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Thread: Caffeine Withdrawal
- 12-10-2012 06:48 PM #11
You started consuming a lot of caffeine at an early age when your body was still developing and maturing. Believe it or not, your body is still developing and maturing.
It sounds like your excessive caffeine consumption has taken its toll and it's worn you down, both physically and emotionally. You mentioned that you're 16, which is an age where hormones and emotions bounce from highs to lows and back again.
The caffeine in your system and your efforts to cut back on how much you consume, are creating the physical and emotional symptoms that you've described. It's good that you saw your doctor, and he said you are physically fine. It's normal to worry and predict the worst when strange things are happening to you physically (the caffeine withdrawal symptoms). People tend to wonder if the pain or strange feelings will ever go away.
Cutting out caffeine all at once "cold turkey" isn't a good idea, and it's good that you taking it slow.
Your doctor recommended meditation, which is okay for people who can sit, and breathe, and try to control their thoughts. But meditation isn't for everyone, especially someone who is experiencing caffeine jitters and other withdrawal symptoms.
It's time for you to find a distraction. Do you have a hobby that you enjoy? Do you have a pet that you can take for long walks? Do you play sports? How about cleaning the house for your mother??? If you do something other than sitting around worrying about how bad you're feeling, the time will pass, and soon you'll discover that you're gradually feeling better.
Just take it one day at a time. Stop predicting doom and gloom in the days ahead. Live for today and do something that you enjoy. Before you know it, you will safely cut back on your caffeine consumption, your body won't be screaming for it, and your head will clear.
- 12-14-2012 01:57 AM #12
Thanks Rose. Due to the anxiety which I believe was due to the caffeine withdrawal I have been unable to a lot of the things I like such as playing video games and watching Japanese animation because the thoughts keep coming back while I'm doing those things. But I have been able to do them lately. The thoughts still pop up every now and then. I still get headaches and some of the other symptoms but none of them are as bad as they were a few days ago. If I had known about these symptoms before hand I would have cut back slowly. It's not like I wanted to stop cold turkey in the first place. I just wanted to fix my sleeping patterns and go to bed earlier so I could get more done.
I planned to continue drinking tea after the withdrawals had stopped and I have been feeling better slowly. After having a cup of tea one day last week I felt better for a while but the anxiety got worse afterwards I think I got a headache too. So I felt that I shouldn't have any drinks or food containing caffeine until the symptoms had stopped but earlier today I ate two bars of chocolate and afterwards I learnt that they contain caffeine which I didn't know at the time. Will this affect me at all? Or do I have nothing to worry about? (If anyone needs to know, I ate a Cadbury Flake and Cadbury Picnic)
Last edited by Soul; 12-14-2012 at 02:08 AM.
- 01-07-2013 03:03 AM #13
According to my blood test results which I got today, I have a vitamin D deficiency and that's why I've been feeling anxiety over my past mistakes. I've spent my last few days getting lots of sunlight and have felt better only worrying about the feeling and not being able to drink caffeine, but today after I got my results I've felt a little worse. I go out for 10 mins to get some sunshine like my doctor said but have still been feeling a little worse and thinking about my mistakes again. My question is, can I have a cup of tea while this is going on?
- 01-07-2013 03:56 PM #14
Drinking a cup of tea while you're adjusting your Vitamin D level won't hurt you.
Plus, you can always take a Vitamim D supplement in addition to spending time in the sunshine to help with your deficiency. As you start to increase the Vitamin D in your body, you'll be better able to adjust your sleeping patterns.
You need to figure out what schedule you want to be on and stay with it....For example, don't stay up real late one night and sleep in late the next morning and then expect to be able to go to sleep early the next night and get up early. Go to bed the same time each night and get up the same time every morning, even on the days when you don't have to go to school or work.
Regarding the mistakes that you may (or may not) have made. . . . . remember that each day is a new beginning. Try not to repeat the same mistakes and move on.
- 01-09-2013 08:07 PM #15
Thank you for the advice. I just had my first cup of tea in three weeks and I feel fine. I was getting a little frustrated that I kept thinking I couldn't drink anything with Caffeine. It's good to know that I can start drinking tea again.
Okay, I'll try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Thank you for the kind words. I have learnt the lessons from my mistakes and I have accepted and let them go.
Do you happen to know how long it takes for my levels to be back to normal? The doctor said I had 38% vitamin D.
- 01-10-2013 06:48 AM #16
I'm glad you're feeling better and that you totally won't have to give up caffeine.
It's best if you talk to your doctor about your Vitamin D levels and how long it will take to get therm back to normal. It's something that you can't rush. So please don't take extra Vitamin D supplements to speed things along! It may take as long as 6 months for things to get where they're supposed to be. It's a slow and steady process.
Ask your doctor what's right for you. It's possible that the 10 minutes (or so) in the sunshine each day is all you need.
Your question can be researched on-line:
Here is one example of what you will find: How Long To Recover From Low Vitamin D? | LIVESTRONG.COM
- 01-14-2013 04:27 AM #17
Drink good organic coffee and you will always feel amazing, I get mine from Global Organic coffee. You will feel the same with good organic tea. Get of dairy and you will feel even greater, go organic soy instead.
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