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.

Comments

Thanks for coming back, and

Thanks for coming back, and have you noticed any more improvements? Here am I at nearly 3 years off and after having a long period of feeling a whole lot better, I ave almost gone back to square one for the last 3 weeks, it is so frustrating….

22 MONTHS CAFFEINE FREE

As far as I can tell, I'm back to my normal self with no more withdrawal symptoms. I have no neuropathy, no more catastrophic thoughts about my health, no fatigue even with me working out 3 hours almost everyday, no back pain, and no more headaches period for any reason. I sleep fine. I do occasionally get a little sleepy at work sitting at a desk all day, but I just get up and move around.

I hope this is encouraging news for you and not discouraging.

I seem to remember that you have been to so many doctors and had many tests done, so it's hard to imagine that you might have something else going on in addition to recovering from having no caffeine. Considering I was on caffeine for 6 years compared to your 60 years, I don't think it's unreasonable to say it will take you longer to totally recover.

The news being good or bad depends on what you focus on. About you, I'm focused on the fact that you felt better for a long period of time before having a set back. To me, that means that there's a good chance that the long stretch will happen again and hopefully be even longer again. Hang in there!

No, that's not discouraging,

No, that's not discouraging, and thanks again for your encouragement. I am starting to feel better, (after about a month of feeling terrible), so that's good news. I am having physio for the incredible muscle weakness, which will eventually help with the back ache etc. I had expected that time would heal the muscle weakness, but it has been going on for so long now, that it has almost become permanent. anyway, I have only been doing the exercises for a couple of weeks, and I have already noticed some improvement. My sleep which deteriorated for the last month is also improving again - and that makes such a huge difference to how I feel. Please keep in touch, it is so helpful to hear your news….

Other reasons ?

60YH, I don't mean to be offensive, but if you've got health issues after 3 years off caffeine, how do you know it's the caffeine that is causing them ? Wouldn't it make sense to look for other reasons ? And (I really don't mean to be offensive here), but if you had a 60 year habit, I presume you're now in your mid-70s, so isn't it possible age could be a factor ?

I have answered this question

I have answered this question so many times in the past, I cannot be bothered to answer it again…
I have also posted loads of info about how it can take 5 years for younger people to recover from caffeine on this site.

Sorry, I know you are trying to help.

22 MONTHS CAFFEINE FREE

I'm just dropping in to update that I'm still off of caffeine after 22 months and still doing fine. No pains in the back. No more catastrophic thoughts of fatal diseases. I do occasionally have a desire for coffee, but then I remember how painful and scary it was breaking the addiction especially the neuropathy and the psychological aspect.

I have many people amazed that I am now off of caffeine and asked how to do it. SMH. I tell them to just stop, but it took me 8 or 9 months to completely recover. Their jaws practically drops and they dismiss the idea of quitting.

I am still very grateful to be off of caffeine and have every intention of remaining off of it!!! I have the feeling if I remained on caffeine for too much longer then my health would have paid the price.

I wish everyone the best at remaining off of caffeine or getting off of caffeine!!

Has anyone else developed

Has anyone else developed sensitive teeth after coming off caffeine?

Caffeine Addiction & Recovery" Facebook group

Come join the Facebook group!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/856127147818485/

Happy New Caffeine-free Year

Happy New Caffeine-free Year to everyone.

Thanks 60YH

And a happy caffeine free year to you too. I've made a promise to my girlfriend on Christmas Eve that I wouldn't drink caffeine for a year, so I guess I have to do it now ! So far so good....

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