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Ali-Pads
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Anxiety

Posted in Hints and tips 07 Oct 2019
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Has anyone had bad experiences with Anxiety? I was a pack a day smoker for 39 years and have never once tried to stop. I quit 42 days ago by going "cold turkey" - I have had no NRT whatsoever but never realised it would be as hard as it has been. I read Alan Carrs guide to stopping smoking and thought that it would be a lot easier - I never realised how bad nicotine addiction was. After the first 24 hours I cried non stop almost like morning the death of a friend. Then I went through the foggy brain and then my teeth started to bleed every time I brushed them. I am suffering terribly with anxiety so much so I am now on beta-blockers. My sleeping is also not good. I managed to go a week on holiday as a non smoker and didnt find it that bad surprisingly but as soon as I got back yesterday all the anxiety came flooding back and I struggled for the whole day with an uncontrollable desire to smoke. It was so bad that I actually had 4 puffs of an old vape pen that I had in the cupboard (I dont consider this as a set back - it was the only thing I have had since I stopped). I also still have a cigarette in the cupboard which I am glad to say I didnt have.

I just wanted to know if anyone had any tips on how to deal with this terrible anxiety. I have tried breathing techniques, eating, listening to music, keeping busy - nothing helps. I was wondering whether to get some nicotine free cigarettes or nicotine free juice to use in my vape pen but wondered what people thought?

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  • Dobbin October 09, 2019 | 18:16
    Hi Ali. Just read your story. I am now over 4 years quit and wanted to tell you it will definitely get better. I so identify with how you are experiencing quitting. I smoked for 53 years and quit cold turkey. In retrospect for me it was the best way to quit. However , like you , I had to experience wild emotions. This was all part of the cleansing process and my mind and body had to find new ways of dealing with the “ New Me “. Trust me you will come out the other side of this with a fantastic new look at life. For years our minds and bodies had been subjected to poisons on a daily basis. We need to readapt and this is what’s happening. Good luck. Dobbin
  • Ali-Pads October 09, 2019 | 20:00
    Thank you so much Dobbin. It does help knowing that im not alone in going through these things. I havnt heard many stories of people suffering with anxiety as bad as this. Today I am having another really bad day - the anxiety started at 4.30am and has not stopped yet and its now 10am. I am now reading up on hypoglycemia and the effects is has concerning anxiety. I have read that whilst smoking your body pumps out sugar and when you stop you suddernly have very low sugar levels which can cause anxiety. I am wondering if it could be this. We could do with a Doctor on this forum (ha ha). Can you remember how long it took for you to feel "normal" again?
  • Dobbin October 09, 2019 | 22:45
    In reality Ali I hadn’t felt normal since I first started smoking. Normal is me without the poisons of cigarettes. It is a process of gradually accepting a new you. I believe that I grabbed on to each milestone as stepping stones to freedom. Probably between 2 to 3 months I realized there was an end to the changes and the anxiety subsided bit by bit. I had to learn to slow down my thinking to suit my freedom. With regards to sugar. Totally agree. I ate toffee eclairs and drank small cups of extremely strong sweet coffee until the bad effects went totally. This was for about 4 months. Put on a stone but then lost it again. Hope this helps.
  • Ali-Pads October 10, 2019 | 0:59
    Thank you so much Dobbin. It does help knowing that im not alone in going through these things. I havnt heard many stories of people suffering with anxiety as bad as this. Today I am having another really bad day - the anxiety started at 4.30am and has not stopped yet and its now 10am. I am now reading up on hypoglycemia and the effects is has concerning anxiety. I have read that whilst smoking your body pumps out sugar and when you stop you suddernly have very low sugar levels which can cause anxiety. I am wondering if it could be this. We could do with a Doctor on this forum (ha ha). Can you remember how long it took for you to feel "normal" again?

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