The Quitters Flu.

Man with Quitters FluHave you recently quit smoking and now find yourself feeling sick? You may be suffering from the quitters flu; a number of symptoms that combine in such a manner they  resemble a cold or flu like illness. Most smokers who quit will experience it.




 

What are the Quitters Flu Symptoms?

 
As mentioned above, quitters flu symptoms resemble those that tend to accompany the common cold or flu. These can be headaches, flashes of hot and cold, chest congestion, cough, sore throat and both nasal and sinus congestion.

The moment you quit smoking your body begins to heal and as a result, these physical symptoms will tend to occur. It is a normal part of the process, though discussing such symptoms with your doctor is still a good idea, even if for peace of mind and reassurance.

Perhaps the most notable of these flu like symptoms are those associated with the respiratory system.

A microscopic photo of cilia lining the human wind pipe. Image made available using creative commons licence.

The lungs contain small hair like structures called cilia. (They look more like sea anemones.) These cilia, naturally sweep particles out of the wind pipe to be expelled by coughing.

Tobacco smoke coats the lungs with tar and disrupts this process by preventing the cilia from working. When you quit smoking, the tar begins to break down and the cilia once again start cleaning.

Quitters will likely notice a blackish – brown and often speckled phlegm as a result. Given the amount of rubbish that builds up in a smokers lungs, this can be quiet extreme and often takes time to settle down.

The ability to breath easier and maintain a greater state of healthiness, more than make up for the unpleasantness of quitters flu. The symptoms of quitters flu should also start to settle after a few weeks.
 

How long does Quitters Flu Last?

 
The length of time you may suffer quitters flu symptoms is variable. Some ex smokers may only suffer the symptoms for a number of days. For others it can last for months. My own quitters flu lasted on and off for several months, though only extreme for short periods of time, most notably over the first couple of weeks.

Over the longer term, I found that exercise enhanced some of the symptoms, but also helped clear out my lungs. If the symptoms feel quite serious or last for more than a few days at a time, I would suggest speaking to a doctor as you may actually have a genuine cold or flu!

What I personally find interesting, is that since quitting smoking two years ago, I have only suffered a genuine cold (virus) twice, and suffered for no longer than 72 hours. Prior to quitting, I would suffer two or three colds a year and they would last for around two weeks!

 

Tips for Managing the Quitters Flu.

 

Rest During the Early Stages.

Quitters flu is at its worst in the early days of a quit smoking campaign. It may help to rest and be as comfortable as possible, while allowing the healing process to happen. Consider drinking warm herbal teas to aid relaxation and relieve some of the symptoms.

Eat Quality Foods and Micro Nutrients.

The body gets the majority of nutrients needed to heal, from the foods we eat. If these foods are of a high quality and have sound  nutritional value, the more building blocks your body will have to aid the process. Consider eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and less processed and over cooked foods.

When You Feel Ready, Get Some Exercise.

Exercise promotes healthy lung function and helps accelerates the cleaning process. Consider starting with a daily, fast paced, five minute walk around the block.




 

Comments

  1. Today is day 10 of quitting for me. I tested going out for the morning and found I didn’t cut what I was doing short anymore because I didn’t get the crave. That was big for me. I too am using a patch but taking it off after the morning which is my bad time. I am on the weakest patch as of tomorrow. I was a light smoker so it has been easier than when I tried a couple years ago when I smoked more. I smelled my first cigarette in a parking lot today and it did not smell good. I’m more than a little hopeful this round though I have a longggggggg way to go. Thanks to this website for all the information it is priceless and really helps.

    • I’m on the patch too. I still want a puff here and there. I hate coughing up this stuff. Everyone sounds so ooooooo good. I’m scared

    • Congratulations!!! I am on day 21 of cutting down from a pack a day, to a couple of puffs at certain times in the day. Instead of smoking a full cigarette when I needed them the most, I only allowed myself 3 puffs off one. This worked well for the first week, the second week I cut down even further . I allowed myself 2 puffs and changed WHEN I puffed. Instead of puffing when I’m used to, I changed the time of day and had 2 puffs. For example, morning time, walking the dog, and after eating, I were the times I always needed a smoke, so I didn’t allow a puff att hose times, I would stretch my desire for a puff an hour or two from my regular times . Instead of first thing in the morning, I pushed myself to wait a few hours, and if there’s desire was too much, I allowed 2 puffs off a smoke, and that’s it! This third week I quit the puffs through out the day entirely and only allowed a drag at bedtime. I am on day 4 of no puffs at all!!! I doc buy some Nicolette which helps immensely ! Congrats to both you and me!!!!! Keep up the great work !

  2. I appreciate this website. I’m not as anxious today knowing that there are others out there feeling the same way I’m feeling.

  3. cool thoughts to all ex-smokers on this website. i had most of the symptoms but now on my 18th day of quitting(cold turkey style) had me the following…chills,bad sore throat,anxiety,loss appetite due to acid reflux..but NO Fever..i felt like im having one but the doc says my body temp is normal.those chills almost made me had mild shakes…goin strong for few more days…have anyone faced the same symptoms like i did? i stopped my cigs n my caffeine fix at the same time….felt hell…

    • I’m on day 18 and today have have come down with “smokers Flu” I feel really ill 🙁 I cut out caffeine once and honestly I had never felt worse in my whole life so my guessing would be that teamed with non smoking would be extreme hell ! 🙁

      • exsmoker2 says:

        exsmoker
        i feel you,i am on day 8 of non smoking,constant spitting of mucus from my lungs,at night i feel my cilia doing its work!what helps is water on the bedside and rest.my spitting has decreased but still i have to spit out.if anyone want to exchange experience so that we can feel relaxed,assured with a fellow exsmoker who is online of the time please feel free to email me
        moneylacag@gmail.com

      • cheers ex-smoker..i’m on my 24th day and the cold seems getting better..however i’m still getting that sore throat now..it doesn’t swell alot but doc says its alot better than last time..any of u folks had long duration of sore throats before reaching the 1 month mark? – cheers n luv ST

      • the last time I tried to quit I stopped drinking coffee because for me that was a trigger but boy did that hit me hard …..I started smoking again because I could not take it. This time I am drinking one coffee in the morning and tea the rest of the day so that I still get my “fix” and it seems to be helping I am 3 days out of not smoking …..good luck !

    • Omg there is no way to could give up my coffee as well as my smoking! One is enough. I’m on day 5 right now and and I am not sure what is worse the withdrawal from smoking or when I went threw caffeine withdrawals a few years back. I have noticed I can not drink as much coffee as I used to now.

    • imy last drag was on 5th of jan iguess its 6 weeks n i am feels ng chest tightness daily n acid reflux aswell went to doc several time he is giving be acid reduction tums. It feels like hell dont know when its going to endd keep me updated abt ur progress

      • hi tanveer..try to change ur diet and lifestlye. ive eating smaller meals and stay away from acidic meals..it will get better overtime.drink lotsa water and probably take up banana after breakfast lunch..

  4. Today is my 6th day of quitting by Cold Turnkey method without using any substitute or patches. Feeling great despite of some stomach cramps, cold and sleep disturbances problems, everything is going well.

  5. Hi all, just wanted to quickly congratulate everyone who has decided to make one of the most important decisions of your life! I too had been a smoker since I was 14 and decided to stop sucking in poison when I realised I was smoking for more than half my life span! What have I been doing to myself all those years? I’ve now been on complete cold turkey for 6 days now ( both cigs and weed) and can honestly say I wish I didn’t pick up that first cig all those years ago, currently getting a soar throat so am expecting the quitters cold any day now but just wanted to say, yes I know the cravings can be hard at times but just remember they only last for a min or so, keep up the good work people and stay strong, you can get through this’d and live a happy smoke free life

  6. I would like to congratulate all of you. Stopping is the hardest. I have smoked off and on for about 35 years. Unfortunately I am unable to tell if it is quitters flu or not. I had to stop my hormone therapy due to breast cancer. Then I stopped smoking on 1/17. It seams that this may be some yet not all. I have not had any cough until last night while I was sleeping. I know this is it for me. I need to find a new stress relief. I feel better yet I do not like the weight gain!!!

  7. Day 28 today… I’d celebrate but I’ve been struck down with a smoke free head-cold/sinus infection?? Seemingly it’s common enough once you’ve quit, but otherwise have been fine up until this point. Increased speckled sputum being coughed up has only reiterated the damage the passed few years of smoking has caused. I have returned to exercising also which seems to be speeding up the recovery process, I am finally gaining my health back. And so are you… keep up the great work, cravings will pass… and no cigarette smoked will feel as good as being able to take a good deep healthy breath.

  8. Bob McMullen says:

    Day 28 smoke free after 48 years of smoking!!!! I’ve tried quiting quite a few times, longest was 1 month(honestly) and 4 months(dishonestly), You know trying to hide it from my wife and family, but all I was doing was lying to myself, not quiting for me. This time I didn’t anyone i was quiting and I doing for me.. Right now I’m going through flu like symptoms (feeling like holy hell), didn’t know about smokers flu till I read this web site. I know I’m going to make it, cause I’m not going through this hell again! The best of luck all the quitters out there!!

  9. I quit tobacco 2nd of January 2016 after 13 years of at least 20 a day. I’m 31. First 7 days I used the nicotine patches, after that I was introduced to e-cig (BLU) and been on it since. 18mg nicotine e-liquid at the moment, but am going to cut down to 12mg, then 6mg and finally to no nicotine at all. And then quit the e-cig too.
    I’ve been feeling so much better physically, I can smell things that I never was able to smell before. I can breathe better and feeling better in general. BUT I’ve been feeling like crap mentally since. Like having a constant PMS. Also my period was 11 days late. Feeling panicky, anxious and argue a lot with my husband. Oh and feeling dizzy at times and lightheaded. Hope this too will pass 🙂

    • It’s been 5 weeks for me, after 22 years. I feel good about myself that I could quit cold turkey. I’m still having so many problems. Headache, Lightheadedness, tingling in face. I’ve been to my Primary Care, ENT and Cardiologist I’ve had 2 MRIs and 2 CT Scans, X-rays, and I’m healthy. I beg to differ! My head hurt like heck it’s hard for me to stay at work. I don’t know what else to do. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!! any advise. I almost feel as though I would be better off smoking.

