I’m on day 11 and the worst symptoms are over but I can tell it’s still working it’s way out a little. My shoulders are very tense. I wondered why I was having such ‘sinus’ type headaches and a little breathing difficulty. Back to work tomorrow, should be interesting. I found out I had high blood pressure so I decided to eat clean and go cold turkey. Nevertheless it is nice to read you guys’ thoughts and to know that the dark seemingly tunnel is short. You can do it. Head fog. Last time I quit coffee was just as bad. It is recommended that a person weans oneself off caffeine gradually by reducing the quantity consumed little by little. For all of you trying, keep it up. I am always tired now and I want to have a cup of coffee like there is no tomorrow . Ok, Good Luck to all, and my best wishes to those that want to quit. I have been drinking coffee since I’m 26 years old. Long story short the Doctors at the ER told me my caffeine intake was responsible for the Palpitations after many tests, blood work,and EKGs. Not to mention all the sugar I ingested . All in, it’s felt a lot like having a flu without the cold-like symptoms. Thanks for this article explaining all symptoms one can get. Was very scared Because dint know I was withdrawaling from no caffeine. This is, ironically, as a result of the disruption of the sleep cycle due to the abuse of caffeine. I’ve gotten over the physical hump of the withdrawals but now 5 weeks of my body needing ZERO caffeine my mind still wants it. When the body is already dependent on caffeine, and a person needs coffee or soda to give that instant fix of energy, it becomes difficult to be as active as before stopping. I don’t experience an energy crash. especially if you are addicted for over 2 years. I have been a habitual coffee drinker since I was eight years old as I was brought up in a Cuban household where that is perfectly normal. Day 1 of withdrawals felt like a terrible hangover. I am hoping things will change….wish i had my old energy back. He said to me, “anything that has that much control over you, you need to let go.” So I’ve been trying, if not for that reason alone. Hi everyone, Advise pleeeease, I feel like I’m dying. Post-Exams caffeine withdrawal headaches got me like. I unfortunately can’t watch him like this any longer and made him a cup of coffee just now. Day 15. I quit cigarettes and sodas cold turkey about a month ago… I wouldn’t do nothing everyday but drink 5-6 sodas everyday and smoke a pack of cigarette everyday literally no water intake no nothing and I’m a month in on both withdrawals and I feel like hell still!!! It is fascinating journey though, to realise how much it affects your body and daily functioning. 1800s. It’s freeing not being controlled by a beverage. Will be completely on decaf in next week or so. Hi, I lived on coffee all day everyday until I got the flu 3 days ago! In other words, once a couple days have passed since youve ingested your last dose of caffeine, most of the physical symptoms should subside. Although I sometimes alternate for a cappuccino on some days, but it’s about the same concentration. I know what is on the other side, I’ve been successful before and lived two great years caffeine free. Caffeine is, surprisingly, the most consumed drug in the world. I’ve taken one excedrin to help, and it has. I’m actually wondering if something is seriously wrong with me. in plain language. Good luck everyone. However, today I woke up with no pain, I have been up since 4.30 am and I feel so fresh. You may wanna talk to a dr about using the patches and gum for an extended period of time, idk. Wondering if going cold turkey was the right thing to do. These symptoms usually peak between 20 and 51 hours. I’ll find out more then. Good luck to all I have anxiety and headache and that blah feeling, I hope we can get through this and remember to drink water and I actually think Gatorade helps… Steven, Eilee, hang in there. Americans and people all around the world love their caffeine fix, be it from coffee or energy drinks and sodas, and if they skip that regular cup of coffee or glass of soda that they usually take, experts warn that they might start to experience symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. I have been very tempted to drink some green tea, just for the health benefits, and the smaller dose of caffeine. I only have a teaspoon of coffee per day, but skipped yesterday and today due to medical fasting and yeah, the headache is hellish. Good info. I have been having internal shaky and jittery feeling. Caffeine is a commonplace central nervous system stimulant drug which occurs in nature as part of the coffee, tea, yerba mate, cocoa and other plants. I got mild headaches, and felt a tiny bit of confusion. Day 8 and I felt pretty damn good today. I decided to stay caffeine-free because of how my medication might interact and because I think I will save money. Feel awful. The other times I quit the headache lasted 2 days. My first experience with withdrawal was when I went on vacation, and realized there was no Tim Horton’s in China. Caffeine Withdrawal. The problem of caffeine addiction is so bad that it is now being classified as a specific disorder. zero cock Idont drink but Pepsi Zero Sugar 20 oz. Can any one suggest me is it dangerous to take pain killers almost every day?. I have been off coffee for 3 days and I am experiencing muscle and joint aches in my hips and legs. Where’s the love and support preacher man? Things do start to get easier after day 4, you still get headaches but these are just minor compared to what you have been through. I am feeling anxiety, brain fog and achiness, How long have you guys continued with your symptoms? I want to because it makes me highly critical and irritable and my nerves on edge to sudden anything, noises, a person suddenly appearing, whatever. Caffeine withdrawal refers to the side effects many people experience upon the cessation of caffeine/coffee. It keeps my sanity. OMG the headache was horrible. Day 3 on caffeine abstinence. I quit coffee five days ago . If my headaches become unbearable, I take a Sudafed which shrinks the blood vessels like caffeine. I am enjoying the tea option and may eventually wean myself from that. Thanks again! I have muscle aches – legs and back are the worst! According to research, tiredness, as measured by a visual analog scale is the most sensitive indicator of caffeine withdrawal. It is only a number of hours after you stop ingesting caffeine that you will notice the symptoms associated with withdrawal. My sinuses seems to be acting up. I never would have equated muscle pain with caffeine withdrawal. Ive been off for 11 days. im also cutting my caffeine intake. Are you better now? They saw a slight abnormal heart rhythm but didn’t know what was wrong. I had palpitations and sweats last Thursday at 2am after drinking too much tea before bed (I’m guessing) and ended up in A&E. I’ve had bowel troubles for a few years. The headaches will start behind the eyes and then move to the front of the head, making the day to day activities ever so terrible. I wanted to slowly decrease my intake, but my mind and body are now rejecting the thought of any consumption. But I’m on day 6 and I see the anxiety and depression subsiding thank God. Headaches are perhaps the single most common sign of withdrawal. Slept the whole day for first 2 days. I started yesterday and I already have terrible headaches! It is recommended that a person weans oneself off caffeine gradually by reducing the quantity consumed little by little. So glad to be free of this vice. Fortunately, it’s slowly gotten better ever since. I wish you all well on your journeys. But because of a non-stop headache I now consume one cup of decafe. At only at most 204mg/day, I didn’t think that was the headline problem — it’s still well below ‘safe’ consumption levels, no matter how conservative an estimate you look for. If a person persists in one’s bid to quit caffeine, one will eventually cross the threshold where the withdrawal symptoms begin to fade until they are no longer there. I’m on day 6. Should I just go back to drinking a couple of single shots a day? I’m 2 days in. All of what I’d described in the article, I’m going through. I’ve been drinking at least 5 or more cups of coffee for fifty plus years. Is the fact that I consumed so much coffee for so many years effect the length of time it will take for me to be free of caffeine side effects? Newly pregnant and the taste of coffee is just awful now. I get really sleepy too and can’t seem to get anything done. I’ve read that if you stretch out the caffeine reduction over a month or two, you can eliminate withdrawal symptoms entirely. I here you Bri been off a week and the first 3 days you could have put me in a mental ward much better now but still get panick attack’s will probably take another week or two to get it out of my system totally. I’m glad to be off of it. I cannot handle this headache. I’ve felt like my head was in the clouds….just no ability to concentrate. I had my last coffee about a month ago and I am still going thru these hellish withdrawals that you describe so well. i even had to quit my job because of it and cant even workout without feeling like i’m gonna pass out from anxiety. (Or some sort of