Quitting smoking an anxiety.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hello, All
  I recently quit smoking about 6 weeks ago and it coincided with another bout of anxiety attacks. I was wondering if the timing was right for quitting smoking and many of the withdrawal  symptoms are similar to those of anxiety so I am not really sure which is causing me to feel so lousy. I have really bad insomnia, I am lucky if I get three hours of sleep now. I am on paxil 10mg, Klonopin as needed and Trazadone 100mg which is suppose to help with sleeping but has not helped me. I don't want to use the way I feel as an excuse to start back smoking, does any one have any ideas?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the job well done!!

Loss of sleep is normal. Increased anxiety is normal.

I had went through the same thing when I quit. Lots of extra energy. Your body will level out. Just have to give it some time. Maybe some extra activity to help get rid of some of the extra energy.

Good luck and keep it up. You have gotten past the hard part!! Now just keep going!

Take Care

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 7/18/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I quit smoking a year and eight months ago. I experienced severe anxiety and insomnia in the early months of my quit...didn't start to feel "normal" until well into my 4th to 5th month. Now you may feel better sooner than I did...everybody's quit is different in many ways yet the same in others. Be sure to drink lots of ice, cold water. Drink fruit juices and eat healthy snacks to quiet the nicotine cravings. Remember that a crave lasts for just three or four minutes...and remember that a crave is not a command to smoke. Just tell yourself that you will not smoke and you will get through this. Tell yourself this every time you feel weak and anxious. I am very comfortable being a non smoker now. In fact, I love it! I did gain a bit of weight, but I'm almost back to my regular weight now. I still have anxiety issues as I've always been an anxious personality...but it's not as bad as the early withdrawl from smoking. You can do it...you are doing it! Keep kicking butts!


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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your decision to stop smoking.  Your sx are right inline with the sx others have experienced when quitting smoking.
I would encourage you to use your Klonopin according to your physician's instructions to help you over the bumps.
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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh boy can I relate to this one. I quit smoking 10 years ago after smoking for 29 years. Right away I had bad anxiety and insomnia. What helped me alot was I added a goog multi vitamin into my daily regimen. Don't know why but that really helped. Also, I gave myself a treat. I didn't care if I added a few pounds on or not, I deserved that treat. My treat was a chocolate eclair filled with cream. I only ate one a day, but believe it or not it worked. I also starting walking alot, that helped too. Be good to yourself and be proud of yourself. I agree use the Klonopin as needed and give it time, before you know it these feelings will pass. Nicotine is a nasty and addictive thing, your body is having to learn to live without it. Be kind to yourself.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
So that you don't go out of your mind....lol...go and get some of the gum that they sell to help the withdrawls of nicotine. These cigs these days will make you sick and feel awful with you go off of them. Just like herion, only it is easier to get off herion than cigs.
I am proud of you....just keep looking in the mirror and notice how much better your skin is starting to look now. Your color in your cheeks will come back!
My whole family got very sick back in 2002 while spending our summer in Martha's Vineyard. We found tiny ticks all over us.  My symptoms were too many to list.
But the worst of them was heart problems, depression, pain in evey joint , vertigo, dementia, fever, anxiety, migrains, bad night sweats, nightmares, insomnia, awful fatique, memory loss. And then unable to finish a sentence, drive, cook, and care for children.
Took me till 2009 to get treatment that worked. I tried everything else.
Alternative medicine worked for me.
My 6 year old developed insomia, moods swings, cogintive problems, pain in joints, and depression and anixiety and OCD.
My 11 month old developed severe arthritis and nausea, and migrains and fatigue.
Lyme is a battle. I am now trying to get my children the same treatment that I received at Envita.

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