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Side Effects of Quitting Smoking - What Happens to Your Body?

Updated on October 4, 2017
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Lela Bryan has been training people how to quit smoking since 1978. Her program focuses on gradual behavioral changes.

The Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

So you’ve finally quit smoking. You thought life would immediately be better and your health would certainly improve—but not only do you not feel better, you feel worse than you did before. Now you’re wondering how long these side effects and symptoms are going to last.

The risks and side effects of smoking far outweigh what you might experience after stopping, but still, quitting is difficult. Knowledge is power with nicotine addiction: If you know ahead of time about the physical and emotional changes your body will undergo, it will give you an advantage and make it easier to follow through with your commitment to stop.

Knowing how long the side effects may last—and what you can do to prevent or alleviate them—will give you the information, resources, and confidence you need to quit smoking for good. The information you find below may save you the time and expense of doctor and/or emergency room visits, not to mention unnecessary medical tests.

What Causes Some People to Have More Severe Side Effects?

There are three main factors that affect the severity of side effects when you quit smoking:

  1. The strength of level of nicotine in your cigarettes or patch, gum lozenges, or e-cigarettes.
  2. How long you take to detoxify or lower your level of nicotine affects your the body and mind's ability to adjust.
  3. How long you work at changing your routines, behaviors, and habits while you are still smoking. It takes 21-42 days to change a habit.

In the chart below, I'm going to compare the severity of side effects of a smoker who smokes a pack a day of Marlboro cigarettes with a level of nicotine in each cigarette that is 1.1 mg of nicotine. The method of quitting is the main factor that determines the severity and duration of the side effects.

Cessation Method and Side Effect Severity

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Method  
Nicotine Level at Quitting  
Days To Lower Nicotine  
Days to Change Behavior  
Severity of Side Effects  
Nicotine Solutions
1 mg nicotine
35 days
35 days
Low
Nicotine Patch
0.7 mg nicotine (lowest level)
30 days
30 days
Medium
Nicotine Lozenges
0.7 mg nicotine
30 days
30 days
Medium
Nicotine Gum
0.7 mg nicotine
30 days
30 days
Medium
Nicotine Nasal Spray
0.7 mg nicotine
30 days
30 days
Severe
Chantix (USA) Champix (outside USA)
1.1 mg nicotine x 20 = 22 mg nicotine
84 days
84 days
Medium to Severe
Allen Carr Book
1.1 mg nicotine x 20 = 22 mg nicotine
21 days
21 days
Medium to Severe
Wellbutrin / Zyban
1.1 mg nicotine x 20 = 22 mg nicotine
14 days
14 days
Severe
Hypnosis
1.1 mg nicotine x 20 = 22 mg nicotine
0 days
0 days
Severe
Acupuncture
1.1 mg nicotine x 20 = 22 mg nicotine
0 days
0 days
Severe
Cold Turkey
1.1 mg nicotine x 20 = 22 mg nicotine
0 days
0 days
Severe

Nicotine Withdrawal: The Basics

Nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug. Depending on how long the smoker has smoked, the body will undergo varying degrees of withdrawal. No matter which method you use, withdrawal will have to happen. As long as any nicotine remains in the bloodstream, the body will keep expecting more.

When will withdrawal begin? The amount of nicotine in your bloodstream will be reduced by half every two hours after quitting.

After you quit smoking, nicotine is in the the body for just three days. The third day after you have quit, all you are left with are thoughts, routines, and behaviors.

The symptoms of recovery can last up to one or two years depending on the method that you used to quit, what level of nicotine you were at when you quit, how long you took to taper off of the nicotine, and if you changed your behaviors and routines in the process of quitting.

Smoking affects the body in monumental ways. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Below are some of the most common complaints.

Digestion Side Effects: Duration and Treatment

  • Acid Indigestion/Heartburn: If you had acid indigestion before you quit, it will get a bit worse during withdrawal, and then it may go away. If you never had heartburn, this symptom can last from three weeks to three months. Try Tums or DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice), which can both help with acid reflux. Another name for acid reflux is called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, which is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter.
  • Gas or Flatulence: This may last several weeks. Try to avoid eating gas-producing foods like beans, cabbage, or cauliflower. You can also try Beano.
  • Diarrhea: This can last a few days while the body adjusts to the new changes. Try any over-the-counter remedy.
  • Nausea: You may experience flu-like symptoms that last a week or so. Drinking lots of water or other beverages should help.
  • Constipation: This may last several weeks. Cigarettes act as both a diuretic and a laxative in the body so when you take nicotine away, you may get constipated. You can use an over-the-counter remedy or make a homemade laxative, which is gentler on the body.

Skin Changes: Duration and Treatment

You would think that your skin would start to improve when you quit smoking, but no! It will improve eventually, but not right away.

  • Skin Blemishes: Your body is getting rid of toxins, and you may get acne, blemishes, or a rash after you quit. These will last about a month, and then your skin will begin to look better than it did before.
  • Hives: This reaction can be due to nerves from quitting cold turkey or the quick detoxification of nicotine from the body. It should go away in a week or so.

Respiratory Side Effects: Duration and Treatment

  • Sinus Congestion: This is caused by a clearing out of the sinuses. It feels almost as if someone has turned on a little water hose in your head. This symptom may last up to two months. Take an over-the-counter medication until the dripping stops or use a neti pot to help clear things out.
  • Coughing/Throat-Clearing: This is due to a cleaning-out of the reactivated cilia in the lungs. Your body is clearing out the debris, tar, and phlegm. We can't get a vacuum down into the lungs, so coughing up the debris is a good thing. This may last from a few days to several months.
  • Phlegm: This is also due to reactivated cilia. It can last a couple of months.
  • Hoarseness: The throat are getting some tender new tissue, almost like when a baby is teething. The tissue in the throat is regenerating, a process that may last several months. Use lozenges or whatever you would use for a sore throat. Hot tea with lemon and honey can help.
  • Gasping for breath: The feeling like you can't get enough breath doesn't go away immediately after quitting. You keep trying to take deep breaths, but it feels like you can't get enough air. This will last about a month before you begin breathing normally again. You have been so used to deep breathing with smoke that you need to give yourself a little time to adjust.

Circulation Issues: Duration and Treatment

  • Dizziness: The dizziness is due to increased circulation of oxygen to the brain, and it should only last a few days until your brain gets used to it. Give your body time to readjust.
  • Stiffness/Leg Pains: This almost feels like those growing pains you had as a kid and is a sign of improved circulation. Remember, you are changing at a cellular and muscular level. Take a hot bath, get a massage, rub on some tiger balm, or just put your legs up to rest. Give yourself a break!
  • Tingly Fingers and Toes: This is also caused by the improved circulation and may last a few days to a couple of weeks.
  • Swelling, Bloating, and Tight Waistband: This is due to fluid retention. But still, help your body flush out the toxins by drinking a lot of water and cutting down on sodium. People tend to gain three to seven pounds of temporary water weight when they first quit smoking. For you men, this is the closest you will ever come to experiencing PMS!

Afraid of Weight Gain?

Aside from the unavoidable and temporary gain in water weight, some people are afraid of gaining weight after they quit smoking. If that's you, then pump up your metabolism, cut out the sweets or other foods you use to occupy your mouth, and find other ways to keep yourself busy.


