Guest Rubiryanjku Posted April 24, 2019 Share Posted April 24, 2019 11am on April first, I had my last chew. No real reason. No planning. No tapering. Literally just had one in the morning, said I was gonna try and wait until 11pm for the next one and try and quit. 11pm came and I skipped it and didn't look back. I started in the summer, at summer camp, when I was like 16 or 17. I'm 41 now so it was back before there was big warnings on every can. I was just a stupid kid that got addicted before I had any real idea. My buddy, who ironically passed away a few years back from something totally unrelated, got me started. I was able to hide it from my parents all these years, so why tell them now, even though I am super proud of myself. I honestly don't think anyone but a cheer would understand how proud I am. My wife and daughter know that I've been quitting, that's about it though, so I figured I'd just share some of what's been going on, my fears, ups and downs, etc. Maybe someone else will find it useful. I quit cold turkey, but I have used some BacOff and Smokey Mountain to help. (and it really has helped even though it tastes like shit). My weight jumped from 168 to 179 (highest ever in my life). I've been trying to eat and snack healthier though and have came back down to 174 today. Cravings really haven't been that bad. Not nearly as bad as I thought. Honestly, side effects have been pretty minimal and a lot have been positive. Couple days of fog headed. When I chewed, it was about 5 cans a week, but I rechewed a lot (put the back, saved for later). This may have helped keep the nicotine down a bit. My sex drive has came back like an 18 year old. I seem to be feeling better overall but exhausted all the time. The constant throat clearing is getting better. Even my asthma has improved. Sleeping is fine but I have medicine to help with that. The worst part though, my mouth hurts. Just random spots that hurt for a day or so. I keep biting my cheeks and tongue. I don't have any major bad looking spots, luckily, but my anxiety is still through the roof that I've got something. I hate the dentist. Haven't been in years. My teeth are fucked. This is the part that eats at me the most. I see my doctor on day Luckily, one big help, my doctor started me back on Lexapro for anxiety a couple weeks before I quit. I think this has helped a ton. Mentally, besides the anxiety, it's just been breaking the triggers. I work for myself from home, so I literally could chew all day, every day. Working. Showering. Driving. Talking. Cooking. Shiting. Everything was chewing. So I've been using gum, hard candies, zip ties, pens, hoodie strings ... Whatever I can to help keep me moving forward. The cravings still come, some days worse than others, but they don't last too long. Keep on pushing! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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