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.

References.

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.

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DAY 119 NO CAFFEINE - BREATHING, CT SCAN, ENDOCRINOLOGIST

Hello again 60 Year Habit: I've been thinking, my breathing issue feels more like my body isn't getting enough oxygen rather my nostrils feeling like they're blocked. As I drift off to sleep for a nap during the day, I frequently quickly wake up gasping for air like I was suffocating. It's not sleep apnea. I don't snore and I'm not over weight at all. 148 lbs. It could still be caffeine related and my body is adjusting.

My CT Scan found nothing. My pancreas, adrenal glands, etc. all look good. At least, I don't have to worry about that. Xrays of my lungs show that they are good.

I also saw an endocrinologist today. He tells me that my Vitamin D3 treatment is the right amount. He confirms that there is nothing wrong with any of my endocrine system. So, I'm good there.

So, it's just my body adjusting to life without caffeine and a Vitamin D deficiency. I just need to be patient and wait out all of the symptoms.

Hello again, yes I am having

Hello again, yes I am having breathing issues at the moment funnily enough, similar to yours, but they happen during the day as well. I put it down to the fact that caffeine is a vasodilator and is apparently good for asthmatics because of this. I have had them on and off ever since I came off caffeine, but they have been particularly bad during the last week. In my case I know it is not linked to vit d, because my levels were 88 recentlY, and even in winter I get sunshine whenever it is about for 10 minutes around noon.

At the moment my breathing is impeded by my nostrils feeling blocked (there is no mucous or discharge) so I am sure it is the lack of the vasodilator caffeine…….

that's good (i mean that it

that's good (i mean that it is reassuring), and of course I meant that caffeine is a vasoconstrictor not a dilator!!

DAY 113 NO CAFFEINE - VASOLDILATOR CAFFEINE

Thanks. It's really vitamin B12 and C deficiencies have that this symptom, not the vitamin D deficiency.... from what I've read. But, I'm sure that it still doesn't apply to you. My shortness of breath happens even during the day. Today it was while I was taking a nap at lunch.

It's reassuring to hear that it can also be connected to the caffeine withdrawals. It helps keep my mind from developing awfulized scenarios of what else it could be. :)

DAY 113 NO CAFFEINE - BREATHING ISSUES

Hello 60 Year Habit: I've recently started having more problems breathing and getting enough oxygen. Have you had anything like this during your caffeine withdrawal?? I don't drink alcohol, smoke, or do drugs. I don't even snore. However, I do notice as I'm drifting to sleep for a nap, I'll suddenly wake up in a panic breathing heavier trying to get air.

I suspect this is related to my vitamin deficiencies which are connected to caffeine. I'm just curious if you experienced the breathing issue and made a connection to the caffeine.

DAY 113 NO CAFFEINE - VDR's

Hi 60 Year Habit: Thank you for sharing that information about VDR's. It makes perfect sense with everything that's going on with me. It could also explain my acute episode of fatigue once in December and again on April 4th when I gave up caffeine. My instinct to give up caffeine both in December and April could have been my body telling me what was going on. :)

On a related note, the neuropathy that began in April and intensified in July has nearly vanished now that I'm taking Vitamin D3 and spending time in the sun. :)

I'm still struggling with mild fatigue that comes and goes, but it seems to get better when I take B12. Since the fatigue seems to connected to vitamin deficiencies, I'm still going to the endocrinologist next week.... just to hear from an expert.

Even though there are all these symptoms spread out all over the place, it's amazing how almost all of them trace back to caffeine. I can understand why it's hard for doctors to buy into it, but the timing of my symptoms is too coincidental to not be connected to caffeine.

diagnosis

Your problems are likely due to adrenaline exhaustion like mine, low back pain is a classic symptom along with complete exhaustian, low blood pressure and low blood sugar. Blood work shows all the signs of addisons disease . I would get your thyroid and adrenal checked ASAP. I am getting admitted into the hospital. I probabaly suffered from adrenal fatigue for quite some time but the caffiene pushed me over the edge. I read about addisons disease and I had ALL the early signs as well as the late signs. Doctors don't give adrenal glands enough credit. It's why I have been so sick from the muscle aches (due to muscuskeletal breakdown) to numbness and tingling from electrolyte unbalances

Tommy girl, I found this on

Tommy girl, I found this on another website today:
July 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

i have been a long time coffee drinker. Especially Dunkin donuts coffee, but I noticed lately that it is keeping me up later and later and i’m having trouble sleeping right away like I used to. Well, this past Thursday I had a med. coffee at DD on an empty stomach as usual.. i’m never hungry in the morning. I went to the gym afterwards and worked out on the weight machines, I left the gym and did not hydrate with water at all! half way home I got light headed and my fingers started to feel like I had pins and needles… to the point where my hand closed shut and seized up, I could not open them, i got so scared i sent myself to the hospital, when i got there my whole body and legs, stomach cramped up and even my ear lobs had pins and needles… I don’t know if the caffeine affected me in such a bad way due to being dehydrated OR if the caffeine triggered a panic attack which I NEVER EVER had one… to days later, I had coffee again on an empty stomach and an hour later the same thing happened, very scary! I am NOT longer drinking coffee or caffeine, after all these years it finally it starting to bother me, thanks for your great story… hope i start feeling better real soon!

I don't know why you say

I don't know why you say "caffeine doesn't usually cause this" because it certainly has in my case, I have every single symptom you mention and I have had them all since I came off caffeine over a year ago. They are all improving, and the numbness and burning have almoat stopped (apart from occasionally my feet still feel numb), but in my case I know they are all caused by caffeine wd, so I wouldn't worry about them too much. Good idea to get them checked out in case there is something else going on…….

Nerve Pain

Has anybody figured out what could be causing numbness, tingling, burning, pins and needles (paresthesias) after cutting out caffeine? I overdosed on 300 mg at caffeine at once in February and have been having strange symptoms ever since. I have chronic low back pain, weakness, myoclonic jerks, body aches, and etc. Overall just a lot of pain. I am so confused because caffeine usually doesn't cause this. I strongly believe adrenal exhaustion might be the cause of all my problems. Its just too hard for me to believe that this is all withdrawal. Another thing I noticed is that all my symptoms are IDENTICAL to those who withdraw from benzos (check out benzobuddies). Caffeine can actually inhibit GABA transmission in large doses which can cause symptoms identical to benzo withdrawal. I The last theories I have is that caffeine withdrawal can leave the nerves inflamed or perhaps muscles tight causing these symptoms. I too thought of b12 deficiency but it doesnt make sense, my nerve pain started I kid u not the next day after I took caffeine. Also, the shooting electric pain I got was all over. B 12 deficiency nerve problems start slowly, they are not that acute. I dont know for sure. I must be extremely sensitive to caffeine but I have stopped intake, what is going on with my body? I am honestly so scared. I am getting an EMG/NCS of my extremeties.

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