Caffeine Withdrawal

I had to quit caffeine. Which means no coffee, no black tea and no colas. My God that sucks.

My blood pressure was high enough that I broke down and went to one of the walk-in clinics run by Southwest Medical. They checked my BP (185 / 105) and bumped my meds, told me to lose weight, give up salt, fatty foods and caffeine.

I’m trying to go along with them. Heck, I even brought a salad for lunch.
(One of the girls just said she’s going to In and Out Burger for lunch…. Bitch!)

But my head hurts like the beginning stages of a migraine, and I generally feel like shit. I even gave the girls my Takis, they’re like hot Cheetos, but taste like they have even more salt.

And the truth is, I feel so crappy that I thought there must be something serious wrong with me. So I Googled “caffeine withdrawal” and came up with this on OneMedical.com:

Headaches are the most common symptom, occurring in about 50 percent of people experiencing withdrawal. But there are a variety of other issues that can accompany quitting caffeine, including:

Fatigue
Anxiety
Irritability
Depressed mood
Difficulty concentrating
Drowsiness
Brain fog
Flu-like symptoms with muscle aches

Symptoms typically begin within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuing caffeine, peaking during the first two days, and can last all the way up to day nine. Although high-dosing coffee drinkers are more likely to experience intense symptoms, it only takes about three days of regular caffeine consumption to create the withdrawal effects. Re-introducing caffeine during the withdrawal period can actually reverse the symptoms within just 30 to 60 minutes, but that will make it harder to reach your ultimate goal of total abstinence.

Yup, that describes me to a tee.

And this; this is really depressing. –It’s empty.

I just washed it carefully and am putting it on a shelf until I can have my coffee again. –Someday soon, I hope.

I also put away my Nespresso machine and my coffee pot.

The PAC I saw at Southwest Medical said I could drink all the green tea I want. Have you ever tasted green tea? It’s like drinking hot water.

Yeah, I’m getting even crankier. I hope the people I work with have the good sense to leave me alone unless it’s really, really important.

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