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Sleep Changes: Duration and Treatment

  • Insomnia: After you quit smoking, you don't go into such a deep sleep as you did when you smoked. It almost feels like you have been up all night. You tend to go into a lighter sleep state of rapid eye movement (REM) more often, usually every 90 minutes. Many new non-smokers are not used to this lighter sleep and feel like they're not sleeping well. Your body will get used to the new sleep cycle eventually but until then, you might consider a sleep aid. Calms Forte, which I have personally used and recommended to others, is calming and non-addictive.
  • Dreams: When you quit smoking, sometimes you might experience vivid dreams, maybe even nightmares. Having dreams or even nightmares is a very good sign because it means that you are working out your problems rather than smoking them.
  • Vivid Dreams with Zyban, Wellbutrin, or Chantix: Although is typical to have very vivid dreams when you quit smoking, I have heard that the dreams that you get from taking these drugs are more "over-the-top" and a lot more dramatic than the dreams that you may have otherwise.

Trouble Sleeping With the Nicotine Patch?

Nicotine stresses the heart and makes it beat 10,000 more beats a day. This can affect your sleep patterns. You may be on too high of a dosage.

Contrary to what the patch manufacturers or doctors may tell you, you need to calculate the nicotine level of the cigarettes you were smoking to know what level of patch you need to be on, and then you may need to make adjustments.

There are three strengths of nicotine patches:

  • 21 mg (patch manufacturers and doctors will ask how many packs you smoke a day: If you smoke a pack a day, they will put you on the 21 mg patch)
  • 14 mg (if you smoke half a pack a day, they recommend the 14 mg patch)
  • 7 mg (for those who smoke less than half a pack a day)

Does it matter what brand you smoked? Yes. It depends on the total nicotine level you used to use, not on how many cigarettes you smoked. Because every brand of cigarette contains a different amount of nicotine, these generalizations might not be accurate in your case. If you're getting too much nicotine, you may have trouble sleeping.

For example, if you used to smoke a pack of Carlton's, that would be 20 x .1 = 2 mg of nicotine, so you should go on the lowest patch (7 mg) and even that may be too high. Or if you used to smoke a half a pack of American Spirits Ultra Lights, that would be 10 x 1.79 mg of nicotine = almost 18 mg total, and you should probably start out on the 14 or the 21 mg patch.

A lethal dose of nicotine is 50-80 mg, and this is why you are warned not to smoke when you are on the patch: That much nicotine is very hard on the heart and could even kill you.

Note: Pregnant women should not take any drugs to stop smoking.

Fatigue, Sleepiness, and Drowsiness: Duration and Treatment

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, constricting your blood vessels and stressing out your heart. As a smoker, your heart had to work harder, making your heart beat 10,000 more times a day.

When you stop smoking, your heart rate slows down, thus slowing down your metabolism. When you are not getting that punch of nicotine, you may feel tired, sleepy, and lethargic. You might feel run down, almost as if you have a cold—in fact, some people refer to this feeling as the "smokers' flu" or "quitters' flu." Don't worry, this is only temporary and will only last a few weeks. After that, you will have more energy than when you smoked!

But sometimes it takes longer to get your energy back. Your body remembers running on those shots of nicotine and getting those boosts of energy. When you quit, your body needs to adjust to its natural rhythm and sometimes it can feel like you are more tired than ever. Listen to your body, get rest, and this too shall pass.

Treatment: Take cat naps, go to bed earlier, and drink fruit juice and water. If you have to drive or run heavy machinery, you can drink another cup of coffee or get some lozenges with caffeine in them to help keep you awake and safe.

Remember: Fatigue is the one trigger for smoking, so it is important to get your rest.

Emotional Side Effects: Duration and Treatment

Irritability is partially caused by fluid retention, and there are two things you can do: Drink as much water as you possibly can and cut down on foods that are high in sodium. Foods that are high in sodium are soups, pickles, packaged or highly processed foods, or any food on which you can see the salt. Salt makes you retain water, and water retention makes you cranky.

Another cause of anger and irritability is that you're having to deal with issues rather than escaping to smoke them, instead. You will have to learn other ways of dealing with your emotions. You'll also need to teach people how they are going to treat you. In the past if you quit smoking they said, "Oh, you were nicer as a smoker." Now, you have to explain that you are going to handle life in a different way rather than smoke for it. Trust me, eventually it will all smooth out.

If you don't know how to deal with your emotions, you'll have to start looking around for answers that resonate for you. Talking to someone who understands, reading a book, or finding other ways to express, release, or redirect your feelings is key now. I really liked a book called Getting in Touch with your Inner Bitch by Elizabeth Hilts. (Sorry guys, there is no male counterpart.)

Is Quitting More Difficult for Men or Women?

A new study published by the Yale University School of Medicine suggests why women tend to find it harder to quit smoking than men. Why? According to the study, women's brains respond differently to nicotine.

Experts used to believe that when someone smokes, the number of nicotine receptors in the brain (which bind to and reinforce the habit of smoking nicotine) are thought to increase in number. But recent studies show that this is only true for men. While male smokers have a larger number of nicotine receptors than male nonsmokers, women smokers have about the same number of nicotine receptors as female nonsmokers.

This study is important because most treatments involve nicotine-replacement therapies, but these may not work for women. Women may benefit more from other approaches including behavioral therapy, exercise, relaxation techniques, and other non-nicotine-based methods.

For both men and women, however, it takes more than just a pill like Chantix or Zyban to stop smoking. It also takes more than just hypnosis (which is just mental) or acupuncture (which is just physical) to quit. The smoking habit has something to do with nicotine but more to do with habits and with stuffed emotions you've been avoiding. This may be even more true for women.

After 72 hours after quitting, the nicotine is gone. After that, all you are left with are your feelings, habits, and routines. Those are the things that need to be dealt with to quit permanently!

Sore Mouth and Bleeding Gums: Duration and Treatment

When you smoked, you were literally smoking your gums and throat the way you might smoke a piece of salmon. Your gums and tissues built up a crust. When you quit smoking, that old, hard crust will slough off, and in its place you will get new, fresh tissue—almost like when a baby is teething.

Only about 1 out of 30 people who quit smoking get a sore mouth, gums, or tongue, but if you are that one, your mouth will feel like it is on fire. A student in one of my classes had to have her dentures relined because there was that much of a change in her gums from quitting smoking.

This symptom may last as long as eight weeks. In order to relieve it, you can try a soothing rinse called Life Brand Oral Wound Cleanser, which is made in Canada (this is a generic replacement for a discontinued brand I used to recommend, called Amosan).

Other Side Effects

  • Itchiness: If you are doing a lot of scratching, it is probably just caused by increased circulation, and it will only last a few weeks.
  • Depression: Depression is a common side effect of stopping smoking, in the short and long term. It may feel like grief or the way you might feel if you lost a loved one. They say that quitters go through a period of mourning in the early stages of withdrawal. If it continues, take an herbal drug remedy called Sulfonil by Thorne. You need more than pills to quit smoking—you need to start dealing with the underlying causes of your emotions—but a medication or herb can help. Since depression is also caused by water retention, cut down on salt and processed foods for a few months, start to do a little bit more exercise, and drink a lot more water.
  • Headache: Many quitters experience headaches during withdrawal.
  • Excitement: Your emotions are all over the board. Give yourself some time to smooth out.
  • Hot Flashes: I had hot flashes when I quit. I would have smoked in the shower if I could have kept the cigarette lit. Both men and women experience hormone changes when they quit nicotine.

Did You Say Hot Flashes?

When you quit, you may experience hot flashes: intense surges of heat that make you sweat and turn your cheeks red. They will only last a few weeks, and you can use a natural progesterone cream to help: Rub a 1/4 tsp. on a fatty part of your body in the morning and evening.

