symptoms, make you realise you are not on your own with them and that they will go eventually. I had a much better sleep last night and I'm feeling much better for it today, more awake and more positive.

I hope you are feeling better soon Sue and the tablets work soon, you take it easy.

Oh before I forget to tell you, Pete hasn't done any exercise this week :) He did tell me not to tell you and especially EmJay but I think we should be open with each other :D After all they do say that honesty is the best policy :) :)

Have a good day all, speak soon.

Kaz xx


well done John on the 18 days that's good :)


Hi Kazz glad your feeling positive today, your doing amazing :), it's so good to get a good nights sleep :)

the tablets are working a little, so that's something

away to make soup for tea, will chat later :) x


Hi everyone,

Well John uk big well done on 18days. youre certainly beating those horrid ciggys. :)

Kazz glad your keeping an eye on pete , someone needs to :D :D :D

Sue glad your feeling positive hope your day goes well. :)

Okay this ain`t easy as Kazz says honesty is the best policy, but to cut a long story short I

got bad news at the hospital. They have found a tumour on my lung. I am waiting for the doc to call me this afternoon as they are discussing my case this morning. I am afraid I wont always manage to open the site or be on line all the time, as next week is hospitals and then possibly operation or chemo.

I am trying to stay strong and I certainly won`t give in to it that easy. Doctor did say it wasn`t directly from smoking but it will certainly help me now I`ve stopped.

So please don`t think I am being funny if I dont always answer your comments. You are all such lovely people. :) I have already informed Emjay so may be use her as a go between if I get chance.


OMG Jillygirl, i'm so sorry to hear this ;( I soooo hope everything goes ok, i know your a strong woman, and have good family around you, which will help

I don't know what else to say, i'm shocked at the moment, just know that you'll be in my thoughts and prayers, and if there's anything i can do i will, i mean that. Don't you worry about answering posts on here, you concentrate on getting better, we can hear from Emjay how your doing

sending my love to you xxxx


Hi Jillygirl,

I am so so sorry to hear this. As Sue has said, I really don't know what to say but you have my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. You are such a positive and cheerful lady, you deserve all the good luck in the world.

Take care of yourself and hope to hear from you soon and EmJay will keep us in touch with how you are doing.

Kaz xxxx


Hey Everybody,

It's a bit of a funny day today following our Jillygirl's news. Remembering to stay as positive as we can all round and knowing that help is at hand in all the right places now with regards to getting Jillygirl looked after and on the road to a fast recovery xx

Sue, hope those tablets have taken effect and you're not in as much pain. Have you tried cutting out certain foods from your diet to see if that may help? I've heard that tomatoes have a big effect with regards to painful joints.....

Kaz, glad to hear you had a better sleep last night, your sleep pattern should settle down properly soon. Did you manage to treat yourself to a nice bunch of flowers? :-)

Hi Kengreen, how are things for you? It must be coming up to 4 months for you soon. How good does that feel then? :-)

JohnUK, how did you get on with your CO reading (carbon monoxide) yesterday? I hope you had the opportunity to have it done as you would see how much it has dropped. 18 days is absolutely marvelous. Keep up the good efforts :-) With regards to grieving, time is the greatest healer and I'm sure by channelling all your emotions into your lovely guitar playing will help you out :-)

I'm sure that with the amount of exercise Pete has been skipping out on he'll be planning on doing double each day at the weekend ;-)


Hi Emjay, will certainly send Jillygirl positive vibes, and look forward to seeing her back on here when she's better :)

don't know if i can cut tomatoes out my diet, i eat cherry tomatoes like sweeties :D :D It;s my own fault anyway, i should pace my work better, like the doctor told me, a bit difficult for me :D :D

Cravings wise it's a good day today, they haven't dare show there face after i threatened them with Pete's spear :D :D, but i am always vigilant, just in case

away to get a cuppa now, will chat later :) x


Hi Sue

How are you feeling now, did the tablets work? I hope you are not in pain like you were this morning. I'm glad you are having a good day with the cravings or lack of them. I'm struggling a bit this afternoon again, it's always in the afternoons which is why I am on here, my boss is in his office with the door shut so I know I am safe :) It's so good to be able to come here, it's supportive, takes my mind off cravings and is stopping me getting another pack of Starburst or Opal Fruits as I prefer to call them.

I hate tomatoes, it would be good if I liked fruit or salady stuff but I have a sweet tooth and it always has to be sweets or chocolate for me so at the moment most of the sweets I am eating are sugar free.

I'm just off for a brisk walk round the ping pong table :)

Bye for now xx


Hi Kazz, I'm feeling a lot better thanks :)

The cravings are so bad, sorry your going through this again, you could try some of the breathing exercises at your desk, this does help, and of course sneak on here when your boss is not looking :D :D

you can do this Kazz, don't let the cigs rule you, your stronger than that :) have a lozenge and change your thoughts to something else, if you can, keep mentally busy, that's what i do, even if it's what to have for tea :D

this will get easier :) just stick with us we'll get you through this :)

as regards Pete's spear, this started when he said he was gonna get the computer gremlins with it, he did a picture, -----------> that's it there :D :D :D

I hope you have an easier rest of the day :) xx


I'm glad you are feeling better Sue :) Do you always feel worse in the mornings or is it not something you suffer with on a daily basis? I hope it isn't something you suffer with all the time.

I am pretty sure that if I hadn't had everyone here spurring me on and if I couldn't come on here and read all your comments I would have relapsed by now. What you said about me sticking with you and you will get me through, made me smile, I really feel as if people care it's not just words, so thank you xx

I didn't do the breathing exercises today, I need to get in the habit of doing them.

