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ZERO2HERO
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3/24/13 9:09 A

There are some worth while ideas here. My headaches are definitely a result of WD and standard headache medication doesn't help with them. It's this deep fog and the whole front of my head begins to throb. But you're suggestion reminded me that Tylenol makes a caffine asprine that is supposed to be very effective. The green tea is worth a shot too as a substititue - I figure if others have given up before me, there's got to be a way!

Thanks again!



ZERO2HERO
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3/24/13 9:05 A

There are some worth while ideas here. My headaches are definitely a result of WD and standard headache medication doesn't help with them. It's this deep fog and the whole front of my head begins to throb. But you're suggestion reminded me that Tylenol makes a caffine asprine that is supposed to be very effective. The green tea is worth a shot too as a substititue - I figure if others have given up before me, there's got to be a way!

Thanks again!



INTOTHENEW
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3/24/13 6:36 A

I haven't sworn off, but I have basically quit.

I first put a time limit up, no coffee after noon. I don't know exactly how much volume that cut out, but it did break part of the habit without any headaches. I left it that way for a few months.

I then, consciously cut to two cups and held that for about two months. When I went to one cup, I felt I needed a bit of replacement. I use green tea, and a honey/lemon juice concoction from whole living. The latter is a part of their detox program, which I do not prescribe to, but do lift some recipes from them. About a month of that, and I totally replaced the coffee with one or the other of those drinks.


Where I backslide is when backpacking. I have a breakfast drink that I just can't find palatable without a little coffee in it. I've only had a few of those in the past two months, and don't have a craving for it.


I never had a headache, that I account to caffeine withdrawal, through this ordeal.



SWHITEHOU
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3/23/13 9:13 P

Keep your 24 oz cup in the morning, but rather than continuing to drink coffee throughout the rest of the day, drink diet soda or tea... something that has caffeine, but not as much as coffee. Switching to decaf could be problematic, even in the afternoon. Just pick something with a lower caffeine content in the afternoon, then no more caffeine after 7PM. Slowly cut back after that.



SUNNYARIZONA
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3/23/13 8:46 P

Love my coffee, but can live without it.



SWIMOM
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3/23/13 7:15 P

I'm a coffee addict and this is my suggestion....though I personally am not quite ready to give up my affair with the black silk just yet. I'm still in denial! I enjoy the aroma as much as the taste of real coffee. Not willing to give it all up lest they pry the pot from my vise-like grip.

Try Folgers Half-Caf every other pot of coffee you make until you're using only half-calf or caf free. Less intense WD headaches without being deprived of our beloved coffee aroma and taste. I'm enjoying a cup as I type this in fact emoticon

Edited by: SWIMOM at: 3/23/2013 (19:22)


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3/23/13 7:01 P

Maybe when you stop or cutback, when you get headaches, take a migraine medicine. They usually have a little bit of caffeine in them because that helps ease migraines. Are you having headaches, or migraines because caffeine is actualLy a very helpful "medicine" for migraines.

But anyway, maybe that will help you stop, especially if you want to go cold turkey with coffee, and then use migraine medicine to ease the headaches as they should eventually disappear



ZERO2HERO
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3/23/13 6:36 P

Thanks!

I had a feeling those were my only options...


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FIELDWORKING
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3/23/13 3:38 P

Have you tried to reduce the amount of coffee you drink? Maybe you could gradually decrease the amount of coffee you drink each day. For example, starting tomorrow, you could drink 20 ounces of coffee (and do that every day for a week). The next week, maybe drink 16 ounces and so on until you're not drinking any coffee. Or once you get to 8 ounces, you could try to switch to decaf. Maybe trade in one cup of caffeinated coffee for decaf once a week and gradually increase the number of days that you are drinking the decaf.

Hope that helps.



DIETITIANBECKY
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3/23/13 3:33 P

you have 2 choices:
1. cold turkey---it will take about 4 days to 1 week for you to feel better and the headaches to disappear.

2. slowly cut back. Drop back 4 ounces every week.

Based on what you describe---option 2 may be your best, option.

SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Becky



ZERO2HERO
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3/23/13 1:50 P

I'm a caffeine addict, specifically coffee. I love the taste (I take mine black and at 24 ounces) and it's how I start every morning. The problem is that I get severe headaches and an inability to concentrate with little or no caffeine at this point. Some might even say I'm less intelligent off it (I lose at Scrabble every time).

I need suggestions for lessening my intake while minimizing the effects of withdrawal. I've tried slowly drinking less but that leads to massive headaches for extended periods of time (longest is 10 days) and mixing decaf in with regular to "trick" myself, but alas my brain knows better. Anyone have any remedies?

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