I recommend a natural, over-the-counter progesterone cream called ProGest, made by Emerita, because both men and women can use it. (It is not hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.)

Note for men: Don't worry, you won't grow breasts if you use this cream! If you have been a smoker, natural progesterone cream will also help with osteoporosis. Smoking is one of the main causes of osteoporosis.

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      realhumanrenee 4 days ago

      I was a heavy smoker for twelve years and by the end of it, I was smoking close to 2 packs a day. Now, I’ve been smoke free for almost a year. First, I switched to vaping (with about a month interlude where I quit cold turkey and was absolutely miserable and then went back to cigarettes for about a week before going back to vaping), and then about 2 months ago, I switched to gum with a quit date scheduled for December 3rd of this year. I have definitely suffered through many of the above side effects already, but I’ve noticed that some are from withdrawal from nicotine itself and some are from withdrawal from the other chemicals lurking around in cigarettes. All of them suck

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      joint/body ache 12 days ago

      Four weeks into being smoke free... I have dealt with the other symptoms but still struggling with joint pain, body-ache and possible depression. I cannot find enough researches/articles on how to deal with body-ache... What can I do... and how long will this last... sigh...

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      TH 2 weeks ago

      it's been over 4 months, since I quit smoking completely after a relapse where I smoked a month or so.

      But before that month I vaped about 2-2½ months, then got sick and could not inhale the vapor so switched.

      But you can read my story further down this page, I just want to give you an update.

      I have not touched a cigarette or any vapor over 4 months, and I have no cravings at all. I don't miss it, but I miss my good health. I feel like something is very wrong, as nothing is as it should be anymore.

      I still have swollen tonsils, red gums, red throat, hoarseness, swollen glands, anxiety, muscle pain, joint pain, hair loss all over my body and sometimes I get sweaty and hot. Some blood work was made and shows that something is happening, and I need to get checked in 2 months as there are thing I know nothing about that are under change.

      I had some trouble with itchy skin a month or so, and also I had bruising on my legs. I started cycling at the same time I quit smoking, maybe that is the reason for the bruises. At the same time I had swollen angels/legs, they would swell up in the evening so I had a deep line where the socks had been and the they were normal in the morning normally the same day when I had been cycling.

      I'm just glad I'm not a smoker, but I feel life has been a living hell the last 6 months.

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      Lela Bryan 3 weeks ago from Alameda, CA

      Cindy 0923 please email me at easeout@nicotinesolutions.com I need to ask you some more questions and tell me what country and time zone you are in. I can then be more specific. Heart palpitations are typical but it has been a lot time since you quit. so contact me and and I can help you further. Lela

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      Cindy 0923 3 weeks ago

      Lela Bryan.. these heart palpitations and the feeling of skipping beats is frightening to me.. it at times brings on anxiety... I don't like this... my heart feels like it's pounding so hard sometimes... it's mainly at night when I notice this.. is this common and how long can this continue... please help me to understand why this is happening and if this is a normal side effect of quitting... I quit just shy of four months now

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      Cindy 0923 3 weeks ago

      Four months into being smoke free and still dealing with indigestion and heartburn... heart palpitations and skipping beats... insomnia and mood swings

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      Kayla 4 weeks ago

      I quit smoking two weeks ago and have no desire to begin again. However I do believe I have a little depression going on. I've noticed more energy throughout the day and more vivid dreams. My face is a little irritated but my hormones are always out of whack. I do notice my breasts are sore too.

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      5 weeks ago

      Just quit, 6 days strong!

      This is my second real attempt, aside from a few mini attempts. This time is going much, much better. The first time was absolute hell. I had the craziest dreams, was tired all the time, super anxious, and fell into a deep depression.

      I realize now I wasn't ready to quit.I honestly didn't want to, but knew I needed to. I also had a lot of problems I was dealing with. A month later, I slipped, and fell right back in. What they say is true: Not one puff ever. EVER.

      This time, I just decided I was done with it. I was tired of feeling like crap and not being able to breathe or sleep at night, as well as the shame and guilt of trying to hide it. It just wasn't worth it. It's a relic from an unhappier time in my life, and that time is over.

      It's actually been going really smooth. I truly believe frame if mind is so important. I also see a therapist regularly in order to maintain my chronic anxiety, which has been so beneficial to helping me quit.

      My biggest issue is that Im exhausted, but I can't fall asleep. I still get a few cravings, but they're subsiding, even though I live with two smokers!

      Ive got a rash on my face, and lots of phlegm, but oddly, my gastro issues have actually improved; they were the worst in my life as a smoker.

      I'm not going to lie, e-cigs are a life saver. I use the little cartridges from Green Smoke, and am going to try V2 here shortly, but it's a low nic dose. Believe me, I still feel withdrawal, even with them, but they take the edge off.

      Overall, I'm honestly glad I decided to quit. If you can get through the wall of fire that's the first few days, you're golden. It sucks, it really really does, but then it just doesn't suck as much, then you barely start to even think about it.

      My advice: Set a quit date. Plan it about two weeks away. And instead of focusing on it, see quitting as something exciting, and build that momentum up as it gets closer. Think of how good you'll feel. Visualize your body cleansing. And the money you'll save!

      Good luck to each and every one of you. You CAN do it!

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      Miranda 5 weeks ago

      I quit smoking 17 days ago, old turkey, and I have no taste is this common? From the research I've done my taste and smell should have improved within a couple of days. Please explain!

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      Lela Bryan 6 weeks ago from Alameda, CA

      Jennifer there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there.

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      Jennifer Moquin 6 weeks ago

      I quit smoking and started vaping 4months ago. I'm experiencing really bad skin irritations! Face, back and chest. Been going on now for a few weeks! Someone tell me there's a light at the end of this tunnel.

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      Norma 6 weeks ago

      Being tired all the time

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      Vinny 6 weeks ago

      I quit smoking and felt like crap every day. I started smoking again and feel great. I'm convinced that I am meant to smoke.

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      Jai 6 weeks ago

      Weight gain , hot flashes, insomnia, irritable, feel all over the place, tired.

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      Lianne 6 weeks ago

      I guess I am truly fortunate. I quit cold turkey, with no with-drawl symptoms whatsoever. The bad part, and even my doctor agreed was the incredibly fast weight gain (30 pounds in 1 month, come on!) At that point, the doctor said I was one of the few people who actually increased my risk of heart disease by quitting because my metabolism spiraled out of control. I still am not smoking, but they are trying to figure how best to get my metabolism back to where it was, since I do watch what I eat and I do exercise. I still won't smoke! Just want the extra weight to go away.

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      Frances 7 weeks ago

      I smoked for 35 years. I quit cold turkey on April 7, 2017. The first week was hell, but then I was ok. No real issues after that except for severe joint pain. I am waking up every morning with stiff hands, elbows, hips and knees. It started gradually and now is daily. I read that nicotine is high in niacin, and that now I may need a supplement. Or is it possible that the nicotine was masking an underlying issue? Has anyone else complained of joint pain? It's been more than 4 months and does not seem to be letting up.

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      vnis333 7 weeks ago

      Great article! Its been exactly 1 month since I quit cold turkey. I have no more cravings however I have side effects that are really annoying why legs and feet off and on are so swollen, so uncomfortable ! And my period is 2 weeks late ( which Ive never been late ) and so therefor Im also bloated :( ) Any clue when or how this edema will go down I thinks thats the one thats the worst for me

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      Effie 8 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for this article. It was very informative and motivating. I am on my 12th day of not smoking and I quit cold turkey. Reading this reminded me that the symptoms will go away and it will get better. I struggle the most with depression and fatigue. I try to be extra nice to myself and it makes quitting easier.

