Quitting Smoking is a Real Headache.

Ex smoker suffering a headacheIt is not unusual for people to experience headaches when they first quit smoking. It is possible that the headaches experienced during nicotine withdrawal are the result of fluctuating serotonin levels.

When you quit smoking your brain and nervous system suffer physical stresses due to changes in the production of various chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Both are modified by smoking and addiction to nicotine.

When you quit smoking, serotonin levels will drop and it has been found that reduced serotonin levels can lead to migraines.

The neurotransmitter serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]) plays a role in the development of migraine attacks. This conclusion is supported by evidence indicating that migraine patients tend to have low levels of serotonin in their brains (Panconesi 2008). Additional support for this theory is found in data indicating that tricyclic antidepressants, which increase serotonin signaling, reduce the frequency of migraine attacks (Cutrer 2012). –Β www.lef.org/

Of course, additional factors may also play a role in causing headaches during a quit smoking campaign.

Below are a few example causes;

  • Excessive Caffeine and Caffeine withdrawal.
  • Fatigue, another common nicotine withdrawal symptom.
  • Changes in climate and weather.
  • Menstruation.
  • Lack of sleep.
  • Dehydration.


Tips for Managing the Headaches That Come With Quitting Smoking.


  • If the headaches are extreme or do not go away, seek medical advice.
  • Use painkillers such as Aspirin and Paracetamol as directed.
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest.
  • Consider switching coffee for teas that contain significantly less caffeine. Herbal teas that are caffeine free would be even better.
  • Ensure you are drinking enough water.
  • Eat good food with plenty of nutrients.



  1. It could be the extra oxygen too as the carbon monoxide leaves. I have a headache now and am dizzy sometimes. I was concerned about this until I read your article. Now I see it as a natural result of stopping smoking yesterday.

    I didn’t quit because of health reasons. I quit because I want to be free of the shackles of dependency on something that was never satisfying me but was only partially removing the chronic inter-cigarette withdrawal symptoms.

    Non-smokers feel free of these symptoms 24/7 and I want to be just like that.


    • “shackles of dependency ”

      So true πŸ™‚

      Headaches are definitely part of the healing process, so yeah, I wouldn’t be overly concerned. Though, to play it safe, I’d always advocate letting your doctor know, especially if they continue or cause you distress etc.

      Thanks for the input btw πŸ™‚

    • I quit smoking last week on friday and starting that night I felt panicked. The next day I had quite the panic attack that lasted all day. Sunday was fine till the next day then it comes and goes. Anyone experience panic attacks while quitting?

  2. I quit smoking with chantix, worked great for me. 3 weeks after I quit I got 24 hour a day headaches that have been going on for 4 months now, have had catscans and many Dr. visits with no relieve, I am ready to start smoking again life was alot more fun. I have been told Rebound Headache was the problem so I stopped all pain killers 3 weeks ago, they have gotten slightly better, do not know what to do…

    • sir how was it now? did the headache go away now?

    • cknott007 says:

      The brain needs B vitamins to make neurotransmitters with a calming effect and serotonin. Cereals, whole grains, potatoes, pork, liver, kidney beans, chicken, wheat germ, bananas, peanuts, eggs, mushrooms, watermelon, grapefruit, shellfish and dairy products are all excellent sources of B vitamins.

    • crystal nettles says:

      I get migraines all the time even while smoking. Iv gotten them as long as I can remember. And now my 15 yr old daughter gets them to. Come to find out by several doctors it is hereditary. My mom got them my sister’s get them. Iv been to several Dr’s as well. I’m on prescription meds for my migraines but Dr also sagested a ear piercing inside my ears it’s an acupuncture area and it’s been known to help in others. I’ll will be getting that done soon. Check with your doctor it could be a number of things from teeth to thick hair to your eyes or it running in your family. Hope you find the source of the problem. Like I said I’m a smoker trying hard to stop due to my children’s health problems I gotta quit for them. But I’m taking baby step. But even smoking I still get migraines. Plz if you quit don’t start back up. I’m 43 almost and iv been smoking off and on since I was 15. Not a good habit to pick up. Sorry not trying to tell you what to do just trying to help. God bless and good luck

      • I have been getting migraines since I was 5 years old. I have been on every prescribed Migraine Med you can think of and as of 2 years ago I started Botox treatment for my migraines and now I swear by them. I was ready to go under the knife if there was a procedure that would cure my migraines and though botox isn’t a cure by any means I have went from 20 migraines a month to maybe 1 every 3 months. and I am not talking a minor migraine I am talking a knock me down (dark, quit room) full day and then full day to recoup from previous day. my health plan covers my botox because it is for migraines and not cosmetic. So worth the 60 some injections I get in my scalp and neck and shoulders.

    • Ansh Chhabra says:

      You need to just keep your diet in check.
      Excericse, drink enough water. Adhere to strict timings of food that is healthy.
      Seriously, avoid the soda and junk food because your body doesn’t need that right now!
      Feel free to email me on


      Been one week of not smoking ( was smoking since 2014) (heavy smoker)
      And I’m already experiencing headache.

  3. Hi Gary, well done on making 4 months!

    Rebound headache could well be the cause. Headache is also reportedly a side effect of champix/chantix.

    I would also consider talking to your doctor about cognitive behavioral therapy. Addiction seriously messes up the brain’s “wiring” and can cause all sorts of physical and psychological problems. I used to get headaches from just thinking about my quit…over thinking it!

    Quitting smoking is certainly not fun and in the middle of the healing process, it is easy to understand why life before quitting seemed so much better.

    However, 4 months is still a young quit, I would give it more time. There will be ups and downs for a few months yet, with the up days becoming more frequent and the down days less severe.

    I also recommend joining an online support group if you haven’t already. If you have facebook, I’d consider starting here…

    Hope it begins getting better for you soon! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Cameron – i 100% agree with you it takes around seven months to quit an addiction to nicotine – most articles on the internet say it takes less often four weeks – i suspect these people who write this misleading information in their articles never smoked cigarettes in their life in particular if they are doctors – in my past experience i quit using an almost entirely cold turkey approach that lasted almost exactly seven months – this was difficult to get through despite taking aspirins daily – anyone who knows anything knows daily aspirins is generally not good – for stupid reasons i started smoking again almost as if it was going to be fun trying to learn the best approach for quitting smoking as if this some sort of scientific experiment on myself – in retrospect going through nicotine withdrawal again is no picnic or day at the beach – in other words i believe people who actually know how long it takes to quit smoking are the ones who actually used to smoke cigarettes – i just passed the seven month marker again only this time i am still trying to get of nicotine addiction probably due to the fact i was chewing nicotine gum up until six months – now i am not ingesting or inhaling nicotine at all for one month still trying to get over physical symptoms of cigarette withdrawal which is usually felt in the temples region during all hours when conscious with occasional headaches – only one person wrote symptoms may take up to one year to diminish – this person was using champix – i was also using champix the last time i was quitting smoking – i recommend using combinations to try to quit during the initial stages of quitting smoking – champix alone is not adequate hence the headaches – the urge for nicotine is replaced with headaches – it says on the box people who are bipolar should not take champix – this warning on the box means anyone is going to be less in control of their negative emotions in the face of adversity when quitting smoking – if you chew on nicotine gum the headache disappears for 24 – 72 hrs however returns depending on how long you can go without chewing the gum – i figure if you chew the nicotine gum you can go about an extra twenty percent longer without requiring another piece – this translates roughly into an eighty percent longer duration of total time length for nicotine withdrawal – to tell the truth right now i am still experiencing how long it takes to quit smoking using nothing except nicotine gum after the first two weeks i was also using champix since the first two – three weeks are the worst – up to three month you can expect severe fatigue – if you can you will want to sleep 18 hrs / day in the initial stages for months – aspirin seems to help with fatigue – perhaps nicotine is similar to niacin when it is metabolized – yes nicotine stays in the bloodstraem for up to three days then the metabolized form stays in your system for who knows how long – people start to question why they still feel they need a cigarette after so long when so many people on the internet say it only takes three – four weeks to quit – if you have any doubt if cigarettes are the cause of your symptoms chew on a gum or have one cigarette – in this case if you have been refraining from smoking a long time just one or two puffs of one cigarette is all it takes to realize you feel better – if you are feeling lightheaded after smoking than you smoked too much – i never experience light headiness when chewing a piece of nicotine gum in its entirety probably due to it takes up to thirty minutes to chew all the nicotine out of the gum if you follow the instruction chewing once or twice / minute – i usually just chew until it tastes bad then stop chewing – this goes on for ten minutes – sometimes mild headache occurs as a result of this overchewing nicotine gum – i estimate i may have another six or seven months to go until i am completely quit since i have been chewing the gum until recent times – i need one right now i am just trying to refrain for an ongoing entire month – this is what is called willpower for one month – to pacify i smoke decaffeinated green tea in rolling papers – i also bought supposed nicotine free tobacco from Israel on eBay – i am not sure how nicotine free this stuff is in comparison to the last time i quit while smoking this special tobacco – in the past i bought tobacco with trace nicotine in it however this company went out of business probably due to their choice of name they were using “Quest” when you search for “Quest cigarettes you always find articles like “My quest for quitting cigarettes” – there are also nicotine free cocoa leaves cigarettes although i have never tried these – i tried following instructions on youtube for how to make your own nicotine free tobacco by immersing it in water for 24hrs then proceeding to dry it in an oven on low to avoid mold developing which it does if you do not follow this step – something else is if you try this method what happens is the tobacco no longer burns properly – little burning embers falls off the cigarette potentially causing burns in your furniture or clothing – if you do this method this also indicates to others you are not smoking normal cigarettes at parties then they question what it is you are smoking – if you do all these things you get tired of the annoyances of quitting smoking – if you are outside the oxygen seems to help with alleviating withdrawal symptoms – i also take iron supplements when suffering from extreme fatigue – i am not sure of the direct effects smoking has on iron levels although i am sure there are correlations from headlines on the internet – vitamin C also helps with depression associated with withdrawal – eat bananas or eat soya products because these increase dopamine levels – avoid soya beverages since they contain carageenan causing internal polyps – why does the government allow these things for sale to the public ? Good luck in your quest to quit nicotine addiction – in my case this also causes severe facial redness that does diminish 75 – 80 % after seven months cold turkey – smoking itself causes Rosacea symptoms then gets 50 % worse when quitting then is first noticeable in reduction of symptoms when you truly feel for the first time you no longer need a cigarette after several months – the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal does not get less severe until one day after several months cold turkey you realize you feel normal again – until this point nicotine withdrawal just takes longer for symptoms to return depending on your past frequency of nicotine use – the only in between time when you sort of need a cigarette and sort of do not need a cigarette is in the last two or three days of nicotine withdrawal after several months hard quitting – until this point nicotine withdrawal returns full force just with less fatigue – i hope this is of help with the subject of nicotine addiction – i wish someone wrote this for myself to read in the past – i know this is not the best written however i think all my past details are in here – good luck again with quitting an addiction to nicotine.

