Nicotine Withdrawal SymptomsCreated by:
My body has been free from the harmful effects of cigarette smoking again. I have quit for the 27th time yesterday and so far the experience has been both great and troubing. First, there was a severe allergic rhinitis attack that I had to endure throughout the day. There was alternating bouts of coryza and frequent sneezing that I had to power through while seeing patients. A combination of loratadine and low-dose steroids was needed to stop the allergic symptomes. My body was rejecting allergic chemicals away as the respiratory cilia were recovering from a state of paralysis. Second, there were mood swings, increased bowel movement, irritability, and drowsiness throughout the day. I searched for the cluster of symptoms and they belonged to some of the most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms usually peak within 2 to 3 weeks and could last for two weeks. Some experience persistence of symptoms for a few months. The cluster of withdrawal symtoms include but are not limited to headache, nausea, bowel symptoms, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, depressed mod, difficulty concentrating, and/or fatigue. Today, I have so far not experienced any of the symptoms.
For me, the symptom that was consistent was severe allergies on the first day after quitting smoking. This occured during the first 26 times that I unsuccessfully quit smoking. For the MIMS community members who were previous smokers, what were your experiences with smoking? Can you share tips on how to quit smoking for good? For the non-smokers, what are your thoughts on healthcare professionals who smoke?