Our expert says:
Dear Breathe easy,
I have so much admiration for you both - it must have been really difficult to stop. The "flu symptoms" are actually part of the nicotine withdrawal syndrome. Nicotine addiction is a difficult thing to overcome due to the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Due to their close resemblance to cold and flu symptoms, this condition is often referred to as the "quitter's flu." Although nicotine withdrawal symptoms can cause considerable discomfort and frustration, it does go away after a while.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms
â€¢ mood swings
â€¢ inability to concentrate
â€¢ sore throat
â€¢ increased appetite
â€¢ constipation, gas, stomach pain
â€¢ dry mouth
â€¢ sore tongue/gums
â€¢ postnasal drip
â€¢ tightness in the chest
You could use something like nicorette chewinggum to alleviate the symptoms by giving your body a little bit of nicotine and then cutting down on it gradually. Did you stop very suddenly?
Remember that the cilia or small hairs in your respiratory tract that were paralysed by the smoke is now suddenly working overtime and even though it feels the opposite, you are actually getting your own defense mechanism into gear. Hang in there, take your supplements, drink lots of water and eat healthy to rid your body of toxins. It takes about 6 weeks to 2 months to be totally "washed out". Please don't get discouraged, on the long run it is going to be worth it.
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