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      Arvin Gonzales 8 weeks ago

      Lightheadedness , dizziness, and left leg muscle cramps and sore throat for almost a month now. Its been a month since i last smoke a cigarette

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      Lela Bryan 8 weeks ago from Alameda, CA

      Dar,

      Coughing is your lungs way of clearing out phlegm so its a good thing.

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      Dar 8 weeks ago

      I've been smoking for 44 years and will be on my 8th week in 3 days of quitting cold turkey, my concern is I'm still hacking phlegm, my voive is very hoarse and burning sinuses. Anyone else feeling the same. Congrats to all you x smokers :)

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      Jade 2 months ago

      I am 25 days cold turkey smoke free I do have a vape pen but there is no nicotine at all. I am sweating loads I have a shower and need to get back in it drips down my face like I have done a 2 hour workout and all im doing is washing up. I'm getting spotty around my mouth and it's sore I have never had spots in all my life and my lips are swollen and sore all the time any ideas.thank you

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      Lela Bryan 2 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Char I always recommend Calms Forte which is over the counter. You might need a sleep aid. It might be because of your shift. Rem happens every 90 minutes. So it is important to get at least 90 minutes in a row to achieve REM. It could still be part of the symptoms of recovery of quitting smoking.

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      Char 2 months ago

      I quit almost 4 months ago but 3 months were spent using nrt gum 2mg as suggested by the packaging. Cravings havent been bad at all but I've been burning up and having hot flashes along with dizziness, itchiness, and insomnia. I've been wondering if maybe I'm experiencing a spectrum of symptoms due to working 2nd shift from 7pm til 3am. I've read that most people get rem sleep between 10pm and 2am but during those hours I'm at work. I feel like a sleep aid would help me through all the symptoms since my body needs to feel like it's healing itself.

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      Muffin 2 months ago

      I smoked a lttle less than a pack a day but when I tried the 14mg patch, I wigged out. Can I cut it in half? And for how long?

      Thanks

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      Tyshion Shiloh Anderson 2 months ago

      After 8 weeks on Chantix my face has severe breakout. I never had acne before. It burns under my skin as is very embarrassing. Anything to help the acne and burning hives on my face?

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      Awerealis 2 months ago

      I have read a lot of replies here where people are asking for help to clear toxins after quitting smoking and I must admit that I had great success and relief of ALL nasty symptoms by ingesting fresh ALOE VERA GEL daily in a banana smoothie (be sure to wash off all the yellow aloin sap first), along with Wild Fish Oil capsules and Co-Enzyme Q10 supplements. GOOD ON YOU !! Don't give up on giving up! You can do it, and after a while you will never look back, and you'll notice other smokers everywhere suddenly because your sense of smell will return and you'll smell it vaping from their clothes (and think, eeww is that what I used to smell like, yuck) !! Best wishes AK.

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      Rich 2 months ago

      Have smoked since I was 14 for the last 35 years. Smoked average 5 to 7 sticks per day. Tried quitting severally with no success.

      I am now 312 hours since quitting Cold Turkey. I really like the idea of calculating in hours rather than days. 312 hours sounds much better than 13 days. I opened a notebook page in my phone and every day I add 24 hours. Every time I have the craving for just one more stick, I remind myself that I am just a few hours to adding another 24 hours to my notebook page. I would say that the craving has not been very bad, at least it is manageable.

      But the other physical side effects are hell. Until I came across this site, I had started to wonder whether it was really worth it to quit. I felt far much sicker and weaker than when I was smoking. There was burning sensation in the chest. Severe heartburn and feeling of ballooning in the upper stomach. Yesterday as I was driving to work I felt a sensation like I would faint. Sometimes I felt like I am not able to breath. I really thought that I had developed a very serious complication due stopping until I read the posts here and found they are common.

      I really hated smoking since the first time I tried quitting in 2000. I even started smoking in privacy, meaning I could not smoke at home or at the work place. I could only smoke in my social setting, especially the pub or when I was in the open. I really felt imprisoned by the habit, yet I could not summon enough courage to quit.

      This time round, I am determined to continue to the home stretch, God willing. I can already feel the benefits - sex life is beginning to get promising.

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      Juanita 2 months ago

      I am an ex-smoker of 21-years, roughly two packs a day for the past three years. I quit smoking 58 days ago. I used the "QuitNow" system which guided me to set a date, practice with mini-quits and begin retraining my habits, then upon actually quitting - use the patches regressively to decrease my bodies nicotine intake.

      I completed both the 21mg and 14mg patch phases then felt confident enough just to stop using them, and this may be where I went wrong. Emotionally and habitually I was. However, I have since then experienced a tremendous number of physical side effects. In 34 days (completely nicotine free) I have gained a total of 18lbs. Some I believe is from edema as I appear to have full body swelling (most prominent around joints such as elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles, plus hands and feet, and even the face and midsection); I am experiencing skin stiffness and tightness with a visible puffiness. Some are understandably average weight gain from continuous eating. I crave sugar and salt; I believe concerning lower levels of glucose and excessively low blood pressure which is also causing a general weakness. I have had insomnia and fatigue with the absolute inability to get out of bed on most days. I have experienced dizziness, vertigo, air hunger, difficulty focusing, hoarseness, irregular ministrations, along with several digestive and gastric symptoms or rather discomforts including gas and bloating.

      If someone had told me all that I would go through I might still be smoking today but I am hanging in there and sticking to my goal. I feel accomplished in the fact that I have no urge or desire to smoke. With that said, however, I feel like I am becoming a hypochondriac thinking I am falling apart at the age of 36. The problem though was this was, in fact, unexpected side effects. Those around me do not seem to understand or think it is all exaggerated, and I am unable to explain it to them given my own ignorance.

      I am concerned with how long these kinds of side effects are going to last. It seems as though I should be breaking the barriers by now and not bracing myself in the middle of the storm.

      Happily Sick to be a Non-Smoker

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      sanie 2 months ago

      I quit smoking 7 weeks ago cold turkey for the first time in 25 years. I am suffering from stomach pain , bloating, irratible bowel syndrome and anxiety.

      I would appreciate any useful advice dealing with all this. I have been physically active 5 days a week since I quit. But in the past 2 weeks I have been experiencing sever stomach pain on and off, and it is making me worry.

      Not sure if it is the side effect of quitting or something is really wrong with my digestive system.

      Again I really appreciate an advis.

      Thanks

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      Lela Bryan 2 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Jesse Don Hannah jr,

      contact me at easeout@nicotinesolutions.com

      Quitting smoking and chewing at the same time is intense ...I have some ideas for you.

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      @ Bob 2 months ago

      Hey Bob! Hang in there, man. I'm two weeks in. Feeling better overall but heart is beating in my eardrums. Gonna go relax for a while.

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      Jesse Don Hannah, Jr. CSHO-SHEP 2 months ago

      Everyone and everything irritates me right now. I stopped all tobacco 84 hours ago, no cigs. and no chewing tobacco.

      GOD, I want a chew so bad!!!!

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      Bob 3 months ago

      57 year old male smoked 1+ pack a day for 40 years. Have tried quitting more times then I care to admit. 3 weeks in and something is different this time...........I really don't have any cravings but the acid reflux and bloating is crazy. Today I introduced apple cider vin to help deal with just hope it offers some relief!!!! Thanks to all for posting their struggles.........it's nice to know we're all in this together. Exercise is the only part of the day when I feel like my old self. Hard to believe that I've always loved to run even though I would smoke soon as I would finish!!! The up side of the heartburn and bloating is that it's keeping my weight in check. I don't know any of you but really do wish you all the best with your journey.