Thanks for explaining about Pete's spear, hmmm I think I might be on the receiving end of that after grassing him up about him NOT DOING ANY EXERCISE in the week :) He probably doesn't have time during the week with those awful shifts (that's me digging myself out of the hole I think I'm in) :)

I have just got in, I went into town after work to do a bit of Christmas shopping and then went to my book group and met the author Mark Gartside. I had never heard of him until we had to read his book for the group, he was a lovely man, can't say I was overly impressed with his book, I didn't tell him that though, I'm in enough trouble today :)


Hi EmJay,

Yes, can't wait to have Jillygirl back on here, she always starts the day being so positive and always has a cheerful or positive picture to help us along. It's such a good start to the day, I will be thinking of her and wishing her well.

Having a good nigh't sleep has helped me a lot today. I haven't got the flowers yet as I've been in the office all day but I'll get some after work. A no smoking councillor once told me that she bought herself a bunch of flowers every week as a reward for each week she didn't smoke, that's a good idea and I will do the same I think, my reward and better than buying chocolate and sweets.

I phoned NHS Smokefree to see if there are any drop in centres near where I live, after hearing that John did that I thought it was a good idea and the more support I can get the better but unfortunately they only have them during the day when I'm in work. I still know I can do it though with all the support I am getting from the lovely people on here.

I know I am being nosey now, but I am intrigued to know about Pete's spear :) He keeps threatening people with it, so what is it and where did it come from and why? :)

Oh yes, sorry Pete, looks like I got you in trouble because you have NOT been exercising, it was an accident, just slipped out ;) Double for you at weekends then as per EmJay's orders :) ha! Hope I don't get speared now :(



Hey Kazz, if you private message me your postcode, I'll see if there are any pharmacies local to you that offer you an out of hours service. I'm surprised at your local stop smoking service not being able to offer you an appointment at a time to suit or even a Saturday morning. There are so many people out there who could do with the extra support who work and are entitled to receive such a service....

This is my version of the spear ------> that Pete uses to catch those PC Gremlins we've had lately as well as trying to catch any cravings before they set in on you lovely members :D

I'll pop up some breathing exercises to that any of you folks can access them easily without having to route about for them in the archives section :-)

Keep smiling everybody and remember that the cravings will go away, whether you have a cigarette or not... Which choice will you make? :-)


Thanks EmJay, I have just sent you my postcode.

I will have look at the breathing exercises, I definitely need them in the afternoons.



Hi Jillygirl,

love the pic thank you :D :)

you'll beat this,between your loving family, us and Pete's spear that ugly mark has no chance :D :)

you always look after all of us on here, so now it's our turn to look after you, and have some laughs along the way :)

take care Jillygirl, luv ya :) xx


Hello folk,

bit late on but the girls have been here bless them. Cant beat family when times are tough eh. Anyway get a pet scan (like ct scan but with some radioactive stuff showing where the big white ciggy left its mark) next week then should get better idea of treatment.

Just to show you I are`nt too fed up , piccys for Sue and Kazz. loves ya.




Hi Jillygirl, I'm so glad you have the support of your family.

It's nice to hear that you are keeping your spirits up and as Sue says, we are here for you if you need to talk.

Those pictures are brilliant :) and made me laugh, thanks.

Speak soon and take care xx


ok am i going nuts, i thought my post was below yours Jillygirl, now it's above it :D :D


Evening All :D

Lovely to see that spirits are up and the humour is flowing :D

Just thought I'd pop my head around the door and let you all know that the kettles on if you fancy it.... :D Here if any one needs me...



Hi Emjay, I'll be round in a minute,,,,,you got any biccies :D :D :D


Oh yes, an assortment of whatever you choose :D


I'll have some jammy dodgers but the ones with the cream and jam in, not sure what they are really called. I've just had stew and dumplings for my tea and am now going to have a Magnum for afters ... yum :D


coming to yours for tea tomorrow.....sounds yummy :D :D


goodie, choccy biccies :D :D


Aup Sue,

I hope them tablets did the trick for you, mind you, you sound better now gal :) :D

Hey and no choccy biccies, do you hear me, or maybe youll get the same as Kaz did :D :D


Good evening everybody,

Am so so sorry Jillygirl to hear of your news, all my love from the deepest of my heart goes out to you gal :) but hey you've beat the dreaded ciggie, and i know you can beat this gal :) :) One of my Brothers-in-law went through it last year and he has never smoked in his life, and i tell you now he looks fitter now than he ever did, i will pm you in a short while :) :)

Its been busy on here today, hmmmm i wonder why that is ? Kaz i flippin luv you too gal, typical flippin Woman, cant keep a secret :P :P there take that --------> twang :o whooooooooooops, think its time i scarpered :D :D


Hi Pete, how you doin, did your bloomin work make you late again


Yeah but not too bad tonight Sue :)

How are you feeling gal


Not too bad, i loved those choccy biscuits....yum yum :D :D :)

Tomorrow's Friday, are you getting ready to party :D :D


I dont know about ready to party yet, cus Friday nights are usually late ones :(

Talking about late why arnt you tucked up nice and cosy in your bed gal, cus you know its way past your bed time dont you :o :|


Got to go to bed now Pete, you take care

See you tomorrow :) luv ya :) xx


Nite nite Sue, luvs ya too gal, i really do xxx :) speak tomorrow :)

Hey and thanks for the chat gal, it was lovely, you stay strong now Sue, and when them piggies come a callin, just show em my spear :) :) ok xx


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