Just over a month ago, I posted a selfie of myself in an ambulance. Since then, I’ve been to the Emergency Department at hospital a couple more times, to my local doctor several times, and to a cardiologist. I’ve worn heart monitors and had numerous blood and heart tests. The symptoms included anxiety attack type scenarios, dizziness, faintness, heart palpitations, and other such things, but all of my tests have come out good. I haven’t had major stress recently, and the doctors have been unable to point to anything in particular.
But today, after having no caffeine for three weeks, I decided to try a weak green tea – and the dizziness and heart pounding returned. Apparently green tea has about a third of the caffeine as coffee. And then I realised that each of my three hospitalisations followed from having coffee.
I told my wife about my self-diagnosis, and she has found a bunch of other people describing exactly the same scenario online – a sudden intolerance to caffeine, resulting in dizziness, faintness, and apparent anxiety attacks.
So I’m relieved to have realised what’s going on. My next appointment with the cardio is in 2 weeks, so I guess I’ll pay him my $300 and then tell him the diagnosis he should have told me! But this is a sad day – just think of all the poignant coffee moments I’ve shared on this blog — they will be no more…