Even though it would make my headaches feel better, caffeine always makes my heart pound, and makes me feel awful and mimics a panic attack for me. The trade off of making my head feel better is making the rest of my body feel terrible. The older I get, the worse my reaction has become. When I was in my 20's, caffeine didn't bother me at all. I drank regular coffee, no problem. Now, the most I can get away with is a glass of iced tea, and it has to be with food, or my heart is tripping for hours. Forget soda with caffeine. I can't take OTC cold medications for the same reason. The decongestant ingredients do the same thing. My heart rate runs in the 80-90's to start with at rest. Add caffeine and it trips out at 120+ for hours. As Desiree advised, it is worth making an appointment with your doctor. But to put your mind at ease, the lightheaded, shaky, weak, anxious feeling you describe sounds very similar to my reaction to caffeine, and is exactly why I won't use it any more to treat my migraines. Feel better!
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin
Post Edited (caligirl2001) : 7/4/2010 11:55:49 PM (GMT-6)