MiniBlondes Posted August 13, 2012 Share Posted August 13, 2012 I'll aim for brevity here. No promises, though. ;) I have had a love/hate relationship with caffeine my whole life. I love soda and coffee but I get quickly and terribly addicted to caffeine. So every once in awhile, I'll wean myself off of the caffeine and then a few months later I'll decide to have 'Just one cup of coffee.' and then it becomes a habit. Before I know it, I'm drinking 5-6 large cups of coffee every day and just feeling terrible in general. Sometimes, in an attempt to give up coffee, I'll switch over to diet soda for awhile and wean myself off. But I haven't had a diet soda in about 3 years. Until May. In late May, I realized that my coffee consumption was way out of hand and I switched over to Diet Coke. I thought that I would just drink a little and wean myself off. Wrong. Now I'm addicted to that and drinking 2 liters a day. Yeah, yeah... I need to stop. Same old, same old. But now I'm getting some really unnerving symptoms. About a week ago I started noticing these little attacks of heart palpitations, weakness, nausea, confusion, and disassociation. They would come on suddenly and randomly and have no real explanation. I talked to my mother and she said it sounded like panic attacks, so I began to research. Sure enough, that sounds EXACTLY like what I'm experiencing. I've been getting them once or twice a day for the past week, except today I had FOUR. It's really frustrating and scary to me because I'm not overly anxious or stressed or panicky. In fact, the last one was about 3 hours ago. I was on the phone with my best friend and we were laughing when it hit. I don't understand this at all. I DO NOT want to medicate and I can't really afford to see a therapist. So, me and my husband were doing some research on ways to manage them on my own. We read that aspartame is said to trigger panic attacks. Does anyone have experience with aspartame triggered panic attacks? If so, did they stop once you gave up the aspartame and caffeine? If you have experience with panic attacks, what do you do to overcome them? This is a frustrating and scary problem. It's frustrating because I feel like it's unwarranted and completely out of the blue. It's scary because... well... those attacks are scary! I don't want this to get worse. Help!!! :confused: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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