      • Christy says:

        Great job at reaching 5 weeks! That’s great!! Sounds like you’ve had the workup. When I have a headache, I usually drink green tea or ginger tea or just bang my head on my mattress. Or, take deep breaths and go in a quiet room….usually makes me feel better.
        I hope you feel better soon. Day 12 of no smoking for me and today I have very bad heartburn and very nauseous. Best of luck to you.

  10. This is day 8 of quitting. Almost right away I found it hard to breathe, and also have styffy nose all the time. Constant yawning too. Today, my entire rib cage is in a lot of pain. Someone suggested my lungs are growing , pushing on my ribcage!

  11. 61 yo female smoked 42 years and up to 2 packs when i quit 7 weeks ago on Chantix. 15 years ago I had a quintuple heart bypass and a year and a half ago a valve replacement, still did not quit. Now I have after many failed attempts, have never stayed quit more than 2 or 3 days and then I would cheat. I have developed a cold I thought and went to dr 2 days ago, Levaquin and Prednisone again, but now maybe that is not it. It could be this coughers flu. Only thing is that the Phlem is so thick I can hardly get it up/

  12. I’m on day 5 of my second time quitting cold turkey and I feel awful. It truly feels like I have the flu. Cough, hot flashes, tingling in my hands and feet, headache. This is misery. Any tips?

  13. I quit smoking cold turkey back in November of 2015. I used a Ecig-mod to bridge over, which contained a small amount of Nicotine to ease the pain.

    Jumping over to the Ecig vaporizer, it was very easy and I did not experience hardly any cravings. Although I did get the flu like symptoms but mildly. I started out at 12mg and went down to 3mg. (ecig juice)

    Fast forward to last week. I got sick of the Ecig, and put it down. Shortly after doing this, I came down with the Flu, again! But, this time it was MUCH worse. Extreme chills, lack of appetite, lethargy, you name it. Nicotine is a hell of a drug.

    Haven’t felt better in years though

  14. Hi all ex-smokers, I am on day 30 and as much as I am happy not to stick the poison in my mouth any longer , I experiencing the worse flu like symptoms ever ! My throat and sinuses are so sore and I feel so weak , stayed in bed all day . Does anyone know how long this is going to last ? It’s a complete torture … 🤕

    • Help I am on day 2 and my throat hurts when I swallow and I keep sweeting. The Nicolette gum stings my throat.

  15. day 3 for me…….this is not my first time trying to quit but this time I really don’t want to smoke. I find that if I confront the places where I would normally smoke and not avoid them it is helping me. I go out on break with the smokers but I drink tea and it feels ok !!!!! surprise surprise….smoker for 30 years…

  16. Thanks for sharing all your experiences. I just passed the 2 month mark after going cold turkey, having smoked 2-3 packs/week over the course of about 15 years (I’d quit twice during that time, a year or two at a time, over other people guilting me into it – but that never works until you accept it & make the decision for yourself, does it now?). Anyhow… no coughs until now!! Went from sinus to chest, but very productive unlike the bronchitis I would ALWAYS get in the past, which made me wonder if this was a belated onset of smoker’s flu. Especially since it hasn’t incapacitated me in 48hrs like bronchitis used to. Thanks for the feedback. I can handle tha hacking if it’s just my lungs trying to recoup – I never have to worry about smelling like an ashtray, or constantly having breath mints on hand, concealing my stash around some people, and all the $ I’ve saved! & the cravings are, like, 95% gone. If this is the worst I get, I’ll take it.

  17. 7weeks today that i stopped smoking and have had this quitting flu twice. Not nice but just proves what smoke actually does to you. Hoping to feel right as rain very soon. Well done to all you guys who have quit too. It’s a long ride but saves money and your life. Good luck to the ones in early days. Keep up the good work and DONT give in xx

  18. That was very, very helpful that was great info thank you so much for that.

  19. DAY 7
    Today is my 2nd day of “flu like” symptoms. My eyes are burning. My nose is stuffed. And I feel like there is yuk in the back of my throat… I “feel” like I have a bad cold…
    I am happy to not have smoked 1 puff in the 7 days… I’m still wanting to smoke for the sake of it but honestly no “real” cravings like yesterday so far-lol
    I can’t wait to leave work and go home and hit the hay for the night!
    Pooped I am…. Feeling REALLY drained… Looking forward to another day of no smoking!
    Today I got paid so I transferred $56.00 into a new savings… That’s approximately the cost of 7 packs of cigs I’m sure I would have smoked… looking forward to reading everyones post daily as this site and all of you are Truly helping me…
    🙂

    • Just to add-I do NOT have an apetite… And for Lent I gave up Soda, Candy Bars and Candy-hehehe I knew I was going to attempt to quit so planned appropriately-hehehe

  20. I’m on day 11 and i am feeling awful with tightness of the chest and tiredness like i’ve never felt before. My urge for a smoke has well and truely passed. Good luck to all who post on here, a long happy and healthy smokefree life to us all 😊

  21. I quit for six weeks as of yesterday and have a terrible cough, I cannot wait for it to go away. Congrats to everyone here for quitting it is not an easy thing to do.

  22. This is my 5th day cold turkey – I’ve tried to give up with patches before and failed, but never cut off nicotine completely. I have such a cold, sinus problem and flu symptoms it’s taken me by surprise. Good to read all of your comments, I’m 41 and I guess smoking for 20 years ish, 10 a day. Encouragement to all, as I know this is it for me, never going back

  23. Sandra Clark says:

    I am in my sixties and smoked for 50 years gave up nearly four weeks ago and I am loaded with flu like symptoms runny nose and headache had not read this blog until 3am this morning and wish I had been told what to expect not feeling any better but mentally can accept it I now have taste and smell back and will keep going,good luck to everyone doing the same

  24. DAY 8
    Hello everyone!
    I definitely need you all 🙂
    Some days are definitely worse than others that’s for certain. I am doing good today as far as no cravings. Mentally I’m pretty shot and probably because I’m so drained with this smokers flu!
    I’m glad I’m not alone on this journey although I do not wish it for anyone….
    what keeps me motivated as far as NEVER smoking again -not one puff is WITHDRAWAL! I NEVER EVER want to go through this again.
    I was a guilty smoker-yep-a pack a day and I’d waste a lot of them. I would guiltily buy like a pack or 2 at a time-
    I should have bought stock 👀
    Hehe
    What’s weird is that prior to quitting I’d always thought omg what will I do with my hands? What about after I eat? Or with morning coffee?
    Here’s my truth-after first 3 days my actual triggers were not any of those! Weird I know…
    2 triggers that I hadn’t expected-
    1. My co worker putting on her jacket (we used to go smoke together)
    2. Leaving Walmart(hehe)
    I feel horrid WAAAAA
    I work from 6:30-12 tomorrow so this week 65 hours…
    How are you all doing now? Any interesting triggers or random thoughts???
    Take care and NO smokes!
    I may nap but will check in later….
    Lorie Ann

  25. DAY 9
    My throat feels bad(better than yesterday though)
    RESTLESSNESS-last night again
    My nose is runny(like sinus infection runny)
    Hot and Cold
    No appetite
    I’m exhausted. Wish I could be put In a deep sleep for like a week.
    My eyes are not burning today.
    No cravings today yet
    Todays journey-
    Work till noon-wash car-home – ZZZZZZZ and read, movies and feel BETTER!
    Keep going and add another Day to your NO smoking life!

  26. Lorie Ann says:

    DAY 12
    A good day today. No cravings. Working 11 1/2 hours- picking up kids from Boys n Girls club- then my sons haircut- homework and supper-pick up older daughter from work at 9 pm- prep for bedtime time-then bedtime 🙂
    KEEPING BUSY thats for certain!
    On Day 11 i wanted a cig. BAD-i was really anxious all day long.
    Hope ur all CIG free!

  27. Lorie Ann says:

    Also-flu is getting better- only symptom left is my voice is different and nose a little clogged yet- still restless at night though-

    • Good Job! Happy to know you’re getting better.

    • Hi Lorie,

      glad to know ur getting better..did u had any muscle cramps especially on ur arms during this 3rd weeks of smoking cessation?i had that when i was nearing the 3rd to 4th week.

  28. hey folks..its my 46th day without cigs. i did last time cold turkey for both nicotine n caffeine.i must admit im proud of my current achievement. anyhow my acid reflux seems to getting better..i took smaller meals per day and reduced acidic foods in my diet. as of this moment, i still had my throat swelling in the morning and sometimes i do get dry nose and eyes especially in the mornings. my anxiety has gotten a bit better but it will attack me randomly. had few muscle aches..did some tests with my GP everything is normal except that i had low potassium levels in my blood. doc said the withdrawal of smoking is strong and may lasted months. I have been a smoker for the past 16 years so this is the price to pay for taking up the first cigs (a truly menthol cig lover)… will update my progress weekly.

