Ever Suffered Withdrawal Symptoms

@wolfie34 (26792)
United Kingdom
March 7, 2007 5:23pm CST
This may sound daft to some but I am very serious about bodybuilding and working out (it keeps me healthy, fit and keeps my depression down) and those that know I am going in for an operation end of this month, only small but I was told that I am NOT allowed to lift things for 2 weeks afterwards, which means I cannot go to the gym to weight train. I was like nooooooooooooooo! It's like an addiction to me and not going to the gym for one day is bad enough but for two weeks? I will be climbing the walls! Have you ever suffered withdrawal symptoms from having to give something up, or being told to give something up?
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@patootie (3593)
8 Mar 07
I do hope you haven't become an adrenalin junkie .... It happened to a friend of mine not long ago ... she started going to a gym for aerobic lessons .. first off she just went a couple of days a week .. then it was 4-5 days a week .. then she bought some equipment and was doing it at home as well as the gym .. and up until the sent her off to a rest home she had gone 'mad' doing the stepper exercises .. first thing she did when she woke up was 1,000 steps .. then she'd have breakfast while standing on the stepper, going up and down !! Then she bought a stepper for work and was doing it every break time .. by the time she collapsed with exhaustion she was practically on the thing all day .. she said she couldn't stop because she liked the 'exhileration' of the adrenalin flowing too much and felt unhappy without her exercising .. So please be careful wolfie .. don't get addicted .. !
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
Hey Toots I'm not that bad! YET... seriously I only keep my exercises and weight lifting to the gym, or I could take Chriss's idea with the tins of beans ;0) Or tinned strawberries in light syrup.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
Hey Toots I'm not that bad! YET... seriously I only keep my exercises and weight lifting to the gym, or I could take Chriss's idea with the tins of beans ;0) Or tinned strawberries in light syrup.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
7 Mar 07
A lot of people I know are serious about that. There is one person that annoys me because everytime he looks at me he thinks he needs more extensive diet! I am like "hey I'm naturally skinny! there is no way you can lose that much!' because the thing is the more he work outt he hungrier he becomes and so he eats more LOL I am not athletic at all there is no single muscle in my body :)
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
7 Mar 07
I think I did suffer that symptom once. Now I remember about that, it was 10 years ago or so I think. Can't say much here but I'm glad I let it go actually since it wasn't as good as I thought
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
Thank you for your response, appreciated.
@rosie_123 (6118)
8 Mar 07
Well I tried (and failed) to quit smoking when I was younger, so I guess I have to say that I have. I was OK for a day or so, but then the craving drove me mad, and in the end I decided just to cut dowbm so I knew I ould always have one if I got desparate! Other than that - I do miss the Internet if I am anywhere that I can't get online for a couple of days. I don't know if that's exactly addiction, and withdrawal, but I do miss it. Dood luck with the op!
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
Thankfully I never took up smoking, yes the internet can be another addiction and when mine went down I was like a man possessed! Anything is an addiction if you rely on it too much and go cold turkey!
@weemam (13377)
8 Mar 07
Yes I did my friend . I had a treadmill and I loved it . I was on it all the time and it really helped my diet but I then got problems with my knees ( osteo arthritis) and was advised to give it up , I then bought a glider and it WAS less impact but I didn't like it nearly as much so sold it . Hubby has now bought an exercise bike and I go on that but with no tension , my wee legs go like the clappers and it get nowhere lol . it's only for a wee while pal so just go wee walks if you can , find something else to take its place but you must gt well first , take care , xx
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
The trouble with the treadmill is that you are putting a lot of stress on your knees because you are pounding them constantly. I can just see you on your bike with your legs going ten to the dozen LOL. With the spring coming and with the forest around the corner it'll be a great alternative with lots of fresh air too. Thanks my friend x
@ukchriss (2103)
8 Mar 07
Just because you cannot lift things doesn't mean to say that there are no exercises you can do. If you talk to someone at your gym maybe they can help with a light exercise program? The exercises can be tailored by a qualified instructor to ensure that you work within your ability. Various mobility and stretching exercises are can even be done sitting in a chair using appropriate dumbbell weights or even just a couple of cans of beans from your cupboard at home! You may be able to do Stretching exercises with your arms and legs, Walking, Bike riding or even Swimming? It would be better than sitting around with withdrawal symptoms! As for me I always get withdrawal symptoms when i diet - I hate to go without my chocolate... I even dream about it!
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
And if I don't have a couple of cans of beans, can I use tinned strawberries in light syrup instead LOL! I'm sure light cv work would be ok, we don't have a swimming pool near me sadly or I'd swim instead.