      • Thank you, that was everything I needed to know.

      • I’m on my 4th week. Been hell but I havnt had one craving for a week. Smoked a pack in a half a day for 15-20 years. Quit cold turkey.

        • Marie Chuong says:

          Me too! Both times I quit have been cold turkey. To me nrt is just a tease and makes me want to smoke more!

      • You are the first person to I read who mention the redness in the face.9 days smoke free just notice it today.My head killing me.Starting to feel like I am coming down with the flu.Today just been a really tough day.

      • Thankyou for this. It’s been 42 days for me and I’m still craving a cigarette. Over and over I have read articles that tell me that after these first weeks I ‘am no longer craving for nicotine’. It’s disconcerting and worrying, but your post has reassured me. I have gone cold turkey and never want to go through this again. Best wishes to everyone, we can do this.

      • this article is very helpul..thank u am going on three months of quitting weed n nicotine cold turkey…dont crave them at all…but the strange headaches,tightness,and sharpe pinching on my head is driving me nuts…

    • MY PHONE NUMBER says:

      ive been free of smoking for 8 days now and ive been smoking for 46 years. is there a certain time i would exspect to start getting headaches. patrick.oh yes i was smoking 3- half packs per day. i also drank a lot of coffee too. but found that since i stoped smoking i also dont have the desire to drink coffee i guess i feel like it coffee is a big triggure and if i have a coffee it makes my brain start telling me .wouldnt it be nice to have a ciggerette with this coffee now. but i dont. but as i said im not going to worry about the headaches ive been hearing about. but is there something wrong why im not having headaches. patrick.

      • mindgames says:

        I quit smoking on July 5th , 2017 and the headache started on July 28. I quit cold turkey.. I used nicotine chew gums for 4 days and thought I the gums are not different than cigarettes if you are addicted to nicotine. So I stopped them.. Reading online reviews help a lot understanding the symptoms. I have fatigue and headache. Not much cravings. I get like 3 -4 mild cravings a day. Want to sleep all the time. I sleep well at night and after waking up I am sleepy after 2 hours and this continues all day. My weight went up by 10 pounds in 25 days. All these are negligible considering the effect of smoking. I smoked for 15 years. one pack a day smoker.

        • I am cold turkey too. I have the same symptoms just tired all the time and a near constant headache. I haven’t had a bunch of cravings.
          I find that going for a walk helps with the fatigue but nothing helps the headaches. What did you do?

      • I stopped smoking cold turkey too. have not smoked a cigarette since Sept 14, 2017 so that’s right at 4 months. It was rough in beginning, very moody like a cat wanting to strike. thought I was settling down some then the coughing , clearing throat all the time just feeling general crappy feels like a flu but not a fever sick overall feel bad I read that this could happen after quitting because of all the toxins and nicotine leaving body then your lungs start feeling some you can cough up some ugly I actually that wouldn’t start for a little while but with all this going on I’m determined to never smoke a cigarette again. Think about you light up and then when you decide to quit you get sick like flue and crappy. but im holding my head up and not with a cigarette in my mouth I’m proud of stopping this time because i know it is for good so i have to go through some sickness and feel bad I will handle it and hope all of you know its not easy you will feel sometimes aweful but stay strong im already breathing better exercising eating yes eating too mush but will handle that little problem anyway all of you who have stopped you can do it read all you can about your quitting and what you will go thru then you understand what is going on and can deal with anything. thanks for listening hope to talk later stay strong and determined to get that crap out of your body

        • I quit just over 3 weeks ago cold turkey. Before that I did 4 days of Chantix while smoking at the same time, but was having some crazy thoughts so I said screw it and gave up everything. I will admit that I have had some strong urges to smoke, especially while driving and after dinner. But the worse part has been the headaches. Of course, after a quick google search, I was informed it must be a brain tumor. However, nicotine withdrawals make far more sense ???? I do hope they go away soon. I am a teacher and married with three children, so having tension headaches all day everyday make me somewhat of a hard person to be around.

  4. although I would question replacing tea for coffee – tea can contain as much caffeine as coffee. Switch for something else

  5. Hi I am on my 7th day today but I seem to feel dizzy since I stopped im just using the smoking loz at the moment apart from the dizzy spells and alittle tired im ok

    • I quit smoking two weeks ago and my headaches are slowly going away. I remember the first 7 days I felt like I had a fog in my brain and a headache that would come and go throughout the day. I was having serious issues with concentration. I also felt really tired and was going to sleep 2 hours earlier every day and I took long naps last Saturday and Sunday. Today it’s been exactly 2 weeks and I can feel that I am a lot more energized and the concentration is almost completely back to normal. Fatigue is pretty much gone also. I’ve heard that the withdrawals should completely go away within a month. My throat feels dry and itchy like I am having a little cold.

  6. I’ve been trying to quit smoking and the last time I smoked was 2 cigarettes 5 days ago. I was also coming down with a cold that exact night. I FEEL AWFUL. I have had such a headache the past couple days, I feel like my head is a balloon about to pop with too much air in it. I am sort of getting over my cold– which was terrible— but the headache isn’t going away. I’ve been taking Tylenol Severe Cold and Sinus but it doesn’t even seem to be helping and thats why I think maybe it’s cigarette related.

    • you might want to get you some natural essential oils and rub on your temples check out what kind is best to help head aches just google to find out what kind is good if not i take a goody powder knock a headache out most of the time.

  7. I was a chronic smoker,smoked 2 packets a day,had lungs basal infection,i stopped that very day of my result.That was three months back and now I am okey with my chest but this headache doesn’t go away,24Γ—7 for 2 months,doctors says its nicotine withdrawal symptoms but I get worried sometimes.I need help to cope with this headache.

