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Caffeine and Headaches

Gabriel Santos - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Payman Sadeghi, MD

Could that Latte be the Reason for Your Migraine Attack?

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and with good reason. Not only does it taste great, but it perks you up too. However, did you know that your regular skinny mocha latte could be the reason for your regular chronic headaches?

How Caffeine Could be Linked to Headaches and Migraine

If you can’t do without your usual coffee in the mornings to help you get through the early morning brain fog or get you through the day, you could be addicted. Caffeine is a drug, and while it is known to increase alertness, reduce fatigue and improve muscle coordination, it has also been linked to headaches. And it’s not just coffee that could be causing that pain. Tea, chocolate and some energy drinks also contain caffeine. Caffeine could also be lurking in those seemingly innocent cold and pain remedies.

Getting the Caffeine Balance Right

      Keep an eye on your body the next time you have your regular cup of java. Palpitations, headaches and dizzy spells can be common causes of caffeine overdoses and the same symptoms can present themselves during caffeine withdrawal too.

      If you drink a lot of coffee during the day and then suddenly stop, you could find your body starts to react. After all, your body does become dependent on caffeine after a while and withdrawal symptoms can be fairly severe. Take away your regular dose and you could start to suffer.

      How Keeping Track of Your Headaches Can Help

      If you have been suffering from headaches and you can’t determine the cause, it could be time to keep a headache diary. At the Miami Headache Institute, we recommend our patients keep a regular account of their headaches so that they can start to determine whether there is a pattern occurring. When a pattern does emerge, it can be a lot easier to come up with a treatment plan and cure those annoying headaches for good.

      If you suspect that caffeine could be to blame, you can start by reducing the amount you take on board. Don’t go ‘cold turkey’ (stop completely) as this could cause more severe headaches that you started with. We can work closely with you to advise you on how to reduce your caffeine intake at a sensible level.

      Get in Touch with Our Headache Experts Today

      At the Miami Headache Institute, our headache experts work closely with patients to determine whether their lifestyle or diet is the primary cause for their headaches.

      Reducing or stopping your caffeine intake could be the answer to your headache problems. Call our specialist migraine management team today at 305.517.5712 or use our contact form to book a consultation. 

      Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the Miami Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas.  Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.

      Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.


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