Yesterday I had a list of things to do on Saturday. I watched a few episodes of Justified on Netflix, then changed into some errand wear until I noticed an ache begin at the back of my neck. I noticed it enough to lay down and hoped it would pass. The neck ache then turned into a full-blown headache. I simply slept on the couch, then moved my sleeping to my bed. It’s a new thing for me, but not a new one for people with migraines. At first I thought the ache came from watching the show on my laptop, but I narrowed it down to caffeine withdrawal finally making itself known to me.
Yes, I cut down on my caffeine.
I admit to having high-strung tendencies and caffeine down not help. I like my morning coffee and my break time brew at work. (I drink Tim Horton’s and I like it. Enough said.) I switched to decaf then worked on getting off Diet Coke. To ease myself off I switched to Caffeine-free Diet Coke. No wonder my head felt like exploding yesterday. However, the hours of sleeping made my head feel better and energized me.
It looks like I am on to something.
The Diet Coke habit will be hard to break. I liken it to smoking, especially after watching people valiantly attempting to quit. It’s comforting from grabbing a cold can to pour with my meals to buying a dozen at the store. Now I know it’s time for it to go and my fear about withdrawal went with my headache. It sounds pretty innocuous until one is flat on a couch, the head and neck area feeling squeezed as if in a vice.
While yesterday proved inconvenient, I don’t know if I want to classify it as a disorder according to the DSM-IV. I have to really down some serious caffeinated drinks like Red Bulls or Mountain Dew to qualify as a debilitating condition. One of the other symptoms is lethargy, but right now I itch to get myself out the door.