Physical Giganticism from Caffeine?

Anonymous (@) 8 years, 10 months ago

This is getting too frikin weird for me.

When I was very young I had a fever that was around 103. I had fever dreams, hallucinations, and the most inexplicable sense of giganticism. For several months afterwards the feeling never subsided, but eventually (not sure when, it did).

It has come back again, about 3 weeks ago, I drove to a friends house and drank a 20oz of strong coffee. I was trapped in the car with nothing but my thoughts, so my body became the center of attention. I felt as if the world was tiny, and my body growing.

Now, every time since then that I have drank any amount of caffeine, the same sensation occurs. Its subtle, but nothing I can ignore. I feel very large, and all things are extremely delicate and fragile in my hands. I feel as if there are 3 stories between my elbows and my neck, and I’m towering above things.

When I grab things I get almost uncomfortable, as they make the weirdest sensation in my hand – that they are soft and plush, yet fragile. Yet they feel no different, really – the sensation is inside my hand.

I don’t really know how to describe this feeling. Perhaps someone else has had this?

February 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm
E.C.F. Doyle (346) (@chekovchameleon) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, I think I get the same thing. It also started when I was sick as a child. I get the things feeling weird. Like if I had a pin between my fingers it would feel like it was wrapped in thin cloth of silk. It also feels like I’m moving fast when i’m just sitting there or it feels like things are happening quickly while it seems like things are moving slowly, if that makes any sense….

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ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Holy shit man, it’s good to know I’m not the only one who had those fever dreams and hallucinations as a kid. I remember the feelings and the actual dreams to this day.

The dreams were very monochrome with simple shapes (mostly cubes), and the scale of the dreamscape felt so vast it scared the shit out of me. There was also something very very very small that occupied the same space. It was something about those two things not being able to interact anymore that scared me. I still think there’s a deeper meaning to that dream, I’ve had it many times as a kid.

The giganticism thing while awake I have felt, but that came from taking Vyvanse (add stimulant). For me it felt as though my true “consciousness” was hovering somewhere above my head. I happened to like this sensation though.

I can’t say caffeine will do this to me because I drink way too much of it every day. I should probably stop with the coffee, huh?

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Anonymous (24) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Wow! Before this post I thought I was the only person with this feeling (haven’t really talked about it that much though). I too got it when I had fever as a kid.

I had this recurring dream, which also turned into closed-eye hallucinations, that I held a little flower in my right hand and I was enormous, but normal-sized at the same time. My body would also get very heavy and my voice would darken, like if you pitch down vocals in a song or whatever. It would intesify to the point where my hand got so big compared to the flower that I felt I was about to crush it, although I was trying my best not to, and then I would wake up. The darkened voice and feeling of being heavy would also intensify.
The feeling would be with me for a long time and would fade away after a while, but whenever I got sick it reapeared again, exactly like before. I’ve also had this feeling at random times without being sick, but not nearly as strong as when I was sick.

In my case time would fix it. I have no clue of what this is or what it means. I find it very peculiar and interesting, though, especially now that I know other people have had the same sensations. Gonna do some research!

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Anonymous (24) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Okey. I’ve done a quick research but there wasn’t much to find. Although I found a guy on a forum who said it could be linked to “Aura” – a perceptual distortion, which is a pre-seizure feeling before some migraines and/or epilepsy.
Wiki

Doesn’t quite resonate with me, though, since I’ve had very little headaches and extremely few or close to non migraines in my lifetime. Epilepsy? I go clubbing alot, so that would be weird hehe, unless it’s a very mild form of epilepsy and this gigantasism-feeling is sort of the only thing I get from it.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, I don’t think caffeine makes you gigantic, otherwise elephants would be mice and whales minnows, compared to me :P

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Yo bro does caffeine worsen anxiety for you or give you jitters? That could be causing it. When my anxiety was bad I had TONS of weird symptoms. Such as feeling like i was being rocked on a boat, there was a cord at the top of my head pulling me in different directions, some more but those were the ones that really bothered me.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@splashartist, yeah, get crazy anxiety but im trying to work with it. I’m kind of using it as a stepping stone, an experiment!

But yeah, the giganticism is the most dramatic, I also get a lot of like my body expanding, me moving like head over heels … yusa.

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Yea its the anxiety for sure then man, don’t worry too much about it I doubt something is seriously wrong. I beat my anxiety by completely allowing it to be there, it can be scary at first but once it can no longer control you it will dissipate. The more you fight anxiety the worse it gets. (not sure if you have anxiety when you arent drinking coffee but just saying if that is the case.)

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@splashartist, oh yeah for sure. When I was driving I was getting worried – is my heart ok? Is my brain ok?

Then I’m just like.. “Chill dude. Just drive and feel it.”

It doesn’t exactly become smooth sailing, but its a hell of a lot more interesting.

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Yea no doubt, best wishes though! Cheers!

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

None of us have the proper words for it, because it’s almost impossible to put into words how it feels. But I, too, know exactly what you mean. Thing is, I’ve never mentioned it to anyone because I never knew how to accurately describe the experience, and also I assumed no one else would know what I was talking about.

Big thanks to you for not assuming things like I and probably many others have done. Makes me wonder how many other things there are that I thought were unique to me but may not be.

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Also…do you recall a noise? Or some sort of audible pattern? Because I seem to remember hearing things as well.

Whatever I was hearing, it was coinciding with whatever I was seeing. My touch and sight sensations were also conveyed to me in audible form.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve heard children are more attuned to their true nature, or as some say, “more psychic.” I don’t know if that ties in here, but since a lot of us seem to have had the same experience, and we seem to describe the same things, is it possible we actually WENT somewhere? That this is actually a reality just as real as the one we think we’re experiencing right now?

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm, “Makes me wonder how many other things there are that I thought were unique to me but may not be.”

Definitely do not mean this in a dickhead way but most likely everything. After chatting with people about various things, it’s amazing/a little disappointing to discover that most of us have very similar experiences that we simply do not think to discuss because we think it’s unique to us, or at the very least not that common.

On a much lighter level, I think that’s why comedians like Jerry Seinfeld/Larry David were so successful, because he had a style of comedy which basically touched on every day interactions that the majority of us have but never really think to go into. He could relate to the majority of us through circumstances that we were all aware of but rarely communicated.

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