timeline anyway. Thst one of my issues and alittle sinus to but I not quitting cold trucker try I went last Week didn’t have s Dodd’s for 3 days I trying not hsvr one for z5 days sm I doing this right where it want make me Nasir’s or vomit. I feel depending on the person and the state they’re in physically and emotionally, prior to quitting, the affects of the withdrawals are different. So I spent a week cutting back to one mug and stayed with that for a few months, the a week ago I took it down to one shot large latte, did that for a week, now I’m leaving a third of the coffee in the mug, and next week I will leave two thirds in the mug, then following week stop. I still can’t work out like before because I still feel a certain weakness in my legs and arms when I try to lift weight. I went off caffeine once before but don’t remember it being this bad. I now enjoy herbal caffeine free teas at work and home. Yikes. These symptoms generally begin slowly, maximize after 1–2 days and are over within a few days. I was blind now I see! in plain language. I have quit coffee many times. Thank you for sharing this info. For this reason, most experts don’t consider caffeine dependence a serious addiction. This symptom also manifests between 24 to 36 hours after the last caffeine intake. Tapering off, if possible, is —the— best way. 5 min read. I realized that I might be having caffeine withdrawals. She put me on water pills and my ankles were still swollen. I have been having a terrible time with withdrawal. I didn’t even think about it until 3 days ago when the migraine started and didn’t let up until this morning to a light headache. The first five to seven days are gruesome. I’d probably loose my job if I tried to work during the process because I can get pretty outspoken when I’m irritated. My peak consumption is about three 16 oz. I’ve been drinking a 20 oz diet coke every morning for years, with an occassional soda with dinner if eating out. I was drinking A LOT of coffee/ day for 20 years straight. My legs are all sore. So I stopped drinking and have been ridiculously fatigued, shallow breath, can’t sleep, optical migraine, constipated. Tips for Quitting Caffeine Caffeine withdrawal syndrome is a bona fide disorder included in the DSM-5. -lean -Lean Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last. I was having the same issues. Well today is day 13. I switched to making a tea latte in the morning with 2 teabags I think that’s 60mg? Nicotine decreases the effects of caffeine, so when I quit cigarettes, all that coffee and soda suddenly had a much bigger effect on me. I was getting the jitters/anxious feeling every time I had a cup of pot brewed tea. Today I’ve decided to take in a little just to stop seeing double. So far have severe headaches, upset stomach. Giving up alcohol seemed so much less painful – maybe I just forget once the goal of clearing the body from these drugs is achieved. I worried that I’d constantly feel groggy without caffeine, but I haven’t experienced that at all. I went to the e.r the other day due to heart palpitations. All this time I thought I was over energetic just to find out caffeine was taking a hold of me. I would say it is 5-6 weeks since my last cup of coffee or tea. No headaches, very mild symptoms and much calmer and happier. I’d talk to people and be like, I think I’m going to cry. Love my coffee but my digestive system wouldn’t tolerate it anymore. Am 65 yrs old. Eat More Sugar; Since the person looks unhappy during the first stage of caffeine withdrawal, some friends might suggest eating sweet things. So, I would like to get a better understanding about the withdrawal duration from others who went thru the same ordeal. No coffee, no teas, no chocolate, nothing at all that contained even 1mg of … Press J to jump to the feed. Caffeine is the last step and I have to say it is harder than I ever imagined. True, I am experiencing tiredness, but that’s not the same as a crash. Common withdrawal symptoms of caffeine addiction include: When one does finally decide to quit caffeine, the withdrawal symptoms can start anywhere from 12 to 20 hours after the last cup of coffee and can peak at 2 days and will probably go on for as long as a week. But I feel like I can’t function. Self-detox is dangerous. Has anyone else had similar relapse experiences? I never dreamed this was the problem. I think you’ll be surprised by just how soon you start feeling better. But that can change anytime during the day. My job requires me to be on top of my game at all times. I am slowly adding a small amount of coffee, watered down. 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