Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
136 Doctors are Online

Surgery on leg suggested. Suffer from OCD, raised heartbeat. Caffeine overdose?

I had about 3-4 (maybe 5) cups of regular roast coffee...I ve been informed by a doctor that I need serious surgery on a leg following an injury in December and I have OCD ...I m feeling anxious, uptight, my heart is beating faster than usual and I can t seem to get calmed down...I worry I may have a caffeine overdose...what should I do?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
Answers:  3 Views:  84
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello solsticeboy
Welcome to HCM
Due to proposed surgery anyone can become anxious and in OCD anxiousness increases. There is no chances of caffeine overdose. But to avoid anxiety try-
-Thought stopping technique immediately in mind say stop whenever obsessive thought comes in mind, this will help to to decrease anxiety.
-Relaxation techniques like Progressive Muscle Relaxation techniques will help
-Deep breathing exercises also cause immediate relaxation and will help to relieve anxiety.
so try these techniques and go for surgery, all the best.
Take Care
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Psychiatrist Dr. Srikanth Reddy's  Response
Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query.
OCD is an anxiety disorder and you getting anxious before surgery is understandable. By drinking 3-4 cups of coffee, you have surely increased your bodies caffeine, but its not sufficient to cause any toxicity. Moreover all the effects are reversible. So stop feeling anxious about it.
Try deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Benzodiazepines can help you in calming down and having some sleep before the surgery. But then you should consult your anesthetist before using that.
Hope I am able to solve your concerns
Have a good health.
Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Though it is true that excessie amounts of caffeine can worsen anxiety, having 3-4 cups of coffee a day does not amount to a caffeine overdose. Moreover, your anxiety could very well be due to other reasons - the stress about the upcoming surgery, your OCD, etc.

I would suggest that you try relaxation techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscke relaxation, yoga, etc. You should also try to try to distract your mind from any anxious or negative thoughts and keep yourself active and engaged all the time. In case, your anxiety becomes too difficult to handle, then please seek professional help.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor