Nobody likes being sick, but a FitPerez reader is worried the symptoms may have been brought on by their recent decision to quit smoking! For helpful advice, they wrote smoking counselor Craig Nabat and asked:
Craig! Help! I've given up smoking 3 weeks ago, but now I've got a headache,a sore throat and I'm coughing up some serious flem! Is this normal?
According to Craig:
Don’t worry about any of these symptoms, your body is just detoxifying. One cigarette has over 4,000 toxic chemical in it, your body must some how get rid of these toxins either by coughing up phlegm, excretion through sweat glands, or bodily waste. The following symptoms are experienced when most people quit smoking: Headache, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, drop in blood pressure, irritability, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, increased hunger and caloric intake, desire for sweets, and tobacco cravings.
If you desire these terrible withdrawal symptoms to last even longer just occasionally smoke a cigarette now and then, you’ll end up putting your body into a constant state of withdrawal by doing so…I don’t recommend you go through this route.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms will continue until you make the definitive decision to never use nicotine again in any form. Everything you are experiencing is temporary, I promise. Continue on the path you are on, you will begin to feel better soon.
For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to firstname.lastname@example.org!