What are the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal?

Regular caffeine consumption reduces sensitivity to caffeine. When caffeine intake is reduced, the body becomes oversensitive to adenosine. In response to this oversensitiveness, blood pressure drops dramatically, causing an excess of blood in the head (though not necessarily on the brain), leading to a headache.

This headache, well known among coffee drinkers, usually lasts from one to five days, and can be alleviated with analgesics such as aspirin. It is also alleviated with caffeine intake (in fact several analgesics contain caffeine dosages).

Often, people who are reducing caffeine intake report being irritable, unable to work, nervous, restless, and feeling sleepy, as well as having a headache. In extreme cases, nausea and vomiting has also been reported.


Caffeine and Health. J. E. James, Academic Press, 1991. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research Volume 158. G. A. Spiller, Ed. Alan R. Liss Inc, 1984.


burning in sinuses

Hi all. I have been having sinus pain for about a year. (mostly gone over summer) but back now. However, I recently cut out caffeine, as it seemed my whole pot of green tea was aggravating it. ( I had to cut coffee out months ago due to the pain it caused). My question is since I cut out caffeine, the pain has changed to burning rather than dull and is soothed by cold, rather than heat. I am really hoping this is a good thing?! That it is a least changing? I am wondering if the burning could be caused by caffeine withdrawal?? I have read sometimes sinus pain is really a headache felt in sinuses. (as my pain was never helped by sinus infection traditional medications). Any thoughts? Trying to figure this all out!

I wish i had not read this

I wish i had not read this post:

I've had a caffeine allergy for 16 years now, starting at 17 years old. I didn't know what it was for the first four years. I had severe joint pain and would break out in hives each day.

Finally, when I realized it was caffeine, I began taking a benadryl each morning so I could still have caffeine.

When I got pregnant 11 years ago I stopped the caffeine and benadryl completely. The hives and joint pain were gone, but instead I've struggled with extreme fatigue almost every day for years. I started drinking green tea and then progressed to coffee about 2 years ago because I could handle the fatigue anymore. The joint pain came back with a vengence and my knee swelled up with fluid.

Whenever I have caffeine from any source, I still get hives each day, and now I also get panic attacks and rapid heartbeat if I am in an enviroment that would make me nervous.

The problem is, if I don't drink something with caffeine, I am so tired I get nothing done and the whole day feels wasted. For increasing my energy without caffeine, I've tried about everything. I eat healthy with protein for breakfast everyday. I eat complex carbs and I'm not overweight. I get enough sleep and exercise. I take a good multivitamin. I really just need caffeine to stay awake and be productive in the daytime and I don't know what to do since I can't have caffeine. It's very frustrating.

a different allergy?

Maybe you are suffering from another allergy from something you eat? I have a friend who gave up caffeine and went thru months of fatigue and all the withdrawals mentioned here, only to find out later she was also allergic to dairy products. Once she got off dairy, her fatigue started disappearing within days. Just a thought...

Here's a little bit of

Here's a little bit of Jayson's posts (if I can post it):

Jayson thanks for coming back
Jayson thanks for coming back with your good news. Could you tell me if muscle weakness and fatigue were part of your caffeine withdrawal - I am 9 months off caffeine (a 60 year habit) and am still having these symptoms, along with body aches, gut problems,memory problems etc. They have all improved but I am still not functional, and my horrible mood (anger at the slightest thing) is driving me mad.
I'd be grateful to know if you had any similar symptoms……….
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Sat, 2013-12-21 22:44 — Jayson (not verified)
YES! Although I was more
YES! Although I was more concern about my mental health at the time. I had short-term memory loss and it was pretty bizarre. I literally would be in the living room working on my term paper and I would think about getting a snack, so I would stand up and walk to the kitchen. Moments later, by the time I get to the kitchen, I'm dumbfounded. I'd forgotten what it was that I came to the kitchen for. It happened frequently. Additionally, fatigue and muscle weakness was tremendous, but I wasn't working at the time so I stayed home and remained unmotivated. Mood swings were present as well. I had falling outs with a lot of my friends. I was also experiencing a sensation where I would wake up in the middle of the night and wouldn't be able to move a single muscle for a good minute or two. It only ever lasted for a couple of minutes, but still terrifying nonetheless. I never had stomach problems though.


