Cravings, Withdrawal, and Avoiding Slips / Physical withdrawl

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JeyanSep 11, 2017 @ 9:19 AM
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Camronn I also quit cold turnkey after nearly 13 years of smoking. I also have craving on and off, but I can easily manage them. Now I have not had a craving in a long long time. It's much more easier to manage.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 330
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,300
Amount Saved: $1,980.00
Life Gained:
Days: 48 Hrs: 13 Mins: 20 Seconds: 48

TreepeoSep 02, 2017 @ 7:54 PM
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Hi Camronn,  
I smoked for 43 years and quit cold turkey.  I had intense cravings on and off for the whole first month of my quit. Like Lillian said, just because the nicotine is gone from your body, does not mean you won't suffer from cravings and other feelings.  Our bodies get so used to the smoke and all of the chemicals that once we cut it off, they start to protest.  Our bodies are really great, but they can't adjust overnight.  It really does take time.
I am glad that you are mentally prepared for your quit.  To me, that is more than half the battle.  Good for you.  You definitely made the right decision.  And quitting pot at the same time will also affect how your body reacts, as well as your mind.  Just try to take it one step at a time, one day at a time.  Every day that you don't smoke is another day your body has to heal.  And soon, you are going to feel so much better. 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 247
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,175
Amount Saved: $741.00
Life Gained:
Days: 34 Hrs: 3 Mins: 17 Seconds: 20

Lillian, Quit CoachSep 02, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
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Good morning Camronn! Welcome to SHO! Nicotine might leave your system in 3 days but that doesn't mean your body isn't physically having to adjust to that loss. Withdrawal symptoms from nicotine can last anywhere from 2-4 weeks. It is very individual so some experience more than others. It will go away but it is always a good idea to work with your doctor or nurse for medical support and knowledge to help out. You are in a state of healing and recovery; your body will need some time but it will be worth it. Congratulations on your quit! Lillian

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mgdSep 02, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
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Hi Camronn,
First of all "Congrats on quitting". Going cold turkey is difficult but like you said you have the mental part working as you really want to quit. I am no expert but I think giving up the pot at the same time is a good idea. I am sure someone who has been at this longer than I have, 10 days, can tell you more about some of the physical reactions your body is having. My thoughts are that it is normal as normal goes since we all react a little different to changes in our body.
Stay strong, making it through the first week and cold turkey is an awesome feat. This site is great. Take the time to go through some of the different sections. I think you will find it helpful in the days, weeks and months to come. 
Best of luck, I know you will do great!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 150
Amount Saved: $66.00
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 22 Mins: 12 Seconds: 54

CamronnSep 02, 2017 @ 8:39 AM
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I should say too that I quit a 2g a day pot habit at the same time.
CamronnSep 02, 2017 @ 8:37 AM
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Im on day 7 of quitting cold turkey. Still a few cravings but i really wanted to quit this time so really the mental aspect of quitting has been easy. My problem is the physical. Its gotten alot better but i find myslelf still getting, hard to describe but i guess tingley is the best way. Not all the time and its the same feeling I used to get when I didnt have a smoke for an extended period of time. Worst in the mornings, always goes away though eventually. Is this normal to still be getting physical symptoms. Everything I read its all about mental after the first few days. It has to be different the more you smoked is it not? I smoked 1.5- 2 packs of 25 a day. August 26 I smoked 2 packs and I ended up quitting the next day. Is this all normal?