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Old 10-26-2004, 09:50 AM   #1
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Caffeine Withdrawal--please help!

I'm trying to cut out caffeine and am having a terrible time! I didn't think I'd have trouble (the standard "I'm not addicted" mentality, I guess), but I'm struggling without my morning coffee. I'm drinking decaf, but I have a headache and am really grouchy (oh, poor DH--I bet he's glad he had to go out of town for work!). Any advice, tips, or at least moral support? Thanks!

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ibuprofin... and lots of it. i'm kind of going through the same thing after cutting down on the amount of pepsi i drink. it's not easy. good luck
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moral support here. d'ya think it would be easier to taper off instead, like using half real coffee and half decaf, gradually decreasing the amount of the first and increasing the amount of the second?

Or would that just prolong the misery, like cutting your fingers off one clenched knuckle at a time?
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I did the tapering thing last week. That was pretty easy, actually. I could probably go on like that forever so I'm afraid it's just time to rip the band-aid off, so to speak!
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I am with Middie on this one. Take pain killers. Nothing will help the grumpiness other than time though, but once you kick the habit you will be so happy. I quit my morning coffee this year and it was hard for a while. Luckily my headaches were not severe, but I did have minor headaches and major grumpiness for about 3 weeks. It does pass though and you will feel so much better once you hit that point. It is so nice to know I am not "in trouble" if I don't get that cup in the morning. I don't even miss it the way I thought I would. Hang in there and know that the pain you are feeling right now will subside and be replaced by a feeling of accomplishment and an understanding that you are no longer a slave to your morning beverage.
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mudbug, you have some disturbing metaphors for things...

btw, speaking of metaphors, pa baker, rent "il postino", the subtitled version, take lots of aspirin and take it easy. if that doesn't work, have a coca cola to ease off the coffee...
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Thanks everyone! I knew I could count on you all for ideas and support. As always, you're the best! :) I hadn't thought of the asprin/ibuprophin thing. I'll start on that.

Middie, good luck cutting back on Pepsi. My DH did that a couple of years ago and had a heck of a time for awhile. He still drank diet but really missed the sugar rush. The benefit though was he lost 10 pounds because of it!
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buckytom, I'm gearing up for my own nicotine withdrawal ordeal, to begin as soon as I am no longer part of the Tarjay team.

Be prepared for lots of yowling from this corner when that happens.
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that's what i'm hoping for pa.
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Old 10-26-2004, 10:20 AM   #10
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you'll get through this.
i promise.
the headaches and the crankies will pass.
i gave up coffee at 20 after i'd been drinking like 4 pots a day for 5 years. i gave up caffeinated pop at the same time, too. and later i gave up chocolate and chocolate-flavored anything (1 year and counting!)
pm me if you need to swear and vent.
it's very much worth it to give up caffeine.
the somach butterflies go away, your cheeks stop tingling, your ears don't ring, and you are calm............
it's awesome.
your energy level increases, too, ironically...
it's great. you are not dependent on caffeine to keep you upbeat; you're just you.
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