ive stopped drinking soda, and starting getting headaches

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  1. the pink umbrella profile image76
    the pink umbrellaposted 13 years ago

    is there a real connection, or is that all BS?

    1. aka-dj profile image67
      aka-djposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It's called "withdrawal symptoms".
      I get it when I stop drinking coffee for a while.
      It's probably the caffein, (but don't quote me)!

    2. Cagsil profile image71
      Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It's all in your mind....as long as you don't mind it don't matter. lol lol lol

      Take two advil and the pain melts away. lol

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image89
        Rochelle Frankposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        ...because  Advil has caffeine.

      2. the pink umbrella profile image76
        the pink umbrellaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        thats just it, ive been taking advil, and ive switched to iced tea, which is caffinated. My head hurts. Please someone tell me i can chew on some thyme or something...give me a cure!!!!

        1. Cagsil profile image71
          Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          In that case, get some sleep. wink big_smile

    3. vydyulashashi profile image58
      vydyulashashiposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      any ideas regarding quick withdrawal?? don't stop it completely all of a sudden. Any addiction should be slowed down gradually but not suddenly..

    4. Rafini profile image69
      Rafiniposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Most likely a caffeine headache due to caffeine withdrawal.  Drink plenty of water and don't worry, the headaches will go away - length of time dependent on how long you'd been drinking too much caffeine.

    5. profile image0
      cosetteposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      i think there is definitely a connection. when i stopped drinking soda (Coca-Cola), i got headaches and bodyaches, so i would take a little advil every so often and drink mineral water. after about two weeks, i felt fine. and you can still drink tea, which has a lot less caffiene than soda or coffee, and is always a nice pick-me-up.

      soon you won't miss sodas at all! smile

    6. dutchman1951 profile image58
      dutchman1951posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      it is sugar, and cafeen withdrawls.  Read Cosett she has some good advise there. Congrats on giving up the junk, keep going.

    7. joshuanoerr profile image61
      joshuanoerrposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Your body is not used to having a lack of sugar. Give it time, and you will get over it. Don't stop now, you've done a very good thing!

    8. profile image50
      Saint Haitiposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It is merely withdrawal.
      Your body becomes accustomed to certain things, same thing happens with smokers or alcoholics. Your body will get used to the lack of soda and you ought to be fine, just give it some time.

    9. EternallyHealthy profile image60
      EternallyHealthyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Pink Umbrella,

      Hang in there!  Withdrawals suck!  But when we enjoy any pleasure, then we have to pay the price for it.  I have started increasing my intake of Green Tea, in response to the withdrawals of caffeinated soft drinks.  It is working for me!  Thank goodness.  I would like to recommend that staying away from soft drinks is a good hard fast rule to live by.  I still go back to Rock Stars sometimes, but then I repent and stop.  "Soft drinks, I read, are a chain saw to the teeth (serious damage - which I have experienced the last few years with teeth breaking off, etc.- bad stuff!   I believe quoted from RD.  Also, the phosphorus in the drinks will leech out the calcium in your body - seriously bad stuff!  All this has made me more determined to get the carbonation out of my life!  If you are interested, get a whistling tea pot and bring the water to a boil or just to the point where the pot itself begins to make a little noise (not the whistler) then the water is not too hot and not too cool (too hot bruises the tea), place the water into a favorite cup (preferably 12 oz. or more) and let 2 bags soak in the water for at least two minutes (just enough time to go do something else during morning rituals of getting ready for work, etc.), and this allows the tea to steep (seep) into the water and out of the leaves.  I add about 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar or less and a couple pinches of sea salt, and voila.  The amount of caffeine amounts to about 70 mg., and I am finding that two tall cups of pure Green Tea (I have found that Li is the best and freshest tea to be found in the stores.  If the tea is not fresh there won't be much flavor to it.) in the morning is doing the trick.  Sometimes I have to have a cup or two in the afternoon, but so be it.  Also, the antioxidants in Green Tea are much better for your body.  Antioxidants counteract free radicals which destroy the cells in your body.  Good Luck and God bless,  Vincent (Eternally Healthy).

  2. Ben Evans profile image65
    Ben Evansposted 13 years ago

    It is caffeine withdrawal symptoms most likely.  The same thing happens with coffee when I don't drink it.  These will however go away in a couple of days.

  3. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 13 years ago

    I agree, caffeine withdrawal.  You need to either taper off, or put up with a week or two of headaches.

  4. Rochelle Frank profile image89
    Rochelle Frankposted 13 years ago

    I have known people who try to cut out coffee and get a headache. Might have to do with withdrawing from caffeine. It doesn't last too long. Drink lots of water.

    1. the pink umbrella profile image76
      the pink umbrellaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      water makes me gassy....weird i know, but it does. Probably cleaning me out, lol

  5. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 13 years ago

    Once you have gone into caffeine withdrawal enough to get a headache it wonlt come right immediately.  But a nice tea and a night;s sleep should fix it.

