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Caffeine and Alcohol Sensitivity Post-Concussion

Hey! I originally received my concussion at the end of October by being punched in the head several times (martial arts injury). I still cannot exercise to my fullest extent (I can't run longer than a minute.) or else I get a headache. I'm slowly recovering though.

I've noticed that after one glass of champagne, wine or almost any other alcohol, I get a major headache around my left temple.
I think it is similar to caffeine but I get a headache towards the back of my head for caffeine.

How common is it to develop a sensitivity post concussion to alcohol and caffeine? Will it ever go away or do I need to learn to cope with it? (Caffeine is much harder to give up - I'm a student)
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replied January 17th, 2014
Thank you for consulting e health forum. I don't think head injury could make you sensitive to alcohol or caffeine. Caffeine usually does not cause much headache. Even caffeine withdrawal headaches are rather mild and don't last longer than a day or two. Alcohol related strong temporal headaches are almost exclusively a privilege of cluster headaches which may develop after head injuries. If you are a smoker the chance is even higher. Considering you have other symptoms you should have a brain MRI if you did not have it yet. If you want more specifics, request an online consultation on my web site, it is free. By Andre Strizhak


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replied October 27th, 2017
Alcohol and caffeine post concussion
Caffeine and alcohol make me extremely dizzy, lightheaded, and foggy post concussion, I disagree with the professional reply, I think this is very common and my meager medical background has helped me understand why, it is because both alcohol and caffeine are stimulants for the brain and cause dehydration and decreased blood flow to the brain, in the case of an injury this would be detrimental to add an irritant while the body is trying to heal itself. I've found for me ,small amounts of caffeine are fine but if I try something like espresso or coffee (between 60-100 mg) I experience the symptoms I listed above. When it comes to alcohol I no longer got a "hangover" post concussion after going out with friends having 1 too many, I got severe symptoms of vertigo and could hardly move the following day, this had previously never happened to me ,as I'm only 26 and have excellent bloodwork and a good diet! I've currently stopped drinking completely and consuming coffee. I don't know yet if I will ever be able to consume them again, but I look on the Brightside ,they are both toxic and extremely dehydrating and my body will thrive better without them, hope this helps!
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