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Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
Originally posted by Lysergic
I finally "get it". Lysergic's seratonin levels are so finely atuned (whether this was a natural occurence or whether there has been some 'ahem' tampering done is still up for debate) that he "Lys" is able to say exactly the right thing at the right time.
It's a little after 2:30 am in London, Ontario Canada and I can't sleep. No surprise. But being up late, sleepless, in a quiet house with no distractions is a dangerous time. I just know that if I started looking hard enough, I'd find a cigarette. I know that there just has to be one in the bottom of a drawer, in a coat pocket (stale cigarettes would do me just fine) or someplace -- if I looked hard enough. But Lysergic's brain chemistry is such that he was able to talk directly to my subconscious. If I had succumbed to my nocturnal nicotine whims and urges, I would most certainly have felt as asinine as that comment. "cghooo chooooooooooooo" indeed.
Nope. I'm not gonna light one up (but, between you and me, I'd really like to) however, I won't!
Fact sheet: Nicotine withdrawal
Nicotine withdrawal is usually worst in the first 24-48 hours of quitting. Few people experience all the symptoms and they don't all happen at once. The symptoms you might experience are a normal and expected part of quitting smoking. The symptoms will gradually decline in intensity and the worst is usually over after a couple of weeks.
Withdrawal is your body's response to ridding itself of dependence on nicotine. Some people think of the withdrawal as 'recovery symptoms'. After about two weeks 'recovery symptoms' should be gone. If you have a moderate or high level of nicotine dependence and expect withdrawals, using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a smart move. The fact sheet Products to help you quit smoking has more information.
It's a good idea to let some of your family, friends and workmates know what you're going through, that way they can support you.
Some of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal you may experience are:
Irritability and anxiety
Feelings of irritability or anxiety may be experienced as your body adjusts to being without nicotine. It's common to feel anxious when you make a big change in your life.
To counter this effect, reduce the amount of stress in your life in the first two weeks of your quit attempt. Do things that relax you while you're quitting. If you only have time for a short break, then a brief walk and change of environment may help.
The physical changes that are happening in your body and the cravings for a cigarette may make it more difficult to concentrate. Your body is now receiving more oxygen and will adjust to this in a few days. Complete your tasks or activities in small 'bite-size' chunks. You can do this by taking regular breaks and doing something active during those breaks. Your concentration levels will return to normal in a few weeks time.
Some people feel as though they can't sit still and that they need to move about or do something with their hands. Use this restlessness in a positive way by doing some physical activity that you enjoy.
As your body is removing nicotine it is able to absorb more caffeine. It may be helpful to reduce your intake of tea, coffee and cola drinks by half. Read the labels on chocolate bars and energy drinks as some of these items also contain caffeine. An increase in caffeine levels may add to your feelings of restlessness or insomnia.
Problems falling asleep or frequent waking
Your sleep patterns may be affected as your body withdraws from nicotine. This should ease after about a week. Some people report having unusual or strong dreams, others find that they sleep better. Do something that you find relaxing before you go to bed.
Craving for tobacco
Some people think of cravings as 'desires' for a cigarette. Cravings are normal and expected. They last only a few minutes and have a beginning, middle and an end. As time passes your cravings will be less intense, shorter and happen less often. You may like to think of cravings as a 'time limited desires'. Some people keep a diary to document how they feel, including the frequency and intensity of their cravings. This can help to demonstrate that things are improving.
Tingling sensations and dizziness
Some of the aches and pains you experience are signs that your circulation is improving. This is because more of your smaller blood vessels are opening up and your body is adapting to having more oxygen. Tingling in your fingers and toes and dizziness show that the blood circulating through your body has more oxygen in it.
Coughing means that your lungs are getting rid of tar and mucus. Try to think of coughing as your lungs now working better to clean themselves.
Some people start to feel more hungry once they have quit smoking. This is because nicotine has been reducing their appetite while they have been smoking. You may find that you develop a 'sweet tooth'. It may be helpful to take glucose, which is low in kilojoules and may help to satisfy the desire for sweet foods, without resorting to that extra helping of chocolate cake or ice-cream that can add to your body weight. Glucose is available in liquid or tablet form from pharmacies. Diabetics should consult their doctor before using any product containing sugars.
Originally posted by Crakeur
congrats. the physical addiction is close to gone. the "voices in your head" are telling you it is easy to quit so having one won't make a difference. Ignore them. ...
just remember, the voices are your own so tell them to stfu
Originally posted by ludaChris
I need to find a way to ween myself off instead of just dropping it just like that. Bad habits die hard.
Originally posted by sardion2000
It's good that you only sparingly use the gum, as over using it can give you throat infections.
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant, everything I own smells like cigarettes and I now absolutely HATE that smell.