Can you drink coffee?

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   Posted 6/20/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious to see how many Crohnies can tolerate coffee out there.
I have a bet about this with my husband!!  :)

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   Posted 6/20/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
NOT AT ALL! Even a sip makes me poop NOW!

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   Posted 6/20/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
How about tea? I have read some ppl can or cannot tolerate coffee because of the caffeine in it but what about tea??? I am not a coffee drinker but recently started drinking 2 cups of tea a day... good or bad idea??
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Good question! I do still have a cup of coffee each day...I think I will ask my GI about that when I see him this next week. Anything more than just a cup though, and I pay for it!

I also drink tea but it is the decaf kind.

I am curious to see if anyone else can handle coffee.

As for soda, I cannot really tolerate that much anymore!

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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I drink two cups a day, since I gave up smoking 6 years ago (wasnt a heavy smoker anyways) I dont drink alcohol, except rare occassions, I wont give it up, it gets me going in the morning and the poops are gonna happen anyways..yeah sometimes I pay, but oh well.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't drink coffee itself, but I will drink some ice caps or lightly coffee flavored items and never have a problem..I'm a huge soda drinker, if caffeine is making you wonder and I tolerate that fine as well....don't drink tea AT ALL though to answer that one, not from my crohns, I just can't stand the taste
27 year old, married. Diagnosed with Crohns at 17, suspected of having for at least a year or so before that.  Alot of Crohns in my family history.  No surgeries yet. Imuran treatment with Prednisone tapering at moment.  Possible Fistula.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I can drink coffee with no problem. I'm not a big tea person except when sick but when I do have
tea it doesn't bother me either. I would never have more than one cup of each though
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Heartburn city.
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
To answer the sub question I can drink tea. Black tea causes me some problems but if I make it weak I am ok. I can handle greens and whites most of the time. I do avoid caffeine if flaring. And never dark black tea style caffeine.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Coffee...why that is my plasma.  I make it very, very weak and use the weakest possible brands of organic I can find.  Can't handle any creamers, dairy free or not and very little sugar.  Stevia works well as a sweetner for me.  Can't tolerate strong coffees such as Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts or convience store coffees.  Like a nice cup of orange pekoe or green tea when I'm sick.  Drink some ice teas, absolutely NO sodas and mostly water.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh no, no coffee. That's really asking for it. LOL Instant laxative! Can't stand any kind of tea, so I don't know how that effects me.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 20 mg, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 6/20/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Coffee and I have a love/hate relationship. Sometimes I can drink it all day long without an issue; sometimes I pay for it after just a cup.

I have found decaf to be easier to handle so at times like Sunday mornings, when I can't be out of commission, I drink 3/4 decaf, 1/4 caf and do fine. I have also found really strong coffee to be worse - like Starbucks.

Tea is fine for me - I drink LOTS of iced tea.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to drink a lot of coffee but the ole gut gives me fites when I drink it so I had to give it up and i was hard to and I as well had to give cokes up as well but I can drink tea infact I drink a lot of it and it does not seem to bother me.

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   Posted 6/20/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't tolerate coffee! If it is seasonal (I'm a sucker for Starbuck's gingerbread latte) then I'll get it Decaf, but know that I should still stay away from it! Hey, you gotta live sometime!

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   Posted 6/21/2008 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I can normally drink coffee . . . . but when I'm flaring, it sends me directly to the bathroom . . . but so does water or anything else I put in my mouth LOL.

Interesting topic!


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   Posted 6/21/2008 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I just love coffee and can't stand tea but have found if I drink coffee I get immediate D. Now I limit myself to a couple of decafs a day and that is ok, any more than that and I am running to the toilet. It's just so not fair :(
Diagnosed with Crohns May 2005, been sick for years prior - D and arthritis including AS. Also have severely scarring of my Oesophegus, Bacterial Overgrowth of Bowell and severe migraines.

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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm like Aimee. Its like playing roulette. Sometimes its ok, other times I lose. I still spend the wheel from time to time, just not every day.
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   

I drink coffee everyday,and it does not affect me,sometimes it makes me go in the morning,but that is actually true for people without IBD,also.


This is me without coffee devil

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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm ok with it. but i hardly drink it. maybe a cup or two a month, and even then it is black and decaf as i've gotten my system sensitive to caffeine and sugars.

coffee goes great with kaluha and bailey's. *drool*
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surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I tend toward constipation, and truly can't poop without coffee in the morning! When I flip and go on my bouts of D, then I limit the coffee. I definitely think the caffeine has a laxative effect.
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics

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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
i can as long as i stay within 3 cups a day

38 yrs old male. dx with cd of ileum June 2006.
3 feet of large intestine and 1 1/2 feet of small intestine removed because of complications from diverticulitis (fall '03) i.e. hartman's surgery(starting to wonder if i was misdiagonized and was actually CD)
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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
GI docs say coffee BAD (along with cigarettes). But there is no way I could do without my coffee (or my smokes) - don't care if it sends me running but my but cheeks clamped to the bathroom. I call it my "morning dance". scool

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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Like many others, I can drink coffee some days and be fine, other days, no way. But I find this true of many other drinks and foods, so I'm not sure where I stand with many. If only I could pinpoint what truly affects my CD. Then at least I would know what to stay away from.

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Gotta have my java. I don't seem to have a problem with it.
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DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
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   Posted 6/21/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Before my resections I use to drink Dr Pepper or Pepsi 24-7.  Never have liked the taste of coffee, so I have never drank it.  But now all caffeine gives me a sick stomach, so I just stay away from it.  I can occasionally drink iced tea, but only every so often.

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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