Ciao, Caffeine!

CoffeeI have been pretty much caffeine free for ten days now.

It hasn’t been easy – a few months ago I posted about my caffeine habit – a habit I needed to break.

Ten days ago I had a brutal migraine, it ruined a day out on the boat (as well as the evening and night afterward). I’ve been having a lot of headaches lately, sometimes every day. Taking Excedrin helps – but it’s got caffeine, 65 mg per tablet.

We migraine sufferers tend to spend a lot of time trying to determine headache triggers. I’ve already eliminated MSG, alcohol, and large quantities of sugar from my daily diet. Getting enough sleep is critical too – a really short night will set me up for a splitting headache every time.

My nurse practioner/naturopath suggested a couple years ago that caffeine was a headache culprit, creating a vicious cycle of withdrawal headaches and increasing tolerance. I decided it was time to get rid of caffeine (again!) to see if that would help matters.

So far I’ve felt pretty good, if a bit groggy at times. I definitely don’t have the daily headaches, I think those were a caffeine induced thing. It’s hard to tell on the major migraines, since they’re irregular and infrequent. I’m hoping it will help with those too.

The other suggestion my observant sister had was evaluating & eliminating processed meat like ham, bacon and lunchmeat – it has sodium nitrite, which is also a potential trigger. It’d probably be great for my waistline to say “Bye bye, bacon!” but I’m not quite ready for that trial.

4 Responses to “Ciao, Caffeine!”

  1. Beast Mom Says:

    I hope the caffeine elimination helps with the headaches. Migraines are such frustrating mysteries. But it sounds like you’re doing all the right things to figure things out. I’ve heard about all those same triggers too.


  2. Tanya Says:

    I’m hoping that eliminating that helps with the headaches. It would take a lot of willpower to cut that out I imagine! How did you feel after the wine tasting? Did it trigger a headache?

  3. Jeri Says:

    BM – thanks! I neglected to add getting enough sleep – because sleep deprivation is certainly another one.

    Tanya, actually, I was fine after the wine tasting. I think it’s because I only actually drank 2 of my 4 little samples, so total amount was less than 1/4 glass. I was taking a risk though – usually I just take a couple of sips of each and dump the rest.

  4. Holy Says:

    bye bye bacon?- that would be tragic and just wrong. I like Oprahs no white list – flour, rice, pasta, sauces, etc…..

    And life without coffee….I hate to imagine….good on you though – getting over those initial withdrawal headaches actually isn’t too bad. Hope it works for you.