headache

OUCH!

I don’t know when it happened, but at some point, my occasional 2 Mt. Dews per day treat turned into an every day thing. Thinking back, I can’t even figure out when I started doing this. I’m sure I was stressed out, due my father’s deteriorating health condition, but I have got to get this thing under control!

On Sunday night, I decided to take action. Instead of two per day, I decided to start by going back to one per day. And then, after that, if things are going well, maybe 3-4 per week. I did manage that right after I moved home from college and I ended up losing a ton of weight. I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, anymore, but cutting out that many calories can’t be a bad thing, can it?

I just love the taste of Mt. Dew so much. It completes me. Is there a 12-step program for this?

In any case, I started Monday. I had my one Dew per day after dinner as a sort of dessert. I also decided to up my intake of water. I doubled how much I was drinking before. I woke up Tuesday with a headache. I figured I was probably stressing about something, so I shrugged it off.

Then I woke up with it on Wednesday. I was not pleased. I’m pretty good at sleeping off my headaches, so when this one didn’t go away after a good night of sleep, I took some medicine. That’ll teach that stupid headache!

Nope. It was still there yesterday, when I woke up. How was I unable to defeat this headache? I don’t think I’ve ever had a migraine in my life, so I was stumped… until I hopped on Google. The only thing that had changed in my routine was the cutting back on Mt. Dew and increasing water. And I found out that what I was experiencing is commonly referred to as “caffeine withdrawal headaches.”

I read stories of some women who drank liters per day, or pots of coffees, and how their headaches completely debilitated them. Going from two cans to one didn’t seem like a big deal, but obviously to my body it is! Continuing to read, I learned that the headaches would linger for about a week or so, until my body got used to things. That’s cool.

I’m just glad I know what’s going on now. *whew*