What causes the severe muscle pain (esp. in legs and lower back) after quitting coffee cold turkey and being in caffeine withdrawal?

What causes the severe muscle pain (esp. in legs and lower back) after quitting coffee cold turkey and being in caffeine withdrawal?

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  1. I experienced that too. I fast every year for Ramadan, and with the caffeine withdrawal this year at the start of Ramadan, I experienced intense pain in my legs and lower back for about 4 days. I found it difficult to sleep or sit, then it went away. In the past, I experienced vomiting and headaches for 2–3 days because of caffeine withdrawal, but this leg and lower back pain was new to me. So you are not alone. I wish I could quit it altogether, since my energy comes back without coffee after 3 weeks or so, and I sleep better. It’s a tough one…

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  2. Hey Ro. You have answered your own question. The caffeine withdrawal can cause intense muscle aches, along with headaches and irritability. When you use caffeine regularly, specific receptors in the brain become accustomed to the drug. Caffeine causes vasoconstriction. When you stop cold turkey, the receptors are no longer “filled” by the drug and this causes blood vessels to dilate suddenly (instead of the usual constriction caused by the caffeiene) which in turn, causes the muscle and head pain. A better option for stopping caffeine is to wean off of it instead of stopping cold turkey. This takes diligence and willpower but will prevent or lessen most of the side-effects. If you really want to stop cold turkey, OTC analgesics, like ibuprofen, and warm, moist heat (or warm baths) will help your muscle aches. Congratulations to you for making a healthy lifestyle change and good luck!

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  3. Muscle pain, or myalgia, is a sign of an injury, infection, disease or other health problem. You may feel a deep, steady ache or random sharp pains. Some people have muscle pain all over, while others have it in specific areas. Everyone experiences muscle pain differently.
    Certain medications and therapies can cause temporary or chronic pain. Some medicines cause inflammation around muscle cells (myositis) or activate muscle pain receptors.
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  4. You don’t feel pain because the lack of caffeine.
    Are you a sedentary person? Do you work at the office?
    Do you workout regularly?
    These symptoms are usually of a sedentary man/woman.
    If your answer is yes, then start moving more regularly.
    Walking is a good start. 60 minutes every day will help you oxidize your muscles and hopefully, reduce that condition.
    Drink quality magnesium pre-bedtime to relax your pains and fight the inflammation you have.
    And not last, to decrease your lower back pain, you will have to strengthen your Glute muscles and core muscles. Research a bit more on Google about that and I guarantee you that you will resolve these issues.
    Big love,
    Vladimir

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  5. Muscle pain originates in any of the muscles in the body. The medical term for muscle pain is myalgia. Muscle pain may arise due to injury or overexertion, infections of the soft tissues, or inflammatory conditions. A number of conditions can be associated with generalized aches and pain, such as influenza, that are perceived to be muscle pain. Muscle pain can be localized to one muscle group or diffuse, involving multiple muscle groups.
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  6. Muscle aches (myalgia) are extremely common. Almost everyone has experienced discomfort in their muscles at some point.
    Because there’s muscle tissue in nearly all parts of the body, this type of pain can be felt practically anywhere. However, there’s no single cause for muscle aches and pains.
    Muscle aches aren’t always harmless, and in some instances, home treatment isn’t enough to address the underlying cause. Myalgia can also be a sign that something is seriously wrong in your body.
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