Originally Posted by Reminiscent
Had my 3 espressos today so I'm fine. Am I the only one to suffer from severe headache if I don't get my daily dose?
No, you are not alone.
It took me years of blinding headaches lasting for 8 hours before I finally found out - after reading it in a natural healing book - that whenever I either
a. skipped a coffee (as when I was travelling), or
b. slept in and so went over 24 hours without a coffee, or
c. someone gave me decaffinated coffee,
that I would get the equivalent of a hangover.
Apparently the brain swells within its casing causing the headache, and there is no remedy. Headache pills didn't work, nor did having a late coffee. Drinking tea as a substitute before hand didn't work either.
Apparently, this afflicts about a third of people who try to give up coffee. All they have to do is suffer the headaches for six or seven weeks, and they are then over their addiction.
End result was that I switched to instant coffee, and had one in the morning and one before going to bed at night.
Fortunately, I'm not as bad nowadays - I can go a bit over 24 hours without getting the headaches, and so have gone back to strong coffees in addition to instant.