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      Alma 3 months ago

      I've not smoked a cigarette in 45 days I had smoked for 37 yrs & Diabetes going crazy high took medication up to 2 pills a day & it's like I'm not taking anything & the pill used to help taking 1 a day that's is my main problem quitting smoking & fluid fills like it's in lungs & feet swollen & uncontrollable bowels at times. I tried chantix & couldn't take it so what can I take to help get toxins out of my body fast that wouldn't cause my body to keep going crazy as it is now from quitting smoking.

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      DJChrisMac 3 months ago

      Stopped purchasing cigarettes around July 2016. Started using a Vape. After about a month I started smoking about 6-7 cigarettes a day. Usually a few at work and a few when I got home. I can't remember when, probably mid May, but I have almost eliminated smoking altogether. I have had roughly 3-4 cigarettes a week since then. My hands, arms and feet are tingly. Most days at work after lunch, I feel like I'm having "hot flashes". Best way I can describe it. My right lung feels like it's burning. Pain in my upper back comes and goes. No trouble breathing or coughing. My quit smoking app says I quit on June 2nd. I'm guessing the few cigarettes I have weekly is teasing my body. I'm about to go to my doc because the anxiety of dealing with quitting and these pains are driving me insane. Any advice?

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      João 3 months ago

      Day 51, and still having some chest pains, sort of hearburn (feels like throat and chest is on fire), stomach is not what it used to be, flatulence, burping, considerable lost of apettite, and feeling stiff and bad mood swings, feeling depressed actually. Don't even considr smoking ever again, but man I never expected this.. plus I'm hypersensitive and everything feels like serious diseases. I advise everyone to exercise, talk to someone and to breathing exercises.

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      Karen 3 months ago

      Disgusting smell in my nose over the last few weeks, stopped in January. Hopefully this will stop soon. Metabolism slowed for about a month and I gained weight, I'm dealing with it a lot easier than I would a life threatening disease

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      Lela Bryan 3 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Chris,

      Wow you have quit for two years and are still experiencing problems.....I'm stumped...maybe someone else has some insight.

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      Chris Mass 3 months ago

      I gave smoking 2 yrs ago and since then have been diagnosed with COPD. I exercise every day but get tremendous cramps in thighs, hands & feet nearly every day. I take magnesium complex and drink plenty of fluids. Any advice please?

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      Lela Bryan 3 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Hi Johnnie M Martin,

      You quit smoking 2 days ago and you are on the patch to quit. I don't recommend the patch or nicotine replacement to quit because you are exchanging one source of nicotine for another. But to answer your question, You would choose the nicotine level from the level of nicotine that was in your cigarettes not by the number of cigarettes that you smoke.

      so you would calculate 12 cigarettes a day x 1.4 because Newports have 1.4 mg of nicotine and you come up with 16.8 which you should be using the medium patch rather than the 21 mg patch.

      You could do that and also you can sign up for a free tele seminar at www.theQuitQueen.com

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      Johnnie M. Martin 3 months ago

      I have started using the patch to help me stop/ kick this habit, I' ve not smoked a cigarette now for 2 days. I change my patch every day & it seem to b working. I started out with the 21 mg. patch but when I was smoking I smoked 10 to 12 cig. a day.( Newport 100's) my energy has improved slightly but should I have started step 2 first? Please help me with any suggestions... I don't want to fail this time, my mind & heart is made up to quit this time. Thanks in advance

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      TH 4 months ago

      After 19 years of smoking 15-17 a day I started vaping 6-8ml daily with 0.75mg/ml nic, about 3 months after I quit analog I got the worst sinusitis I've ever had. I couldn't even vape, so I ended up going back to cigarettes. After two weeks the sinusitis was gone, but now my throat and mouth started to get extremely dry, so dry I woke up several times at night to drink water. Even water did not help, my mouth did not produce any saliva at all. Then about a week later I started getting swollen tonsils and lymph's on my neck and collarbone, a total of 6 swollen lymph's. I contacted my doctor whom tested me for bacteria and found none, she then told me it was a virus infection. A month went by I and it did not better I coughed up some blood one morning, so I contacted my doctor and got a referred to an ENT and an appointment for X-Ray of my lounges . ENT looked at it and scanned with ultrasound, he concluded there were nothing dangerous but did not tell me what it is and the X-Rays showed nothing abnormal.

      Then about 14 days went by, still suffering from swollen lymph's, throat and tonsils. My gums started to get red, first one side then the other. No bleeding from the gums and no swelling only a vague pain around in the mouth and gums. I went to the ENT again whom assured me there was nothing to worry about, but he did not tell me what it could be.

      I was also starting to get soreness in mussels, joints, around from my back under my arm and to the chest.

      I talked with my doctor again but she indirectly called me hypochondriac when I asked to get a biopsy test of the larges lymph node. Se told me they could not waste their time on that, I was scanned with ultrasound and they found nothing wrong so I should accept that there is nothing bad present.

      She did find that I had D-Vitamin deficiency, after a blood test.

      She then told me, it's because of smoking. . .

      I also lose more hair, which could be stress related as both my mind and body is in the red zone at the time. But could quitting do that to ?

      Now I'm chocked and confused, don't know what to do. Its been 3 months now with these problems and nothing has changed. I just started vaping last week again, and next week I'm going down to zero nic. I have changed my liquid to pure VG, water and aroma, nothing has changed.

      Has anyone else tried something similar, could this be effects of quitting smoking drawing out because of the way I have handled things, the relapse and then back to quitting ?

      I'm really not in a good place right now, I'm somewhat scarred, confused and irritated that it does not go away.

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      Bharath 4 months ago

      Hi guys I was smoked for one year at leaSt 10-12 cigrattes per day, I quit now this is my 24th day after quitting I got started severe problems like stuffy nose,heart burn, acid refulx and every day 24/7 I got swalloing throath pain as well let me need help I just want to know how to come back my self ..I am so scared to

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      Kim 4 months ago

      I started smoking at 10 and been smoking for 42 years. the severe hot flashes/sweating for a month now are kicking my butt. They seem to be slowing down a bit. At 1st i thought it was the change but these are totally out of control and worse than what i typically got when i was going through the change. I saw this and realized it is the quitting smoking. i'm on day 37 and i'm not turning back now but God bless this is torturous to put mildly.

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      Lela Bryan 4 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Tristen,

      It could be a rash from quitting smoking. Then again it could have been something from the hike. It is really hard to say. i would watch it for a week or so and most likely it will go away. As long as it is not itching.... and you are not in any discomfort it could very well be from quitting smoking.

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      Tristen 4 months ago

      I quit cold turky just over 3 weeks ago. I have experienced a little bit of nausea, i did get a very dry nose for a week but thats it and it has been suprisingly easy for me. I have pretty good will power but 8 days ago i was out hiking and all the sudden noticed what looked like a rash on my stomoch, upper arms, upper legs, and back. I thought it was a heat rash or something but the next day it is everywhere below my shoulders. There is no itching or anything t all. I cand feel the blemishes but the only way i can describe it is hives. It has een 8 days now. Hasnt gotten worse but its not oing away. Does thus sound relative to quiting cold turky?

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      Lela Bryan 4 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Jessie,

      Yes nicotine lozenges are a cold turkey approach just substituting one nicotine for the other

      Check my program to help you quit that will help you avoid side effects of quitting !!

      https://quitsmoking.acuityscheduling.com/

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      Jessie c. 4 months ago

      Will you still experience all of these symptoms if you are using a nicotine losenge to quit smoking?

