Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hern: over-caffeinated?

I got a little off track on posting everyday.  In my defense I've been sick on and off for the last two weeks but I'm back now so you can relax.

For the last three days I've been suffering with a TERRIBLE headache, well more like three separate terrible headaches.  On Monday it started around 11 and stuck with me until about 8:30.  Tuesday's started about 9:30 and got really bad throughout the day.  I ended up going to bed when I got home and sleeping for 12 hours.  And today I made it until noon and then got hit again and it has been the worse so far.  At 3:30 I called my doctor because of the immense amount of pain throbbing through my veins.  I can't really remember what contractions feel like during child birth but I felt like my headache today was worse than those.  No amount of over the counter medication was doing anything to appease me.

I went home and got in the shower, turning the shower head on that spray option of one concentrated stream that usually hurts my skin.  I placed my head under it and didn't move.  It felt better, but I couldn't stand there forever.  I turned the shower into a bath and as my bath water was running the nurse called me back.  She said the doctor was renewing my prescription and that I could come by the office and pick it up, they were open until 8pm.  I laid in the bath for a little while with my ears under water and that felt better.

I drove to the doctor's office to pick up my prescription (it's a controlled substance so they couldn't just call it in to the pharmacy).  After waiting 15 minutes the doctor finally signed the damn thing and then I went to Walgreens to fill it.  After waiting another 15 minutes I got the goods and downed them with some orange juice.

It took about an hour and a half to feel some relief.  It still hurts slightly on the left side of my head but it is about 100 times better.  I watched Glee which put me in a better mood and then started doing some research online about headaches.....and as I was doing my research I came to a conclusion.  I'm not a stressed out person, my job isn't that stressful, I exercise, I eat pretty well, I'm generally an optimistic person, and I usually eat breakfast.  So what does that leave?  Caffeine addiction, majorly.

I think Monster is the cause of my headaches.  It fits so perfectly.  I don't wake up with headaches.  I get them at different times, but almost always at sometime in the morning or early afternoon.  I finish drinking my Monster at different times in the morning.  Yesterday I finished it before I even got to work.  And then I have another in the afternoon sometimes.  So now I will test my theory.

The problem of the side effects of quitting caffeine is headaches.  Also - the meds I'm on are buthalibital/aspirin/CAFFEINE....but I'm only supposed to take them for three days.  My goal is to go 30 days without caffeine and see how I feel.  So for my friends and co-workers, sorry if I'm a bitch for the next 30 days....hopefully it will be the answer.  Also, I will be able to cross something else off of my 30 before 30 list.


  1. Oh lord, I love you but damn it....Toodle is not smoking AND you are not going to have your Monsters??!??!?!??!? I know you won't do it so I will say a prayer to baby jesus that I won't want to kill you...I mean that you will survive the withdraw you are sure to have!

  2. How is it going? If you need a pick me up, instead of caffeine, go to the vitamin shop and get a bottle of B-Complex capsules. Two or three and you feel like you've had 8 hours of sleep, any excess you pee out.