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Body Aches - Not the Flu, but Caffeine Withdrawals

Monday, August 25, 2014

This is Day 3, friends!!!!!!!!! Hooray for me. And thank you all for the kind support. It really does help.

As I've written, this weaning process has been kinder and gentler than cold turkey that I've done previously. Headache was minimal for the first two days, and pretty much gone now. Wow; compared with almost a week of a migraine when I went cold turkey.

But yesterday (and today, but less so), my body ached from head to toe. I thought I was getting the flu or something, but then remembered that this is part of my process. Been there before. Honestly, every bone seemed to just be crying out for caffeine. Strange that the withdrawals are this strong considering I drank so little each day.

Today, I feel like a rag doll or scarecrow, just limbs flopping around without a skeletal system to hold it up. But aches are just hardly there and will probably be gone soon.

Again, thank you for your support. It helps a lot.

Wishing all a great day.

p.s. On several websites, while researching detox symptoms from caffeine, they do mention these types of aches. I've had them before when I gave up coffee. In fact, there were times when my adrenals ached until the caffeine was completely out of my body.

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ALICE_TENNIS 8/26/2014 3:44PM

    It stinks that our bodies rebel when we're trying to live cleaner. Just continue to give yourself kindness, time & space.

Be well! emoticon

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NANCY- 8/26/2014 7:51AM

    Hang in there... this too shall pass.
You can and WILL do it.

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SETTIMIA 8/26/2014 12:41AM

    Oh dear hope you feel better. Wishing you a great week ahead. Yesterdays Bank holiday was a wash out h
Hope I can get out for a walk today x

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LIVINGFREE19 8/26/2014 12:29AM


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/25/2014 6:32PM

    Congratulations! I know that coffee detox is particularly hard for you. Way to go!

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WALLAHALLA 8/25/2014 5:40PM

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    This is why I hate coffee. I know people love it but it's poison to people like you and me. And it's highly addictive. People make excuses for why they have to have it - just like junkies. It may make you more alert and help certain conditions but at what cost? Coffee really is terrible. It's no different than any other drug, It's just legal. I'm so proud of you for realizing this isn't good for you. It's not. And you are smart and brave and are not rationalizing that it is. Stick with it. Get rid of this crap. I'm never drinking it again.

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MOM2ACAT 8/25/2014 3:51PM

    Good for you for hanging in there! And I bet by this time next week, you will be feeling better! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/25/2014 3:12PM

    I read an article recently said something like caffeine affects two different kinds of people first group feels all the benefits more energy less depression etc second group feel all the bad effects and it makes them feel sick sometimes when drinking and giving it up . good luck so glad it doesn't rule my life anymore hugs

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SANDRALEET 8/25/2014 1:47PM

    could it be something else

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NATPLUMMER 8/25/2014 11:56AM

    Wow...that's a weird withdrawal symptom.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

I hope you're all okay up there; very scary, for sure.

Second day of no caffeine. I guess I'm doing fine. Headache is a lot milder than the cold turkey headache, so that's a wonderful thing.

Wishing all a good day.

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LOLAINSC 8/25/2014 11:37AM

    You are so sweet. In the midst of major caffeine withdrawal, your first concern is about others. God bless you for blessing others.
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SWEETNEEY 8/25/2014 8:28AM

    Keep that streak going.

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NANCY- 8/25/2014 7:16AM

on being caffeine free!

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WALLAHALLA 8/24/2014 10:16PM

    I could never live in California...too afraid of earthquakes.

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NATPLUMMER 8/24/2014 6:01PM

    I felt it but it was pretty far away. Good job on no caffeine.

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SANDRALEET 8/24/2014 2:28PM

    Life for all goes on Good job getting of coffee

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    Good job with the coffee!

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GRADUATION DAY (NO CAFFEINE). Just Packed the Coffeemaker Away.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

As many of you know, I have tried repeatedly to get myself off caffeine. Although my daily intake was only one small mug of coffee a day (nothing else - I don't drink soda), I am very sensitive to caffeine.

Previously, I've done the cold turkey route and have suffered from those detox headaches and body aches for weeks. I've tried weaning gradually before, but it never worked. This time, I think it will stick.

I'd been down to a quarter of a small mug daily and, each time I had it to start my day, I made myself aware of the fact that I really didn't like it or want it. But I made myself do it as part of the weaning process. During this time, I also noticed that I had broken the habit of sipping it throughout the day, as though it was a reward.

This morning, I realized it was time to graduate. I know I'll still get some of those detox aches, but hopefully they won't be very strong or long-lasting.