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      Lela Bryan 4 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Hi Joseph Bias,

      I understand that you can want to quit but knowing how and sticking to it is another issue. I would like to invite you to join me in a free Tele-seminar of how to quit smoking without side effects. I have scheduled a few of them at different times.

      https://quitsmoking.acuityscheduling.com/

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      Joseph bias 4 months ago

      I have trouble with coping with problems i tell my self all the time im gonna quit and then its like i forget and go smoke. I dont know why but i cant stay focused.

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      Lela Bryan 4 months ago from Alameda, CA

      This is pretty typical ...but 5 months is a long time.

      I have some questions .... email me at easeout@ nicotinesolutionsdotcom so I can clarify

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      Tani 4 months ago

      I quit about 5 months ago. While I did have a few of the issues listed above (constipation, dry skin, suddenly highly sensitive gums, stuffy nose, which was only worsened by pollen allergy etc. blabla), there are two things that have not lessened in severity, and another which I am wondering could be related to quitting as well: hot flashes, insomnia, and more PMS symptoms than before. I am not (peri-)menopausal, I got blood work done to rule it out. My TSH levels are okay, too, so it's not thyroid-related either. No signs of infection either. I have hot flashes even when I'm not "PMS-ing". My insomnia is so horrible by now that it takes me up to five hours to fall asleep (note that I've always had trouble falling asleep, even before I started smoking). Hot flashes and insomnia are my No. 1 PMS symptoms, always have been, but now I'm also extremely moody and I get heart palpitations, too--the latter only during PMS). I'm wondering how long, if related to smoking cessation, this might last. My doctors told me is that my blood work is perfect and that there is no indication of any other diseases.

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      Lela Bryan 4 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Craig,

      I have quite a few questions for you and some solutions.... would you email me at easeout@nicotinesolutionsdotcom and I can ask my questions to clarify and get you some relief!

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      Craig 4 months ago

      I'm 48 years old been smoking since I was 13 quit 2 to 3 packs a day. I quit 20 years ago cold turkey for

      2 years had a cigar and it was all over back to being a smoker don't remember any flu like side effects just the strong urge to smoke remember my craving got less and less as the months went by still had urges after 1 year but only would last like a second didn't have the urge to smoke the cigar that was just a bad choice!! This Time I quit April 14, 2017 for the first 8 days I was on 14mg patch was crazy dizzy with shortness of breath bunch of other symptoms so thinking it was the patch took it off it wasn't the symptoms kept getting worse!! This Time it's kicking my ass!! The worst symptom is feeling like something stuck in throat and constantly swallowing something can't tell what it is because I can't cough it up uncomfortable to eat or drink because it feels like the food or fluids is being blocked by what ever fluids I keep swallowing or i hope not something worse !! Sore throat and My nose has been all dried out and bloody also Nausea, Headaches side of my face and lips tingling and a little numb etc... went to the doctor he couldn't see anything except that nose and throat really red and raw so referring me to ENT IN 2 more weeks. But never had any problems before I quit smoking I'm kind of regreting quitting smoking if these side effects don't go away also several months ago went had my lungs checked pulmonary doctor said I had no damage anyone else get the throat problem and can't cough it out ? Or get it this bad ?

      It's been over 6 weeks well 5 weeks with no nicotine the anxiety is really bad also with some depression.

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      Lela Bryan 4 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Kari,

      wow its been over 5 months since you quit smoking and your throat is still sore. I would recommend gargling with Life brand oral wound gargle. It should be very soothing. The next step would be to to go to a ear nose and throat doctor.

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      Kari 4 months ago

      Quit smoking on Dec,23rd,2016 &my side effect is throt is always sore what's up with that concerned & should I be worried

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      Anne 4 months ago

      Great to read such an informative guide. Am on 21mg patch 13 days in. No side effects but emotionally very tough. A lifetime smoker off and on the rewiring of my brain is the challenge. Raising a teenager, the part of me that wants a smoke is similar - want want want lol. I feel good when I get to bedtime and have made another day! Smoking has become too expensive. I could no longer afford normal cigs so was buying roll your own tobacco, but it made me cough so badly, I felt I would wreck my lungs in no time. It also has become totally socially unacceptable to smoke and I had become a smoker only in my garden. Having a week off work to get on top of it all has been hard because I am in my garden but no smoking. Dog is getting lots of beach walks. Battling the feelings of sadness at losing my joy of smoking. But I want to be free of it and live as long as I can to see my son grow up. I am fairly fit and my lungs are good despite the coughing. Was never a heavy smoker. Today I felt quite annoyed that I may always crave a ciggie and it's not nice to feel that. Am sure it will pass in time. I hope so. Smoking we are done! Buzz off out of my life.

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      Lela Bryan 5 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Hi Alex,

      Sorry I just saw this now...I have had food poisoning for the last 3 days!

      Your muscles and nerves are rebuilding themselves. Cold turkey is very difficult on your body. It is temporary. Think of it as growing pains when you were young.

      Its really hard to tell how long they will last a month or two and it will come and go. You should be fine.

      email me at easeout@nicotinesolutions.com and i can do a follow up with you and answer any questions.

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      Neal 5 months ago

      I was on a pack a day for the last 25 years. I quit because of a DVT in the leg but I didn't go cold turkey. I started out with the 14 mg patch and a electronic cigarette that has 6 mg of nicotine. I don't need to perform it nowhere near as much as I would if I was smoking. Just wondering if anyone else has quit like this, How your body reacted, and how long did it take to get completely off the nicotine. My goal is to wear the patch for a month and have the electronic cigarette and then at the end of the month I will go down to a 7 mg Watch and turn The spinner two to its lowest setting. After a month like that the patch will come off and then I will set times each day then the number of paths from the Electronic cigarette and during that month I will reduce that down to zero puffs. Anyone done anything similar?

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      San 5 months ago

      i smoked 5-6 ciggs a day for 3 years and only recently my stomach started acting weirdly and had heartburn on few occasions. i realized it was acid reflux and immediately decided to go cold turkey and its been 3 weeks now i touched a cigg. I decided not to go back. I still see symptoms of acid reflux whenever i drink coffee(which i know triggers acid reflux). my question is how long does this symptom last? will i no longer be able to drink coffee in my life? I also started yawning more and feel dizzy at times. I regret that i've smoked for all these years now.

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      alex 5 months ago

      Hi again, am trying to sound less scared than I really am but I whole right side of my body is in a mess, my right side of my belly is swollen as well as my leg, my right hand seems heavy pls I need advice and your help Lela.

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      Alex 5 months ago

      Hi again, so my leg is swollen, my calve muscle that is and it hurt a bit I know its temporaral .but pls do you av any advice

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      Lela Bryan 5 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Alex, Yes it is normal.... more oxygen is getting to your brain and that is causing you to become dizzy, hang in there it is all temporary and will go away. Do things a little bit slower to avoid falling or getting to dizzy.

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      alex 5 months ago

      I only smoked cigs for a few weeks and I stopped four days ago, I had migranes on sides of head and above my eyes they reduced yesterday then I felt my right leg become heavy and numbness on the side of my left pinky finger. Today I went out for a bit and I became so dizzy and tired I had to rush home ,am freaking out here is all this normal ?

