TheRealBigfoot

Day 8 after 10 years of stimulants

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Greetings,

I'm 36, a husband and father of 3. I was on 20mg adderall xr for 10yrs. And I also drank coffee and dipped grizzly wintergreen like a maniac. Today is day 8 of 0 adderall, 0 caffeine and I replaced grizzly wintergreen with Zyn 3mg pouches for a little nicotine fix. I think I'm doing great except for my diet lol. I'm eating like I'm starving 24/7. I also have no energy. I'm trying to lose 30lbs before the summer and not gain 30lbs. I quit caffeine because I was drinking too much coffee and had heart palpitations lately due to stress and stimulants but I've had 0 heart palpitations in 5 days and my BP went from 135/85 down to 110/62. There was 3 days in between those readings. I can't believe how much that changed. I honestly feel okay now except I have 0 energy and my diet is going crazy. Those 2 reasons are the only reasons I would want to take adderall again but I won't!!! It's just hard to fight those urges. I can start to feel myself coming back a little, especially my humor! and I've missed that a lot. I'm also planning on putting in a new fence this spring and it sounds terrifying without Adderall or chew lol but I'm going to try my best and get it done! Thanks for reading!

 

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Hello!! So nice to meet you and read about your story and get to know your situation.  I just logged back on here after months of being away.  You are in a good position, especially when thinking about my own situation, comparatively! Your 20 mg is a much smaller dosage and some coffee and dip I can't imagine are too much more to add on!  I think you will be able to get through this much better than you realise!! I have been experiencing the heart things also, I'm 28.  I haven't been on here in a while and I'd hope this didn't read or come off as some kind of competition, ha!! I'm just trying to let you feel the situation as a little less heavy and overwhelming as you maybe felt you had started from.  So much comes from right inside of our minds!  I have totally missed my laugh also, it's much harder to physically find a laugh when I'm stimulated.. Cool thing on the fence, fun project and will add so much value to your home!!  Hope you are doing as well as possible.  I'm so afraid of getting through this.  The food, oh goodness. I just love to self soothe.  We'll all help eachother !! 

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hi @TheRealBigfoot

welcome to the forums! congrats on finally taking the plunge - 10 years is a long time! certainly, it is going to take some time for your natural energy levels to return, but you'll feel progress along the way. first couple of months you'll feel like a zombie, then staying awake through the day will become easier but your energy will be unfocused. learn to recognize and appreciate the small but decisive steps, challenge yourself when you feel ready (that fence project seems perfect!).

don't worry about "losing" weight - eat healthy, but eat enough that you're satisfied. just listen to what your body wants for a while till your past the initial hump! (:

gl and keep us posted!

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Congratulations for quitting and welcome to the forums.  I quit after nine years on much higher dosages than you were on and I was about ten years older.  I also quit nicotine about the same time.  It can be done, and it must be done, because nobody can expect to spend the rest of their life on stimulants. and the nicotine will kill you.  Weight gain, depression, anxiety, and lethargy are the classic symptoms of quitting.  Keep your expectations for yourself tame and focus on the Quit and not going back.  Things will be much better after a year or so.  I gained about 15-20 lbs after quitting and it took about two years to get back to my pre-quitting weight.  Best of luck to you!

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