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Am I normal ?

Posted in Quit experiences 02 Dec 2019
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Hi Everyone,I’m on day 34. I have been using the nicotine gum till yesterday. It starting to make me edgy/nauseas. As of day 27 I feel tired and don’t really want to do much. I walk/run 1/2 hr a day. I’ve lost 12lbs. But I still have some anxiety, a lot of worrying and I get mad for the smallest thing. Is this normal ? I do really feel better then at the beginning. But I feel my brain is a fog .Any advance would be greatly appreciated.

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  • TryingTK December 03, 2019 | 2:09
    Have you been weening down on the gum? If you’ve stopped it totally now that tiredness might get worse in the next few days. But, if you don’t have any more gum and just push through I bet within a week or two you’ll feel more normal.
  • Keeps going December 03, 2019 | 2:41
    Although I still have gum, I'm trying to ween off it. It's starting to make me nauseous and nervous . Last time i used it was Saturday at 2pm. I always have it with me. I want to use it on a "need to use basis". I had never heard of smoking withdraws. I actually landed in the emergency rm 5 days after quitting as my blood pressure was really hi and i had extremely anxiety. So if i get too edgy I'll use it. Today I feel alot better. still in a fog but not as bad.
    the tiredness makes sense, thank you ! Also not that anxious. does this go away? I thought about a quick smoke driving in to work as my work can be very stress for ** I work with cancer patients :(
  • Happiness December 03, 2019 | 6:34
    Given your line of work, I should think that your quit would be giving you great satisfaction and comfort rather than stress at this time.

    You are aware that once nicotine is stop being used, whether by smoking or inhaling or gum, ANY NICOTINE, will diminish by half every 2 hours, so that in about 72 hours you are basically over the nicotine addiction. Don't make the mistake of using any Nicotine after that point that will reignite your nicotine sensors. Any craving after that point are not nicotine withdrawal but psychological need to fill the void that not smoking leaves. That is why we need a plan to stay busy and to take up a healthy habit instead. Keeping positive will also help keep the urges at bay. Don't debate, just get on with your day.
  • Happiness December 03, 2019 | 6:44
    Where's my manners? I forgot to say Hello and Welcome :)

    Reading and learning about the mindset and about nicotine and you will also be beneficial to your quit. Many people have managed to quit with sheer willpower but without the understanding and acceptance it is hard to maintain the quit. Do yourself a huge favour and read as much as you can here and on line about nicotine and you. Participating on a forum also helps others as well as yourself, so please check in often.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast December 03, 2019 | 16:28
    Hello and welcome keep going. Firstly you are doing really well for getting to day 34, and for me it took a while to get over the anxiety, which just was my brain telling my stomach to crunch up, because it had no nicotine to feed on.

    Yes I did feel quite tired but mostly during the first week rather than later. It is also that time of year when stress is at its fullest, so give yourself a break and just rest as much as you want and do your deep breathing even when you are not stressed, this helps your anxiety levels. You are on a new journey of discovery for yourself and this is a good thing but you need to take one day at a time when you are overwhelmed. As in any other part of your life, new skills of meditation and deep breathing combat and overcome any feelings of anxiety. This is a normal part of any change of lifestyle. Like your namesake just keep going.
  • Keeps going December 03, 2019 | 16:50
    Happiness , Hello .. Thank you ! I will
    Softly40, Great Advice .. I will Thank you
  • Red-67 December 04, 2019 | 9:11
    Hi Keeps :)
    At this point, you should be free of the smoking / habit / addiction. That part is mostly in your mind anyway. Now you start the nicotine withdrawal, from the gum, so yes, mood swings, tiredness, and sort of out of body feelings. The nicotine may be out of the body in 72 hours, but, I believe most will say that is when the worst of the withdrawal starts. How long it takes, to break the nicotine addiction depends on too many variables, among different people. Many say around 3 weeks, and that is what I felt, after being a smoker for 45 years. Saying you are over the nicotine addiction, because the nicotine is out of you system, would be like saying an alcoholic would be free in 24 hours, when the alcohol is gone from the system, or saying a compulsive gambler would be free after walking out of the casino. It just does not work that way. The good news is, you CAN, with the right mindset, make the withdrawal just a discomfort, much like a bad cold, and not a craving for a smoke. If you really make up your mind you do NOT WANT a smoke, it gets much easier.
  • Pisces24, Central Coast December 08, 2019 | 15:20
    You're awesome Red-67.I'm hanging in there on Day 4. I'm so glad you're helping us all so much. Thank you. One day I'll be 365 days and I want to be that person. I don't want to go back to DAY 1 when I felt so.bad about myself. This feels better. I'm getting stronger

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