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will i ever feel good again lol

Posted in Quit experiences 29 Jun 2019

Hi all. New to this site. I am 67 and have tried quitting with patches and gums and lozengers and vaps and on and on and on lol. Nothing helped. Went cold turkey 41 days ago and am still nicotene free. Feel like garbage though. Lots of aches and pains in the arm and mid back. The mid back is from a compressed disc i have had for years but the arms are new. Seem to be in a brain fog all day also.Very moody and anxiety levels are high. Went to docs about 2 weeks ago. They said it is normal and will take awhile. Anyone else feeling like this.Been a smoker for 50 years so it will take time i know. But wow felt better smoking which i know is a joke.

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  • Shamrock July 19, 2019 | 19:40
    yes you will feel good again. i asked the same questions. it can be such a slog. good on you for being honest and saying its hard - important to do that and own it. i am 6 months into my quit and can tell you it gets easier. but it is a new way of life without smokes. but definately better, cleaner, less stinky, less expensive, the list goes on ! hang in there you got this.
  • Peterstevenson July 05, 2019 | 7:25
    I am 65 and on day 18 of quitting.
    Finely starting to be able to taste food again
    Especially my coffee.....bought a different brand and OMG it tasted like rubbish!!!
    Also realised just how awful smokes smell when you are near someone who is smoking! YUK!!!
    Also have no nagging cough and my breathing is so much better now
    Hang in there.
  • Lia July 03, 2019 | 22:22
    Hi. Yes, I am yet another 67 year old having quit for over 4 years quit cold turkey and still visiting this site. Nearly $33000 pay rise is a bonus as this has not been money becoming ash. Let's face it, if we are stupid enough and cannot persevere with this life giving journey then it is not a problem. If one chooses not to go the distance it is easy to go back to the habit. It may however, be harder to be dying of lung cancer or some other smoke related disease. JUST A THOUGHT...
  • Welsh Des July 03, 2019 | 8:51
    It seems we 67 year old cold turkey quitters are not a rare breed on this site
    I started at 9 and quit end of March last year,I have amazed myself given each day is very trying still
    You have made a great start and got past the first difficult weeks,the health benefits do kick in and make it worth the effort,good luck to you and keep it up
  • manowar@369 June 30, 2019 | 20:42
    Thank you guys will do . Not going back. I figure if it kills me to quit ill never know anyway lol and if i do not quit it will kill me slowly.
  • Larn June 30, 2019 | 17:26
    Yes, hang in there, i felt awful for a long time. Give it a few months. You will feel better soon.
  • Nuts June 30, 2019 | 13:19
    LOL. I love your wife. Well done on 41 days mate. It will get better without the smokes. Hang in there
  • manowar@369 June 29, 2019 | 23:41
    Thank you for the info . Just downloaded the book and will start reading now. Again thank you, even getting hot flashes. My wife says now i know what she goes through with her changes. Whew awful
  • Happiness June 29, 2019 | 23:07
    Hello manowar@369 and welcome. I have experienced the brain fog , but that was decades ago when i used Zyban and once feeling like that, i got scared and got off of it. Seven months ago I quit cold turkey and did have a few moments of feeling like that, but it was mild in comparison. I think it is just our brains confused and at a loss in a "strange environment".

    If you read my story, you will know that I had No cravings after the 72 hours once the nicotine was gone. I can only attribute this to the fact that once I made up my mind to quit (which came about accidentally) I truly embraced and believed that i could take this journey to freedom . I try to get others to accept the concept of being a non-smoker by retraining their minds and hearts about their relationship with nicotine and smoking.
    I encourage people to read the Easy Way book by Allan Carr who can explain why you feel as you do and how to let go. Stop the fighting within and finally be at peace with the best decision you have ever made in your life. It is not logical to fight something so wonderful. I was not logical to smoke either!

    Nicotine controlled us for so long, and we now, with the help of this forum, have the power to take back our future health and wealth.

    You are doing great manowar, Be Happy . Don't be Anxious but excited and Anticipate the day you feel that you have turned the corner and accepted this new way of life. Why wouldn't you?

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