  8. Ambe, I have to ask what sort of headaches. 3 months after I quit cold Turkey (which I must say after 17 years was quite easy) my headaches started. Almost 4 months later I am still having the headaches 24/7 the intensity varies and the pains move all over my head. They can be stabbing, pressure even like fire ball pain in eyes, ears, back teeth, forehead and cheeks. They only last seconds but combined with the constant hangover feeling it has worn me out. The Neurologist hasn’t heard of this before. I am at my wits end

    • Jacqui, I also have these exact same sensations. I just recently stopped smoking a week ago and after day 3 i have these pains in my head every day. I also have the constant hangover feeling and on top of taking care of two kids it wears me out and works up my anxiety like crazy. I do believe this is just your body getting used to “fresh air” if you will in your body and your brain. Every ones body reacts differently in some way to quitting. I also get a feeling of losing my breath even when sitting down that i feel like I’m going to stop breathing. I spoke with my grandmother who has smoked throughout a significant part of her life about that feeling and she said that she had never experienced that after she quit. So just remember everybody reacts differently in in some way shape or form. However if it remains constant and you are worried about it see your doctor. I know I will if my headaches don’t dissipate just to be safe. Wish everyone well!

  9. A little over a month of quitting cold turkey! Smoked for little over 15 yrs. 2 weeks ago I started getting a pretty constant headache only on left side. It goes from hurting like a 5-6 on scale of 10 being worst to a 1-2 with tingling only on left side of head also. Even get tingling on same side of face radiating out from left temple. I quit for my health to be around for my family. I’m concerned about headaches but don’t want to jump to conclusions and rack up some pretty serious medical bills for nothing. I have already contacted my doc and they said they would send me to neurologist, but from all my research and reading on this site and others these types of headaches are common. I’m no doc not even close. I also have family history of migranes which I get on regular basis, but never 1 side of head and never this long.

    • I have quit smoking in jan 2016 i have had the worse headaches i cant even hardly see at times.. had tunnel vision scared me to death. Now all my doctors want to ship me off to the nero doctor .. my ears feel like they are clogged all the time my sinus feel likenthey killing me all the time.i just wonder if it was worth it

      • Im on chantix and have the same exact issues. I even went to Md thinking it was a sinus infection. Since they gave me antibiotics and it is still the same. The earaches and headaches are awful.

      • Lorrie Chaney says:

        I quit smoking had slight headaches when backing down. BP was up so we as put on meds this drastically made me worse. Went to ER every other day for a week and developed TGN so was put on seizure medicine and fioricet for migraines. I was still extremely I’ll with headaches that dropped me to my knees. So since I took myself off the BP medicine and feel better ,doc said ok now off seizure med per dr instruction. It’s never been mentioned that I may have headaches from quitting smoking. They want to keep treating me for high BP and I want to know what’s causing he BP to be up. Does quitting smoking affect the BP. I am happy to have just a plain headache now the others were 20x worse. Ok seeing neurologist in November starting over.

  10. Day 17 here, migraine type headaches started two days ago. It goes away when I run but creeps right back shortly after. I have tried Excedrin, plenty of water, and decongestants. Nothing makes it go away and I don’t know if I can do months of this. My pain is so bad my vision is blurring occasionally and I have already had to leave work early because I could barely function. Has anyone found any type of relief?

    • Hey Shawn after I posted I started asking more people about the headaches. I found some relief in caffeine. Nothing crazy like pills, the person I spoke to suggested trying a soda or coffee. I was reluctant to go back I quit drinking sodas 2 years ago, but surprisingly I got some relief from a small can of pepsi. I do get the blurred vision as well it gets kind of scary. I have noticed physical activity does help and it came back right after. Nicotine is some wicked stuff. I done more research on it, and it effects your neuro-receptors so when you quit everything has to re-wire. They believe chocolate effects the same pleasure part of brain so that can help also if you don’t replace smoking with chocolate. I’m trying to give my head stuff another week before I go see docs. The caffeine did ease it though. Just don’t give in. If I read half the stuff I did in past week I never would have started.

    • I’ve found relief from all kinds of pain (including terrible headaches!) from fresh ginger. I’m on my first week quitting for like the billionth time (I think being an active smoker makes it even harder to quit). And boom. I got the first ever terrible headache during a quite smoking session. I’m not using anything (like Zantac, gum, patches…), and I’ve been tired, a little irritable, dizzy, the usual. Except for today: a splitting headache. That’s a rarity. But, I chopped up some ginger, added a spot of Tumeric for extra measure (Like I said: this headache is the pits man!) and steeped some hot water over it for a while. Headache is gone, but I’m still tired and cranky. Better that than those terrible headaches. Blah! I feel for those who are suffering for months on end. I hope you get well and stick it out. I hope I stick it out: I’m ready for this monkey to finally get off my back (for good).

  11. I have had a problem with headaches lately as well. It has been 41 days since my last cigarette. The weird thing is my headaches just started a couple of days ago and were not a problem until this week. I don’t think it is a hydration issue because I drink several liters a day. Do you guys think it is smoking related?

    • Hi Kyle – i just posted a big story on here – it takes seven months to quit cold turkey – look for my reply to Cameron above your post >

      • It only takes 7 months if you don’t stop ingesting nicotine. Gum counts, light forms of tobacco count, everything counts. You are prolonging the withdrawal. Chewing the gum means you haven’t actually quit.

  12. I quit smoking 3 months ago last Friday, the first 2 weeks I felt pretty decent…but ever since I feel disgusting….the worst part are these migraine type feelings I get almost everyday….I wake in the morning feeling pretty good, after about an hour or so I start feeling light headed, almost like when I turn my head too fast i feel dizzy, with some headache pain, and a weird feeling behind my eyes…like pressure or something….no pain killers work either…some times going for a walk seems to help for a short time…..I felt better when I smoked!!! when I quit years ago on the patch I felt awesome….this cold turkey quitting sucks….my gut and bowels have been suffering to occasionally….im trying so hard to not start again, but how much can one person take…I smoked for about 28 years, prob. around 2 packs a day…

    • Hey Bud,
      hang in there! You can now understand what cigs have done to you already. If you go back to smoking, the damage will be more and more and you’ll end up dying from some kind of disease sooner then you think. If you get through these withdraws and let your body to heal, you’ll have more years to live a happy life. I know a guy who was a chain smoker for as long as I knew him, we worked together. One day he quit smoking and looked pretty sick for about 6 or 7 months. After that I didn’t see him for about 2 years and when I finally saw him, he looked 10 years younger. I was shocked because it was hard to recognize him. He looked pretty sick when I saw him last time, lots of wrinkles on his face and always looked tired like he never slept. Go see your doctor, do your physical if you haven’t done it yet. Take good care of yourself and your body. Watch what you eat and put lots of nutrients into your body because that will help with the healing process. You’ve done a great job for 3 whole months!!! You’re almost there!

      • Thanks Lana…..
        well, its been 4 months now…:-)
        still feel like shit, but im sure it will get better, my ego wont let me smoke again!!!for once, an ego is a good thing…lol

        • Hi Bud,
          I quit smoking on 12/3/2015 and since then i was feeling light headed and after a month 1/02/2016 i started feeling light headed most of the time. recently it has reduced but it is still there but very mild.
          Any tips ? how long this light headed feeling will be there ?
          Note : after the light headed feeling i smoked for 2 days.
          I did all test and things came normal, only thing i am noticing is ringing in my ear and one of the Dr said it will go away.

      • raj diyawath. says:

        When you feel headache or dizziness, run for 30 min, increase running as much as possible. Within one day you wil be relieved from all sort of withdrawal syndrome.

    • Thats so me i just dont no what to do anymore been 7 mths

    • Hi there Bud. I just wnat to get an update about your headaches. Did it ever go away?

  13. I Feel so bad dizzy and so much pressure on my head in the top of my head I quit smoking 3 months now I am trying my very best not to go back to smoking but I quit my job don’t want to see anyone cause I get annoyed by people when they talk which is so not like me I am such a nice guy lol…I really pray this headache goes away and its always in afternoons I get them very very unbearable

  14. Glad I found this thread. I’m on day 18, smoked 21 years, last several years American Spirit Organic, went cold turkey, and aside from looking eleven months pregnant, I’ve been doing okay. Roughly three days ago, though, I started waking up with headaches. I take an ibuprofen, and they go away eventually, but they are starting somewhere during the night, because I wake up with them, and they are interrupting my much-needed sleep.

    • I am on day 24. I have been smoking for 42 years. I can’t sleep and when I do I wake up in sweating so bad that my pillow is soaking wet. I constantly have headaches. I am not a caffeine drinker but I have been taking a pain reliever with caffeine in it. I don’t know if it is worth giving up smoking and feeling crappy. I stopped because I didn’t want to smell like a cigarette anymore. I didn’t have any health problems until I quit smoking.

      • Patty,
        cigarettes act as a “cover up”. The only way you can finally see how healthy you are is by quitting smoking. Right now you are feeling sick because that’s what cigarettes have done to your body over the years. You can get through the withdrawal process and let your body to heal itself. If you want to stay a life longer, don’t go back to cigarettes, as you can see how much damage they have already done to your body.

  15. thanks I don’t feel alone my neurologist could not find fault I hope the headaches stop I am closing on month 4 of stopping smoking I have given up before and never had headaches perhaps it is the slow burn feature in cigarettes now that caused this

    • I wonder that too. I quit for 4 yrs…. and that was about 16 yrs ago. I never had headaches. I quit 5 months ago again and have had terrible migraines ever since. I think it might be the additional chemicals they’ve been putting on tobacco, or on the paper, or in the filters… who knows. I think drs should be aware of this though. My dr treated me for a sinus infection for 2 months before another dr decided it was a migraine! -_- I never had a migraine before…

      • That’s what I was saying. What have they done that wasn’t being done before because I never got headaches and this time they were terrible. I’ve been taking fresh ginger and turmeric and it helps a ton! I know this thread is old, but maybe my good experience will help someone else who pops in later

  16. im on day 3 and feel so aggravated and headaches on my left temple…
    kinda emotional type of way I don’t know if this is normal and when it will get better, I can say that I have smelt the smell of smoke from cowokers and it make me wanna gag, just saying any advise people?

  17. Hello,

    Day 4 of quitting smoking and I have had an agonizing headache from day 1!!!

    Nothing makes it go away and it is the only thing making me feel terrible! It is by no means the cravings that are making this unbearable it is these headaches. I work on a computer all day and as soon as it hits around 3 o clock it is agony to look at the screen.

    I am totally committed to giving up as it is scaring me seeing the reliance I had on them now I have given up but any advice would be much appreciated πŸ™‚

  18. Emma parr says:

    Hi everyone today is my first day if stopping smoking after 15 years at 20 plus a day im using the 10mg patch but all day i have had a horrible head ache and got the shakes and also felt like i was gonna faint a few times, has any one else experianced this so soon xx

    • Emma Parr, I also have headaches along with the feeling like I’m going to lose my vision completely and pass out I don’t know about you but I do suffer from anxiety disorder so quitting smoking it definitely makes my anxiety worse but it is normal after quitting smoking. the feeling of fainting took quite possibly the small levels of anxiety due to not having a cigarette. I have two children so it makes it hard for me to deal with my anxiety with the constant feeling of fainting. the best thing to do is try to relax as much as possible and just remember that it will get better in due time. Stay positive! Wish everyone well!

      • I guess I also forgot to mention I am on day 8 of quitting smoking. I was fine the first couple of days until about day 3 is when I started getting light to moderate headaches and have progressed a little bit. I’ve quit smoking in the past due to my pregnancies but unfortunately went back to it after breastfeeding. I am 24 years old I started smoking when I was 14 (yes I know very young) but I want to better myself for my children and I don’t want that stinky smell around anymore just because I chose to have the bad habit my kids should not have to suffer through it with me therefore I’ve decided to stop. I’m trying to stay as positive as I can and I always think about the good things in my life which also helps me deal with my anxiety. Best of luck!

  19. I’m on day two of quitting. I’ve have mild headaches but I feel more dizzy and a bit nauseated. I started smoking 3 years ago after a divorce and usually smoked 1/2 a pack a day. I’m disgusted that I ever started smoking and I am determined to quit. It’s been encouraging reading all your stories and I give you all a lot of credit. Have a great smoke free, happy, healthy holiday.

  20. I am on day 6 of quitting smoking after 44 years of 1 pack a day. My lungs are pretty much a disaster area as walking up one flight of stairs takes a toll. I have a weird sensation in the top and front of my head that feels alternately like pressure and then tingling. All the comments about headaches are a concern however, I feel it is better to be prepared for what is coming than find out and think that returning to smoking will be my only relief. One warning I read regarding jaw and neck pains along with swelling of glands in the throat was a wake-up call regarding the affect smoking has on the thyroid gland. I had both the pains and the swelling for quite some time and denial prevented me from looking into just how much damage I was doing to myself. Knowing what is coming helps and so this discussion page is invaluable. Thank you and keep talking please.

  21. I am now in sixth week of quitting. I have started feeling headache for the last one week. The headache generally starts after having lunch and remain till sleep. But now I am determined that I shall never smoke. Can someone advise from his experience that how many days this headache will take?

  22. It has been 40 days since Ive quit (cold turkey) and Ive just developed headaches the past couple weeks. Mostly in the forefront area of the head. There are few days that I don’t get any headaches and feel great then there are days where I want to hide in a hole until the pain passes. The headaches will vary in degree with me with some being low level (such as 2-3 on scale of 10) to annoying level (6-7). I have done some research on the topic since its disconcerting to feel this way after giving up something so bad for you (to feel better). I talked to many ex-smokers and many (not all as everyone’s side effects will vary) have stated that headaches are normal during the quitting stage. Some have lasted several months while others have lasted on and off over a year. Few have told me the first year, they ran a lot which helped them (1-2 miles day). I cant run every day but I do exercise which during so, I wont have any headache at all. An extra cup of coffee a day helps me too

  23. Im glad that i found this thread. Its my 3rd day of quitting.Im experiencing nicotine withdrawal symptoms right now, but I find going to gym a useful remedy.Im a doctor but I was a light smoker, smoking about 1-5 a day. now it seems a bit hard, but Im sure i can survive:D. I want to swim as I used to, so I need my lungs.want to forget it, and design a new life style for myself.

    • I like that idea. Design a new lifestyle. Me too, have been a pretty light smoker, but for 25 years. But I can’t stand how much I think about having that cig once my kids finally get to bed. Am tired of the habit.

      Anyway, on day 4, And have the weirdest pain behind my left eye. Hurts more when I blink. And yes, sooo tired. And sad.

      But I will persevere!
      Good luck all, thanks for sharing.

  24. 8th day today smoked for 20 odd years , 40 a day . The first couple of days were ok but having trouble dealing with the severe headaches I’m getting today being the worst . I can handle the no sleeping and sweats but I’ve never really had headaches but these are pretty bad on the plus I can take a full breath and intend to start running tomorrow to rid this dirty habit good luck all .

  25. I smoked for 7 years on average 10 per day,quit 15 days ago..from very next day started having strange sensation in back of the head,sporadic headaches at back of the dead,forefront aswell,strange sensations on my left cheek,pressure behind eyes..dont know are these withdrawal symptoms..scared..will see a neurologist soon.

    • I smoked close to 20 years and averaged a pack every 2-3 days. The first few days I felt these “shock” type sensations go thru my head but it wasn’t until about a month after quitting cold turkey that the sensations turned into headaches. I don’t just get headaches but other types of physical changes as well. They are withdrawal symptoms as your body is going thru a drastic change. What has helped me is exercise and avoiding/reducing trigger moments such as stress and past habits that used to make me want to smoke. Be sure to get plenty of rest and keep hydrated. im on day 64 so far – headaches are less and few as with physical changes but im staying positive.

      • I’m so glad I found this thread!!! I smoked for 26 years, pack and half- loved it. But after my mom died of the C word, I knew I wanted to quit. I tried everything! Felt so sad I couldn’t quit but then one day I felt like I was having a stroke. QUIT COLD TURKEY. It’s been since end of July- so almost two months- I’ve got tension, migraines, one eye dilated bigger than the other, severe tingling in hands and arms and now feet, major sinus hurt but main problem is head… I had constant sharp headache pain and woke up in middle of night feeling scared and shaky, weak- I think after reading all this- it’s all quitting smoking!!!! I feel some hope!!! I still have headaches but not always, tingles not always- I drink TONS of green tea and eat garlic and loaded up Vitamin C- it helps!! But every now and then in a pain free moment, I laugh!! I laugh and love myself for quitting and I will make it through this. You can too!!! Aghhhh so nice to know others are going through hell too because I was getting scared of the symptoms but keep praying and live to you all to long life and healthy life!

        • I think that is very good advice, I quit 6 months ago and still feel like crap; tired all day, constant headaches. listless and I still haven’t smoked, after a 50 year habit….HANG IN THEIR….


      Hey bud…how are you?my friend I really dont know who you are but as a well wisher of a people I suggest you not to start again.I smoked for about 11 years heavily.But I cud quit without any kind of problems..Its all in how will make your mind set. I am so happy after I quit smoking becoz after the organs are recovering and enjoying good health..believe me my friend its all about mind set…think of it if you start smoking again the more damage is done to your organs..

    • I smoked for 5 years, 4-8/day. I quit 6 weeks ago. On day 3, I started feeling pressure in my left sinus and ear with random mild headaches. My skin feels tingly on cheek, scalp and forehead on some days and on other days my face feels hot or sunburned but not red. I have been trying not to worry, but after reading this, I realize this is probably just part of the process. Until my symptoms become more than just a little annoying I will just keep my fingers crossed that it goes away soon!

      • I’ve found the same week 4 and burning hot cheeks like I’ve been on a sunbrd I was also light headed and really itchy all over my body.. I’ve seen these are all common but until you read about them they are worrying

  26. quit smoking cold turkey 4 days ago after smoking a pack a day for 15 years! I keep getting a slight headache and feeling tired!! the cravings were bad yesterday but today they seemed to have eased off a bit! Glad to be smoke free now and no matter the challenge I will stay this way! Good Luck to all of you!!!! πŸ™‚

  27. I will keep it short. Started smoking in 1989 at 18. Wish I listened to the advice, don’t start. Smoked a pack to 2 a day for almost 20 years. Tried to quit, but found myself stuck at 2-4 cigs a day for the last five years. The headaches and how I feel keep me from quitting completely. The headaches dinish if I smoke and get more intense if I don’t. Decided to quit completely, but I know I am in for battle. The headaches are just intense. So bad that I don’t even want to be touched. Any advice in dealing with the headaches and the constant disoriented feelings will be greatly appreciated.
    Here goes to day 1 of the rest of my life without cigs.

  28. I’m 56 and have smoked for 42 years! I’m now on day 39 of not smoking. I did laser therapy treatment and have not had any nicotine cravings. I’m very fatigued but know it is part of the withdrawal. My neck pain and headaches are caused from clenching my teeth. I try to be aware of the clenching, my dentist said he can make a bottom mouth(teeth) guard to wear. Hope this might help.

  29. Im on my 5th day off them so far …this my second time around trying to quit in 5 months…i quit on stephens day 2014 for 2 months up to the start of match 2015…. The side affects i got for too months straight were brutal ..feeling dizzy every day …the sickly feeling is worse of all…the feelin of wanting to get sick but u cant ….thats how bad it was for me…..when i do quit i usually try cold turkey….im 33 an have been smokin maybe ten a day for 14 year …..when i went bk on the ciggerattes straight away within that day all the sickness an dizzyness was gone….cudnt believe it because i smoked a fag !!….so here go,s second time around folks wish me luck ….just hope those awfull withdrawl symptoms dont come back too roost as long as the last time …….

  30. Chandler S. says:

    So I tried to stop smoking on the 1st of June and of course something/someone knew that I was trying to quit because I had the worst day and needed to smoke, I had 4 cigs left in my box and decided to put them up for one of those days when I just had to have one. I had 2 cigs late Monday evening and then last night I had the last 2 cigs but coming from smoking 10-15 cigs a day I think I did pretty well. So these past few days I have been experiencing some serious headaches..I do fine in the mornings and by the noon time my head is throbbing so I’ll take 2 Ibuprofen and then by 4 its throbbing again so I take 2 more and we all know that you can’t take too many Ibuprofens…I was thinking maybe I should smoke one cig a day or maybe I should try the Nicorette patches I just don’t know what to do, I really want to stop smoking, I am 33 years old and I have been smoking for at least 12-13 years. I saw a lady on the news that was younger than me that had a stroke due to cigarettes and birth control pills and I too take them and now I am super scared that this could possibly happen to me and I don’t want it too. I tried the E-cigs as a matter of fact I have spent over $200 on vapor cigs and accessories and batteries but even after doing that a few weeks I want a real cigarette. I guess I’m just looking for some advice and some encouraging words that can help me get through this…..I know its going to be much worse this weekend when I have a drink because I haven’t had a drink this week, I’m trying to stop drinking during the week……..so if anyone has any ADVICE or ENCOURAGING words I could TRULY use them, because the headaches are the WORSE!!!!! πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  31. im nomusa vilane im 30 years old ,i was 15 years smoking ,i knw i was very young ,you know high school life now . I m 1 year clean ,theres this serious headache i was als a tea lover with lots of sugar ,i quit tea as well it was ,coz i was addicted to tea ,if i dont drink tea ,i use to crave for tea ,so knw i quit them both my headache is still on, sometymes i felt like someone is putting needle in my head nd is going through my brain it hurts,i feel dizzy sometyms now i feel like someone is putting a straw on my nose ,my eyes are like tired dizziness,sometimes i fell scared like im gonna go mad and the headache is on my left side will it go away .ive heard enough and i dnt wanna die,help

  32. I still get “headaches” and its been almost 6 months for me. Now the first month or so, the headaches were extreme and frequent where I had to take pain reliever multiple times a day and multiple days a week. It has subsided significantly the last month or two where I maybe take a pain reliever (Tylenol) once a week or so. But I totally get what you guys are going thru because the withdrawal symptoms are not just limited to headaches. From what Ive read, our body is adjusting to being “clean” and the headaches can be the norm. Back in Feb, I felt I couldn’t handle these symptoms after quitting on New Years but lo and behold, its already 4 months later.

  33. Ugh…this explains alot for me…I have not completely quit but had cut back considerably…quitting in slo-mo I guess…but wow this headache…geezzzzz and all the other stuff you guys bring up…thought I was losing my mind or dying πŸ™ The standard pain relievers aren’t helping either…but its’ not a crippling headache…just annoying and tiring for the most part….

  34. I have smoked 50 years (started when I was 17 years old). I have floundered about because I am only quitting to have back surgery, if not for that I wouldn’t be quitting . I am one of those people who has had no adverse effects from smoking, physically I am in terrific shape, heart, lungs, BP. However I know it will better off not smoking, I am getting very tired of my family nagging me. I want to tell you I have had such withdrawal symptoms, racing heart, jumping out of my skin, just wondering if any of you out there has experienced these symptoms

  35. Why doesn’t anybody tell you how crappy you feel when you quit smoking? And don’t you see anybody on here talking about how great they feel afterwards? Come on, give us some hope. I feel like crap!

  36. I Don’t think it’s the quitting that’s causing the strange sensation in our heads , I think it was the patches that have done the damage πŸ™

  37. I started smoking when i was 13 years old and smoked for the next 10 years. My choice of cigarettes were Marlboro Reds and smoked about a pack every 2 days and at times, a pack a day depending on what I’m doing and what I was going through. I am now 23 years old and decided to quit smoking cold turkey 5 months ago. The first week after I quit, I suddenly had my first panic attack. Never experienced this nor have I had a history of it. Then I started having trouble breathing and started to hyperventilate (No, I do not have any case of asthma). Also I started to develop lot of anxiety which led to several episodes of anxiety/panic attacks. It was so bad that it interrupted my daily activities and it seemed at one point that I had to put my life on hold. My episodes were so bad that it landed me to the ER a couple times and several trips with my primary DR. I was prescribed medication but was highly against it because of the risks/long term effects and decided to not take them. Prior to me quitting, i considered myself healthy/mentally stable and had a lot of good things going on. I don’t know If quitting smoking is the cause of this but ever since I quit, I don’t feel like myself and everything seemed to go downhill.. I just want everything to go back to normal.. Maybe i should just relapse? ugh, It’s so tempting

    • Hi Peter – how are you feeling now. I am going through a very similar experience as yours. This shit feeling sometimes of not being yourself is so annoying.

  38. I am 22 years old and i smoked around 3 years. sometimes upto 14 cigerettes a day. I stopped smoking from 6 months but I suffered of headaches and cough in early days of quitting that decreased gradually. now I am suffering with bronchiolites.At how much risk am I ?

  39. craig hughes says:

    i smoked for 18 years and I’m now on day fifteen of quitting smoking cold turkey. While the first week was generally okay, the second has been an absolute nightmare.
    I had a couple of days of severe itching which has now subsided but now I have an ache in my neck which doesn’t seem to shift, no matter what I do!
    I’m just curious to know if anyone else has suffered these symptoms.