    • Hi there
      This is only my second day of not smoking although I have been on and off smoking for few months sometimes I don’t smoke for 2 plus weeks then slip up
      I was wondering if it’s normal to have severe heartburn this quickly sooo painful in there
      I also wondered if anyone experienced quite forceful and prolonged palpitations
      Thanks all and congratulations on quitting x

  29. Lorie Ann says:

    DAY 13
    WED. 7:12 A.M
    @ WORK 🙂
    OK last night I seemed almost 100% from what I thought was my smokers flu- so wake up this morning and I started sneezing about 10 times then stuffy and runny nose….
    Yep-that’s where I’m at with that… I have no cough though…
    I still do not really have much of an appetite… With giving up Coca Cola, Candy and Candy bars for lent I’m hoping to prevent the “gaining weight” deal. My job is terrible for the junk food department-hehehe… As I said before I am looking forward to running and seeing if there is a difference… Want to wait till actually feel better… I am still exhausted-typically… Short half day at work today-3 dental apt. myself included(EEEK)
    No real cravings although ANXIETY loves to show up every now and then… Yesterday I could have totally smoked-lol- my bf was over and he smokes and so the socializing part of it I do enjoy as well… Lucky for me I hate the smell of cigs. I think I actually like it better now… Weird I know… Friday will have punching bag set up-YAY!
    I look forward to reading ALL your updated post….
    What keeps me away still from smoking one puff is WITHDRAWAL!
    Take Care-
    No Smoking!

    • I posted earlier about banging my head in Scotland. I never wanted to give up because I’m a runner and do 2 miles a day so I have never felt any bad effects from smoking. I had flu 2 years ago that’s about it. So my theory is that running has kept my lungs cleanish. So get out there and use your lungs it will clean the crap out quicker. And yes I feel shit also the light headiness is crap and today I was confused I ordered a good friend an orange juice she has never had an orange juice in her life! But it’s worth it for my children 💕💕

  30. Christy says:

    Day 12 of no smoking, cold turkey style. No cravings but still have the smoker’s cough, chest wheezing especially at night, severe heartburn this morning, and nauseous. I am on my way to work and will have ginger tea once I get there. I am hoping for all these symptoms to go away soon.

  31. The Pandaboy says:

    guys just read Allen carr’s Easy way to stop smoking. In these intense craving times…the guy delivers a masterstroke …The dude is simply brilliant…Its like he switches off something in your brain and then onwards you just dont even think abt it..
    I am 6 days and 12 hrs smoke free. Cold turkey after 7 yrs of 10 a day

  32. Day 7 for me, has been challenging to say the least but I am powering through it and keeping laser focused. Noticed that black speckled phlegm, very gross but glad to be getting rid of it… You realize how horrible tobacco is once you try to quit…

    One thing I’ve learned is that I can NEVER touch another cigarette, to truly keep off of them for good. So many times in the past, I’d figure I would just have a puff, or just one smoke to get over the hump… DO NOT DO IT.. Never touch a smoke again.

    Stay Strong… Mind Over Matter!

  33. Christy says:

    Day 14 of no smoking cold turkey. I feel fine. I still have a little cough and chest wheezing at night but it’s getting better all the time. High hopes this 2nd time around. Was smoking a pack a day on/ off for 20 years.

  34. I’m on day 14 after quitting cold turkey. I smoked for 5 years close to a pack a day, quit smoking for a year and a half and went back again for about 2 months and i’m quitting forever now. I experience wheezing in my throat especially when running, and my sinuses have been congested for the past 2-3 weeks. And after i run at medium-high speed for 15-20 mins i get lightheaded and feel like coughing badly, also feel like my heart rate went higher after 15 mins when workout is done. And definetely dont feel like my lungs take in half as much as they used to when i run. Are this symptoms normal and will the wheezing go away and be able to run more then 15-20 mins without feeling like i’ll pass out?

  35. 153 hours of not smoking

    Smoked about 17 years pack a day

    Don’t know how I made it this far cravings almost gone!

    Starting to feel runny nose and very tired. But saved about 60 bucks so far 😎

    I quit for about 2 years about 5 years ago also and I found it a lot easier to quit then .

    I would recommend cuting down how much you smoke first for a few weeks

    That way your cravings won’t be as strong.
    Also get a gym membership and hit that sauna!

    Maybe by doing thies things you can increase your chance of quiting and possibly avoid quittes flue ?

  36. Pamela G says:

    Allen Carr is absolutely genius! Former pack-a-day smoker for 32 yrs. I’m nearly 2 wks. Smoke-free, 5 days nicotine free. Have chest tightness, and intense muscle pain in neck/upper shoulders. Sense of smell is slightly improving. Drinking hot tea appears to sooth chest discomfort. Not liking the weight gain already. Otherwise feeling wonderful especially upon waking. Feel well rested and bright eyed and no more coughing. Stay positive and feel good about your quit.

  37. hv anyone had excess of saliva and aching jaw??im having those and i realize my palms are getting really warm..so warm that its even feels warm in an airconditioned environment..

    59days of coldturkey — clean from tar and nico

  38. olumide olawale says:

    I stopped smoking on 1st of january this year,its three months now but am feeling weak and pains in my chest could this be cause by quitting taking drinking and smoking?pls get back to me asap.thank paul

  39. Hi all, I quit smoking 3 days ago and after reading all of your comments it has made me feel a lot better. I already suffer from anxiety so the thought of quitting was very hard for me. I am on welbutrin to help with the anxiety and to stop smoking as of Monday. I was curious if it’s normal this early for my chest to feel extremely tight and my back to be hurting? I do have dry heaves in the mornings as well so of course I’m just a little nervous something is wrong. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!

  40. On day 2 right now, I have been shaky, sweaty, and extremely nauseous. I know I have to do this, but lordy christ is my ass sick.

  41. Crystal Tillotson says:

    I’m on day 89 of not smoking. I’ve been more sick being a non smoker than I ever was when I did smoke. I’ve had non stop post nasal drip, issues with my throat, and I’ve been on many antibiotics and nasal sprays for it. I’m hoping it will all slow down and stop soon! It’s been almost 3 months and I’m tired of feeling sick all the time. It’s been such a pain in my butt! Any helpful tips or tricks to start feeling better?

    • Me too three mounths haed aches body aches still sweating bad taste in my mouth shoulders sore arms i hate it but going to stick it out

      • hey Clayton..i’m having the same. went to ENT and the doc prescribed me with nasal spray. i’m going into 68 days of cold turkey. had bad taste in my mouth (acid reflux??) and sometimes i would sweat and then get a feel of shaky/slight tremors. body aches came after the sweat but it gets milder each day…do you had excess saliva building up with some ache on your jaw?

        Regards,
        ST

        • Yes my jaw on the left side hurts and my throat is killing me just had ultrasound on my throat they said its fine but i wouldnt think so

          • Aches and tremmors. Fully clean since st party’s

          • C. Saylors says:

            Clayton~ I don’t know your history, your family history, or your age but with a history of smoking and left sided jaw pain you speak to your physician and have a cardiac work up if you haven’t already, just to be on the safe side. Take care and hope you feel better!!
            C

    • Stick it out… You’ll feel like a different person after the 1st year! I was hospitalized twice with pneumonia the 1st year I quit… It was horrible…. It wasn’t until after that I felt better and perhaps finally normal! Completely detoxed….

      • What sid they put you in the hospitals. For i wounder if that is what i have i have a hard time breathing and its been 10 months i walk around every day with my breathing steips on my noise. Any info woukd be great

  42. 16 days clean. 33 years old been smoking sense 16/17 easily a pack a day when I quit cold turkey.first few days felt great as if I was healing already. more energy positive attitude toward this great thing I am doing for me and my family. day 14 worst stomach pains ever flu like vomiting cramping bloating… slept 20 hours straight woke up cover in sweat… went to work almost passed out first time ever leaving work due to illness day 15 slept another 18 hours sweat out another bucket eating healthy drinking lots starting to feel myself again… never again.. I love my son so much I want to live.

  43. Been a smoker for 20+ years, decided Mar 21st I was going to quit, slowly cut down to 2 a day, finally today Mar 29th I have not had a smoke.

    Past couple of days I have felt like I have a low grade fever, chills come and go, throat hurts, nose is stuffy.

    I hope this passes soon.

    • I’ve heard it’s smokers flu, I’ve had it 3 weeks and it’s not getting better. I will stick it out if you do 😀

  44. Three weeks smoke free after 24 years. Been on champix for 4 weeks fantastic,no cravings. For the first week sweated buckets all night, blocked sinuses for 3 weeks, im tired and ache all the time. Now the cough has started and seems to be getting worse daily. I hope this doesn’t last months I don’t know if I could take it!!

  45. I quit smoking cigarettes new years 2016
    I experienced mood swings but besides that nothing!
    Just recently (3 months later) I have been coughing bad, it been dry and my chest hurts. Sometimes I can cough up white stuff.

    Could it be the pollen or from cigarettes?
    Anyone know?

  46. Hi I quit cold turkey after 34 years of a pack sometimes ok a lot of times more
    : ( I’ve been smoke free for 120 days now after crying and pretty much eating from my bed for the first 2 months and being completely insane I’ve gained 20+ lbs and I am now trying to workout and eat healthy but I feel like I have smoke stuck in my throat ? I don’t know how else to explain it, sounds weird but it’s like I need to exhale smoke but I can’t? Anyone else feel like that or anything similar ?
    Last year the Dr gave me a breathing test lets just say I did Not pass my Dad died from COPD, lung cancer and complications from it 3 years ago and had been on oxygen for years I didn’t want my grandkids watching me die like that so I finally quit. I had tried everything in the past patches, gum, chantix, anti depressants nothing worked I knew it was just going to have to be cold turkey and will power and I know now I’ll never pick up another one! I tell myself whatever happens or goes wrong in my life smoking a cig is not going to change whatever’s going on so why bother?? Good luck to everyone You can make it another minute watch the clock if you need to and then just make it another minute after that…Keep going You’ve come this far you can go farther!!!! 👍🏻

    • Thanks, at least I know it will get better

    • Just a note to a kindred spirit of sorts. I am on week 3 of my quit after 34 years of smoking. Seems like cold turkey is the only way to go. We can do this!

