I had quit smoking on October 5. My mother had been in the hospital for smoking relate breathing problems and it really bothered me. All of a sudden I had no real desire to smoke. I got myself some of the nicotine gum but only used it the first day. After that I was fine. Withing a day or two I began feeling really different. My breathing was different. I could smell things I couldn't smell before, foods tasted better. Even my 4 year old noticed how good my hair smelled. Then I started going into a horrible flare. My legs started to feel like they were on fire on the outside but they felt ice cold deep inside. The next day I woke up and the muscles were full of knots. I was hurting all over. The pain kept getting worse. Finally on the 12th I smoked a cigarette and have been smoking since then. Not nearly as much...but still. (I was never a BIG BIG smoker, about 10 a day, but any is too many). It seems to have eased up the pain. I don't know if this is in my head or not. I have let myself down and my kids down. I am going to try again.