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Day 9 Cold Turkey , very dizzy last 4 days

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  1. lisalb
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    hi, 
    i'm lisa. 
    I quit on feb 9,2020 cold turkey , the last 4 days i have been dizzy ,off balance , not sleeping , bad anxiety ,feet sweating ( never did before)  not a lot of cravings though , I don't feel good at all , seen my doc today he said i was fine , I felt better when i smoked , i am getting really discouraged ,i smoked for 34 years , i am 52, 
  2. atp
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    Lisa,

    I quit cold turkey as well, just over a year ago now. 

    I remember the sweats, the dry mouth, restless sleep, constipation (I never get constipated) and then the headache.I was like -  really, on top of trying to quit smoking i now get this god awful headache... Yeah, it was related to the withdrawal. 

    3 days and the nicotine is out of your system. Now your body is screaming for that nicotine fix. Withdrawal is a b***h. But it gets easier. 

    Drink lots of water, chew gum, snack on something. Keep yourself occupied. 

    4 days!!!! you are rocking this. 
  3. efram, quit coach
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    Lisa,

    Welcome, glad you joined us here. As you can see, there are people here who can relate to what you're experiencing.

    If I did a good job counting on my fingers and toes, today is actually day 10 for you! Congratulations!  

    Like atp says, it will get easier. It just takes time, which makes sense considering that you smoked for 34 years. There's a lot of healing going on, because that's what withdrawals really are: healing symptoms. Along with atp's excellent tips, I'd add that it can help to remind yourself of why you decided to quit -- that should help you to stay strong.

    Even at the 10 day point, it may be worth talking with a pharmacist to see if a nicotine replacement therapy could help with how you're feeling.  

    Please keep us posted!
  4. lisalb
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    i quit 9 days ago lol , the dizzy stuff has been on and off for 4 days ( mostly on) , i can handle most of it except for the dizziness and vertigo , my pulse goes down to 49 bpm when im sleeping ( fit bit watch) , i jump awake from an anxiety attack ( i seriously do not like this feelingthat i'm going to pass out) am i dehydrated? I felt better when i smoked , when is it going to get better?

     i have already gained 3 lbs in those 9 days , soon i will need weight loss support i'm only 5 feet and weigh 130lbs now lol
  5. lisalb
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    that is what my doc said today , i really really do not want to put nicotine back into my body it took me so long to get to where i am , i'm scared i will go back to smoking 
  6. treepeo1
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    Hi Lisa,

    I quit cold turkey 3 years ago and can relate to what you are feeling.  It is normal to experience a bunch of different withdrawal symptoms.  It is not easy to get through them, I know.  But when you made the decision to quit, you had to know that it wouldn't be easy.  As to how long the symptoms will last, it depends on the person.  In my case, I suffered for the first month.  Then it started to get better.  A month may seem like a long time, but it really isn't when you consider how long we smoked.  I smoked for over 43 years, so in the scheme of things, a month is nothing.

    I also have to say that I agree with you about sticking to the cold turkey and not using NRTs.  You have made it this far, you can go all the way.  But you have to be patient.  Try not to worry too much about the withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing.  Take time to breathe deeply.  Think about all the reasons why you want to quit.  Imagine how nice it will be to live life as a non-smoker.  No more smoker's breath, no more smoky clothes, yellow fingers and teeth, no more skulking about trying to find a place where you can light up.  You will be able to eat and drink without having to run out for a cigarette.  You will be able to enjoy conversations with family and friends without thinking, :"Wow, I need a smoke."  You will get rid of your smoker's cough.  You will be able to climb a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing.  Honestly Lisa, when you quit, the freedom is amazing.

    You should be really proud of yourself for making it 9 days.  That is quit a feat!  Keep up the good work, Lisa.  And be kind to yourself.  Quitting is not easy, and every hour you remain smoke free is a victory.  Treat yourself to something nice, even if it just means you allow yourself to indulge in an hour of guilty pleasure TV.  Do things that you enjoy, that make you happy.  And believe in yourself.  You can do this.  Have faith!
  7. lisalb
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    Hi
    Thanks for the encouragement , I guess this is the new normal for a couple of weeks , i never really had a smokers cough or trouble with stairs , i am a mechanic so i'm in ok shape but was told i had copd recently so that is why i quit plus the smell of cigarettes was really making me sick , i tried vaping this weekend  with 0% nicotine e juice but it gave me canker sores , in the garbage it went , tried herbal organic smokes ( 0 nicotine also ) but they stink really bad and i just spent 3 days cleaning my house walls and all , so i play with a straw that is the size of a smoke and it seems to be helping with the hand mouth thing which is better than all those chocolate chip banana muffins i have been shoving in my face which is really weird as i never crave sugar.
  8. treepeo1
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    Hey Lisa,

    Glad to hear you threw out the vapes and the herbal smokes.  You don't want to replace one addiction with another, even if the new one doesn't have nicotine.  And it's not like you could use those products in restaurants or the like, so what's the point?

    Yes, being off balance will be your new normal for a while, but it is all totally worth it.  Drink lots of water to help remove toxins from your body, and distract yourself. And when you do fun things, tell yourself that that is your reward for quitting smoking.  It's good to practice positive reinforcement.

    I hope you have a great smoke free day!
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