    • That’s exactly what I say, Mel…why bother…the problem will still be there & it actually makes u stronger if u know you’re dealing with the problem instead of thinking you’re transferring it, which they don’t have the answer anyway. Well done, this is my 7th day & determined to keep going, although like others have developed this cold/fever/aches & haven’t had s cold for 3 years…lol

    • Mel, In Feb I quit cigarettes after 30 years using an e cig and after a month of not vaping I can almost permanently smell vape way up in my sinus so I know how you feel. Exactly like you describe, it’s in my nose waiting to exhale. I guess after 30 years of abuse it’s going to take my nose more than a few weeks to return to normal, whatever that is

  47. Tinesha says:

    I quit cold turkey February 1, 2016. This was 5 days before my 35fh birthday. I decided to quit because cancer runs on both sides of the family. I have two children. Anyways for 3 weeks now my sinuses are out of order and my throat hurts on the right side. I didn’t feel this as a smoker. But overall I’m just going to keep taking it day for day. But I feel good mentally to know nothing can tick me off to wanna smoke a cigarette.

  48. Jeanine says:

    I quit on Feb 22. 2016 with the patch for 1 month and lollipops. At first I felt like I could run a marathon Now I am crashing hard. Tired, weak, muscle aches, chills, and the most annoying thing is the sensation of having to cough at the top of my lungs. Acrid taste when I cough. Feels almost like pneumonia setting in. My ears are also plugged. My lungs have become musical. They squeak when I inhale. I smoked for 30 years 2 packs a day in the end…. those home rolled cigarettes. I will never go back to smoking. Going to look at this quitters flu like a sign that something good is going to come out of something bad.

    • Hi Jeanine,

      I’m 78 days into cold-turkey clean of cigs. Those that you’ve mentioned were the symptoms of early signs of withdrawal. I had those while in 3rd to 4th week. It will gradually getting milders until it stops. I do feel some weird taste at my throat sometimes, and last week i coughed up black like substance. It gets better afterwards. Just to make you feel better these were the symptoms i faced for the first few weeks to 2months:

      Symptoms
      ========
      -Chills and jittery (always feeling a bit colder even in non-airconditioned rooms) – gradually wore off after 2months
      -Muscle ache (it will shift to different parts of the body but my shoulders and bicep had most of it, went off after 2.5months into cessation)
      -Cold sweat (will gradually wore off after 1 month )
      -Headache ( had this while going into 2months, went off after a week or two)
      -Teary /bloodshot eyes (starting to have this while going into 2 months, still have it)
      -Sore Throat/Tightness – (1st week until now , but gradually getting better once my ENT prescibed the nasal spray and acid reflux meds)
      -Acid Reflux – ongoing since first week of cessation
      – Fatigue / Weak feeling – ongoing
      -Grouchy/Angst – ongoing
      -Anxiety/Depression – decreased greatly while into 2months of withdrawal
      -Cough – Had it for a week and crapped up some black/yellow phelgm

      Hope this helps! Just stay strong..if the symptoms doesnt get better anywhere between 1-3months, get help from your GP. {P/S}:i certainly did and all the docs told me i’m fine and healthy. :p

      • Hi St
        I went cold turkey Jan 1st had pretty much the same as you anxiety. Pain in lungs tingling in hands and feet not sleeping very well general aches Lethargic and can’t stop crying at times.
        No appetite.
        Please can you give me a little hope that things will get better soon.
        Thank you

        • hi bonnie,

          congrats on a life without those deathsticks. i wud recommend that you have a visit to your doctor and have a full med checkup before assuming its smoke withdrawal. but based on your symptom alone it looks like u’re having bad anxiety..word of advice stop googling all your symptom and trust it will go away.you’re doing fine and you’re body is adapting to life without nicotine. i do realised alot of new and strange things happening to my body every single week(or days)

          Best,
          ST

          • I have not had a cig. for 36 days. I was sick in the beginning with headache, sinus congestion and horrible cough. As of right now I am feeling much better. This has been the best I have felt in four weeks. Its been tough but I will keep plugging along and not smoke.

          • Hi st
            Thank you for replying
            I’m off to ent Monday as doc not happy with lung function. Still feeling tired and sick but on the hole a lot better.
            Hope you are still going strong.
            Again thank you for you support it really helps.

    • Hello,I’m 21 days I feel the same way.Felt better when I smoked in a sense, Also my voice and short of breath, going to doc. Next week everyone scaring me saying walking pneumonia,I haven’t told them I stoped smoking, I’m not sure they know it’s been 29th years lol.Tracy any feedback back?

      • My cough is weird started real deep if I talk to much or do to much I cough on top of feeling like crap.the shortness of breath is pretty scarry I thought stopping smoking I would feel good not sick and low energy and muscle access along with other stuff.It’s been 2 weeks

  49. I’m 16 days and my chest hurts like hell. I don’t have cough but I feel like my chest is burning. Very disturbing. I don’t know what to do cuz all my friend are smokers and I don’t know anyone who has quit. Anyone can help?

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Rei,
      Like you, I also have a burning sensation in my chest but only in my left lung and I can feel it in my back. I’m a 40 year old woman who started smoking at age 14 and smoked about a pack a day until about 3 years ago when I began to notice a pain at the base of my left lung and quit. About 2 months later the pain was gone and I (stupidly) thought I could have one or two cigs on the weekends. Then I resumed smoking daily, about 2 or 3. Then about 3 months ago I’d quit again. Again, after a couple weeks thought I could have one smoke on the weekends. Then it was 1 one day, none the next, then 2 or 3 on the weekends – on and off but could never completely given them up. The one thing I’ve noticed since smoking only 2 or 3 a day is that my left lung has this consistent aching and burning sensation. About a month and a half ago I had a CT scan which came back clear (doc said nothing wrong, healthy lungs). (How this can be baffles my mind.) I (stupidly) resumed having 1 or 2 cigs a day, for about a week, and 2 days ago had my last one (and have sworn to myself to never have another). Yesterday, my left lung (the one in which I’ve consistently experienced this burning sensation and ache) felt fine. Today, the burning sensation and dull ache in the left lung have returned. The only thing I can attribute to the burning sensation you and I are experiencing (and, like you, I also have no cough) is that maybe we are feeling the cilia working to clean out the lungs. I’d noticed that on the days that I’d smoked I felt nothing in my left lung and would experience the burning sensation and dull ache only after NOT smoking for 24 hours or more. While I’ve rattled on and on about myself here, I hope that it may give you a comparison against what you’re experiencing. And if you’re really nervous (as I was – I was panicked), I’d suggest talking to your doctor about it and having tests done (as I did). I’d spent over $600 but the peace of mind was worth it. Also, there are foods/vitamins, etc. that can help repair lung damage caused by smoking – Google it. Keep up the good work in not smoking!!

      • Quitter says:

        Hi Jennifer,
        After reading all of these blog posts, yours resonanted the most with me. I’m 32, had my first cigarette at 14 and was a regular smoker by 16. About 10 a day (sometimes more) for half my life. Last month decided to quit and switch to e-cigarettes. My tonsils swelled up, I freaked out and quit everything cold turkey. Urgent care doctor and Primary Care Doctor said my tonsils were fine after testing me for strept and a number of different things. So, I decided to celebrate my health with a cigarette. Then, it was rewarding myself for not smoking….with a cigarette. So now I’m up to 2-5 a day. However, I’m currently at 36 hours no smoking.
        I agree with your theory that it’s after 24 hours of not smoking, SOMETHING hurts – throat, back, I’m having sometimes having slight difficulty swallowing. So of course, I’m panicked and going to the doctor. I like the idea of a full health work up and extra vitamins.

  50. Bonny1951 says:

    I went cold turkey jan 1st never felt so ill
    Anxiety headaches chest pain not sleeping hot cold and really tired. think the flu part was before new year that’s when I decided to quitt still feel rubbish but no way am I going to give in

  51. smoking about a half pack a day, on day 7 without smoking, sore throat is one of the worst symptoms, fever is on and off, muscle aches come and go as well but joint pain is consistent,never thought quitting would make me feel like this, the first 3 days were some of the best ive had, 5th day is where things started to go bad, stuggling to make it out of bed in the morning. Today is the first day ive missed class purely because of sickness in years, after this i will never smoke again it is not worth the after effects while quitting.

  52. Hi guys
    I’m on 10 months of no smoking and still feel rubbish
    Colds/flu symptoms, hot and cold sweats etc
    Same symptoms as you all
    I’ve had a cold every month since I gave up
    All I can say to you all is STICK WITH IT GUYS

    • Hi claire
      My mum quit in dec and ever since suffering badly with hot and cold sweats they really knock her off her feet. Cannot eat when she gets them and they last for days on end then she has couple days without them then they come back. Is this a normal process as shes had pneaumonia too

  53. I am 54 this year and have been smoking since I was 14. I have decided its time to stop! Am struggling with it. Cold turkey is not easy at all. I have cut back by more than half and have all the symptoms of Quiiters flu! Wow! Its crazy. Aching joints, hot n cold sweats, no energy, breathlessness, coughing and insomnia. My father passed of emphysema and that was in 2004. That wasnt enough to make me quit. Sad really. But now I know its time. I have a huge struggle ahead but I know in the end I will get a few more years out 9f my life? Thanks for all your posts. It is very helpful. Good luck everyone.

