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to have expected to feeing much better than this after quitting fags for over 6 weeks?

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Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 17:40:21

I quit using champix just before New Year's Eve. Had a sneaky puff a couple of days after, but nothing more since then. I was a vv heavy smoker, 30, 40 rollups a day. Who knows, maybe more sometimes? I used to wake up in the night to continue my smoking habit. blush

I still have terrible cravings. They have been worse over the last few days. I feel really angry and upset. I also feel quite fat. I have not weighed myself because i'm too scared. Suffice to say there's Crimbo and Quitting smoking poundage, so probably 8 to 10 lb. To be frank, the fact that none of my niec clothes fit me properly also makes me very angry.

However, generally I feel upset and angry and miserable and would love a fag. I also have spots and I keep getting a horrid taste of stale tobacco in my throat even though I haven't smoked. I have a sore throat, cough, feel miserable and fat and I have spots. I wish I had never stopped. I took Champix and that made me feel awful. sad I'm seriously considering going to get some baccy, because I was happier and a nicer person as a smoker! Where is all this renewed energy and vitality they go on about? Aren't you supposed to turn into Supeerwoman? I feel like fuckin chuff!

IABU to exected to be feeling better and healthier after 6 weeks without smoking?

HollyBerryBush Fri 15-Feb-13 17:41:55

6 weeks is when your body starts to clear out all the toxins, hence what seems to be heavy cold, mucus etc.

Keep up with it, it'll pass soon.

I don't know, sorry you are feeling so crap sad
But WELL DONE for sticking to it for this long. You presumably wanted to quit so if you restart you'll just end up here a few years down the line.
I think if you make it to the end of the month you should treat yourself to a new outfit - don't worry about the wight for now. Then, by the end of March you'll be a lot further on in the "quitting" stakes and that;s the time to start losing the excess pounds - you'll have them off easily by summer. By which time you'll be back to your normal self, but as a non smoker.

Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 17:43:49

Ahh, I thought that stage passed by the third week.

IcaMorgan Fri 15-Feb-13 17:47:17

When you first quit you do feel worse as your body is getting rid of the rubbish from the smoking

I gave up using Champix over 5 years ago and I had the side effects of nausea and dizziness so they reduced the dose which worked

You could try asking your Dr about it

Cassarick Fri 15-Feb-13 17:48:30

Go and get an electronic ciggie - I use E-lites. I gave up in October and haven't had a ciggie since. (I still crave a roll-up from time to time!!).

Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 17:48:43

OK, I thought by 6 weeks you'd be settling down and getting over the worse, but the carvings have suddlenly got much more intense in the last few days.

Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 17:49:07

Not carvings, cravings. I'm all in a tis here.

Are you still actually taking the Champix? You need to keep taking them for quite a while.

Whojamaflip Fri 15-Feb-13 17:51:07

I quit in October and since then I have had a chest infection which took 2 lots of anti-bs to clear, a sinus infection which needed another course of antis and seem to have had one cold after another.

I was on 20 a day on a good day and its enough to start me on them again.

I just want to feel well again <<stamps feet>> angry

I feel your pain op but well done for quitting smile

ModernToss Fri 15-Feb-13 17:55:51

I stopped at New Year and don't feel any better yet. I probably smell better though.

I am however still chewing Nicorette, so the cravings aren't bad at all.

You've done the hard bit - don't give up now. There are unexpected benefits too - my dentist was thrilled that I'd stopped, as smoking is horrible for your gums.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 15-Feb-13 17:56:11

TBH the couple of times I stopped smoking I honestly didn't feel any health benefits at all.
The longest was 18 months, and food didn't taste better, I didn't have more energy when going for walks or any of the myths put about.
I did save money though, and the freedom from the whole tyranny of tobacco were the advantages. No panic at the end of the night wondering if there's enough tobacco to last till morning and no scraping about for money to buy it.
I didn't put on weight either, and I will try again when in the right frame of mind.

hiddenhome Fri 15-Feb-13 17:56:36

It takes over a year before you start feeling well and stop getting lots if infections. Try to persevere, it will be worth it smile

greenbananas Fri 15-Feb-13 17:57:23

I think the cravings kind of go in waves. Obviously you are having a bad wave just now. Even in 10 years time, you will probably fancy a fag very occasionally, but obviously will find it easier to deal with. Don't give up now!!! You have done so well smile

How very well I remember the horrible spotty phase... and coughing up loads of black, horrible crap for months and months, and tasting tobacco - almost feeling as though I was sweating it all out of my system. Also, does your poo smell of tobacco?

