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Old 09-01-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

I quit for about 2 months early spring--restarted for a few weeks during a very stressful month away from home dealing with my sick father. Got home, quit within 2 days, had no real cravings or withdrawals during the last 2-3 months. Was so thrilled I "kicked this nasty habit."

I have been smoke-free til a few days ago...only have had a few and smoked only 1/2 a cig if that. I have had the most intense cravings and moments of irritability that I have ever dealt with. Why in the world would this happen after stopping?


I will be reading the many posts on here and look forward to any help. I have to get this dealt with once and for all! In all honesty, cigs should be illegal they are so addictive.

 
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:51 PM   #2
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

Hi I make it three whole days then I'll start with a puff etc, until I am smoking again, I don't crave just a habit with my hands I guess, Why? I'll follow your thread for advice, Thank you. more will follow

 
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

The delayed withdrawal is what has puzzled me. Since I quit 2/3 months ago, I did not even think about smoking until several days ago, unless someone brought it up and asked how it was going. I sure hope others can give some insight on this.

 
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:22 AM   #4
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

From what I understand, while the "physical" causes (nicotine still in the body) may only be a short time, the "psychological" causes can vary. Many liken it to mourning or grieving the loss of something (in this case the body missing a stimulus). Mourning can be very strong during the first bit, but can continue to crop up even after a few months from some sort of subconscious stimuli.

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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

I have read that by 2 to 4 weeks after quitting, most of the cessation-related anxiety, etc. has ended? And from that point on, your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, etc becomes less and less as well as your circulation and all other vitals are improving daily!

I recommend keeping a water bottle handy, when you would want to reach for a cigarette, drink water! Walk, do yoga, lift weights, do whatever it takes to distract you from lighting that cigarette. Good luck to you and congrats for quitting!

 
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:24 PM   #6
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

Thank you members for all their info. My new quit date is 8-16. The 15th will be a sressful day. I will follow-up on my progress for anyone who wishes to hear it. But when I was is the hospital for a week a few time, I did not have a patch nor did I crave cigs. I did time in jail (drunk driving) no craving. They did have cigs there but wanted nothing to do with that. I also have the gum so we'll see.

 
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

Hopefully, I just had my last cigarette forever! I am going to quit again. I have been looking at some yoga videos and think that may be a great thing to add this time around. I drink lots of water anyway---just gonna not give in to the temptation/craving again--even if it is 2/3 months later.

I have the gum ready and hope that this quit is as easy as the last one---this time, NOT ONE PUFF EVER---I am done with this disgusting, dreadful habit!

Thanks for all the reply's!

 
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

MY quit date is moved to tomorrow. I have the gum, water, dum dum suckers. I want the habit to be done. I give encouragement and prayers to sickofpain2. Try to get a puzzle book, coloring book, hook rug. Something to keep your hands busy. This should help. My father who quit for 35 years is now smoking. I asked him why and he said I'm 76 yrs old. I can do what I want. I couldn't argue with that. I pray all who are quitting they suceed. I hope and pray I suceed too!! God bless everyone!! Oh, after thought, Has anyone tried chantix? I did twice and got the flu, yes flu from it. How has it affected anyone?

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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

You will have urges for months and even years. There will be more time in between but it will be stronger. Smoking is just like any addiction.

I am trying to quit now. I did years ago for 18 months. My mother stopped after 45 years of smoking. She told me 10 years later she was having dreams of picking up cigarette butts. And of course, she did die of COPD and a late stage of dementia at the age of 87.

 
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You will have urges for months and even years. There will be more time in between but it will be stronger. Smoking is just like any addiction.

I am trying to quit now. I did years ago for 18 months. My mother stopped after 45 years of smoking. She told me 10 years later she was having dreams of picking up cigarette butts. And of course, she did die of COPD and a late stage of dementia at the age of 87.
I agree with Dottie l96l. My father stoped 35 years ago and started up 2 yrs ago saying I'm 78 and smoking! Who cares. But it is like addictions. Just as I said of my father, he started after 35 yrs My sympthies to you Dottie of your mothers passing.

 
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

You just have to hang in there. I have been there, but quit once. There is never a good time quit, you just have to be determined to do it, stick with it, and you will one day succeed. I been on the boards, aol, and did my quit. Been somber for 11 years. But it will be tough, good days and bad, but you will succeed. Keep coming in here, complain about life, if it makes you feel good. You will be better. Later.
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

I am quitting and have the gum to help. Any info on how the gum workes becaues my gum dont tingle. Any info on the gum? Much appreciated...

 
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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

I used regular gum, no tingle to be had. You need to try the patch, the gum, or cold turkey, whichever one seems to feel comfortable for you. And keep active, exercise, walking, sports, etc, reading, crafts, etc. And have plenty of straws to chew on. It won't be easy but you can do it.
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I used regular gum, no tingle to be had. You need to try the patch, the gum, or cold turkey, whichever one seems to feel comfortable for you. And keep active, exercise, walking, sports, etc, reading, crafts, etc. And have plenty of straws to chew on. It won't be easy but you can do it.
Still going strong, the gum I chew for alittle bit then store it in my gum area and chew again. I do this for 30 min then wait until I want the gum. I have tmj so gum is not for me but I chew and suck. I have dum dum suckers and swedish fish I suck on. I do have straws, my daughter is a waitress and I have atleast 100 of them. Rosier Than you for the encouragement, it help alot. Have you been smoke free for 11 yrs? That is awesome. Any more tips. Thanks

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Re: Delayed withdrawal after quitting smoking.

One of the main things is to keep busy, to keep the mind occupied. It is hard but can be done. Walking, any form of exercise is good to keep busy. Being on the computer, doing crafts, to keep the hands busy. I do reading, crocheting, do search a words or fill it in books, helps. But keep busy. Find thing to do, cleaing house, playing with the kids, play with the family pet. Keep us posted on your progress, and urges will be there periodically for the next year. Once you get past one year, it does get easier. You will look back and wonder why you started in the first place. Hang in there.
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