  54. Been smoking since I was in Grade 8. I’m turning 30 in two months. I stopped smoking cigs 3 days ago and I’ve been using Nicorette’s QuickSpray 1-2 times an hour with only 1mg of nicotine in each spray. Its helping me quit, and the cravings are getting less and less with everyday, so less sprays in 1 hour, almost down to only 1mg (one spray) an hour. Been coughing a lot, raspy voice from coughing, a bit of light brown/yellow phlem comes up, usually in the mornings, but the cough lasts throughout the day. I feel a bit light headed sometimes but its do-able, and I have not had a cigarette in 3 days, which is a big milestone for me. I love my fiance’ and my toddler daughter so much, which is why I’m quitting. If anyone can quit, you can quit. – Remember, its all in your brain, once you stop, it takes about 1 month for your brain to create new stems and form that smoking habit into a NO smoking habit. Good luck to everyone on your journey. xo

  55. Kiara Ann says:

    Hi guys my names kiara I’m 19 years old I been smoking for 2 years now I know that’s a short period of time but i use to smoke a full pack a day and i decided to quit to have a healthy life style I quite smoking 2 days ago I been feeling sick I can’t sleep I wake up in the middle of the night my doctor prescibed me nicotine patches and there are helping with cravings but this morning I woke up throwing up I been using them as prescribed and i was wondering if this is normal I also feel tightness in my chest and my mouth taste funky and i been wheezing with cold chills and i get headaches on and off and i just want some advice and some moral support thank you

    • Quitter says:

      Kiara Ann,
      Congrats on making the decision to quit. I am 32, have been a regular smoker since I was 16, at about half a pack a day. Keep with your journey, it will be WAY harder to quit after 16 years of smoking than 2 years. I’ve just re-started my quit for the second time. My throat is sore, I’m super grouchy, and but I know I’m going to get through it. You’re so young, I wish I would’ve stopped at 19 – actually, I wish I never would’ve picked on up in the first place! You can quit, stick with it!

  56. Hi
    My mum quit smoking in dec. Ever since shes had awful hot and cold sweats for days on end. They drain her make her very weak cannot eat anything then she had a couple of days without them then they return. Is this a common side effect of not smoking as shes been in hosp with her breathing , had chest infection after infection, pneaumonia.
    When shes has hot sweats her temp etc is all normal.
    Had lots of tests done and all comes back normal apart from her chest infections. Been on few diffeent antibiotics and steroids but still suffering with hot and cold sweats.

    • Hi Sandra, I quit cold turkey last June after many years of smoking like your mother. This will not be easy for her. It’s almost 1 year for me and only feel good right now because of a recent hospital visit in which I stayed for 3 days. I had an infection since I quit. Also steroids 5 times now. No hot flashes though. How old is your mother, maybe she is going through the change? I never expected to have such a hard time. Normally I’m never sick. I’m a very hard worker and that too was very hard for me. I think everyone has a different experience. I’m sure she will be fine but it may take a while. I wish you both the best of luck. Please update how she is doing when you can. I’m sorry that there isn’t enough information on the Internet for people that do quit.

  57. Hello everyone who is fighting the battle to quit smoking!! I have been cigarette free for about a week. eating healthy and getting enough rest is really important. your body is going to be more tired than usual as the nicotine leaves your body. I have been taking a probiotic that I bought at a natural market. and I have been going to bed around 830 every night to increase my immune system. you have to be vigilant every single day about not smoking. and after a few months it won’t even cross your mind.

  58. Hi Kiara Ann, …the tightness in your chest sounds like anxiety. when you start having a craving or when you feel like the walls are closing in take long deep breaths and hold them for 2 or 3 seconds then let the breath out as slow as you can. try to drink as much water as you can to help the nicotine leave your body. the nicotine patch that you are wearing may be too high of a dose for you and that may be why you feel like throwing up. do your homework do your research about nicotine patches and talk to your doctor and see if he can prescribe you the lowest dose possible for a nicotine patch it may just be too much for your body. of course a doctor went to college for his degree but your body is your own and no one knows your body like you do.

  59. I recommend everyone to try a probiotic made by RAW. And and also try oil pulling. oil pulling is using cold pressed sesame seed oil or olive oil or cold pressed coconut oil…use only about half a teaspoon put it in your mouth and swish it around for at least 20 minutes or as long as you can stand it it pulls out the germs and bacteria out of your mouth which will also help prevent respiratory and sinus infections.

  60. we all have to be patient with ourselves and give ourselves credit quitting smoking is not easy it’s really a genuine fight. I’m 36 years young and I have a 3 year old daughter that I have to live for and try to turn back time for. I have to live as long as I can so that way I can try to protect her longer and teach her more because the world is going to be a more horrible place when she’s an adult. and I really miss doing things such as hiking playing tennis and swimming I want to be able to do those things again and especially with my little girl. I know if she sees me smoking cigarettes she will also eventually 1 day probably smoke.

  61. everyone keep fighting everyone keep fighting. cigarettes kill you slowly. the damage that cigarettes do is very gradual. I lost my mother to lung cancer in 2001. the cancer spread to her brain and she died from about 6 tumors in her brain. she was only diagnosed with cancer one year.

  62. our health is the greatest investment that we can ever make for ourselves and for our children. if you do not have good health then you have nothing.

  63. hello everyone,
    I quit cold turkey on the 15th February 2016 after 25 yrs smoking about a pack a day of 10 and then some… I’m 46 next week
    After reading many of the posts i can honestly say that I’ve experienced nearly all of the horrible withdrawals & side effects of not smoking lovely filthy fags,
    oh how I miss smoking fags 🙁
    so, anyhow, i never knew that quitting was going to have such a drastic effect on me physically,
    At first, my smokers cough stopped within 24 hrs, which was very surprising,
    and the cravings and Very Bad Mood eased within the first week or two so all good…?
    NO !
    as the weeks have progressed so I have felt worse with terrible sore throats, really bad indigestion, aches and pains, bleeding gums, breathlessness and coughing up the worst black brown gunk….really bad…which i have to say after nearly 2 months is just starting to improve,
    what have I done…
    so, is there any good news..?
    well, I honestly don’t know
    feel crap and have put on a whole stone in weight…!
    OMG just can’t stop eating, everything… like crap mostly, sweets, chocolate biscuits, crisps, custard filled doughnuts…3 maybe 4 at once…! just always looking for something to shove in my mouth other than a lovely filthy smelly fag…
    im really questioning why I should bother, felt fine all the time i was puffing on lovely fags
    but yes, there you go just remembered the good reasons, my kids, running around the park, remembering what life is for… living !
    Got to say, even now as I gulp in a large lungfull of clean smoke free air with my chest still aching, that i severely underestimated just how physically demanding this is,
    just got to keep on going
    want to have a fag now, feel stressed writing this…aarrhhhh !
    oh well, I’m sure i will feel better for it one day…
    good luck to everyone and keep strong
    and keep looking at all the smokers out there,
    that’s what I do, just want to stand next to them….! So sad….
    quitting has got to be the right thing to do,
    hasn’t it….?
    Yes, we’ve all just got to keep reading the good stories out there and believe that a life without fags is a good life,
    good luck to all

    • hang in there Rob. I’m on day 5 & simply refuse to cave. I lived the first 17 years without cigs and will beat this. I’m 53 and must admit I love to smoke but smoking isn’t a requirement to live. Today my right ear was making noise- I cleaned it upon waking and removed black tar?! crazy!! I have to block out all the games my mind is playing on myself….trying to convince me of the 1000 reasons I need to smoke. Praying someday all this bs with stop & I will be glad I deprived myself of my favorite bad habit! One day @ a time sweet Jesus!

    • Hang in there. I know what you mean by shoving food in your mouth all the time. I eat all of the time. I miss smoking so much during certain times of the day. I almost caved in a few minutes ago but i started reading what all of you out there are going through that I did not smoke. I will not smoke today. Stay strongh!!

  64. I went for a walk on a trail for the first time since I quit 38 days ago. I could actually breath while walking. I’m still wanting one and struggling with mood swings. I get through one day at a time.

  65. I have stopped smoking for 5 weeks now and occasionally use the low nicotine vapouriser tohelp me through. I have smoked for over 50 years. I have been really unwell, sick, tired all the time sore legs bag and chest, headaches, sweats, shaking the list just goes on. How long is this going to last.

  66. Rough weekend wanting one but still smoke free. My digestive system is going through withdrawals. Stomach cramps at times. Its been hard but still I won’t smoke today!! Stay strong everyone!! Happy Smoke Free Monday!!

  67. After smoking 1 to 2 packs a day for the last 27 years I quit smoking with hypnosis on the 16th of this month; I don’t have any desire whatsoever to smoke, no irritable moods, no feeling deprived et al.. However, I have all the physical symptoms of “Quiters Flu”….I’m glad I found this article, because beforehand I thought I was coming down with the actual flu.

    • Congratulation Steve !! I suffered with “Quiter’s Flu for an easy 6 weeks. I have been smoke free since March 12. I started to cut back on my smoking this past December. Quiter’s Flu has come in waves during this jouney of being smoke free. Sinus congestion and coughing were the worse symptoms for me. I am no longer coughing and my sinus congestion had gone away.

  68. Dave Rolph says:

    Dave says:

    It will be 4 years in May since I quit, smoked a pack a day for 32 years, suffered through the quitters flu for the first 6 months along with many other side effects as the toxins leached out of me. toughest one was the feeling of not being able to get enough air in my lungs. I have since learned that they put the cocoa plant in the cigarettes to open up airways so when you stop you no longer have this. Everything is better now accept still coughing up tar everyday

    • 4 mounths here lots of blood work done xrays on lungs 3times 2mris and ultra sound on throat and still in painjoint aches ears and throat and stomache but it all boils down to smoking 35 years is alot of cleaning

  69. Hello, I’ve not had a fag for 4 mths now . I’ve got myself a vapour fag. Must say I probably couldn’t of come this far without it. I’m not dependant on it, buts it’s there when I get a craving. No body ever tells you how bad the withdrawal symptoms are. I must say I feel crap most of the time. I’m more tired now, have awful headaches, sleepless nights. I coughed so much I needed to go doctors. He gave me a inhaler which did help. I find now if I walk a good distance I start feeling breathless. I’m proud I’ve come this far, but do miss having a fag and seems very lonely also now. Must say I’m eating more now too😕sue

  70. My family worked on the yard and had a fire. So hard not to smoke while sitting around the fire. I noticed though that I could breath better and the smoke from the fire didn’t irritate my lungs like it use to. I have been smoke free since March 12 of this year. I went through smokers flu and am finally starting to feel the benefits of quitting. Stay Smoke Free!!!

