2007
01.24

I was debating about grabbing some chocolate chip cookies while standing in line to get dinner, and for some reason I couldn’t stop moving around. My friend pointed this out to me, laughed, and then told me to stop.

This isn’t the first time in the last few weeks that I’ve noticed, or someone else has noticed, my restlessness.

Combine that with a constant headache that Tylenol has yet to rid me of; sleepiness, extra irritable moments and a pinch of nausea.

And either I’m dying (let’s hope not) or I’m having caffeine withdrawals (DING DING).

My New Year’s resolution (I like to call it orders from above) was to cut out caffeine in soft drinks completely. This amazing feat has been attempted numerous times and has always failed.

This time has proven extremely difficult. I’ve already given in twice in the last three weeks – I ended up getting iced tea one night last week, and Monday I resorted to Dr. Pepper after a friend’s suggesting my headache was actually from caffeine withdrawal.

So I took some time to Google ‘caffeine withdrawal‘.

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.

Besides the “unable to work” part (I don’t have a job), the only symptom I’m missing is vomiting.

At least there’s something to look forward to.

  1. Did you try hot tea?

  2. That sounds awful, damn caffeine, I hope you feel better soon

  3. stop drinking soda in general. even caffeine free shit. i did and i lost pounds (LIKE JARED FROM SUBWAY, HES MY HERO). water is the way to go! and try ibprofeun for headaches, i find its better than tylenoel for anything, ESPECIALLY CRAMPS

  4. First off you might want to try to substitute your caffeine with something else. Plus, maybe you shouldn’t have gone cold turkey, but weened yourself off it. Might be something to try.

  5. I’m a caffeine addict and twig and twitch if I don’t get my fix.
    In my last job, I worked for a company whose main client specialized in selling coffee and donuts. The client gave us an industrial super-sized coffee maker… and coffee supplies at low cost… and I was drinking that stuff like 8 times a day.

    One day, my boss said something like… “Do you know that you walk around a lot?”. It’s true, I can’t sit still for a long time, I need to get up. It’s the coffee fever. Sad. :)

  6. caffeine is similar to Jesus, it helps me to live.

  7. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! (haha) I have also been trying to cut down on the soft drinks, but I have been craving a big iced cherry coke for three days. So far, I have been good. I know that withdrawl feeling all too well – it sucks. Caffeine addiction is no joke and Tylenol isn’t worth a darn thing. Hope you can beat the demon aka caffeine! (lol) – take care.

  8. One bad bean can spoil the entire pot making it equivalent to cocaine.

    At least a caffeine withdrawal symptoms are easier to get through with another caffeine fix. (Or just take 24 or more hours to sleep off the addiction) but… Caffeine poisoning is a b*tch and I can’t find a remedy to shake that one.

    CAFFEINE: TOXIC. ACUTE EXPOSURE- Ingestion of large amounts may result in headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, chills, fever, excitement, restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, mild delirium, hallucinations, tinnitus, constricted pupils, decreased visual fields, amblyopia,diplopia, photophobia, and scintillating scotoma. Neurologic symptoms may persist for several days….Other effects may include alternating states of consciousness and muscle twitching, tremors, hyperesthesia, hypertonicity or hypotonicity, trismus, opisthotonus and convulsions. Seizures generally precede death.
    CHRONIC EXPOSURE- In addition to the effects detailed in acute exposure, agitation, disturbed sleep, caffeine-induced psychosis, heartburn and hyperventilation may occur. Prolonged use of high doses may result in tolerence, physical and psychological dependence. Symptoms of withdrawal may occur following abrupt cessation.
    http://caffeineweb.com/?p=22

  9. John on January 24, 2007 at 1:19 am said:

    Did you try hot tea?

    Actually, yes. It got rid of my headache long enough for me to go to sleep, and it doesn’t have caffeine in it.

    Christina on January 24, 2007 at 1:08 pm said:
    First off you might want to try to substitute your caffeine with something else. Plus, maybe you shouldn’t have gone cold turkey, but weened yourself off it. Might be something to try.

    I realized my mistake after the first week of headaches – I’m allowing myself iced tea when we go out to dinner or 4oz of Dr Pepper or something if I feel like I need it.

    suzie on January 24, 2007 at 7:37 am said:
    stop drinking soda in general. even caffeine free shit. i did and i lost pounds (LIKE JARED FROM SUBWAY, HES MY HERO). water is the way to go! and try ibprofeun for headaches, i find its better than tylenoel for anything, ESPECIALLY CRAMPS

    Drinking nothing but water would kill me, especially since I cannnot tolerate tap water. I have to have Sprite or something else in there, and I don’t like juices so my choices are limited. I’ve realized that nothing works for my headaches except large amounts of Tylenol.