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Day 23

Posted in Getting started 06 May 2020

It's now the 23rd day without a cigarrete and I'm  going through really bad withdrawal symtomps. I used to smoke roll ups, about 15 / 20 a day and starting the day with coffee and to cigs before getting ready for work. I am 35 and have been smoking for 20 years. I've been having some chest pains for maybe 6 months and decided that it was now a good time to stop.

The first week was fine, maybe the 3rd or 4th day was worst, but I could cope easily. I felt really sleepy in the 2nd week but still manage to keep myself in good spirits with  the usual craving that only last 5 - 10 minutes.

I'm now starting my 4th week and have been feeling shortness of breath and extremly anxious. This has been happening for the last 5 days and yesterday got worse. I seek medical advice, thinking that this would be my only symptom of covid-19, this was discarted straight away and was told that I was having an anxiety crisis and I advised to listen to relaxation music or to download relaxation apps.

I have been using nicotine patches and they have worked so far, but I am starting to get phyisical symptoms that I would never thought I would get. I've not heard anyone going through the same as I am. I don't know what to do anymore, does anyone know what this might be? Such as more oxygen going to the lungs which I wasn't used to?

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  • Soul & Heart May 06, 2020 | 9:49
    My anxiety has been very high also. I should try some relaxing music. And if that fails, to see a doctor. I to am at the stage of wondering if this is just nicotine withdrawal symptoms. I hope for both of us it is just withdrawal and this will pass.
  • RileyB May 06, 2020 | 12:40
    Hi. I could have nearly written the beginning of your post! 33yr female who started smoking at high-school, smoked 10-20 a day depending on if I ended up with a wine in hand (which seems to happen more than now the older I get). I have also been dealing with chest pains... in through my back (almost by wear my bra would sit) but more internal, I also feel like there is something lodged in my throat. Anyway, I didn't come here to tell you my medical story (still don't know what it is anyway) but this was what triggered me to give up. I am only on day three and i am so excited to be where you are. I think its usual to feel anxious, you are letting go of something that inadvertently defined you/had control of your life. Its like a whole knew world, without your safety net. That is how I would try and look at it at least. Keep pushing through... freedom is on the other side of this whole experience and it is going to taste sweet!
  • Red-67 May 07, 2020 | 5:07
    Hi, and Welcome :)
    Just my opinion, but I would be willing to bet, much of your problem is the patches.. You have not had a cigarette in 23 days. You have beaten the smoking addiction, but you are still feeding your nicotine addiction, possibly even more than you were getting from the cigarettes ? ? Isn't it time to ease yourself off the nicotine too ? Again, just my opinion, but staying on any NRT for many weeks after the last smoke, does more harm than good..

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