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    Exclamation Workout life without Caffeine/Coffee? Possible (going cold turkey).

    Spent 5 hours in ER last night and pretty much, I got tested for every cardio/heart tests available for humans and all came out negative. I was home after work, and suddenly felt chest tightness, and broke into a sweat. Went to bed, got light headed and I passed out. Wife came back home and woke me up.
    I got scared and went to ER.

    Turned out I've been diagnosed with anxiety disorder. I just experienced a full on anxiety attack (work hours has been crazy and some personal shyte going on recently).

    I've been a heavy abuser of coffee and always have been that guy ..."2 scoops of anything is always better than one" !!:-). With PWO, I reckon averaging 600mg of caffeine daily..haha.

    But now paid the price...guess my adrenals are shot and anxiety is all time high. Doc wants me to go cold turkey on coffee/caffeine. Couple of cups of tea is ok (but under 150mg of caffeine per day is the health recommendation for now).

    Today is my 1st day in life waking up to ....umm... a cup of black tea with ghee and one teaspoon of sugar. I like the taste and all but feeling sluggish all day long. Good thing I'm not working out this weekend but really, feel mentally exhausted all day.

    Anyone went cold turkey on Coffee here? Any experience/recommendations? Funny thing I walked in a gas station and the cheap black coffee smelled like a godsend :-(. Sensory overload. RIP.

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    Originally Posted by BiomedDood View Post
    Spent 5 hours in ER last night and pretty much, I got tested for every cardio/heart tests available for humans and all came out negative. I was home after work, and suddenly felt chest tightness, and broke into a sweat. Went to bed, got light headed and I passed out. Wife came back home and woke me up.
    I got scared and went to ER.

    Turned out I've been diagnosed with anxiety disorder. I just experienced a full on anxiety attack (work hours has been crazy and some personal shyte going on recently).

    I've been a heavy abuser of coffee and always have been that guy ..."2 scoops of anything is always better than one" !!:-). With PWO, I reckon averaging 600mg of caffeine daily..haha.

    But now paid the price...guess my adrenals are shot and anxiety is all time high. Doc wants me to go cold turkey on coffee/caffeine. Couple of cups of tea is ok (but under 150mg of caffeine per day is the health recommendation for now).

    Today is my 1st day in life waking up to ....umm... a cup of black tea with ghee and one teaspoon of sugar. I like the taste and all but feeling sluggish all day long. Good thing I'm not working out this weekend but really, feel mentally exhausted all day.

    Anyone went cold turkey on Coffee here? Any experience/recommendations? Funny thing I walked in a gas station and the cheap black coffee smelled like a godsend :-(. Sensory overload. RIP.

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    Originally Posted by BiomedDood View Post
    Spent 5 hours in ER last night and pretty much, I got tested for every cardio/heart tests available for humans and all came out negative. I was home after work, and suddenly felt chest tightness, and broke into a sweat. Went to bed, got light headed and I passed out. Wife came back home and woke me up.
    I got scared and went to ER.

    Turned out I've been diagnosed with anxiety disorder. I just experienced a full on anxiety attack (work hours has been crazy and some personal shyte going on recently).

    I've been a heavy abuser of coffee and always have been that guy ..."2 scoops of anything is always better than one" !!:-). With PWO, I reckon averaging 600mg of caffeine daily..haha.

    But now paid the price...guess my adrenals are shot and anxiety is all time high. Doc wants me to go cold turkey on coffee/caffeine. Couple of cups of tea is ok (but under 150mg of caffeine per day is the health recommendation for now).

    Today is my 1st day in life waking up to ....umm... a cup of black tea with ghee and one teaspoon of sugar. I like the taste and all but feeling sluggish all day long. Good thing I'm not working out this weekend but really, feel mentally exhausted all day.

    Anyone went cold turkey on Coffee here? Any experience/recommendations? Funny thing I walked in a gas station and the cheap black coffee smelled like a godsend :-(. Sensory overload. RIP.

    Cheers!

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    I went cold turkey, not even decaf or caffeine free soda, about 7 years back (following a few years where I did 6-8 espressos and a couple diet cokes every day). Decided enough was enough, switched to sparkling water and didn’t look back.

    I was a little sluggish for a couple weeks (maybe 3) then it passed. 5 years went by without me touching a drop.

    These days I’ll have a single cup most days, and every now and again two, but that’s my hard limit.

    It’s definitely doable, and I had no particular reason to stop other than that I felt I was doing too much. No external drivers like yours.

    I did find that the quality of my sleep improved greatly. Would not at all be surprised to learn you experience the same.
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    Man, it is easy. Coffee is overrated. There is no such thing as coffee addiction. You don't need any pre-workout stimulants, nobody does. We LIKE it, but do not need it.
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    Do you drink Alcohol as that is widely recognised to cause Anxiety issues?
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