  71. I’ve been smoking for 12 years since, then i started to quit smoking this month 3rd April 2016. After 5 days quitting i started to feel uncomfortable. my hand started to shivering and having a hard time. Then comes Anxiety panic attack, Insomnia, Mental confusion, Vagueness, Irritability, headache, Depression, Heart Palpitations rise all comes at once!
    I even wake up in the middle of the night caused by heart pounding and rush my self to ER. The doctor says it was normal to have this kind of heart palpitations because my body are withdrawing it self. It’s been 3 weeks now i’m glad those common symptoms had faded. But now i started to have flu, cough and sore throat! Feels like never ending. Cough every night and i even can’t use my nose to breathe causes by running block nose. i had seek the 4th time medical attention and finally the doctor gave me some medicine to ease some struggle! I’m hoping this will over soon and started my healthy life style with my family!

  72. I quit yesterday cold turkey. 04252016 I am 35 years old artist from los angeles. I began smoking cigarettes at the age of 17. The only significant memory of some success was in my mid 20’s i stopped smoking because I picked up kickboxing but that only lasted for 6 months.

    I saw this comment area is recent and active and will be coming here for some support.

    • Congrats David!! Quiters Flu is hard but its your body’s healing process. Stay strongh! ! Don’t let the cravings get you down. They do pass. Stay Smoke Free !!

      • Vicki
        .u are awesome. ..so positive..thanks. we can do this!!!

        • Thanks……its been hard but each day I just tell myself smoking is not an option. I have certain times of the day that the cravings are So intense. Especially right after work. That’s the toughest time. But low and behold it passes. I would of felt really stupid if I had caved and had one.

  73. I am on Day 19 of quitting smoking. Today woke up with a bit of tightness in my chest and a small annoying cough. Smoked for several years but decided to quit when I started to not feel good 3 weeks ago. Turns out I had a herniated disc in my neck and it appears I am now dealing with the withdrawal symptoms. Headaches, ears plugged, mild cough, chest tightness. I have also been having major anxiety especially at night. Wonder if that is coming from the fact that I quit?

  74. Hey Mel, yes I feel like smoke is stuck inside and id feel better if I could cough it out. Good luck on your successful journe

  75. OMG Really, this is doing my nut… 3 months in lost a week at work so far due to flu no 2 weeks later again..
    Have stomach issues, throat issue, nasal congestion which i think may be a sinus infection, watering eyes, headaches and cold/hot flushes.
    Realise we have basically screwed our bodies up for a long time by come one where is the light at end of tunnel ie all above states same as i feel too but noone really posts back with on x day of n month i felt goood 🙁 humph so fed up smoking seems really appealing right now

    • Don”t smoke Grid!! You will start feeling better. It just takes time. I was sick for at least six weeks before I started feeling better. If you have caved and had some cigs don’t sweat it. Just drop those coffin nails down the toilet, throw them out your car window, bury them, give them to the homeless guy, you get the picture. Get rid of them and ride out the storm. Stay Smoke Free!!

  76. It has been 67 days since I quit. Has anyone felt a tightness in the top part of their chest? The tightness in my chest has gone away, its like it moved. Any advise

    • I meant top part of back. The tightness in chest has moved

      • Yes! I also have a tingling feeling in the middle of my chest.. It almost feels cool to the touch, like I rubbed A535 on it or vicks vaporub.. Its like a cooling menthol feeling. Im 52 days in with no tobacco.

  77. its been 39 days after i quit smoking and everyday i feel of having a slightly chest pain on the left side.. my hands and feet are tingling… and i have a mild headache… sometimes anxiety hits me specially when night comes.. and my upper back has already in pain.. and every morning when i already done exercising i spit a white sticky phlegm… i imagine that my body recovers.. but sometimes my mind thinking horrible… i smoked since 16 and now i’m 22… is there anyone who has the same feelings like me? i hope we all have a fast recovey… i realized that life is an important blessing for us and quitting smoking is one of the best lesson i ever had..

    • cassey says:

      Larry, i know how you feel.
      i’m expecting to recover from this withdraw as well.
      this is a great lesson for us who smoked in the past.
      life is priceless, and we will fight this thru!

      • We will make it Team. I quit January 30 and have relapsed 3x smoking 2 cigarettes each time and then destroying the rest of the pack . I have developed bronchitis, sinusitis, and allergies apparently . Mouth tasted like metal and sometimes had blood specs in my spit. Had chest X-ray and everything was good but the steroids and antibiotics haven’t seemed to help. Never got sick when I smoked . Pretty sure I was dying until I saw this forum today! I feel stronger and I know I’m getting better! Let’s hang in there !!

  78. DAY ONE: after being on Champix for 3 weeks now, have noticed over the past week. my body is trying to trick me, as my actual day to stop looms closer, my packet of tablets has more in it than it should…soooooo, TODAY is the day, with or without support, I have decided to bump myself off them totally today, …Here we go!!

  79. Treat yourself today!! You have earned it by not smoking!! Take some of that money you didn’t spend on smokes and treat yourself to something. Quitters flu isn’t contagious just unpleasant so go out and have some fun. Stay Smoke Free and enjoy life!!

  80. I really hope this is all my body rewiring but the past 7 weeks smoke-free have been so hard on my system. I was feeling great the first few weeks then all of a sudden when I thought I was in the clear I had racing heart, dizzy feelings, a cool menthol tingling in my chest, zero appetite and aching lower back. Ive also been to the doc and am getting my thyroid tested.. Doc said i was likely hyperthyroid (didnt feel bad before i quit).. So i hope this havoc on my body is all temporary and will sort itself out. Also have been wildly emotional (constanty crying). Will this last a whole year??!! When will it ease up.. (30 yr old female, smoked for 15+ yrs, heavily + pot) i still need the pot 😉

    • Update: i have figured out that the pot was causing the majority of the heart palpitations.. Going to ease up on the greens and see what happens. Might throw my brain for a loop but hey, if i can not smoke cigs.. The weed will be no problem. Here’s hoping. Other symptoms are also alot better today with mimized thc .. Interesting

  81. Grayham says:

    Hi there I started smoking age 16, I quit about 6 months ago, the beginning was hell clearing out the cravings, but I have no problem with quitting as I wanted to do it, I think if you really want to do something you will, well I just for 6 days have been bunged up, sore throat, blacky and greeny flem in the mornings coming out, even after 6 months you can get ill and have a good clear out, good luck to all, you can get through it 🙂

  82. Im 33 years and have been smoking for about seventeen years. I quit 24 days ago and was doing decent until four days ago when i started getting sick. Ive got body aches, headache, watery eyes, jaw soreness, dry cough, and congested sinuses with yellowish plegm. WTF. Right now i am confining myself to the bedroom cause im not really sure if i have a virus or something, and i dont want to get the family sick. I do still have a strong appetite, so that makes me think that this might be the smokers flu that you all speak of. I really like not having the smoker stench anymore, and im incredibly happy about the fact that my buddy down south seems to be doing better. Anyways, best of luck to you all. We can win this battle.

  83. Vicki here…… I didn’t smoke today!! I will not smoke tomorrow!! We can do This!! I have been smoke free since March 12. I have gained 10 pounds. I have suffered through quitters flu. But I will not smoke.

    • Good job Vicki! I’ve gotten fat asf right now but we can deal with that as our body continues to heal!

  84. cassey says:

    Updating my self here..it’s been a month now since i quit cold turkey. 3 weeks of coughing and i still have my tight chest and wheezing.. this can triggered my panic attack because it makes me think too much..did anyone here experienced same as i was?

    • Cassey just keep on motivating yourself that your body will recover after a few months… Don’t think about negative thoughts.. Just have a positive thinking.. Now i’m not totally healed but i know good things will happen.. Just keep on praying too :)) i’m on the stage that i feel better but sometimes i’m not.. Get some run and drink a lot of water… Talking with your friends during night will help you a lot.. I’m from the Philippines and there is no such blogs like here.. Sometimes i feel like i’m the only one who have this withdrawal in our country but i’m thankful that i found this blogs :)) it helps me a lot…

      • Hi Larry! thanks for your strong motivation!
        And also you too, keep in mind that you are not alone 🙂 We quitter all can do it! By the way how are you Larry? feeling any good? I’m doing my best now! :))

        • Larry and Casey, hope you’re both well. I feel so much better after I found this forum today. I discovered I’m not alone and my symptoms aren’t uncommon. Thank you both for sharing!

          • Hi dallas :)) i hope you’ll become better… Just keep on thinking positive things and it will came back to normal… I hope we all here getting a group chats in facebook so we can update ourselves 😂

        • Cassey i’m not totally ok.. In every day i feel a mild headache And chest cramps but it will gone in a couple of minutes.. i feel dizzy when i’m in the crowded area and it will gone when i’m in the comfortable place.. My teeth are grinding every afternoon and it came back to normal… I hope it will gone before my birthday :)) 2wks from now i’m turning 23 :))) how are you now cassey?

  85. Help my muscles ache and i feel fluish for a week now…i quit 3 month ago amd im going outamy mind!!

    • 15 days smoke free! I went to the Doc 16 days ago because I was having trouble breathing. I had just gotten over the flu 2 weeks prior. I was sent to the ER by my doctor because my oxygen level was 89. It took 6 breathing treatments and 4 hours in the ER and a COPD diagnosis to make me realize I had to quit. I am now going to a Pulmonary doctor and he found something on the CAT scan of my lungs that had him a little concerned. I will get the results next week. Good luck to all of you. I also have the muscle aches and fatigue.

      • Bobbie Wungnema says:

        Diane. God I hope you are doing better. I quit after the copd and 10 mill nodul finding. I know it’s for my health but I do wish doctors were better at telling you things and more informative.stay strong live long.

    • How are you doing now Chris?