    • Craig:
      Your symptoms sound very similar to mine, except mine began as soon as I stopped smoking. I smoked for about 41 years and quit 24 days ago cold turkey. The tension in my neck and shoulders has been constant since I quit. Mine was actually worse the first week and then subsided to a minor ache since then. I have had headaches the whole time (on and off) since then, which is what lead me to this site. I have also had issues with itchy skin this whole time. I think it’s probably just our bodies’ way of detoxifying, and as you can see if you have read many of these comments, the variation is fairly extreme between people. . .
      I find it interesting that not many people posting here seem to be having the same type of headache as you and I, as mine is very obviously pure tension in my neck and shoulders, but we’re all different people with differences in physiology, levels of addiction, cessation techniques, etc. . .
      I don’t know about you, but I refuse to go back to being a slave to this addiction.
      Hope this helps. Keep fighting the good fight. . .

  40. Hello guys ..I have no hadeche and pased 3 months what I have its digestive problem poor concentration can’t focus dizzy lost of hobby’s is this normal ? Heavy smoker for 20 years ty

  41. I’m on my 9th week of non-smoking. 35 years of a pack a day. I am using the patch. If you have used the patch, you will know it is a 10 week program. 6 weeks on level 1 (21 mg patch), 2 weeks on level 2 (14 mg patch) then 2 weeks on level 3(7 mg patch). I had no issues the first 6 weeks and was very proud of how well I did. As soon as I dropped down to level 2, the headaches started. I’ve had a headache 24/7 since. I have just over a week left on level 3 and the patch comes off. I’m now scared of how much worse the headaches might get as soon as I have no nicotine getting in my system from the patch? I’m glad I found this site to see that I am not alone. I really hope these headaches do not last a year….

  42. Hi

    someone may have already said this (my headache is too bad to read!). I assumed that, as cigarettes cause your blood vessels to vaso constrict, stopping smoking will mean that, in the short term, the blood supply to your brain increases as your venous system dilates to carry more blood. Eyes, ears, brain etc. are all getting higher blood flow and your system has to readjust to this new (healthier) state. Water, sleep, walking, cold flannels on the back of the neck and time should help

  43. I quit cigarate 6 week ago after viral fever suffered by me. From that day to to day I feel different type of withdrawl symptom.i visit 9 to 10 time to doctor he said you are going through anexity after quiting. Now the day of 6 the week I feel headache in different area of my head and tightness back of my head and pressure feeling in my top of head and forehead and face it’s starting at 8.30 of morning and goes out after 3 pm slowly and I feel shortbreathing and burning sensation in my skin particularly chest muscles and some time tingling hand and legs . How many days required for completely out of these symptoms KINDLY REPLY. MY SMOKING EXPERIENCE IS 1.5 PACK CIGARATE FOR 11 YES.

  44. I have the same as all. Didn’t have any symptoms till week 6 after quitting. I also clinch my jaw and get jaw pain and back of head pain. The one thing that freeks me out is the throat aches. It’s like a sharp shooting pain the comes and goes. Is it my throat repairing itself? Anyone else have the same?
    This quitting think is a job in it self. Congrats all.

    • Smokedandregretsit says:

      Hello Barada and Andy- I’m wondering if you’ve looked at the postings for “ex smokers flu”.. It will explain a lot for you both.. It’s ur body cleansing itself.. The throat pain is drainage.. Your body is washing itself .. drink plenty of water and exercise.. At the very least .. Walk and focus on your breathing.. Breath in – hold – breathe out.. It helps. .. If you’re very worried go see a Doctor.. I had so much Anxiety the first 2 months and with all the different symptoms I though I had cancer in the lungs and it had moved to my brain! I’ve done Ct Scan, ENt, frequent visits to Primary , a Urgent care – all came out of me being physically okay. I’m on 3.5 mo. No cigs After 28 yrs of smoking.. I get dizzy, light headed, tingly head and , once in a while shortness of breath, itchy scalp, sometimes it feels like there’s ants crawling under my skin right underneath my eyeballs. Anxiety panic all of it.. I freak out the first 2 minutes and I just laugh at it and tell myself it’s my brain wanting that cigarette high and it’s messing with my body.. Sometimes I think it’s all the oxygen.. Now instead of panicking – I marvel at the intricacy of our bodies and our brain !!

      Btw.. My biggest support is this site.. When I get too freaked out I come here to read and I get reassurance … Somehow that reassurance makes the withdrawal symptoms less severe.. And it normally goes away as I accept that it’s the natural order of the withdrawal symptoms.. Also – I’ve told myself already that this is going to take at least a year.. But one thing though.. I am happy to be not smoking again.. and instead of worrying about the dizziness – I tell myself it’s oxygen and I’m slowly trying to linger in it, do a little breathing out my mouth, And normally within 10 sec. It goes away.. Hang in there it gets better….

      • I quit smoking on 12/3/2015 and since then i was feeling light headed and after a month 1/02/2016 i started feeling light headed most of the time. recently it has reduced but it is still there but very mild.
        Any tips ? how long this light headed feeling will be there ?
        Note : after the light headed feeling i smoked for 2 days.
        I did all test and things came normal, only thing i am noticing is ringing in my ear and one of the Dr said it will go away.

  45. i just found this sight , i am 5 months quit smoking cold turkey and i an 62 yrs old have smoked 43 yrs and i have some side affects fr quitting , but head pain , is not one of them i had bad migrains for years and they went away after i quit , but i have a funny burning felling in my lips and mouth area , and this strange felling in my throat like sticks that give me a itchy cough my mouth fells like its to salty ,or sometimes it fell like its overly sweet , it can make your lips fell so dry that it really is such a big bother , wonder if anyone else is having any of this , all of this started when i was about 3 months quit . i love my quit , but cravings i can deal with but this stuff is driving me mad .

  46. I am 5 months not smoking cold turkey. Headaches. Been going to the chripactor since doctors cannot find anything wrong. Chripactor said it is my neck but headaches began after I stopped smoking. I also gained over 10 pounds and feel very uncomfortable.. Would love to lose the weight I gained

  47. Happy Daze says:

    Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life. I started cutting back from 10 or 12 cigarettes a day to 4 sigarettes a day in the past month and that has already been a struggle. Everytime i wanted a sigarette i would pull one out of the pack and then crush it in my hands… Made the cravings dissapear, waste of money? Who cares?! Im 24 years old and live with my parents that smoke inside the house so the struggle is going to be even harder…. Moving out in the next few weeks… New life, new house! Anyways i started getting headaches when i cut down my smoking but noticed that 5-htp works well and also this: Smokers Cleanse by Renew Life… It is a three system natural cleanse to flush out toxins in lungs, promote regular sleeping patterns and reduce anxiety…. You can find it in health food stores or on the website. I also reccomend taking 1 capsule of acidophilus and bifidus after lunch…. This probiotic kills the bacteria in your stomach (the nasty bacteria that makes you think your hungry when you quit smoking) add a bit of willpower and there you go…. Now that i’ve done my research wish me luck and hope that this works for all of us πŸ™‚ we deserve the best!

    • Happy Daze says:

      Oh and one other thing…. Water and lemon and lots of it πŸ™‚ it is a natual dissinfectant and will do its job in the healing process

  48. I had a continuous headache in my left side of head..near my eyebrows..I quit smoking from 3 days ….the headache remains 24\7 …..did it happens due to smoking..??

  49. Please all lets check for thyroid disfunction and antibodies, I was diagnosed with high TSH hormone and antibodies after 6 months of continuous head and ear pressure, ringing in ears, lightheaded, difficulty to operate in hectic environments. My doctor says this is the reason, because previously nicotine has affected TSH levels. They want to put me on hormones, but I refuse as people do not get much relief from sintetic hormones, I will be looking out for natural ones. Please let us know your results, as we need to find the cure for our post smoking suffering..

    • Hey Kris, smoking messed up my thyroid as well! It could have been the stress of the quit, or cigarettes could have been masking poor function but a month after I quit I was diagnosed hyperthyroid. Symptoms are very similar to withdrawal so it’s a confusing chicken or the egg type scenario. Was the smoking damaging the thyroid or did quitting smoking cause the stress that damaged the thyroid… Whether it’s the thyroid or the withdrawal, I hope it sorts itself out (I also am not into perscription drugs and would rather find natural solutions). I am 54 days cigarette free and struggling after smoking a pack daily for 15 years. Did you find any natural solutions? How are you feeling??

  50. I stopped 7 months ago cold turkey – had 1/2 to 1 packet a day for 25 years – I’m 52.
    Besides the mental hardship – I had warm flushes in my feet scared the … outta me.
    It all went away over time. Started eating better, exercising more – it’s amazing what a little body and health care does. Resting heart rate dropped 8-10 beats a minute in 6 months as I’ve exercised more – that’s a lot – but what it’s telling me – my heart beats less to do more. My lungs are working better – I have more energy in everything I do. Stick with it – see a doctor at the 3 month point and 6 month point – get complete physical workups so you move forward knowing you’re headed somewhere better than when you smoked. Stick with it, it’s worth the pain.

