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Coffee, exercise, and a Panic attack?

I've had anxiety since 2009. Most of time I've been able to deal with it. I'm been drinking decaf coffee here and there when I've been ok with anxiety. Today, I made 2 cups of regular coffee. I was working out a few hours later and got my heart rate up. I started to feel a wave of uncomfortableness and I was having a panic attack. You know, the kind that feels like a heart attack but it isn't. I talked myself down. The first 15 minutes after it were so uncomfortable. I'm still a little on edge and the effects of the caffeine. I know caffeine can trigger panic attacks.  Has anyone else ever have this happen before during exercising? I can't be the only one.
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I also have high blood pressure
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It's tough to know whether it was the caffeine, the workout, or both to some degree. I would stick to decaf for one thing. That way you get the benefit of coffee's antioxidants (and the flavor, of course) without the jitteriness and possible escalation into panic. But to answer your question, yes I once had a panic attack while exercising. It happened when I was really pushing myself running, lost my breath, and felt like I couldn't catch it again. Just like you, I talked myself down, but it was a setback overall. I would suggest getting back on the horse, but take it a little easy the next couple of workouts and gradually work back up to where you were before. I hope that helps. Good luck!
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That overwhelming feeling you refer to while exercising happens to many people, I've experienced it too.
And if you are a person who experiences anxiety then that overwhelming feeling will continue to surface regardless of what you eat or drink.
The real advantages of eating and drinking good food is that you will feel better.
That overwhelming feeling is what preceeds the panic attack or should I say it is the trigger that is causing it to surface.
The solution lies in understanding and knowledge.
You said you talked yourself down, but it was more that you were talking yourself down while the overwhelming feeling was on its own way down.
Let me explain,
What goes up MUST COME DOWN.

Look up oxygen debt.
Now with this knowledge.
I like to imagine that the overwhelming feeling must continue to rise until it has hit an inner ceiling then once it has reached it .
Then it has no other option but to come down.
This works for me every time.

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