@ukchriss (2103)
8 Mar 07
Tinned peaches are better! lol
@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
Wolfie I know how you feel or that is I remember in the distant past how it felt if I could not run, cycle or do circuit training for half a day never mind two weeks! Now unfortunately I'm not fit for much exercise but I do remember how awful it was...The good news is it leaves you with more time for mylot and if you are climbing the walls, heck, at least it's good exercise, hehehe x
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
Trouble is my friend, I'm already 6 foot 2, so not much of a wall to climb LOL...
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@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
at least I made you laugh xxx
@blunt3d (26)
6 Jul 07
If you cant lift then surely you are able to go outside and go for a walk. I get a high off of my heart rate going up.
@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
23 Apr 07
Oh wolfie i can sympathize with you on this. I have been attending the gym since my decision to make myself fit and healthier and i am sick this week and too weak to go and i really miss it. But as far as withdrawal symptoms yes i have in a major way not to long ago. It was January the 8th of 2007 that i decided i was going to become healthier and i was on to major antidepressants that you really should be detoxed off of. The pills were making me gain weight and to tell ya the truth i think they made me feel worse instead of better. I quit them cold turkey and the first three weeks were really bad for mood swings nightmares and cold sweats it was hard but now i am withdrawal free and a whole lot better off.
• United States
23 Apr 07
Oh yeah! I get horrible, awful headaches if I don't have any caffeine... I've tried giving it up so many times. I can do it for a while, but I always go back. I need to stay awake somehow...and I'd rather do it with caffeine than some other speed.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
How many smokers will respond to this discussion I wonder. The is the worst addiction I have ever had. I know how you feel about physica fitness. My so called work out is with horses, not weights, I would flip if I had to miss 2 weeks of riding!!!! I think that I would at the very least take up walking at least to try and burn off the excess energy. Good luck with your surgery.
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I suffered withdrawal after having knee surgery and I had to take pain killers for a couple weeks. Afterwards I had trouble sleeping, i felt restless, wasn't hungry, and was irritable. It was awful, i never understood it before.
• Netherlands
8 Mar 07
Can't you still go and just do cardio or something to keep your body in motion? I know that itwill suck if you have to sit out for 2 weeks, and it my get hard to re-motivate yourself after wards. This is why I ask if you can still go to the gym but do something light like cardio....
@bluewings (3857)
8 Mar 07
I do weights 3 days a week and I ,too, had to stop doing it at one point.Well,I can't say I suffered withdrawal symptoms ,but when as a kid I was asked to stay away from football playground because it was eating into my study time,I had bad withdrawal symptoms.I could have banged my head against the door during evening just imagining someone else might be scoring goals while I am busy feeling miserable.Not long after that my father realised that even if I stay at home ,I won't be able to study during those hours and I was allowed to go and play for a reduced duration.I thanked my wise father,lol. I hope once your operation gets over,you'd be even more fit and can do more weights than you are used to.Just think of it as a preparatory phase before the olympics so you don't injure yourself,lol.Goodluck with the operation.
@prasanta (1949)
• India
8 Mar 07
It is just a part of life. Do not take it seriously. Two weeks are nothing. All the best.
• India
8 Mar 07
well i can understand if one is passonate or obsessionate for something, it seldom goes away from him..... no matter it goes off for a day , a week, an year or whatsoever,,, but its absence is all the same--a lifetime!!! I personally neva have had any such expericne...
@sanell (2114)
• United States
8 Mar 07
yes but for me, when it comes to my health I figured that it was best for me to wait it out....even though I know it will be hard, just think of it this way, so instead of working out and not lifting you can just write to us on Mylot to help pass that time of addiction. Let us be your support system until you are healed up for this coming 2 weeks we are here for you and can talk with you about anything, AND you will make a bunch of money for just waiting it out for your body to heal from the surgery and then you can go back to your routine. It won't be so bad, just have to take it one hour at a time. Hugs
@Slashher (117)
• Denmark
8 Mar 07
disobey and work on those biceps secretly!
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Yes, If i stay away from my computer for more than a few hours I start getting withdrawal symptoms. if I go out to the mall or shopping, all I wanna do is hurry back home so I can get back on my computer. I am totally addicted to my computer. if the electricity goes out for very long. I'm thinking of ways to get to a computer I can use. The library or a friends computer. I wonder if they have a computers anonymous?
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
Yes I have but in my Case it was when I came of Tablets it was awful. Unfortunately I am back on them now and I have to stay on them for a while this time as it affects my Illness badly when I get in a bad way and stressed.
@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Yes, I have experienced withdrawal. I am a creature of habit and tend to have similar routines day to day. Many times, when I couldn't do a particular thing, I got irritable. I consider this a sign of withdrawal. When I am aware of it I try to relax and breathe deeply until it passes.