09 Dec 2021
23 Mar 2022
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Interesting thread that could be very helpful to new people quitting so they can relate.
I used the patches and the mist so I was still getting nicotine when I quit but withdrawal symptoms I had were:
headaches, heartburn, vomiting, restless, thirsty all the time, vivid dreams, flaky skin on my face and scalp, blood in my mucus from my nose, irritable.
And it seemed to go on for weeks. When I stepped down from Step 1 to step 2 of the patch I got cranky and that lead to a slip and I smoked which then made me sick. I'm now finished with the patches but I'm still using the mist during the day. I'm beginning to think about quitting the mist now. Its very handy in the car where I used to smoke a lot. Or in work when I'm bored and feeling triggered. But all the withdrawal is gone now... Im heading for 4 months on April 6th so I'll probably aim to quit the mist then.
I'd love to have been able to do this cold turkey but that takes some strength. I did that method before and the first month was nothing but hell and I always ended up back on the smokes. This time I've used the tracker here to monitor progress in terms of how many cigarettes I would have smoked, how many days Ive lasted and of course, how much money Ive saved. And strangely those things seem to be enough to keep me motivated to keep going.
My mum told me if I relapse now having gotten this far (107 days) I would be stupid... and that's true. Everything from month 1 would come back again. I do miss smoking because it was something I did for everything... wake up /smoke, coffee/smoke, coca cola/ smoke, read emails/smoke, lunch/smoke, drive/smoke, dinner/smoke, on the phone/smoke... the list goes on. I was a hard core addict and I thought Id never quit.
It takes time and Im still in the process of learning to be a non smoker. Ive seen that that can take up to 6 months... and that's when they say should be a target to come off all nrt as well...