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  1. cris108
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    Hello Everyone, 

    I'm new here, an on again off again smoker for the last 20 years, mostly off thank goodness. This time around I smoked a pack a day for 9 months. I quit smoking 2 1/2 weeks ago, and used the patch for 4 days but it made me sick so I went cold turkey almost 2 weeks ago. The past two weeks have been challenging to say the least. Not so much due to cravings, mostly due to quit/withdrawal symptoms. I smoked to ease anxiety so since I have quit my anxiety is through the roof, and to add to that I have also experienced heart palpitations, tightness in the chest, heartburn and all this is making my anxiety worse which in turn are making the symptoms worse. I just wanted to know if some of you experienced similar quit/withdrawal symptoms and if so when did they subside. Thanks so much
  2. brieffree
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    Hi Cris 108

    All you fell is just part of the qui\t! As time goes by all those feelings will be less and less intensive, 
    I quit 5 years ago, and I have all kind of symptoms, stomach pain, mental madness for no reason and several body pain.
    Is just part of the quit, you will feel better and better, try to distract your self in those moments!
    All the best  
  3. efreeman75
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    Hi cris108 - Welcome and Congratulations.

    Your question brings back some scary memories for me.  The first couple of weeks went by pretty smoothly for myself.  Then the anxiety set in.  Twice I laid in an ER bed, staring at the stained ceiling tiles, convinced I was starting a heart attack.  This is the power of nicotine.  This is the power of a chemical addiction.

    Stress tests, cardiograms, etc. all came back better than normal.  And Eureka - I realized it was a mind game and met the challenge head on.  I read up on CBT and practiced various forms of quassi-meditation until I regained control.  The physical addiction is the easy one to beat for many.  The true test is conquering the mental addiction.  I practiced "Box Breathing" to and from my office for quite some time.  Look it up.

    While our quit journeys are all unique, they are not all that indifferent.  We all come from the same place and want to head in the same direction.  And we all have it in us to succeed.

    Welcome - we're glad you're here!
  4. cris108
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    Thank you so much I appreciate your response. 
  5. cris108
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    Thanks so much for your response. I'm glad to hear you feel better. Hearing about your experience has made me feel better. I too have been to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack, and even though all test came back clear the anxiety is still a daily issue. Thanks again.
  6. quitfriend
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    Hi Chris. I too suffer from anxiety and it was pretty bad early in the quitting process. What I did this time, rather than just suffering through it, was to research ways to deal with anxiety and tried those. Things like breathing exercises, meditation and exercise really helped. Take care of yourself in those moments and you will persevere. 
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