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Hi all. Well, I "quit" smoking last November. The reason I put "quit" in quotes is because I cheat on the weekends sometimes when I'm around my smoking friends. I know, bad bad bad. Anyway - ever since I "quit" my heart rate has gone from super fast to super slow. It is usually between 50 and 60 when I'm just sitting here at my desk. I also feel like I can't hold my head up. This lightheaded feeling has actually been going on for years, but it went away for a while last year and then came back when I "quit" smoking. So yesterday I decided to buy a pack of cigs and smoke all day. Guess what? My heart rate stayed around 80...except when I was smoking and it was super high. I also didn't feel lightheaded. I actually felt so good yesterday! So today I'm not smoking and my heart rate is low again and I feel like crap. I can't concentrate and I'm really lightheaded again...I feel like I need something to support my head and I can't sit up. I don't know what to do. I can't function feeling like this. I don't want to smoke anymore, but I feel much better when I do. Did anyone else have these problems? And how long did you suffer with them? Any tricks to getting around this? I need help! Thanks!
[QUOTE=Leela_C;2842221]Hi all. Well, I "quit" smoking last November. The reason I put "quit" in quotes is because I cheat on the weekends sometimes when I'm around my smoking friends. I know, bad bad bad. Anyway - ever since I "quit" my heart rate has gone from super fast to super slow. It is usually between 50 and 60 when I'm just sitting here at my desk. I also feel like I can't hold my head up. This lightheaded feeling has actually been going on for years, but it went away for a while last year and then came back when I "quit" smoking. So yesterday I decided to buy a pack of cigs and smoke all day. Guess what? My heart rate stayed around 80...except when I was smoking and it was super high. I also didn't feel lightheaded. I actually felt so good yesterday! So today I'm not smoking and my heart rate is low again and I feel like crap. I can't concentrate and I'm really lightheaded again...I feel like I need something to support my head and I can't sit up. I don't know what to do. I can't function feeling like this. I don't want to smoke anymore, but I feel much better when I do. Did anyone else have these problems? And how long did you suffer with them? Any tricks to getting arond this? I need help! Thanks![/QUOTE]

Leela
It sounds as though your life is one long withdrawal symptom. Any unusual symptoms you have after quitting are temporary (up to a month or so) unless smoking is masking something more serious. I have been quit for over 10 weeks and I don't doubt if I lit up at this moment I would feel more relaxed etc. But, it's drug addiction, which is why we manage to justify it even though it is killing us. Being more relaxed and content will come to me naturally and without nicotine and your heart rate will never ever be that of a healthy person while you smoke.
[QUOTE=Leela_C;2842221]Hi all. Well, I "quit" smoking last November. The reason I put "quit" in quotes is because I cheat on the weekends sometimes when I'm around my smoking friends. I know, bad bad bad. Anyway - ever since I "quit" my heart rate has gone from super fast to super slow. It is usually between 50 and 60 when I'm just sitting here at my desk. I also feel like I can't hold my head up. This lightheaded feeling has actually been going on for years, but it went away for a while last year and then came back when I "quit" smoking. So yesterday I decided to buy a pack of cigs and smoke all day. Guess what? My heart rate stayed around 80...except when I was smoking and it was super high. I also didn't feel lightheaded. I actually felt so good yesterday! So today I'm not smoking and my heart rate is low again and I feel like crap. I can't concentrate and I'm really lightheaded again...I feel like I need something to support my head and I can't sit up. I don't know what to do. I can't function feeling like this. I don't want to smoke anymore, but I feel much better when I do. Did anyone else have these problems? And how long did you suffer with them? Any tricks to getting around this? I need help! Thanks![/QUOTE]

Leela, you should discuss this with your dr. Smoking should not be your 'fix'. My heart rate when I was smoking was typically 115-120 [I]at rest[/I]. See the info. below but you should stop smoking and call your doc. I don't know how long you smoked but if for quite some time, you might just feel 'weird' due to the decrease.

What is a normal heart rate in adult? Well, opinions differentiate from source to source. However as a rule of thumb your average resting heart rate should be 60 to 100 beats per minute. A heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute is called tachycardia. A heart rate of less than 55 beats per minute is called bradycardia. Sometimes however heart rate of less than 55 beats is normal. For example, healthy trained adults often have resting heart rates of less than 50 beats per minute.





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