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Nicotine - Withdrawl, Info, Research:

I've been a smoker -- on and off, but mostly on -- for 15 years now. Quiting smoking now is harder on my body then when I quit/paused 10 years ago because of pregnancy.

Physical withdrawl symptoms suck. Even with the nic patch, my guts seem a little out of whack... Nicotine made my digestive system function like a Swiss watch. Since I started smoking my bowels have worked as such: I wake up in the morning, and when I drink my coffee and have my first smoke of the day... I'm ready to poo. (Blifaloo's Guide to Poo coming soon).

Now I actually have to consider what I am eating. For instance: without nicotine I HAVE to make sure I'm getting enough fiber and water or else I'll end up with gut pains worse than pregnancy. (See my old blog entry & read comments: Quit Smoking, and got IBS).

Quiting smoking made me wonder if a good chunk of my happiness comes from nicotine. That sounds bleak, but let me explain: I started smoking when I was 15...around the same time I got over my teenage angst and mellowed out. Sigh. Nicotine: my Prozac.

Really, its not that I'm unhappy sans smokes... but I am irritable, I find myself getting angry more often. I have to talk myself down. I seem to be getting fewer and less intense irritable spells as time goes on though.

My partner and I are both quitting together. This is our second run at it, we quit last year for 4 months before slipping back into habit.

We are now (at the time of writing this) 3 weeks into quitting.

We use the patch.... which works pretty well, though we still get cravings in the morning and after dinner.