Graduation day, my friends, and I have a very firm feeling deep in my psyche that this time it will stick. See, no matter how many times you try and fail, it doesn't mean that you should stop trying. One of these days, success will be right around the corner. That's true of so many things.

This morning, just to give my psyche the sense of holding a warm mug, I made herbal tea. I feel victorious. Hooray for me and my soon-to-be caffeine-free body as it takes awhile for the body to expunge it.

Wishing all a happy, healthy day.

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NANCY- 8/24/2014 10:39AM

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Hope you had a great start to your caffeine free Sunday!
Ah Freedom!!!

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DS9KIE 8/24/2014 10:32AM

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WOLFRUNNERONE 8/24/2014 10:19AM

    Been doing the same thing over here good minds think alike ! It is hard ! We can do it ! Hugs K

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CVRONEK 8/24/2014 8:01AM


I do fine with half the caffein, but I know that some people really have an issue.

Great job!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/23/2014 7:54PM


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RR1_RR1 8/23/2014 7:47PM

    Coffees really hard to quit but sounds like your still doing good at quitting! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 8/23/2014 5:35PM


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MOM2ACAT 8/23/2014 3:55PM

    Way to go!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2014 2:58PM


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    Good job. Now put that coffee maker somewhere that is hard to get to.

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SANDRALEET 8/23/2014 1:39PM

    I am so lucky can drink a cup or tea no craving Alcohol can become addictive to sum not others

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/23/2014 12:12PM

    Jesse, I am soooo proud of you! (note to myself) (smiling)

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So Often, I Think about Moving to Canada. Caffeine Detox Progress.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Where is the warmest part? How do I make a living as a foreigner? (have many skills and much experience) I'll have to do a lot of research. Is there anyone out there who has relocated? Or native Canadians with any advice? I've researched moving to another state, but will inherit some of the same problems there that are plaguing this country. Yes, I do love my country. But I am sad, disheartened, angry, etc. at so much of what is going down.

Caffeine detox is slow. This time around, I'm going for the gradual weaning and am now down to a quarter of a small mug of coffee daily. However, when the caffeine headache rolls around, I reluctantly cling to that little amount to keep it at bay. Too much going on to add that famous migraine to my days right now.

I'll be happy when this summer heat is gone, although the next two months are usually roasty toasty here. Air conditioning makes me feel awful, but a necessary evil. Not to mention the sky-high utility bill that ensues a/s usage.

Hope all are doing well and wishing you a happy, healthy day.

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NANCY- 8/23/2014 10:41AM

    There are pluses and minuses everywhere. When scoping out an area for what you value most, see if it outweighs the minuses.

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SETTIMIA 8/23/2014 10:09AM

    Hiya hun, hope you are well. I loved living in Canada, where in the country are in interested?

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WOLFRUNNERONE 8/23/2014 9:30AM

    I'm ready to go when you are , we'll make it ! Jess , you would not believe what happened yesterday , I arrive at Moms to discover that all her perennial potted plants were stolen from the front of her home ! Chicago is the sewer pit of the Country as well as its suburbs filled with low life thieves and greedy politicians . I am not joking again had to a file another police report , value of pots and plants over $2,000.00 its not the material stuff that bothers me - what these thieves stole from me and my Mom was the thought that of safety in home that they paid for and pay taxes - do not get all the freebies like the losers in this Country that are here illegally - I am just as frustrated as you are - I love my Country but , realistically this is no longer OUR Country its been given away to gangs and dirty politicians and now in our country we are waiting for Healthcare - long lines look at the Vets - welcome to the new controlled and forced healthcare - I am paying more than my mortgage for health insurance that I have always paid for to cover people that steal from the system - had enough , MY Mom , elderly was losing blood and had to wait a month and a half for a procedure - just like the vets - Hugs K

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DS9KIE 8/23/2014 12:32AM

    this summer hasn't been as hot as last year, but its hot right now, can't wait till fall

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EDDYMEESE 8/22/2014 11:46PM

    I just think about the crazy health care system here. I don't need to continue, as I know you know what I'm talking about. I say do it...and by that, I mean, just do it :) I love adventures!

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WALLAHALLA 8/21/2014 9:20PM

    I'm ready for fall weather to be here.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/21/2014 6:16PM

    I know you will do a ton of research hugs

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LIVINGFREE19 8/21/2014 6:09PM

    I hope you find where you want to be and to be happy there. I understand being unhappy with the way things are in this country.

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MOM2ACAT 8/21/2014 4:03PM

    Moving to another country is a big change, I think it's a good idea to get some perspective from the people who live where you are considering moving to. I know if you do it though, it will be a carefully thought out decision. I'm afraid I don't have any helpful advice, but I wish you all the best as you make a decision.

