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How long does hormonal system take to balance itself? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Apr-2014
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User:I am having severe 'lack of adrenaline' symptoms from Cold XXXXXXX caffeine withdrawal. I would say I averaged 300mg caffeine per day (sometimes more) for several years. It has been one month since I stopped intake and I still have severe symptoms that seem to be caused by low adrenaline/low cortisol...heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chills, cold hands, tight muscles, extreme fatigue,headaches, weight loss(even eating my standard high calorie diet) , muscle tremors/twitches. I am a very healthy and fit 39 year old male who engages in cardio and weight training exercise 3-4 times per week (although I haven't been able to exercise as much lately due to these symptoms).
These symptoms all began shortly after I quit caffeine. My energy level is a little better but all my other symptoms come and go and are very distressing. I am very sensitive to medications and supplements and probably should have tapered the caffeine. However, I'd like to not resume intake since I'm already a month into withdrawal. How long will it take the hormonal system to balance itself? Can caffeine withdrawal last for months? Thank you.
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Doctor:It is has been a month, and you should start feeling better soon
Doctor:Yes, the hormonal responses to revert back to normal will take about a month or two
Doctor:I appreciate your resolve to not resume caffeine
Doctor:There is no point now as it's already been one month since you stopped it
Doctor:Your symptoms are expected and withdrawal symptoms can drag on for another two to three weeks at the most
Doctor:so don't give up now
Doctor:The brain takes longer times than hormones to agjust
Doctor:that is why you are feeling what you are feeling
Doctor:You should continue with your exercises
User:My sleep patterns have been all over the place and I seem to crash after exercise...will the hormonal system re-balance even with the stress of lack of sleep?
User:SO it is the brain sending the body the wrong signals...not the body itself causing the problem?
Doctor:aerobic exercises for longer duration will increase endorphin levels and will make it easier for you come out of this
Doctor:Yes, it is the brain that is sending all the wrong signals
User:I feel terrible now after aerobic exercise and I can finish more than a few minutes before my muscles spasm from lack of glucose
Doctor:There is some physical dependence with caffeine but the significant part is the dependency of the brain
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:That is why it is important to gradually push a bit more to break that barrier to release the endorphins
User:I wanted to go to the gym today but I only got 3 hours of restless sleep and am very dizzy
Doctor:once endorphins are released, you will no longer have the withdrawal symptoms
Doctor:If you are feeling dizzy and feel that you are not able to function effectively then you should consult your local doctor
Doctor:Be slow with your aerobic exercises
Doctor:it takes some time to get back to what you were used to earlier
Doctor:don't worry too much
Doctor:It will soon be alright
User:I consulted my local doctor and he tried to throw anti-depressants at me...I explained to him that I was already feeling calmer emotionally, my mood showed signs of being better and the nights I slept - the sleep was deep - which is why I stopped the caffeine
Doctor:in that case you don't need any antidepressants
Doctor:You will just wait this phase out
User:I've had waves of feeling really good - and I think it is over and then I get really sick again
User:Any ideas to help the process other than exercise, water, good diet and as much rest as possible?
Doctor:It would have been a lot easier if you had tapered it down
Doctor:Hang out with friends
Doctor:read good books
Doctor:watch entertaining movies
Doctor:do what makes you happy
Doctor:go out and be social
User:Yes - I wish I had tapered, but too late and friends are sympathetic but they don't understand - they don't think of caffeine as a powerful drug
Doctor:Caffeine is powerful
Doctor:not to be taken too lightly
Doctor:I know what you mean
Doctor:it is difficult to explain
User:I feel terrible - cant really do any of those things because I want to jump out of my skin - constanly pacing and trying to catch breath
Doctor:Seriously, you should just go out with your friends
Doctor:the most important thing during withdrawal is distraction
Doctor:so trust me, even though you don't feel like doing any of the things I said, you should still go ahead do it
Doctor:it will give your brain a chance to focus on other things as well
User:So, you think if I make it to 2 months I will feel much better?
Doctor:Yes, you should be perfectly fine by 2 months
User:I have a very sensitive system - the only time I had anesthesia for surgery - I shook for 3 days afterwards
Doctor:that explains the rather extreme symptoms you are going through
Doctor:But don't worry
Doctor:I gave you a time frame of 2 months after considering the severity of your withdrawal symptoms
Doctor:you will be fine in another month at the most
User:My energy is better than 2 weeks ago and I have had waves of feeling good - but then I get really sick again
Doctor:I do understand what you are going through
Doctor:It is good that your energy level is improving
Doctor:it means that you are improving
User:I am wondering why standard medical texts indicate caffeine withdrawal is 7-10 days? I actually felt ok until about the 4th day and then it got terrible
Doctor:just give it some time
Doctor:Standard medical texts do not cover all the possible variables
Doctor:each individual is different
User:Any possibility this could last 3,4,5 months?
Doctor:I am positive that you will be better by another two to three weeks
User:Ok..I hope so.what kind of doctor are you? Is your profile on here?
Doctor:I am a general practitioner
Doctor:You can find my profile on
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
User:Ok....thank you for all your help and that is it
Doctor:Okay, you are most welcome
Doctor:I hope I was of some help
Doctor:Thanks for using the service
Doctor:have a great evening ahead
User:You too ..thank you
Doctor:Bye bye
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