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I quit caffeine today... Mother of all headaches!

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Theincidental Sun 20-Oct-13 21:03:11

On doctor's advice I quit caffeine today, only had it in coffee but drank four/five cups a day.

I've switched to decaf and herbal tea and not bothered by the taste or anything.

But I am bothered by the massive (supposedly related) caffeine withdrawal headache.

Is there anything I can temper this with apart from headache tablets and how long does it last?

Anyone else done the same?

MrsHende Sun 20-Oct-13 21:05:47

I wonder if a cup of coffee would help?!

I quit about ten years ago and had a horrendous headache by 10.30am, then people at work suggested that cold turkey might be a bit much!

Would you maybe have half the amount of coffee today, quarter tomorrow then just one cup on Tuesday?

Theincidental Sun 20-Oct-13 21:08:44

I'd love to but I'll be up all night if I have coffee now... And I only have decaf smile

Yes, it may be a bit much so poss try one cup tomorrow at work.

Never had a clue it would hurt this much! Now wondering wtf caffeine is, if not having it is this painful!

ObtuseAngel Sun 20-Oct-13 21:09:52

I agree with not going cold turkey, give yourself a week or so and reduce your intake by one cup every two days. Otherwise the headache will last about three days (in my experience). I also found I was a bit lethargic and lacking in concentration for at least a week.

Theincidental Sun 20-Oct-13 21:29:00

I seem to just be grumpy!

Can't tell if it's the headache or the lack of coffee (combination of the two probably!)

DoYourKegels Sun 20-Oct-13 22:02:01

Caffeine is incredibly addictive and withdrawal is a bitch. Sorry. sad

evertonmint Sun 20-Oct-13 22:05:28

I periodically cutback on tea if I've been having too much (I aim to only have 2 per day but it can sometimes escalate to 5-6). Cold turkey is very hard. I just have one cup in the morning and it makes a huge difference to the headachiness as I come off caffeine. Definitely withdraw slowly, removing one every couple of days, assuming your doctor is ok with that and doesn't need you off it straight away.

Good luck!

sydlexic Sun 20-Oct-13 22:09:21

I mixed caffeinated and decaffeinated in equal measures to start. Gradually increasing the decaff over several weeks.

I was in bed with a migraine for three days when I tried cold turkey.

Theincidental Sun 20-Oct-13 22:16:07

Thanks all.

I think I'll need to go for one cup a day.

I had no idea it would be this gruesome. I really hope the benefits are worth it!

ObtuseAngel Sun 20-Oct-13 22:26:33

Are you ttc by any chance? I gave up caffeine for my final round of IVF, and that was the only one that that I got pregnant.

Theincidental Mon 21-Oct-13 07:31:31

No, not ttc.

I have medical conditions exacerbated by caffeine, so on a mission to quit!

Glad your Ivf worked

Lottie4 Mon 21-Oct-13 10:28:32

As synalex says, it's probably worth having 50/50 for a couple of days, then reducing it to 50/50 in every other cup. Caffeine can be addictive and I think you will reduce the risk of headaches in the first couple of days if you cut back slowly.

evertonmint Tue 22-Oct-13 10:29:22

How are you getting on? Feeling any better?

BrightSunshineyDay Tue 22-Oct-13 10:34:05

When i gave up caffeine I felt like shit for about a week. Headache, achy legs, couldn't concentrate, but then it was like a fog had lifted and I felt great. So much more energy, slept better, better mood. Sadly i went back to it and really want to give up again but can't face the withdrawals and not sure I would do well with only reducing it, I'm generally all or nothing.

Hope you are feeling better

Theincidental Tue 22-Oct-13 20:40:04

I'm drinking coffee at work only and limiting to 2/3 cups, so halving I suppose.

Aim is to cut down again next week to 1 cup per day.

Thanks for the advice. No headaches since.

If anything it's strengthened my resolve to quit, because it's a bit worrying how bad the withdrawal is.

GW297 Tue 22-Oct-13 22:12:54

Stick with it! I'm nearly 2 months in and feel so much better. I had a headache at the beginning and had a very small coffee to take the edge off. After that I was fine. I just stopped buying milk. Getting used to herbal teas slowly.

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