  86. Im on my fourth week of quitting. I feel better in the sense i can breath more easily, don’t use my asthma inhalers anymore and i can excercise without getting out of breath so quick etc. However, my first week i got horrendous flu symptoms (only had one cold in 4 years) and it lasted 2 weeks then seemed to clear up but now in my fourth week it seems to have returned, but this time i have horrible nose congestion through the night and constant nasal drip through the day (it is literally non stop, where does it all come from?! Haha) my throat also keeps swelling up and i get all the muscle aches etc too. Anyone got any tips for congestion? I have tried sprays, tablets, chilli, turmeric, cayenne pepper, the lot but nothing eases it, i can’t get a good nights sleep because of it.

    • Scotty Mac says:

      Hi, Jenny! I have had some success using “Alka Seltzer Cold/Flu” gel tabs for the respiratory symptoms at night. Also, just popping an Advil during the day helps with the sore throat I have been experiencing since going cold turkey recently. Careful you don’t use or overlap Advil with an over-the-counter cold med, tho, as you could wind up with too much acetaminophen in your system. I hope you are continuing to rock this!!! It’s gonna get better!

  87. Vicki here……I have had muscle aches all last week. My throat gets tight with wanting a smoke but I will not smoke! I have gained some weight. Ugh!! I am going to eat better this week. I can’t keep substituting food for smoking. Have a Happy Smoke Free Monday!!

  88. Lica Jobse says:

    Lica from South Africa. It has been a week now after smoking for 25 years… I only get headaches i the back of my neck. I have no cravings for smoke and if I do smell it or see it I feel sick. I am so glad that I made this choice and what really helps is that me and my hubby started this together so that does help a lot having him with me for support and being there. Truely blessed and happy with our new way of life. Blessings

  89. Andrea Bromley says:

    Its 20 days for me now and I will never go back to it but at the moment feeling worse than with the cigs. Breathless, aches and pains, insomnia, exhaustion. Just hoping it will improve soon. Have been very dependant on an ecig and peppermints. The thing thats driving me mad is a sore mouth and tongue. Is that smething anyone else has noticed?

    • My mouth and tongue got sore also. Sucking on ice cubes helped me. Also drinking ice water helped. Stay strongh!!

  90. I quit smoking last Nov. I’m 60yo and started smoking at 13 and steady at 16. I have severe copd but was able to get around ok and could ride my Harley. Since last Jan. I have been to the Lung Doc. 2 times and the emergency room 1 time with short breath. I’m still coughing up phlegm that’s looks like cigarette tar. I’m starting to think that I’ll never get back to my baseline before I quit. I did have my bike out this year, but after I backed it out of the garage I had to sit awhile and catch my breath before starting it. X-ray and Cscan show no new damage. Next week is a new PFT test, we’ll see then. Sometimes I wish that I didn’t quit. As long as I’m sitting I can tell that I’m exhaling and inhaling more air but when I start to do something I get winded. I guess that is somewhat of an improvement. I was getting winded just sitting or talking for awhile. Has anyone else had these things happen to them?

    • Good for you Howard for being so brave by quitting smoking. I quit March 12 2016 and I still get breathless. Its not as bad though as It was when I smoked. Your body is better off without the cigarettes. Even if your mind and body is telling you different. Stay Smoke Free. You will keep healing and breathing deeper and better.

  91. Hi vicky we are almost the same of quitting schedule… I quitted last march 21… CongraTs for being smoke free in 2months :)) there are times that i feel headaches and shortness of breath..But now i can handle it :)) how long have you been smoked?

    • Hi Larry. I have smoked since I was 22. I turned 50 In February. I think that’s what have motivated me to stay smoke free. I smoked a pack a day. I quit a few years ago but it didn’t stick. I feel more passionate about quitting this time around. Time to grow up. I still am pretty healthy and I want to keep it that way. Good luck to you Larry. When are some of your tough times to want to smoke during the day?

  92. Hi Guys, I wanna share something that can improve us after quitting smoking :))
    1. Consume antioxidant-rich foods such as :
    Blueberries, broccoli, spinach, grapes, sweet potatoes, green tea, and fish in particularly are high in anti-oxidants.
    2. Exercise Learn to breath efficiently as:
    Breathing from your diaphragm, as opposed to breathing from your throat, will help expand the capacity of your lungs and make them stronger.
    You can to sit on a chair with your back straight, and lift your arms above your head while breathing deeply.
    Or go take a jog in the park for 30 minutes in the morning or after working hours in the evening.
    We can improve guys! Just be strong and speak your mind! :))

  93. chris hankinson says:

    59 year old 45 year smoker here, I was hospitalised 12 days ago after collapsing due to shortness of breath. I spent 4 days as an in-patient and have had no cigarettes since. I feel lousy, flu like symptoms, constant blocked nose, coughing, spluttering etc etc, but you know what? I will never go back to smoking, the sheer terror of not being able to breath has made sure of that. I’m back at work on Saturday so hope the fluey symptoms subside.

  94. mesomom says:

    I’ve not had nicotine for three weeks. I was not prepared for how sick I feel. My mouth and tongue are raw and sore and tingly and nothing tastes good, but I’m hungry a lot. I gained 6 #s already. My stomach is so bloated my clothes don’t fit and I feel fat and miserable. I am light headed and have poor concentration. I feel unsure of myself and my actions. My face is all broke out and red.
    I only smoked about 7-10 cigarettes a day for a number of years and I got a virus and then bronchitis so I quit cold turkey. Not sure I should have done it this way, but I am 100% committed-I will never smoke again! I am not having real bad cravings just this awful sickness. When will I feel better? Someone please tell me it will be soon.

    • Mesomom……. Vicki here……it will get better. It may take longer then three weeks though. Your body is healing and it also wants nicotine. It will be a uncomfortable process to heal and learn to live without the smokes. Weight gain happens. I’ve been smoke free since March 12th. I have gained weight and at times felt horrible. I will not smoke though and finally I’m feeling some positive signs in my body.

  95. I honestly thought I was dying. I had not researched anything about quitting before I threw my pack away. I was laying on the floor with my three year old son a week ago watching TV and just felt…defeated. I didn’t want to die because of something I am actively doing to myself day in and day out. A pack a day and cold turkey…and holy hell I feel like I have been kicked in the chest, my lungs are on fire and I feel tired and irritable. I thought I was coming down with something until I found this site. Suffer through it…I got it now…

    Anytime I get a craving I look at a photo of my kid and go for a walk around the block….its working…so far…

    Good luck to you all!

  96. I’m 47 years old started smoking at age 11 and a steady habit of a,pack every two days until I hit 25-30 which was a pack a day easy. I’ve tried quitting g several times the past 4 years but could not kick the morning coffee house where I’d do my morning habit of coffee and a cig. I’m now finally on my way in my 4th week of no smoking. I started off with chest pain and noises when breathing. Then the chunks started coming out of my lungs yellow brown color the chest pain went away after a week and the hacking and wheezing is getting less but now I’m hitting the flu like symptoms. Hot flashes, fatigue and have to push myself for energy. My tongue color is back to red instead of brown and food is tasting really good. I got to be careful not to gain anymore weight. Just thought I’d share my symptoms. Oh and I’m really moody hot and cold like a Rollercoaster.

  97. I’m just going into week two of being smoke free, I’m finding the best way to deal with the symptoms are plenty of fluids and exercise. We just have to ride it out, the stuff I’m coughing up is more than enough to keep my mind focused on not having a cig! My GP has also advised me that the more you think about the symptoms the more they will show (placebo effect) and being ill is a part of the healing process. A few things I have found really helpful, write down the pros and cons of smoking (no pros for me) and keep them on you for when the cravings become unbearable, remind yourself you are extending your life, stay away from situations that tend to encourage smoking such as drinking alcohol (my worst temptation to smoke), place the money you would normally save in a jar I’m currently at around £140 (20 pack a day)! Good luck to everyone and keep the positives in mind.

    • Having a rough time. I honestly don’t think about nicotine very much but it seems I think about how lousy I feel everyday. Reading some of these positive comments really seems to help. I’m trying not to focus on my newly developed allergies and lingering cough and instead focus on what is better since my quit date of January 29: the metallic taste in my mouth is gone, my tongue is red again, no blood in my saliva and I have saved a lot of money. I went to GNC yesterday and got something to boost my immune system and am also going to start taking Vitamin C. If the GNC stuff helps, I will definitely share that information.
      Hang in there everyone: One Day At A Time!!!!

  98. Vicki here……trying to stay positive. At work we had to park in a different parking lot then we normally do. Its futher away from our building. In the past I would get breathless walking the distance. Not yesterday!! I will not smoke today!! I didn’t smoke yesterday and I won’t smoke tomorrow!!!

    • Glad to hear Vicki! Keep it up. I’m at 4 months and actually walked 6 laps around a track today. I didn’t set any speed records but it felt pretty good. I think I can deal with everything but the cough is really annoying. I don’t know whether to take something for it or not. I am using Halls lozenges as someone recommended and am taking Robitissin which calms it down. Quitting is not for sissies but we got this!!!!!

      • I can walk further without being out of breath…I just find myself wanting and missing a ciggerett….Maybe its the summer weather…I used to love to smoke outside when the weather was nice and warm…I just need to find other activities to do outside….Like exercise…Someone suggested to color in one of those coloring books…
        Maybe…

        • I know exactly what you mean. I haven’t been able to enjoy sitting outside on my deck which doubled as my smoking spot. It’s ok to miss Vicki but you’ve come to far now!! Stay strong!

  99. Been just over a month, using diet and exercise to help with the transition. Able to jog more and more. Got hit with a terrible sinus infection, which may have been the quitters flu. But I can’t seem to shake the sinus congestion or chest tightness. Is there anything I can do?