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      Dee 3355 5 months ago

      Been over a year now for me....feeling alot better, but still going threw side effects. The weighty gain is no fun!!! , but its better than smoking. I posted yesterday, but its gone....For all of you going threw side effects, just remember its temporary, and read ALL that Lela posts, because she knows what we are going threw...its not easy, but its better than smelling like smoke! Now , when i smell it, i become nauseated....so im thankful for that, because i went cold turkey, and at the beginning the cravings were bad, but i kept myself busy, and my mind on other things, and it really works. Good Luck to all of you, and never give up!! :)

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      DEE3355 5 months ago

      Today is 1 year , 2 months for me since i quit cold turkey...I won't lie..there were times that were ruff....I didn't know Lela sold a survivor packet..lol......Hang in there everyone!!! YOU can do this..I have NO cravings at all..the smell of smoke makes me sick....but i did put on a few pounds, and thats ok!! ....im working on that now.....Even after ALL this time...im still dealing with some side effects.....keep yourself busy, and your mind occupied with OTHER things besides cigs!! I did it and it works....computer games, games on my cell, I bought puzzles, I walk EVERYDAY!! keep your chin up, listen to Lela and you'll soon be like me....smoke free!!! :)

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      Sara 5 months ago

      Bloating is my biggest problem

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      Lela Bryan 5 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Kim,

      Mouth sores are very common. Look back in the article and order some life wound rinse and it should be very soothing for your mouth.

      In fact if you go to TheQuitQueen.com/store you can order a whole kit that will deal with all the symptoms including sore mouth and I can get it to you very quickly rather than wait for it for a long time and have to buy a full package.

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      Kim 5 months ago

      It's been 86 days since I had a cigarette. I am still experiencing multiple mouth sores. I've learned that mouth ulcers are common when you quit smoking but still after nearly 3 months?? Anybody experiencing this? Thanks!

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      Lela Bryan 5 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Akaawol,

      Wow sounds painful. These are temporary and will go away. Hang in there.

      Lela

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      Akaawol 5 months ago

      Dry eyes, ear ache and sinus related issues. Also feels like I was hit with a bat just below the scull on the back of my neck.

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      Zoey 5 months ago

      My tongue has these yellow patches on it and it feels swollen and sore. :( I also have a cancre sore on one side of my tongue. Hard to eat

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      Amy 5 months ago

      Breast tenderness and crying jags!

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      RuLzaR 5 months ago

      I am almost 2 months into it but my symptoms are still getting worse !

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      Shirley 6 months ago

      Burning in my chest!

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      Lela Bryan 6 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Char,

      Having mouth tenderness is normal. I have a kit that includes all the over the counter remedies that will help you with some of the side effects that will help with the mouth sores at www.TheQuitQueen.com/store

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      Char 6 months ago

      I am just 3 weeks smoke free. I still have cravings that are very strong at times. I also have areas on my tongue that hurts, but have no sores, and my tongue looks perfectly normal. Can anyone tell me if this is normal? Please!

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      melissa j babcock 6 months ago

      My jaw seems to ache more now, One week into quitting with a patch and I have noticed my jaw aches and chest tightiness.

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      Sam Walker 7 months ago

      So one month exactly now, and my palpitations calmed down a lot at the three week stage. I guess I might be one of the lucky ones, as I have had no cravings, which astounds me after more than 40yrs. The only thing now is the back of my calves that feels rather like I worked them out, but nothing major. The real test though, was all weekend when the little guy in my pic here had 24hrs of seizures, which completely stressed me out and kept me up all night. I went cold turkey but did chew some gum to get through that, and my heart did race all day long. But back to normal now . . . it might sound weird, but my mental state feels I never ever did smoke . . . A good kind of denial? So, just to put it out there as a positive among the many negatives, I look fresher, no morning cough, and my teeth are getting whiter. There is hope. Don't give in.

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      Lela Bryan 7 months ago from Alameda, CA

      Thanks Cindy Lawson

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      allison 7 months ago

      I have only been cigarette free for tow weeks now but the most annoying symptoms for me thus far are dry mouth, bad taste in my mouth, and tingling in my finger tips. I don't know if the bad taste is because I have taken the patch route to quit. I will be removing the patch tomorrow, so I will find out in a few days if that was the reason. My mouth is also a bit sore and I do have a runny nose and a hoarse voice. lol...just falling apart. but it will be worth it. it has gotten better as the days have passed. I was a pack and a half a day smoker on some days. most days just one pack, but on stressful days it would be 1.5 packs. you have to want to do it. Me I want to do it. and am determined. I quit cold turkey years ago when I found out I was expecting with my son. if I did it then I can do it now :) Good luck everyone!

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      Charles 7 months ago

      My mouth has sores

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      Cindy Lawson 7 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I did your course Lela and it worked brilliantly. I had previously tried The Allan Carr book, Chantix, Zyban, hypnosis, pataches, acupuncture and cold turkey, but none of them worked and I was getting really stressed out that I would never quit. Only your course saved me and made smoking easy to quit. I have saved loads of money and feel so much better in myself.

      The side effects I experienced were minimal because I was on such a low nicotine level by the time the course was completed. I did get some heartburn, itchiness, dry skin and irritability, but overall the process was painless.

      Thank you so much for what you did for me xx

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      Sandi 7 months ago

      I quit smoking 1 week ago today. I've had the worst insomnia, heartburn and very bloated. I had horrible cravings one day for a cigarette, but I let it ride, did some deep breathing, it helped! I'm having a lot of very strange dreams, which is kinda fun. No matter what, I will not give up. I've smoked for maybe 35 year's, quit a couple time's, and hated myself when I went back. This is one of the hardest thing's I've ever had to go through, but I'm very stubborn, so I'll use this to my non smoking advantage. Don't give up on yourself, love yourself, because smoking is far from loving ourselves. Keep on pushing on my friend's!!

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      Beth 7 months ago

      I'm having heart palpitations. I quit 36 days ago.

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      Lela Bryan 7 months ago from Alameda, CA

      T0 Chrislong03,

      If you have gone back to smoking, Please join me at my free Teleseminar to help you quit smoking with no drugs or side effects....calmly and comfortably ...sign up at www.TheQuitQueen.com

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      chrislong03 7 months ago

      i quiet smoking a year ago for 2months using chantix,then using a vapor pen till the pen got clogged and stopped working,I used the pen constantly like it was my only air supply i had,trying to kick the craves of nicotine.After the pen clogged and broke by the end of the night i gave in to smoking again.Now im back at square one like i never had stopped smoking,i smoke a pack and a half a day and I'm 35 years old and started at 13.My doc believes that i may have copd now.Well I'm going to try and stop smoking again i want to stop so bad even a year ago when i tried.This time I'm going for the cold turkey no pill,pens,or any other nicotine products.I wish i knew of this page a year ago because i may have still been smoke free today if i did.I need all the encouragement i can get and this page does that.I love the fact that it lists what to expect and the side effects.Well good luck everyone and i will keep posting as i go through my journey to be smoke free as well.Thanks Lela Bryan for the helpful website and everyone for their shares of their stories and their journeys that you have all been through its really helpful and encouraging.

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      Mazzy Christie 8 months ago

      I'm on day 48 (gave up midnight on 31st December 2016) - I've been using nicotine patches 14mg but I started cutting them in half, then in quarters - my symptoms are bleeding gums (starting to resolve), also infected gums (again starting to resolve) - acid reflux (dreadful - never had this before) anxiety and lately, panic attacks :O - also insomnia, strange heart beats such as fast one minute, then slow and thudding, brain fog, weight gain (although I really needed to gain weight)

      Thank you for the page as its very helpful and reassuring - I'm 54 and started smoking when I was 15, gave up when I was 29 had my children and then promptly went back on them when I was 37 (craziest thing I ever did) - One thing I would say is that I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after I gave up the first time and its often highlighted when someone gives up, so if you feel particularly fatigued and cold and this doesnt go away, it would be worth having a thyroid function test just to rule this out - I admit that nicotine seemed to help hypothyroidism to a degree, but of course it wasn't helping much else in terms of health. I gave up again because my cousin died three days before Christmas 2016 of lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking and he was the same age as me and I visited him daily in that final week and vowed to give up. Keep up the good work everyone - each day I think its another day not being controlled by them any more and having a lot more money in my pocket!!

