So, about 3 months of being caffeine free and I figured it’s time to post an update. I listed my symptoms at http://www.benjf.com/?p=14. They included
Lack of ambition
Light headed when going from squatting to standing
Blush easily even when something is barely embarrassing
Sleep is not restful – waking up tired
Difficulty returning to sleep if awoken during night
Slow healing skin
Not easily excited
I’m not sure if many of those symptoms have gone away. My energy levels have stabilized, that’s a definite, but I am not energized by any means. I am still tired, still have a lack of ambition, difficulty returning to sleep if awoken, and I’m not very excitable. The one thing that I did end up fixing was my poor memory and difficulty concentrating, but the elimination of caffeine did not fix it. That fixed itself as soon as I tried a DHEA supplement.
I took DHEA as an experiment, hoping that I’d get some energy. I didn’t get energy but I had an immediate increase in ability to concentrate and remember things. In previous posts I mentioned that I would even forget what I was thinking about while thinking about it. After supplementing DHEA, that’s gone. I used 25 mg of DHEA under my tongue for about 30 – 60 seconds, then I swallow it. After taking it for a few weeks, now I can go with or without it. It’s like my body got corrected and now I don’t need it. So, if you have memory problems and concentration problems, give DHEA a try. It’s under $10 for 100 tables. If you’re lucky like me, you may get a buy one get one free deal and get 2 bottles for about $10.
As far as the rest of the list goes, caffeine elimination did not fix my problems. In fact, I may be over-mellowed out now. I’ll probably remain caffeine-free but continue seeking out more answers. I went to my doc yesterday and got some hormone tests done. Maybe that will reveal an answer.