Nicotine withdrawal and exhaustion?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by slsh, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. slsh

    slsh member since 1999

    Just wondering if anyone has ever noticed utter exhaustion as a side effect of quitting smoking? I'm 4 weeks out from last surgery, have been resting appropriately, doing PT, basically doing everything I'm supposed to. I went from 2 packs a day to less than 1 cig a day on 9/10, and have been smoke-free since 9/24. No gum, no patch, nada.

    I have zip stamina. husband thinks it's more related to no nicotine at this point as opposed to the postop period. Anyone gone through this and if so, know of any "quick fixes" (besides taking up smoking, LOL)?

  2. lovemysons

    lovemysons Well-Known Member

    I'm so bad. The only thing I could think of is Caffeine since nicotine is a stimulant, right?

    I hope you find a healthy way to get your energy back.
  3. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    OH yeah it bit the big one when I quit. Sooo tired. I just went for the ride. Tried to eat a bit a fruit and drank a bit more water ( I also have a caffiene addiction but can't quit them all at once).

    Good luck.

  4. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    Oh Sue...

    Between missing the nicotine, and the weight gain, I needed a nap after walking to the bathroom.

    It gets better, and it is worth it.
  5. stepmonster

    stepmonster New Member

    I did too. I was exhausted!!!! You will get past it, I promise. It is worth it.
    I'm four years this month!!!!!!!
  6. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Way To Go! :bravo:
    Every day without stinky cigarettes is a good day.
  7. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I quit too years ago - and now that smoking is "out" and not smoking is "in" I am finally for once in my life part of the bellybutton crowd. Outty now Inny.

    Smoking will kill you. Caffeine just lies to you.

  8. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member

    Sue, the worst side effect I have found with not smoking is anxiety. And that took awhile to creep up on me.
    I was too excited about not smoking to be tired and focused on not eating everything in site.

    I think you should assume it is part of your surgery. After my surgery I was exhausted for many months. It just drains your entire system. in my humble opinion that is.
  9. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Like busy, my side effect was a huge increase in anxiety.

    Guess I was too anxious to be tired. lol
  10. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Try a B vitamin supplement. They are very helpful with tiredness. but watch the caffeine with it, you can get really jumpy. Also your pee will be neon yellow, but that is the B vitamins, not a problem. Take them in the AM.