No drinking for a week but headache and pressure remain

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Hello, I was a moderate drinker but for the past couple of months, I drank considerably more than usual, and ended up having about 4 pints of strong beer per day, about 5 days a week.  While this may not be incredibly abusive, I ended up creating a physical dependancy that became apparent when I ceased last Monday.  By that night, my arms and hands were shaking, I felt feverish and weak, and I thought my time to leave earth had come.  

     It's now been a week since symptoms began, and the tremors and fever are gone.  However, I still awaken each morning with a pain and pressure in my head and ears that only begins when I stand up, and slowly improves throughout the day, only to return in the morning.  Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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    It's worth seeing your doctor Seamusmac to check if another medical condition is causing this. It could be blood pressure related so you shouldn't leave it unattended to.

     

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      Agreed, and thanks for your thoughts. I actually saw my Doctor today, and my bp was elevated - 155/85, then 145/78 the second time, but since the symptoms seem to improve during the day, she wasn't overly concerned about the pain at this point.  It's bearable, just annoying.  My research into withdrawal seems to indicate that some people can have mild symptoms that gradually disappear over the course of two or three weeks, so I'm hoping that's the case with me.
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    Hi Seams.

    That sounds a bit more than your usual withdrawal symptoms. Totally agree with Paul, your should get that checked out. Sounds like a virus/sinus infection or something like one.

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    Good morning Seamus. Great that you are seeing your doctor since this sounds quite serious and elevated heart rate is not to be taken lightly. Keep strong and try to keep to a healthy lifestyle which might sound stereotype but what If you can carry on without drinking? Best of luck 
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      Thanks for the thoughts - I will be alcohol free for the rest of my life.  I was never a heavy drinker until the past couple of months, and I now have no desire to drink whatsoever. 
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