Caffeine tapering

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Posted by Brian W ( on September 08, 1999 at 11:50:52:

In Reply to: caffeine question posted by David Mc on September 08, 1999 at 11:11:27:

Hi David,

High doses of caffeine are a trigger for me. I went caffeine free by gradually mixing decaf coffee with the regular stuff at increasing levels. One quarter decaf to start for a few days then half and half and so on until reaching near zero. The change should be gradual. I also alternate a cup of water for ever second cup of coffee. The last time i paced the cluster pace was after running out of coffee and drinking regularly brewed tea for a day. That experience was similar to having a drink of alcohol in that the pain was quick and distinct.

It would be difficult to eliminate all caffeine consumption in this day of food additives. I try to avoid it by eating naturally as much as possible but still have the occasional chocolate bar. My theory is to be moderate in consumption and pay attention to what's ingested and watch for aftereffects. By the way, the aftereffects can occur up to 48 hours later so be diligent. I scan MSG, Caffeine, smoked meats etc., chinese restaurant food, strawberries and heavy doses of sweets for any aftereffects. The San Francisco Headache Clinic has a long list of 'headache triggers' you might look at. The list is intended for migraine. I have eaten the same thing for lunch for over 5 years now, to enable a constant diet and view the variances.

I have been painfree for the most part of 3 years but still have a nearly constant shadow and some visible cluster signs that can be spotted from across a room.. puffing, reddening..etc. Once a cluster always a cluster i guess.

Wishing everyone painfree days a'head and patience for the patients.

Brian W

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