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Week 5 symptoms of cold Turkey

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  1. mommafur5
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    I have quit cold turkey 5 weeks ago now no slips or relapses , what I am struggling with is the racing heart and deep breaths that come out of nowhere I have cut down on caffeine intake and added more excerises and gum regular chewing gum I find helps when I don’t have it seems the hot and cold sweats happen the racing heart and almost shaky feeling happens it just started 2 days ago and comes and goes I also didn’t experience “the cough” after quitting and have fear I have done more damage to my lungs I’m paranoid at this point .. is this all normal for someone quitting cold turkey 5 weeks ago ? Please help ! 
  2. renee, quitcoach
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    19 Sep 2019 in reply to mommafur5
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    Hello mommafur5,

    Congratulations on quitting 5 weeks ago! I'm sorry you are struggling with the racing heart, that must be scary. Do you think it could be anxiety or stress? Maybe see your doctor to make sure it is nothing serious. It was good thinking that you cut down on caffeine since that is a stimulant.

    Don't worry about not coughing as some people don't cough when they have quit smoking. Even though you have not coughed, your lungs are still repairing themselves and getting healthy.

    Please reward yourself for your hard work and reach out to your doctor:)

    Renee  
  3. mommafur5
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    Thank you ! 
    I will look into this ! I do have anxiety and it’s been pretty noticeable last couple days along with my as everyone calls it very rude and abrupt tone when talking :( I have to learn how to be social again in a positive manner this is tougher then I ever imagined right now 
  4. renee, quitcoach
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    Hi mommafur5,

    Do you think it is possible that the increase in anxiety is due to not having a coping strategy with everyday stress now that you no longer smoke? I know when I was a smoker, I smoked to deal with stress etc and once I quit smoking, I felt out of sorts until I found another coping method for stress.

    Also don't be too hard on yourself and give yourself a much needed break!

    Renee

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