  51. I had been on smoke for 30 yrs (40 to 50 sigs /day) and on halt for 50 days.as a withdrawl simptom i feel like to be on the bed always but i am restless on the bed,sleep disturbance is too disturbing.high fatigue is beeing experienced .neck and shoulder pain and heaviness feeling also is experienced.craving has subsided .headache like disturbance is prevailing after withdrawl.

  52. I I’m currently 37 years old. I had quit smoking when I was 28 taking Chantix. After about a month-and-a-half I was having major stomach problems getting three and a half hours sleep a night. I would roll on my one side and my stomach would growl so loud that it would keep me up, I would roll on my other side and it would feel like something shifted in my stomach. It was that way for a month and I had gotten into an argument with my wife and smoked a cigarette and all of a sudden my stomach started feeling better and gotten 8 hours sleep that night. I was going to the stomach doctor to find out what was going on because it didn’t make sense. Make a long story short turned out that I got Crohn’s disease. So I went back to smoking for years. I have recently quit by taking the patch I wasn’t going to take Chantix again. Even though I was taking the patch I had tried smoking a cigarette while taking one. Then I started getting symptoms on my left side my whole left side with my arm neck front of my face head going numb. I have a bad back and neck and I thought that was the reason but I’m totally not sure that it is. I went 10 days without smoking and I tore off the patch because after 10 minutes of putting it on my arm started going numb and I was feeling pretty good. Today I had smoked 2 cigarettes just because of anger issues and a switch going into kill mode LOL also to calm my stomach nerves. and once again my left side of my face and Jaw started getting tingling. So do I not smoke and kill someone where do I smoking feel like shit LOL

  53. Hi all and well done for quitting. I have smoked for 37 years and am now at 2 month quitting cold turkey. Dizzy, headaches and lack of concentration, but this site is helping me to keep going. Only problem is that my business is suffering as I am a sole trader in a technical services area and the lack of concentration is reducing productivity. Will trying more exercise and drinking more water. I think I can make it to seven months as long as I avoid as many stressful situations as possible, but after that, if not feeling better…………………

  54. It has been 27 days since I quit cold turkey after 40+ years. Cravings have not been too bad but in the last week I have had terrible headaches which I never get and one morning I woke up and I felt like I was being electrocuted and my body could not stop shaking. I hope these things get better because I really do not ever want to smoke again but I hate feeling terrible.

  55. It has been approx 2 months since 1 quit smoking..but i am some horrible symptoms…. like some tension in jaw….sensation in teeth….pain in neck and back…..plz reply me that are they withdrawal symptoms and how long it will be remain???????? Plz reply

  56. Smoke em if you got em says:

    quit smoking a week ago and last 2-3 days have had terrible headaches and insomnia. Both unusual for me. Being productive or stringing together coherent thoughts is a challange. Hopefully this will not last long, refusing to be a Debbie downer about it even though I’m at the point of having almost erotic fantasies of blunt force trauma to my right temple.

  57. I am so glad I’ve found this forum, I was freaking out thinking there was something seriously wrong with me. Grateful to read that this crappiness I’m feeling can be expected from quitting the cigarettes. I wish everyone all the best in feeling better soon.

  58. I quit smoking after my second time of pnemonia this year and being hospitalized. They put me on the patch at the hospital and not smoking was going great for the first month. Then the patches went from 21mg to 14mg and after a few days on the 14mg pathches I started having dizzy spells off and on and some mild headaches. The only side effect I had from the patches was the night terrors, but I got nervous that they may be making me dizzy too, so I just stopped them after a week on 14mg. Then it seemed like my neck got stiff and I had pressure in the back of my head. I started really noticing cigarette cravings more and The pain makes me want to smoke more! πŸ™ The pain has moved around in my head (all around ears and temple area mostly but some in the back of the head and neck) but has never went away fully in over 3 weeks. I have had my ear cleaned of wax, been on antibiotics, seen a neurologist, had a Mri (only finding the start of degenerative discs in my neck), but most of all I have felt helpless the last few weeks! I have been smoke free for almost 9 weeks and I want to feel good! When I saw all these posts tonight I was almost relieved. Not that this is a symptom of quitting smoking, but that I don’t seem to be losing my mind! Why don’t doctors know about this? Do any depression/anxiety meds help these headaches or has anyone found any relief from the pain? Also wondering how long these headaches may last? I don’t want to cave in to smoking again, but sometimes the pain is unbearable and I wonder if I smoked again if my head would feel better?! My lungs are terrible and can’t handle the smoking so I feel like I have no choice except to tuff it out! Please comment with any advice that may have helped relieve the pain. I have tried ice, heat, steamy showers, peppermint oil, keeping busy, nasal washing, ibuprofen, and trying to exercise daily the last month with no relief.

  59. Norma Gomez says:

    After 8 days these headaches are horrendous. I’m good with the other symptoms.
    I really need something for my headaches.

  60. I am on the third quit in my life, the first in 86 using the nicotine gum, stayed off smoking for 4 yrs, some family trauma, i started again. The second was 2014, i quit using Chantix, i had to get off chantix before completing the program because it disrupted my sleep, but i managed to quit for 1 year, my husband died, i started smoking again I quit cold turkey Nov 25 this year, 2016, so i am a month and a week in. This one is harder than the others, even after the first 3 weeks, i was having strong cravings, and in the past few days headaches, mostly directly behind one eye, they don’t seem to be as bad as what i’ve been reading here, maybe because i’ve been drinking ice coffee, I have been reading everything i can, and i think what Chris wrote in 2014 is a more complete truth and very important to know before quitting. I came to the conclusion that my recovery cannot be matched or precisely mapped out, i am informed of the possibility’s so nothing scares or takes me by surprise, For the first year i will deal with whatever i’m given. I think the way out is through, so hang in.
    good luck, love and blessings.

  61. I am on my 8th day of quitting after almost 3 years of being a smoker. I have noticed I have heart palpitations, chest burning, and dizziness. Are these common withdrawal symptoms? I was diagnosed in Feb 2016 with an anxiety disorder and even though not smoking should make me not as anxious about my health, this chest burn has me freaked. Anyone else have any of this symptoms?

  62. I stopped smoking for almost 4 months. I’m sorry to say that after half my face went numb and my right leg….I couldn’t take it anymore and started smoking again. I’m NOW TRYING to make myself smoke again bc the pain the numbing/tingling feeling is making for me. Not to mention like hot flashes/redness in face and whole body feels like it’s on fire. It worries me now that I’m smoking 3/4 ciggs a day that the numbness is still there. Especially half my lips on left side and nose/cheek. Any advice!?!?

  63. I stopped smoking in late January this year. In February I was fine. My symptoms started on 3 March (approx one month later). They started with what I can describe as an ocular headache, which began with my vision in one eye slightly being blurred and then the headache came on. The vision stuff has been good since then but the headaches have still been on and off. I get less of them as time goes on but 3 months later and I still get them. I also suffer from a sore neck (which can be stress related), insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and sometimes feeling nauseous. I got the anxiety and panic attacks from the first headache in March. I’ve tried so many different things; Physio, remedial massages, Naturopaths, Psychologists, heat packs, eye and head massage machines and a mouth plate. My headaches are around the left eye area and the forehead. They linger around sometimes all day. I don’t get them every day anymore though which is an improvement. I found that I also was waking up with a clenched jaw and was sleeping like that. This too can be stress related. This can cause headaches and neck pain, jaw pain, ear pain etc. After seeing my dentist I’ve now started sleeping with a plate at night just to stop the teeth clenching. I’ve also joined a soccer team since April and found that this excercise has helped immensely. Maybe it helps release tension and stress which I used smoking in the past. Reducing stress in your life helps immensely as well as sleeping well, exercise, drinking plenty of water and keeping busy. The insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, nausea lasted pretty much all March and have now settled. It’s only the neck pain, headaches and sugar cravings that I still have. Hope sharing my experience has been valuable to you. Stay strong and positive.

    • I have bad headache since i stop smoking 6 months ago. The first 3 months was really bad. I went crazy and I coudnt function properly. My headache occurred every day but recently it has improved bit by bit, although after six months i still have my headache once in a while. I have problem sleeping because i feel like having sorethroat and flu every night but im alright during the day. Does anyone know how to improve my condition? Does anyone experience something like this before? How long could it last?

