I was doing so well—less than 40 mg (one can of soda) per day, and frequently much less, for 3 weeks.
But now, it’s crunch time, and I’m getting tired of the scattered-ness and headaches. So I’m backsliding a bit. I can take solace in the fact that I only need half a cup of coffee to get me where 2 cups used to, but still…not good.
You know why the first couple of days didn’t hurt? Because I was taking Advil for something unrelated. Duuuuuh.
The third day was brutal. I ended up drinking 1 can of soda to beat the headaches and then needed another by the end of the day: probably just under 100 mg total.
Today, I had another 40-50 mg. Guess I’m going to be tailing off gradually after all.
For most of my adult life, I’ve been addicted to caffeine, requiring a minimum of 100-200 mg/day to avoid headaches. The pleasure has been worth the expense, so I haven’t worried about it too much.
But my doctor wants to increase my dose of a stimulant medication. I don’t think I’ll be able to tolerate the increase, but there is absolutely no way I’m going to try it without sharply decreasing my caffeine intake first.
Therefore, for the past 4 days, I’ve had very little caffeine – 1 soda (40 mg) or a couple ounces of brewed coffee (40 mg?) to top off a bad decaf blend. It has been surprisingly painless so far. If I can keep it up another week or two and I feel like I can handle it, I might get the courage to try the new medication dosage.