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12 June 2011 @ 04:40 pm
Random body related stuff  
I occasionally get what could be best described as panic attacks i guess, but form what i'm given to understand they're nothing like real panic attacks.

I occasionally get those bouts of racing pulse/pounding heart, usually accompanied with clammy skin and low blood sugar and associated with low blood sugar from eating candy at the wrong time, although i may get them it sometimes independently from consuming extra caffeine, i haven't really kept track well enough to be sure.

But the racing heart caffeine/candy overdoes thing never triggers a panic attack of any kind. I'm just like, hmmm, my heart seems to be going a bit strong, that's annoying. If it's due to low blood sugar i'll feel crappy at the same time but only physically, not in any emotional sense.

I have no idea if that's normal or if i'm some kind of exception, but it certainly makes me very happy. Real panic attacks sound like a pain in the ass to deal with (to understate things a bit.)

I certainly seem to be exceptional (in the literal sense) in caffeine totally failing to keep me up at night, and at least somewhat in my ability to sleep when i want to and deal with sleep dep pretty well when i don't want to. And i've never gotten a hangover in my life (though that may just be because i get tipsy so easily that i never drink enough to trigger one.)

It's nice that there are some little things that make my life more enjoyable. Of course there are plenty of ways in which i'm not so great to make up for it, and it's a little depressing to think that most of the good things about me are just things i inherited and i haven't ever really achieved anything significant on my own, but i'm trying to keep this positive :) Besides, consumerism may get a bad rap, but the world needs at least a few consumers, otherwise who are all the artists going to be creating stuff for? :)
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Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate: i'm a doctorakiko on June 13th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
It sounds like an intermittent arrhythmia, possibly PSVT.
Iyindoiyindo on June 13th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Eeek! Take care of your health, buddie.
Brie2gouda4u on June 13th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
I definitely got the caffeine thing (it never seems to have any effect on me), but I'm unfortunately prone to insomnia. I'm probably somewhat okay at dealing with sleep dep, or at least I'm not the worst. But I dislike it enough that I'd prefer to be able to sleep at the drop of a hat, especially with a baby making sleep schedules weird :-P

I suppose I didn't get the hypoclycemia thing our father has, which you obviously did :-) But don't forget your ability to withstand heat and cold, whereas I have only the cold half. That's definitely worthwhile.

Oh yeah. And as others say, take care of yourself. Maybe mention this to your doctor?
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 14th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Blah! If you can't have a racing heart after eating a ton of sugar and caffeine then when can you? =P
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on June 14th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
I wasn't planning to post to this one because I didn't have anything to say, but this morning another friend posted this about S.A.D.S.

It's one of those odd coincidences I figured I might as well link up so you can read more, talk to your doctor, etc.

--Beth