You’ve probably heard of people complaining about getting headache from drinking too much coffee, coke, tea and other stimulants like chocolates.

And most likely, these people also complain from having headaches once they suddenlySTOP getting the said stimulants in their body. Withdrawing stimulants like caffeine from the system triggers “rebound headaches” which can cause you chronic and long-time problems. Aside from caffeine in coffee, theophylline in tea, nicotine in cigarettes, sudden withdrawal of the medications you are taking may also cause rebound headaches.

Rebound headaches are a sign that the substances you are ingesting frequently are doing your body more harm than good.  When suffering from chronic severe headaches, people often find some relief in pain killers. Little do they know that these pain killers are just similar with the stimulants that when withdrawn, can cause rebound headaches.

In the past, headaches like this were blamed on stress or tension. But generally, rebound headaches occur about 12-24 hours after the last intake of the stimulant.

One study found that 52% of patients who were deprived of their regular intake of coffee came down with a headache, while 13% got such bad headaches that they broke from the study and resumed consumption of coffee.

Common characteristics: generalized headache, steady jolts of pain, can be similar to migraine, throbbing. The person may also suffer from anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, irritability, depression, fatigue, mood swings, nausea, intolerance for light, noise, or movement; tender scalp; insomnia

Duration: 1 hour to 1 day

Frequency: usually occurs in the morning after waking; rarely or continuously.

Suggested Care Plan: Detoxification Therapy

The liver is the organ that metabolizes (or breaks down) drugs and substances like caffeine. Overworking the liver for years can cause it to weaken and get overburdened with toxic substances. Detox therapy plus taking supplements that support the liver are probably the biggest thing that you can do to gradually get rid of rebound headaches. The following are especially helpful:

  • Colon Cleanse
  • Enemas
  • Fasting
  • Herbal Bowel Cleansers
  • Special Detoxification Diets

Gradually decreasing your coffee (or other stimulant) intake is most beneficial in getting rid of rebound headaches in the long run. It is like retraining your body to function properly without the addictive substances. Gradual decrease is emphasized so you don’t have to suffer from terrible headaches during the process.

As for your diet, increase intake of food rich in

  • calcium– tofu, hard cheese, milk, and almonds are good sources of calcium
  • magnesium– examples of food rich in magnesium are broccoli, nuts, black beans, and spinach
  • vitamin C– citrus foods like oranges and lemons are great sources of vitamin C. and
  • vitamin B complex (especially vitamin B6)– examples of food rich in B complex are liver, beef, tuna, and avocados.

If you suspect that you have headaches related to withdrawal from caffeine or other stimulants, the recommendations above would help you.

However, the most common headaches are associated with misalignments in the spine (especially in the neck). So if you are suffering from terrible headaches and some neck discomfort (especially neck pain WITH back pain), you may need to have your neck checked for “subluxations” or mis-alignments.

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