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SWEETNEEY 8/21/2014 11:22AM

    I'm in a mode where I am equivocating. Not sure whether I want to continue to pursue advancement in my field or to be more retiring and follow more personal pursuits. This indecisiveness is not good because you don't push or pull you just standstill and you become unsatisfied. I'll continue to mull options and I guess the decision will reveal itself.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/21/2014 10:52AM

    I have friends who have moved to other countries - from what I gather from their experience you just exchange one set of problems for others or the same problems. I have friends who live in Canada and although they have universal health care you will often have to wait long periods, unlike in the U.S. Check it out - there are tons of online articles about it. They have many of the same problems that America has. There is no perfect country to live in.

Consumer Prices in United States are 11.38% lower than in Canada
Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 6.96% lower than in Canada
Rent Prices in United States are 4.50% higher than in Canada
Restaurant Prices in United States are 13.44% lower than in Canada
Groceries Prices in United States are 11.35% lower than in Canada
Local Purchasing Power in United States is 23.56% higher than in Canada

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COLOR-BLUE 8/21/2014 10:38AM


I used to live in Germany, and I loved it there. I was in the Army and stationed there for 2 years. The only thing I didn't like was the snow, as I grew up with so much snow in my life, that kept us indoors at times, as it was so bad. So, if you don't mind the snow, Germany would be a nice place. It's the cleanest country I've ever been in!

I feel your pain from the words I read, concerning your Caffeine detox. I pray that God helps you through this endeavor, and brings you out as PURE GOLD!!! Just rest in His mighty and capable arms, and let Him carry you, right now.


- Nancy Jean -

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SANDRALEET 8/21/2014 10:24AM

    I think the best country night be Australia Different influences

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Why Is Harry Pooping on the Carpet?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I've blogged about this before; about once a week or every two weeks, Harry poops on the carpet. I honestly am puzzled why he's doing this. Litter box is kept very clean. Nothing causing anxiety. Carpet is clean. Nothing new as far as food. In fact, nothing is new in his environment.

This time, I saw it was about to happen, scooped him up and brought him to the litter box. He ran away and proceeded to go on the carpet. I've used my scolding voice with him, but he really isn't fazed by it. (smiling)

Why-oh-why? I was afraid it might be the start of kidney problems since he has feline herpes, but he seemed to be in control of his functions until he was in the spot he wanted. (which is not the same each time)

Anyone have any ideas?

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EDDYMEESE 8/22/2014 11:44PM

    Well, you know I'm gonna chime in, lol...

If nothing else (as far as you know) has changed - and I mean anything (you were gone for a few days, you moved the couch, you got a different brand of litter, a neighbor plays loud music, etc.), then head to the vet for a check up...says the veterinarian :) consider behavior. I watched the Jackson Galaxy video out of curiosity because I adore him and he is totally correct about it all :)

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LIVINGFREE19 8/20/2014 10:39PM

    I guess you have some ideas from others and I couldn't give you any better advice. I just hope he is fine and it will be just a minor problem.

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WALLAHALLA 8/20/2014 7:05PM

    I got a gigantic litter box, and it solved the problem. Percy doesn't like to use the same spot twice.

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NATPLUMMER 8/20/2014 4:47PM

    Jackson Galaxy just posted this:

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MOM2ACAT 8/20/2014 4:39PM

    Usually, when a cat goes outside the litter box, it's their way of trying to tell us something is wrong.

I once had a cat that started peeing in the bathtub; I suspected something was wrong because that was not normal behavior for her, so I took her the vet, and it turned out she had a UTI; once it was treated, she stopped peeing in the tub.

A couple of years ago, Timmy pooped outside the box a few times. His problem wasn't medical though; I figured out that he didn't like peeing and pooping in the same box for some reason, (even though I kept the litter box clean and scooped it out at least 3 times per day). I got a 2nd box and put it next to the first one, and that solved the problem.

It might be also, that something is causing pain when he's trying to poop, and he is for some reason associating the litter box with causing that pain.

I think I would try getting a 2nd litter box, and if that doesn't solve the problem, have the vet check him out.

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NATPLUMMER 8/20/2014 10:59AM

    Sorry, I can't think of anything to add to Morticiaaddams reply.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2014 10:55AM

    I watch My Cat From Hell on T.V. They address problems like this. It usually means they are mad at you due to some kind of change they don't like. Have you changed litter brands or food? Some experts help this with separate little boxes. Some cats even like a seperate box for urinating and feces.They say to put the feces in the litter box when you find it and if he is using the same room to limit his access to it or if you can't put bowl of his food there as they won't go where they eat.

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