Coffee for regularity?

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Doc2007
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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
So i am 30 and have never been a coffee drinker. I started having ine cup of java in the am with sweetner and soy and i have been so regular since. It also helps me with not having to strain as much. And the cramping has decreased. Is there any validation to coffee being a good thing in crohns patience?

lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I think because its a stimulant it can help with having a bowel movement. If my bowels are taking a while to "wake up" in the morning I'll have a strong cup. I love coffee though but have to be careful if I;m having a particularly loose stool day as it can trigger the need for a toilet trip!
 
 


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   Posted 3/10/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I know alot of people (non crohnies) who won't go until after they have their first cup in the morning. It is their routine. If my children are constipated, I will have them drink some coffee first before I reach for a laxative or stool softner to see if that will get them moving.

I have to have my coffee in the morning, but can only have one cup. It does make my D worse... 


Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 14, have had minor flares throughout the years, but mostly kept in remission. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. Was on Pred. Dr. wants to try Humira...
Currently just take a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, and fish oil.


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   Posted 3/10/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
In addition to coffee being a stimulant, hot liquid can get things moving. You could also drink a hot tea, if you don't like coffee. Warm water with lemon is also good.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
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ozonehole
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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
It's the caffeine in the coffee that acts as a mild laxative (which is why tea works too). Caffeine is somewhat irritating to the intestine, so if you find it causes you to flare, you'd be wise to cut it out. But if you're tolerating it OK, then go for it. I do drink coffee myself now, but I couldn't back when I was flaring.
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


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   Posted 3/10/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
If it works for you than by all means use it. I was drinking a cup daily with no ill effects for quite some time. It is also said by some that coffee can be an anti inflammatory
 


Becky77
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   Posted 3/10/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have coffee every morning, and it makes me regular. I love coffee!!
Becky

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Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin


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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one sometimes 1 1/2 cups in the am but if i drink it in the afternoon i get super bloating, sounds good, smells good my wife will drink a cup in afternoon when we want to watch movie so she can stay up, smells good but I try it and really bloaty and gassy and then usually d, so i just avoid it other than morning, it helps that we use single drip for our coffee that way it's not a pot of coffee, no temptations

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Doc2007
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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well i appreciate all of your feedback. The only ill effect i have is if i drink it on an empty stomach i get Jittery! Lol and a bit aggressive

Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
scoolI use it to get me going if my bowels slow down. I also use it at the end of a partial obstruction to get me going. If I take it too early I'll throw it up, so no harm done.nono I don't think I'd recommend this to others unless you very good at reading how a blockage is progressing which requires having had lots of them.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


What A Life
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   Posted 3/11/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually attribute coffee to my last flareup. It was the only thing I added to my diet every morning and lets just say; it's no longer part of my diet and I feel okay now. Thinking maybe the caffeine threw my body for a loop.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I LOVE the smell of coffee, but can't stand the taste:)
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Jamci
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   Posted 3/11/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Coffee makes me go too. I used to drink a cup or two everyday but I think it may contributed to acid reflux so I stopped being a regular coffee drinker. I occasionally drink a cup in the morning when I need that extra push....if you know what I mean.
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Doc2007
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well it caught up with me last night and i have been pooping since 2:30 am! Lol

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   Posted 3/11/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Doc2007 said...
Well it caught up with me last night and i have been pooping since 2:30 am! Lol


As much as I hate to say it, overall, coffee is bad news for Crohnies and we shouldn't be drinking it. And I know, I'm a hypocrite - I'm drinking a cup of coffee as I write this. Fortunately for me, I'm in remission at the moment, a fact I attribute to my use of lingzhi. You can read more about that here:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1385214

Google the words "coffee irritant colon" or "coffee diarrhea" and you'll find plenty of negative comments.

If you're going to drink coffee, a few tips...

Instant coffee is the worst. Instant decaf is really no better. Grinding your own coffee beans is best. Different coffees seem to be less upsetting than others - my best results have been with Mandehling and expresso beans. I like Blue Mountain but found it to be too strong, but you've got to do your own tests to see what works for you.

Definitely put milk in the coffee - it protects the stomach lining. I can't tolerate cow's milk too well, I use goat's milk.

I sweeten with stevia and thus avoid sugar.

Be prepared to give up coffee if your condition worsens. I've had to give up coffee several times in the past.

best regards,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree expresso is what I drink.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


mtgman
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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
makes me regular all right...regualarly have to run to the bathroom after i drink it!

35 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently tapering prednisone (15 mgs) and I've been on 6_MP for 2 months.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 6 months...lost almost 30 lbs.


Doc2007
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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Well its no biggie ill just drink it in moderation. A cup every now and again. But tomorrow im styling hair for a big fashion show and will need a cup at some point im sure!!!
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