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      Amr 8 months ago

      I quit Cold-Turckey:

      today is the 13 day mark of no smoking. I am 26 years old and been smoking for 13 years. 10 of which at least a pack a day. I never tried stopping before and this was my first time.

      My Days:

      2nd day was horrible. I woke up from bed with no breath at all called 911 (thought i had a heart attack)- the medic said it was because i wast trying to breath too hard and took in too much Carbon dioxide (didnt happen again :) )

      3rd-7th days I was experiencing anxiety- (i thought i had anxiety attacks) but it was just my body's reaction to quitting smoking. I would feel i couldnt breath in confined spaces with extreme chest pain and heart pain-

      --- I went and saw doctors, they said that the acidity levels in my body had increased so much that it went into my heart chamber - prescribed tecta and i no longer have that pain.

      ***day 7 till 13**

      Things have been getting SO MUCH BETTER!! you have no idea how good that feels. I have shortness of breath but not as much. Nothing i cant handle for now. I have an itchy feeling in my throat and coughing but this is my body repairing and chest cleaning itself. There is absolutely NO anxiety. I have occasional insomnia, but i deal with it with a good workout.

      i experienced most of the symptoms- derriere lasted for a week. I dont really want to eat because i smell food differently now. Occasional Headaches but getting better.

      Extreme energy then no energy at all.

      Anxious

      Depression

      Itchiness

      Its pretty tough to be honest but worth it big time. My advise to anyone is not to read too much into the symptoms- it gets better with time and you will feel it.

      It has only been 13 days but trust me what i went through in those 13 days ive never been through in my life- Not knowing what was happening was the scariest part of it all because I was not prepared... Good Luck to Everyone!

      The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph!

      So keep at it, i will keep at it and I'm certain the outcome will be worth it!

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      Sam Walker 8 months ago

      Oh dear! I came here after doing a search for side effects, and I guess I opened a can of worms.

      I was feeling great before reading all this, lol, now I think, after only a week of giving up, that I might expect to suffer some of these ailments. I hope not.

      After over 40yrs of smoking, pretty much a pack a day, I finally bit the bullet and did nicotine gum for a couple of days before going cold turkey. It is the right time for me mentally after only ever thinking about giving up. I won't smoke again, I know that; I'm in a good place with the whole thing, but who knew there were so many side effects? Not I! Nobody ever told me that; and all my friends gave up before me.

      I only expected some craving, which I am amazed I don't really get, nor any of the many symptoms talked about here, however, I do get palpitations–racing heart and skipped heart beats. I didn't see mention of this here, but other sites do talk about it and why it happens; suggesting cutting down on, or eliminating caffeine, alcohol, chocolate (eek!) as well sugar in general, while the heart tries to normalize. Sheesh, is there nothing sacred? Looks like it's not just smokes you have to give up to give up smoking!

      Outside of this, so far, so good for me, though; I wake a little earlier than I ever did (which is good) and the phantom 'chemical' smells I used to always imagine were the result of a brain tumor, are gone, as real smells start to replace them. I joked on my second day when I walked the dog, that I felt a bit dizzy; saying it must be all that oxygen I wasn't used to - turns out that was the actual case.

      Good luck to everyone giving up, and thank you for hosting the page; now I know if any of this happens to me, I'm not alone. :)

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      Adam Ant 8 months ago

      Hello Friends, I just hit the 3 month mark with zero nicotine, not so much as a drag, patch, stick of gum, or vape. I am still having pretty considerable indigestion, gas, and bloating as well as major water retention days along with dull, achy lungs and costrochondritis-type symptoms and liver pains.

      Currently taking 10,000 IU Vitamin D, Magnesium, Fish Oil, as well as Milk Thistle Extract (for the liver.) I eat extremely well, no dairy/gluten although I still cling to my morning coffee.

      I don't have really any urge to smoke, although sometimes I get hit with a craving out of the blue that comes on HARD and leaves fast, within a minute or two. The body pains and general malaise are a real problem for me that has limited my day to day functioning and productivity and sometimes I wonder if I am dying.

      One thing though is for certain, I will never smoke again.

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      Sara 8 months ago

      I quit smoking as my new year resolutions, pretty much cold turkey from a couple of days before Jan 1. My sinus's and gums are going through the worst pain and i am driving myself crazy thinking there is something seriously wrong with me as I have quit several times before and had other people quit around me but no one else experiencing what i am! I hope this wont last too much longer.

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      Bubba 8 months ago

      Last Smoked 18th Dec 2016 at 17h 00. THEN COLD TURKEY!!!!

      Doing ok except I wake up every 2hrs for a pee. Cant really say i have slept more than about 4 or 5 hrs a night since i Stopped.

      for me first 3 weeks were nasty, and the next 3 weeks were not much better, still 30 to 40 a day 30 years... can't camplain really and feeling richer..... good luck to you all....

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      Dee 3355 8 months ago

      It will ALL get better....I Promise!! I went thru all this also, and it wasn't easy....quitting smoking is a tuff thing to do, But be Proud of yourselves!!!! Each day will get easier....and try to STOP thinking about it every minute of each day..I did that also, and it made it all worse. I'm still having side effects and its almost a year for me, But i DO feel better ! IF your having a tuff time with side effects, Go see your Doctor, he/she could possibly give you something to get thru it....I bought Tylenol PM for the insomnia and it helped. Everyone is different, and so are the side effects. Lela has great tips above..Follow those, and one more thing...drink ALOT of water!! This page has helped me alot thru the months, and I quit cold turkey....! Good Luck and i hope everyone keeps posting, because it does help others!!! :)

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      Carlie 8 months ago

      339 am..... cant sleep and having horrible indigestion... I'm starting on day 4 of being cold turkey smoke free and Lord I'm praying this gets better!!!!

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      Kira 9 months ago from Rock Island IL

      I selected other:

      The loss of the ability, to stop / step away from life, to reflect, in a non fattening manor, is the part that bothers me the most... To me, it really feels like I'm losing an elegant mannerism...

      Currently 58 hours, with out nicotine...

      Thanks for the article,

      -Kira

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      Ronda Kay 9 months ago

      I quit out of the blue cold turkey Christmas Day. I really don't know why I expected instant gratification. I don't crave a cigarette like I thought I would. The thought actually makes me nauseas. Perhaps, I was prepared for craving a cigarette. When I didn't crave one the first week, I was excited. Then, the other withdrawal symptoms began yelling at me to be noticed. I was not prepared for the rest of the withdrawals. Several days I felt and still feel like the sudden stop of smoking has triggered the onslaught of cancer, diabetes, and menopause all at the same time. Oh, and I have to mention that my tongue feels like it has a film over it that causes everything to taste not just bad, but awful. Day 21 and although I don't feel like I'll survive the withdrawals, I am still holding strong. Just wish I had someone to talk to that understands my issues.

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      Cindy Gifhorf 9 months ago

      Lela,

      This information is wonderful but I would like to add that when it comes to some of the side effects such as depression, anxiety, deep breathing and confusion they can last for months.