    1. sofs profile image78
      sofsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins in your system and get rid of the soda hangover!!  hmm
      Yes I agree with others it like like withdrawal symptoms part physical and partly psychological.

  6. relache profile image72
    relacheposted 13 years ago

    Headaches from caffeine withdrawl can last for a few days.  The only way to truly get over them is to keep caffeine very minimal in your diet, or to stop ingesting it.

    Take the headache reliever of your choice for the pain, make sure to get plenty of water and just tough the rest of it out. 

    My sister is an acupuncturist and says acupuncture can help, but she's seen tons of clients who say they really want to give up caffeine, and then just decide to bail because they aren't willing to accept that it will take several days to clear an addictive drug from their systems.

  7. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    Not all soda contains caffeine, so whether or not you have caffeine withdrawal may depend on what kind of soda you were drinking.  I've had caffeine withdrawal, usually on Saturdays when I wasn't drinking my usual work-week coffee.  The head pain was pretty excruciating, but a couple of cups of coffee or tea would usually get rid of it in not too much time (although not immediately).

    Low blood sugar can cause headaches.  Maybe, if you stopped soda and aren't eating in a way that keeps blood sugar levels high enough (and maybe if you tendency toward getting low blood sugar more often anyway), you're having sugar withdrawal.  Just another possibility, maybe...

    I'd think, too, if you were drinking enough soda that you'd go into any kind of "upheaval", maybe you were getting a different quality of sleep before.  Maybe now you could be doing something like getting deeper sleep, having more sinus congestion (or something along those lines), and getting sinus headaches.  Just another guess.  Basically, if you were drinking enough soda regularly enough, there's a good chance it had any number of affects on things (sugar and/or caffeine) and "threw off your system". 

    I'm guessing there's a good chance there's some connection, but it may be a little trickier to figure out than the most obvious potential connection.

  8. Jewels profile image83
    Jewelsposted 13 years ago

    Sugar and/or caffeine withdrawal will create headaches.  Sodas are full or processed sugars and the diet variety has artificial sweeteners which are quite toxic.  Your system will be cleaning itself.

    The headaches will pass.  In the short term increase your intake of fresh fruit and drink water to help flush your system.  I didn't take pain killers, wasn't necessary even though I had a whooping headache for a day.  It passes quickly and is a good indication that you are detoxing.

    A great drink to get hooked on is barley water.  Nicely sweetened by honey and will fix any cravings.  Good for your kidneys also.  Get a recipe online, or pm and I'll give you the one I'm using at the moment.

  9. sabrinaaq profile image60
    sabrinaaqposted 13 years ago

    Its just a withdraw from something you are used to having on a daily basis

  10. gbgtopteam profile image40
    gbgtopteamposted 13 years ago

    I imagine it is withdrawal .. .. long term benefits will be worth a little sufffering. wink  soda is not a good thing to drink a lot of.  GREAT JOB!

  11. alternate poet profile image67
    alternate poetposted 13 years ago

    Caffeine withdrawal is well known and documented.  Like all addictive substances the way is to reduce slowly over a couple of weeks.

    Taking more drugs to get over a drug is not adviseable.  The decrease in other drugs in soda like sugar and sugar substitutes will also be to your advantage, especially if you are overweight.

    If you think Caffeine is not addictive try to explain why else so many people still drink the disgusting gloop they serve up at Starbuck's !  big_smile

  12. Shadesbreath profile image78
    Shadesbreathposted 13 years ago

    I drank a Pepsi while reading this.

  13. bojanglesk8 profile image61
    bojanglesk8posted 13 years ago

    Soda is bad for you, good thing you've stopped.

  14. fooduciary profile image60
    fooduciaryposted 13 years ago

    Of course there's a connection! Your body is trying to detoxify and when the bad flora in your body starts to die off, they get in your blood stream and cause headaches. Don't take any advil or other chemicals that will simply impede what your body is trying to do: heal itself. If you let the headache run it's course, avoiding any unnecessary medications and stay away from other sugar or caffeine sources during that time, it will pass very soon and you'll be amazed at how good you feel afterwards.

  15. Yuki92 profile image68
    Yuki92posted 13 years ago

    I'd have to agree with the others. Try just drinking water for a week. Avoid Advil, those can become an addiction or present you with a reliance on unnatural sources for remedy.

  16. profile image0
    LaurenWalker949posted 7 years ago

    I don't really drink soda but cutting out sugar certainly will give you headaches and withdrawal symptoms, I experienced this when cutting out sugar from my tea (I'm from the UK so that means lots of tea and lots of sugar!). Add to that caffeine withdrawal if you are drinking cola, that would explain the headaches. It should all settle down after a week or two, drink plenty of fluids and take it easy!


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