    • Hey its Vicki…..My doctor recommended muscinex for chest and sinus congestion. If its quitters flu it will eventually loosen up. Just takes time. Good for you being smoke free!!! The medicine also helped me through quitters flu…

      • Thanks for being so attentative! I took some mucinex. The tightness feels like soreness, i think due to using muscles I’ve not used before. Should’ve taken it slower but I found it easier just to dive on in

  100. Been vaping for the last couple of years. I was off everything for 7 years before that but had a terrible breakup. The vaping had ‘devolved’ to smoking the last month and before I knew it I was back to square one. Started waking up in the middle of the night to have a smoke. Not acceptable!! I have had many kicks at this cat over the years. I am on Day 4 of Cold Turkey and I must say that this is the first time that I have felt this lousy…feels like flu- sore joints, the runs, intermittent chest tightening, no energy. Just sleep and eat. Googled Smokers flu and found this website. Good know I am not alone, but this is the first time I have ever had these kinds of withdrawal symptoms.

    • I feel you Peter! Hang in there. I’m 4 months in with nagging cough, congestion and my latest symptom is no appetite. Has anyone else lost their appetite at this stage ? I refuse to google symptoms anymore. I know it’s a part of the cleansing process but I’m so over it!!!

      • Dallas…. Vicki here….I haven’t lost my appetite but my stomach occasionally gets upset. My digestive system just feels off some days. I did Google this and it said that your system has to get use to no nicotine…Fun Times!!!

        • Hey Vicki,
          I think all of my systems are off, respiratory, digestive, everything. I’m using multi-symptom Mucinex for the congestion and cough. I am sick of the cough over everything. It has come and gone several times over these 4 months but is hanging around longer. I think that is what scares me the most. I don’t want to do a year of this. Sometimes I cough up phlegm and sometimes I don’t but I’m tired of coughing and sinuses are all blocked so that is making it worse!1

          • hey dallas,
            im also at 4months plus of smoking cessation. having really bad coughs with phlegms. doc told me could be my sinusitis..it got so bad that i would cough day and night with some running nose.probbly cos i had this while being a smoker but cigs tends to mask this illness.another thing i do realise is..my palms are warm.like really warm..if i hold someone..they would said that my palms are warm and asking if i might be burning up?have y’all folks face this?

            regards,
            ST

      • Thanks Dallas. Well, I have survived… 🙂 It’s been absolutely crazzzy…the mood swings have been off the chart, and the bouts of mental confusion…being unable to think anything through has been wild. I am convinced now that having an unlimited source of nicotine being delivered to my system via vaping for the last 2 years has only served to increase veracity of my addiction to nicotine. There has been a cold empty gnawing in my guts that lasted for days on end. I almost phoned my doctor because I didn’t know whether nicotine withdrawal could be harmful if it was too intense.It has just subsided in the last 2 days. I want this monster out of my body. Today I feel like I washed up on the beach

  101. I am on my 2 month 6 days smoke free now, had a roller coaster ride since 2nd week quit cold turkey. In 2 month i feel worse after that i feel it’s getting better. but no cheers for that first, it still coming on. Sudden mood swing, Sad, Depression, headache, join and muscle pain, especially my back and chest. It come and go in a sudden. I sleep well after last 2 month, but yesterday i woke up early 4 in the morning with tired and lousy feeling. My eating are getting better, but i do control my diet, everyday practicing deep breathing, walking exercise, eating tomato and dark vegetables everyday. drink botanical tea mix with ginger. breathing was good, the only thing is my upper chest sometimes get heavy in a sudden.
    Just wan’t to wish you guys good luck and hang in there, we can make it!

  102. It has been two months, i have stopped smoking. I am MA students, its really tough though i fight with the situation. I m not okay with my left lung as it hurts s.times. And my throat is itchy, during night i can’t breath well. OMG! I well never ever smoke again

  103. Well, today was my third day without a smoke. SO glad i decided to go looking for “after quitting” symptoms! I had never heard of smoker’s flu, but I sure do have it.
    I decided to quit because I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling like a fish out of water. Every time I would smoke, it just became a coughing session.
    I’d look at the cigarette and literally ask myself “Why do I keep doing this?”
    About a week and a half ago I woke up to go to work and was having a real hard time breathing. There were some fires in Canada, (I am in Wisconsin) and the news said some people shouldn’t even be outside. I went to the urgent care place and they took x rays and said I had the beginnings of emphysema. A week later, here I am :-). I quit drinking cold turkey on New Year’s Eve Y2K. I WILL do this!
    the doctor at urgent care even recommended that I try to “cut back”. Maybe HE needs to learn some stuff! I could tell right away that that was no option.
    Thanks to the terrific people that care about us and take the time to put these sites up! Your efforts ARE much appreciated!!!

  104. Hey guys, crickey. I got myself a throat infection so smoking became very difficult. Had my last cigarette last night round 8pm and I ended up waking up with cold shivers. Had to get up and run a hot bath. When I woke up, I felt like I had a panic attack, stuggled with breathing and cried and cried and cried. Then I realised it’s withdrawal AND actually being sick. I feel awful!

    • Without those moments, no one would quit. Times like that build strength and resilience. Get pissed off and use it when the next craving hits. Strap in for a roller coaster ride though. When you feel it’s hopeless just remember, you are no different than anyone else who quit.

  105. Been a week for me since i quit….How long will these withdrawal effects last???

    • First week is the toughest… to be honest, it was all a blur and I can’t remember much other than surviving the day. It does get easier, that I promise. Week 2 was easier physically, but just be cautious of stress and reverting to old vulnerable habits. It’s all in your head at that point. Talk yourself through them, think about a loved one, or who you will be when you’re not smoking…whatever, and after about 5 -10 minutes, you’ll be alright.
      In another week or so you’ll find yourself busy and then it will hit you…”I haven’t even thought about smoking”… those are the moments that get you through the tough ones.

    • Hang in there Marie! I’m at 4 months and have just started feeling a little better. Some people say theirs lasted a year so buckle up! I know it will be well worth it eventually . I lost a dear friend last week to a heart attack who was a heavy smoker. His death is making me determined to stay smoke free! You can do it. Take it one day at a time!

  106. Hey ST, it sounds like we have some of the same symptoms. I have allergies and sinusitis which does make me cough a lot. The extra strength mucin ex cough and congestion really helped. I’ve taken it for 2 weeks and the last couple days cough has been improving! I found a combo allergy and sinus medicine I’m trying now thinking it will help with face pain and watery eyes. I have not experienced warm hands but nothing surprises me! Hang in there as this too shall pass!!

  107. Chris Laport says:

    On day 10 of cold turkey quit. Stress still brings on cravings in a big way. Hoping this symptom will abate soon. I have found a meditation app, (OMG, I can meditate!) quite helpful. I believe I can do this!

    • You can do it Chris…It is hard because everything was turn new in a sudden..Same as me, on my first week i was feeling ill and crazy as shit! Never knew i’v been smoke free almost 3 month now and i can see a light through the tunnel. I’m so glad that i can go this far, and i would definitely not going to smoke again! Hang in there Chris!

    • Hi Chris., what is the meditation app you found? Im on dqy 2 of no ciggarettes and made it to this point through zyban…not ideal but its helping to regulate my moods and enabling me to not even have cravings. Ive tried patches champix 3 times but in the end it is a state of mind that I had to get to. I would like to learn to meditate as I think it will be a good tool long term to deal with stress and cravings..thanks

  108. 2 DAY OF NO SMOKING I HAVE ALOT OF THESE SYMPTOMS I FEEL LIKE SOMETHING STUCK IN MY THROAT LIKE PHLEGMS ALWAYS THROWS OUT PHLEGMS I ALSO FEEL MY HANDS WARM AN FEET AN I ALWAYS HAD COLD FEET AN HANDS I GET COLD AN HOT FLASHES IT FEELS SO AWFUL BESIDES ANXIETY PANICKING I HOPE ITS JUST AWITHDRAW AN NOT SOMETHING ELSE

    • I know how you feel Caligal! Just get ready for a bumpy ride. It sounds like you’re experiencing the early stages of Quitters Flu. Just stay strong and know some days will be better than others, but in the end, you are doing the right thing for yourself and your loved ones. It’s not easy but I know it will be worth it!!

  109. Thanks everyone. I didn’t know about Quitters Flu until i found this blog. Went cold turkey on May 26, now it all makes sense! I’m coughing (forgive me) “chunks,” my voice is cracky – sound like I’ve got laryngitis and my throat hurts. Funny thing is i feel fine. No fatigue like i work get when i have the flu. I’m chalking it up to this all being part of the healing process. Thanks for the tips and tricks: Mucinex and herbal tea
    What’s been working for me is to have an ample supply of gum with xylitol instead of sugar. I’m chompin it everytime i get the cravings.
    I go to the gym and do cardio just to get my lungs activated. It’s been helping a lot to force my lungs to work for themselves.
    I got a 90 minute massage to reward myself and a pedicure from a nail technician who does reflexology on my feet. When she pushed on my foot the area associated with my lungs i would cough -that’s not a bad thing. Any way i can get myself to purge my lungs, the better. It all makes sense that kicking up these toxins will have a residual effect and the flu- like symptoms are the result, but in the end worth it.
    Took my first hit of a cigarette when i was 12; I’m going to be 45 -coincidentally on my quit day.
    Good luck to all of u. Keep fighting the fight. I’m going to try to do this. It’s really hard and easy for me to relapse.

  110. So far do anyone experienced swollen lymph node on the neck after quitting? Kinda strange after quitting for 2 month 3 weeks and i got this on my right front neck, just below my jaw. it’s been there approximately for 2 month.
    Is it anything to do with quitting smoking? Had anyone experience the same symptom? I wen’t to ENT for check up and the doctor did say it was an infection and there was nothing to worry about. But the sore sensation that keep running thru my right neck and also the back of my neck keep me irritate. 🙁

  111. I am SO glad that I found this site. If I, no scratch that, WHEN I get through today, it’ll be 13 days with no cigarette. Today I have been experiencing severe nausea and heartburn, and a bit of a sore throat. I wasn’t real sure if these were common side effects. I do feel really run down, but am going to keep on trucking along. It’s been a long time since I really tried kicking this nasty habit, but I vow to be around for my girls for a REALLY long time. to all those that are struggling…if I can. You can quit too!!

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