Thanks for this. I've been thinking about my memory/cognitive problems and how caffeine has affected me. You get the initial surge of dopamine and all your energy seems to go to your head, your brain is firing off rapidly and you feel very animated.............but then, later, you get the opposite (when the adenosine overcompensates?) and your brain goes to sleep. You feel exhausted, zombie-like and it's as if your brain won't work at all. When I was drinking a lot, it sometimes felt as if I couldn't even form thoughts in my head. All that was there was a kind of low-level awareness. Horrible. Having had periods off of the caffeine, I noticed that my whole system was starting to change - thoughts, emotions, feelings, memories were more naturally arising and I was starting to feel more like a 'whole' person (not sure if that makes sense). Maybe, when I get off it completely, my memory can improve. However, I do know that caffeine can cause long-term and irreversible damage to the brain so I'd better do it pretty damn quickly.
I also wanted to note here about how the addictive effects of caffeine can 'fool' you into wanting it. I woke up this morning and my brain is still telling me that I want that 'soothing, comforting uplifting cup of coffee'. It's a chemical thing, I know, but it feels so real and so difficult to get through. Anyway, I've been writing a lot recently as I feel very bottled up with everything. Sorry.

And 60YH, I'm sorry to hear you're struggling with your caring responsibilities, too. Can you get any help, at all? It really is hard, especially when you have problems yourself, I know.

Anyway, you have my support and understanding, even if I can't actually do anything. Btw, would you tell me your first name, at all. I feel like I know you so well but don't even know your name. Or, if you don't want to tell your real name, event one ! TC Jackie



Hello Jackie, my real name is

Hello Jackie,

my real name is Viv(ienne) . I have just (NOT) slept on an earthing mat for the first time and I feel so ILL!! I do hope it wears off. If anyone else has tried this and had a similar experience I 'd be v grateful to know. I can't think straight so will leave it at that for now.

what a pain!

PS I will go back and try and find your email address that you once posted, if I can find it, will email you. but not today, i feel so nauseous and ill.


Hi, Viv, nice to 'meet' you :) I've never heard of an earthing mat - I'll look it up. What are they specifically designed for? Hopefully, as the blurb says, those initial effects will wear off and you'll get the benefits (whatever they are?)
Btw, I forgot to say in one of my earlier replies that your meditation times, walks etc are absolute priority. As you know, I've been a full-time carer for my daughter for the last 17 years - and for her boyfriend, when he's here - for the last 3 years. (They do try to help me, when up to it), I've been helping my sister for the last 2-3 years as she is housebound with terrible arthritis (she's just had a hip replacement), my other daughter has 2 gorgeous girls and one is special needs so she needs extra help, too, with the baby and she's always at the hospital etc. Then I used to spend all my waking hours doing that and trying to keep up with the house-cleaning/garden etc and it about killed me and aggravated MY arthritis to the point of nearly being bedbound. Now, I don't know if I had some kind of over-zealous work ethic but I suddenly realised that it needed to look after myself, especially as the coffee was having such a detrimental effect. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is don't worry about the housework, do what you can but put your health first. TMI here, I know, sorry but it's actually made me feel that's it's OK not to be superwoman - and you should feel like that, too. TC Jackie

well it sounds to me as if

well it sounds to me as if you ARE a superwoman, I don't know how you cope, and it makes my "problems" fade into the background, I am so glad that at last you are giving yourself some TLC!!!!

Too tired to explain about the earthing mat, but theres a lot about it on the Mercola site…

stumbling off to bed now...

i rang the supplier of the

i rang the supplier of the earthing mat and he pointed me to this info on their website, which has reassured me:

"● I just started sleeping grounded and feel a bit strange. What could that be from?

Initially, some people may feel some temporary discomfort or even flu-like symptoms, pain or achiness. We believe it is the result of a systemic healing process and normalization of the body’s “electrical system.” As the process gets underway, the body’s ability to release accumulated toxicity may improve and you could somewhat uncomfortable. Typically, after some initial adjustment, you start feeling better and more energized. The odd feeling might last a few days at the most but it usually fades away. If you are uncomfortable, stop grounding yourself for several days and then begin again, starting with shorter exposure. Gradually increase your exposure. In the majority of cases, no discomfort is felt at the beginning. For more information, please refer to our article on"

He also told me that if you have a high toxic load, then you have to start with only 10 minutes a day!

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