The weight gain can be depressing too. Have you tried sugar-free polos or some other oral-gratification thing that might stop you munching?

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 15-Feb-13 18:02:34

Sugar free chewing gum was my vice, but I chewed so much I lost a couple of fillings.
So all my savings on tobacco went to the dentist angry.

Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 18:05:15

greenbananas, I have been on sugar free sweets and mints. I was worried about the harmful effects of aspartame and other sweeteners. So, I got some with Xylitol and the make me so damned windy. I now call them my special chuff sweets! It's like having a brass band in my undercrackers.

I'm not eating loads, which is good. In fact, I'm stunned by how I'm just eating normally. I'm not gaining more, it's just not shifting iyswim.

I've not done a tobacco poo yet, but I've coughed up some smokey lung oysters. I keep getting all greasy too, I'm sure it's my body expelling all the crap. That's where the spots are coming from.

LadyBeagleEyes, food doesn't taste any better to me either.

Thanks for the words of support. You are all wonderful quitters!grin

i quit 3.5 years ago on the champix. Don't give in you are doing so well, and it is worth it i promise.

i felt no better physically for ages - i definitely smelt better though. NOW i notice it a lot compared to how i was particularly when i get a cold - no more hacking cough that lasted weeks etc. Skin def better too - pinker rather than greyer .

i think a lot of people think you must feel great when you stop smoking, but seeing as smoking never made me feel ill, why would it??

to be honest Champix turned me fecking batty so it could well be that that's making you feel like shit.

Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 18:09:01

Hmm, well Badger. The less said about the Champix the better, suffice to say it stops you smoking, but that comes at a price.

I only took it for 4 weeks.

WowOoo Fri 15-Feb-13 18:13:16

Whatever you do, don't listen to Cassarick and get yourself an E-cig. You'll get a nicotene craving instead then.

You are doing so well and will feel shitty from time to time. It's wired in your brain and your brain is now unwiring that nicotene shit from it.

You wouldn't believe how much healthier you are now compared to 6 weeks ago.
In another 6 weeks your heart and lungs will be so much healthier again.

The spots will go and one day soon you are going to feel very proud of yourself. I am proud of you. If you have dc they will be too.

Yfronts Fri 15-Feb-13 18:17:46

you are doing really well!! Your body is just chucking out all the toxins. Could you try and get addicted to exercise rather then food/fags?

Yfronts Fri 15-Feb-13 18:18:41

spots might be to do with the liver getting rid of all the crap?

AnyaKnowIt Fri 15-Feb-13 18:22:45

I quit at the same time as you op

My skin is shit all cover in spots, I think the only thing different is that I don't stink anymore. I still sometimes get the feeling that I want a cig

chroniclackofimagination Fri 15-Feb-13 18:27:52

No it can take a while. I for good three years ago when I found I was pregnant with DS1. Now I feel clean, can breathe properly, hate smoke around me but for ages I craved a cigarette Everytime I ate, had coffee, saw someone on TV smoking or smelled smoke. Quitting sucks and what helped me stay off them is never wanting to go through that from scratch again. Think of it as something you are recovering from, your six weeks into your recovery and it will keep getting better and easier. You DON'T want to have to start from the beginning.

chroniclackofimagination Fri 15-Feb-13 18:28:35

Meant to type I QUIT for good

Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 18:39:34

I'm so glad others have been all spotty too, but I mean that in a good way. It must be a side effect from quitting that nobody warns you about.

Getting addicted to exercise is a good idea. I was on level 3 of 30 day shred and sometimes even doing it twice a day. That did just make me very hungry though. grin

I'm so glad to hear that so many other people are managing to stay stopped.

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