How long do alcohol withdrawal headaches last?

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I was drinking everyday for close to 2 years, now im cold turkey for 2 weeks and my headaches dont seem to go away. I also experience strong anxiety, but i can deal with that. The headaches though, they kill my whole day, they even make me feel lightheaded and sick.

How long am I supposed to suffer? =(

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    It's worth seeing a doctor to get it checked out. It may be entirely unrelated to drinking.
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      You don't need to go to a hospital, go and see your own doctor and get it checked out in case it is something that needs treatment. Don't be anxious about it, it could be something which is easily treated but these things are best not left.
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      Not necessarily, Antonio. The physical withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are normally gone after 72 hours (although not the craving). I wouldn't want to say that headaches two weeks later should be ignored and put down to that. It could be that the constant presence of alcohol was acting as a pain killer and the headaches, which appeared after the alcohol was gone, could be for a different reason. Always worth checking to be sure.

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    Hi. I'm a few weeks sober, 1 binge in 5 months so I've been there. As Paul said you should see or just ring your Dr who will help. I had the same but the lethargy is the hardest and still have it now. But I'm happy and feel peaceful most days and anything is better than a hangover or in a drinking binge hell. My dr always gives me good advice and said having years of being permanently drinking and/or anxious and stressed, (in fight or flight) too much adrenaline for body to cope with, it can take weeks, months for the body to recover. So bare that in mind and stay strong. It will pass but still talk to Dr. Hope that helps and good luck...
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    Hi there Danne:

    I've been alcohol free for 10 days now, and my headache and pressure remains as well.  All other symptoms have dissipated, except the pain in my head and upper back.  I've seen my Doctor, and she wasn't concerned at this point.  Although most people's symptoms are gone in about a week, perhaps there are some whose symptoms linger for a bit longer.  I'm going to wait about another week and if things don't improve, I'll follow up with the doctor.  I'd suggest you do the same, but I'm optimistic that both of us will be feeling much better in a week.

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    Also, I just had a massage that concentrated on my upper back, neck and head, and that seemed to help as well. 
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    how long do he shakes last i cant tae this first dy sober
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      Nicki. You must NOT attempt to stop drinking without medical help if you are getting the shakes. Those can turn to more serious symptoms like seizures and it can be extremely dangerous. If your withdrawal symptoms are severe, you MUST drink and try and get your doctor to sort you out with an alcohol detox.
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    Hi I love this forum but I don't want to have my name publish .

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    Hey

    My nausea is really bad, I can't even eat. Is this normal?

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