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Hi guys, I've been smoke free for 12 days! But the withdrawal symptoms feel awful. I smoked roll-ups for around 9 years, I'm 22 years old now. It's not so much the cravings for cigarettes, my willpower is quite strong and I can handle that. It's just that my health anxiety is making my life absolute agony. I can't just go and see my doctor due to COVID which is making it 100 times worse. I've got pains in my neck and arm, I keep thinking I have cancer and cannot shake the feeling. I've been searching hundreds of forums hoping that people have had the same experience as me and that everything is going to be okay, but I have no idea. I know that withdrawal can cause anxiety and I'm hoping that it's just that, but every single time I get an ache or a pain I feel like the world is going to end and sometimes I wake up in the morning and feel like I've got 2 weeks to live. I have to change the channel every time the cancer adverts come on TV, I can't watch anything to do with death and certain words are triggering me really badly. I tried to give up 2-3 weeks ago because I kept having panic attacks due to some symptoms I was having, I was in and out of hospital because I felt like I couldn't breathe, and every symptom I looked up on Google was pointing to cancer. It really scared me and I haven't been the same since. Now every little ache or pain is sending me into a mini panic attack. I know I won't go back to smoking because the thought of smoking makes me feel sick to my stomach and sweaty like I'm going to have a full on panic episode, but I was wondering if anyone has experienced the same thing as I have? I have reached out to my doctor who has referred me to a Talking Therapy service, and I've got a dentist appointment for a little lump I've found under my chin but it's not until the 24th of November. I've got a phone appointment with my doctor today and I'm going to push for some tests just so I can have piece of mind. I'm trying my hardest not to google symptoms because they always point to cancer and there are some real horror stories out there.
Thank you for listening.
Lady Connie x
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