  64. Arass Bin Abdullah says:

    Hi guys. Hang in there. I’m 7 days in here and my headaches started on day 3. It doesn’t help that it’s the month of Ramadhan now and I have to fast from sunrise to sunset which lasts around 12 hours here in Malaysia. I find that paracetamol really helps alleviate the pain for 4-5 hours. So I’ll be fine in the morning and gradually goes to unbearable as the paracetamol wears off over the course of the day. I read on some other sites that these headaches usually last for around 2-3 weeks but some of you here has been suffering for months. But let’s take this as a positive challenge and just keep telling ourselves that in the long run it will be a worthwhile step taken. I mean I have never ever heard anyone regretting their decision to quit, have you?

  65. Charmain says:

    Quit date: May 24, 2017. I think a major breathing scare was my motivation to quit even though i have been wanting too foa while now. My experiences are: tension headaches 24/7, insomnia, blood sugar levels unstable (I am diabetic), blood pressure erratic (I take pills), unable to concentrate (work on a computer daily) and anxiety issues. I am positive about the journey of not smoking just waiting for a new normal that i can deal with daily. Today i decided to buy foods with significant nutritional value (ex. Spinach, salmon, bananas, yogurt and multivitamins). I just figure maybe my body needs the vitamins to help heal. So far I am feeling better. I wish everyone great success on their journey.

    • Hi Charmain,
      If you are allowed to eat fresh ginger it may help you like it did me with my headaches and such πŸ™‚ I hope you stuck it out. I’m just giving it a go again after quiting for four years and then starting up again. This time I am only on day 4, but I have to say: never had I experienced headaches before. Some thing different in the cigs now, I’d say. Take care.

  66. Hi. I quit smoking for 8 days now. And the past few days was really a struggle. I’ve been to the ER 4 days after quitting due to an anxiety attack and the tension headache is making me paranoid that I have problem with my brain or I have a tumor. Dizziness is a part of my daily life as well. The things is it goes away at some point but then comes back again. I have pain on my neck and shoulders as well. Planning to see a psychologist and a neuro this week and get a CT Scan.

    • that's what she says:

      hello, i’ve smoked for 38 years, about a 1/2 to one pack a day. i fully quit on december 2017. i freaked out as well, when i had shooting pain in my brain, like someone was sticking a nail in my brain over and over, in different areas…. i was so scared! it did last a couple of weeks. i was about to go to the doctor, which i haven’t been in almost 2 years…. then, it suddenly stopped!! wow…. but i did also get so exhausted, and started yawning, and napping non-stop, which i never did before i quit. i also magically and quickly gained 30 plus pounds…. yikes… now i have, what seems to be permanent carpals tunnel in both arms,, one arm seems to be getting a tiny bit better,,, but now i will have to lose the 30 plus, to heal my carpals…. hopefully this will work. Also, another frightening thing was my lungs felt like they were shrinking, and i felt like i was going to pass out when i walked 15 feet, so weird,, I just kept trying to drink plenty of water, like it was my healing potion, and by the way, the lethargy is still on the rampage, but not so harsh…. probably has to do with the weight gain as well.. YIKES….!!! AT LEAST I QUIT SMOKING!!!…. the craving is slowly dissipating.

      so i just wanted to post this to let people know that the pain, does go away…. just hope you don’t encounter the weight gain ….. HANG IN THERE, IT IS WORTH IT!

  67. Hi guys,
    quit 4months ago 20 a day but I vape instead now, I have had a 24/7 headache on my left side around my eyes and on my temple, much worse when I sleep/wake up. Can’t say its really bad but more a 4-5/10 like an annoying niggle find pain in my eye as well. It feels like sinus but dr doesn’t think so and says its tension. He did a full neurological and had the backs of my eyes photographed recently also, so he’s just put me on tricyclic anti depressants (yet to see if they work) – after reading this thread I thought i would share and say OMG there ARE others out there and not just me!! I wonder if its a combination of withdrawal and stress?

  68. This is insane and I know my comments probably won’t get published lol!

    The first week was extremely easy and I was very happy.

    It has been a week and a half now and my head hurts, a lot. I can tolerate that.

    What I am finding extremely difficult is the last 4 days my mood has extremely changed.

    I split up with my former partner 4 days ago because something annoyed me and I overreacted. I might be on the streets soon.

    I’m moody with everyone and everything.

    When I quit I was told it would take 3 days. Then 2 weeks. Then 4 months. The comments here suggest 7 months or a year.

    I would rather live a shorter life than to live like this, it is horrible.

  69. Very interested in any updates from those who have posted over the last couple of years, especially the ones that had 7 months + of headaches. Did they go away?!

  70. Very much the same as everyone is saying on here, never had the headache last time I gave up I’m a bit short fused but I keep myself in check 10 days in hopefully there is some light at the end of it all. Was thinking of going to my doctor but after reading on here I’m feeling a lot better and know it just part of the giving up. I was smoking 20 over about three days.

    • Gilbert Williams says:

      Well today is day 20.
      My approach is as follows:
      Ive decided im ready to stop smoking. And that is the critical thing. You must be clear in your own mind that you want to stop.

      The next thing is to stay away from those who smoke. And stay away from alcohol. And keep your stress levels low.

      The worst part was the first 3days. I stopped on a Friday night and i basically slept all weekend and just stayed in bed as much as possible.

      Long showers helped.
      Eating fresh cold fruit helps alot. Everytime i think its time for a smoke break, i have a piece of fruit. Fruit with decent water content works best for me.

      The other thing i have done is use nicotine patches. I smoked 20 cigs a day. But i started using nicotine patches equal to 14 smokes a day. That immediately meant moderate nicotine withdrawals.

      On day 16 i dropped down in dosage to nicotine patch equivalent of 7 cigarettes a day.

      On day 30 i plan to cut the dosage in half to 3.5cig equivalent and cut in half again on day 45.

      The headaches have been there and the first week was the worst. The headaches disappeared after day14. So on day16 i cut my dozage and the headaches returned. Now on day20 they are reducing again. And moderate now.

      I think my approach seems to be working. But i think about what i find the best is that i have a sanctuary to retreat to if i get stressed. The bedroom! And partner is supportive. And i have genuinely decided that this time i will succeed and enough is enough.

      I haven’t stopped drinking coffee. Still have my two or three in the morning but i also have 3 or 4 pieces of fruit too. Normally i wouldn’t eat until lunchtime.

      No snacks. Just fruit. Staying away from the bad processed foods. And no artificial sugars.

      During the day, i work inside. So i stay inside and don’t go outside until 2hrs before the end of my day. When i finally do go outside, i go for a 15-20min walk. Rain or shine. Its the exercise and fresh air.

      So tomorrow is Day21. I was planning on spending my money saved from not smoking tomorrow at day21 but instead, im being sensible and paying bills that are coming up but otherwise i would definitely be treating myself!

      Its a lifestyle change.
      And you just have to figure out a way to stop that best works for you. Keeping in mind that the headaches are just a sign your body is getting better and it will take time. So keep stress low, get plenty of sleep, eat plenty of good healthy food, and above all, be ready within yourself to stop smoking. Everyone gets to a point when they just want to stop for good. When you really make that decision, it does become easier because you aren’t fighting with yourself. It then becomes a case of your body having to catch up with your mental state of mind…eg…i dont smoke anymore and i dont want it either.

  71. Gilbert Williams says:

    Hi there,

    Further to my last post… I just wanted to say a few more things…

    Firstly the headaches are a normal symptom of giving up smoking. Also, sore eyes, too. And dizziness. And sleepiness.

    Don’t rush to the doctor or get a CT scan or go on anti depressants. Anti depressants can also be addictive so this can simply create another problem at a later stage.

    Drink water, heaps of water…..,
    Go for walks to combat tiredness
    Breath deeply and slowly to combat anxiety
    Take an aspirin to reduce bad heachache pain

    Have a place which is your “quiet place” and go there when you get anxious or stressed.

    Tell everyone around you that you are stopping smoking. They will encourage you.

    And do whatever you can to reduce your dependance on nicotine if you are on patches or gum or vapping.

    And plan to spend your money you save on smoking after the first few weeks on something nice for yourself.

    Watch relationship troubles. These can cause you to give in and start smoking again. So avoid arguments within the first month.

    Avoid alcohol too.

    And get an extra hour sleep each night in the first few weeks. And then, after a few weeks, get an extra hour a day of exercise….

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