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10 weeks smoke free and still feeling withdrawal symptoms?

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  1. kash
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    Hi Everyone,

    I quit smoking March 24th, 2020 and since then I have been going through the physical and mental symptom game. Mental symptoms are gone as i have no craving or desire to smoke again. The physical symptoms started off with a sore throat and chest congestion/aches and pains with a lot of phlegm, and heartburn from time to time. I didnt have the dreaded smokers cough at all and still have not had to endure it. I am still getting the occasional chest congestion feeling and the phlegm stuck at the back of the throat feeling but have not really coughed up phlegm. if and when it does come out it is generally clear. 

    My question is: is it normal to continue to get these types of symptoms after 10 weeks and if so, what is the best way to combat them? 

    Has anyone else had to endure physical symptoms for this long? how did you cope? any input would be greatly appreciated.

    I have talked with my doctor and he advised me to wait until the 3 month mark and things should get better which didnt really help answering my questions. 
  2. brieffree
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    Hi Kash

    I quit long ago, all you feel is normal, your Body is reacting to the new still of life, as Non Smoker the Body start to heal it self, all the nicotine is coming out slowly, your lungs are the first to clear up, your digestion system star to be normal, slow as before. 

    You are not intoxicated anymore! so your body knows!

    Plenty water helps a lot!
    Fruits also helps

    I hope you feel better, you are not Alone!

    Keep the good work!
  3. kash
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    I really appreciate it. I quit cold Turkey so does it take longer to get over these symptoms when you quit cold turkey? 

    I felt so much better before I quit and some days feel like I should just have kept smoking. I know quitting is the obvious better solution but, some days are mentally draining especially now with covid and the symptoms of withdrawal so similar to covid symptoms.
  4. brieffree
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    Hi kash

    I quit last June 07 2015 3 pks a day.Cold turkey, I pushed the brake!
    After experience sever damage from smoking, I had to made the rights move.
    Then, after 2 weeks all good, more energy, eating healthy, Briefing only pure air! I think I borne again.
    The problem stated after, all the cravings and all the different mental and body pain, etc. I looked for support here!
    Because I was a heavy duty smoker, I still use Nrt support
    I can not smoke again, I have no choice!

    So here I am almost 5 years later still supporting other people who at the pat helped me!
    The secret is to be nice with your self
    Enjoy every minute of your live
    And most important believe in your self!

    I know you can do it, so you too!

    My journey short!
    Last modified on 28 May 2020 21:32 by brieffree
  5. kash
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    I really appreciate the support! I am still smoke free just dealing with these symptoms is hard!
  6. treepeo1
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    Hi kash,

    Hang in there.  It will take time before it gets better.  Look at it this way.  You probably smoked for years and years, so you can't really expect your body to recover from the shock of your quitting right off the bat.  Try to be patient.

    I quit cold turkey over 3 years ago.  I remember the first month was hell, but after that it started to get better.  But I still got major cravings for months after I quit.  Was it worth it?  You betcha.  I am no longer a slave to this addiction.

    As brieffree said, drink lots of water, because that will help your body to get rid of the toxins that have built up over the years.  And try not to worry.  Quitting smoking is the best thing you could ever do for yourself.  Your body will thank you in the long run.
  7. jenna lee, quit coach
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    Hi Kash,

    You got some great support here from your peers who offer amazing advice.

    Sorry to hear you are still experiencing these symptoms. It can be uncomfortable but as brieffree and treepeo have said, it is a sign of your body healing. 

    The fact that you spoke to your doctor about these withdrawal symptoms and posted here goes to show your determination to stay smoke-free. Instead of giving in to smoking again, you are reaching out, asking questions and getting support. You should be very proud.

    Keep up the amazing work!

    Jenna Lee
  8. kash
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    Thank you everyone! I appreciate the support and have remained smoke free. I have no desire to ever smoke again and will continue to persevere through the withdrawal symptoms. Thank you again for everything! 
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