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   Posted 3/15/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I know many of you have said you can't do coffee. Up til recently I could tolerate it. Now it is causing too much of a laxative effect for me. This is really sad because I love having a cup of coffee. It's no longer just causing me to "go" but it's too much "going" now, and causing cramping. But I'm wondering: is it the caffeine or is it the warm liquid that causes the problems? I've been so tired without my coffee that I bought some caffeine tablets to try. Or is decaf more tolerable for those times I just really want to drink coffee?

Thanks for sharing your opinions on this!

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   Posted 3/16/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a 5 cup a day person for about 5 years but since my last flare up its started having a laxative effect - and thats either hot or cold coffee, I tried caffeine free and yup looks like its a caffeine thing as that didn't have any effect at all. Its annoying as I'm a total caffeine junkie and the caffeine-free products just don't do it for me! But if its a taste thing then de-caff coffee might be the way forward for you, I found it tasted good but my body doesn't crave it now as knows its not going to get the goods! lol.

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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a coffee hound too! It used to cause me the same problems, but hot tea didn't. I started eating oatmeal every morning, and now the coffee doesn't bother me. But if I don't have a 1/2 cup of oatmeal, then its back to the coffee D. I don't know why, maybe the oatmeal just slows my system down, but I'm happy about it whatever the reason! I missed my morning fix!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 35f with 2 boys and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/16/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought that coffee was bothering me too. I went off of it for one month. It turns out that my symtoms did not change. My bowels just move in the morning period. So I went back to drinking coffee.

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   Posted 3/16/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Try decaff, if your a coffee hound it's better than nothing...there is still some caffeine in decaff but not near the amount...caffeine can exacerbate symptoms mainly because it is a bowel stimulator.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 3/16/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering about that too and am tempted to try decaf, but what about the acidic nature of coffee??
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I find that Dunkin Donuts coffee has a lower acid content than a lot of other brands of coffee. You could try that, or maybe not make it as strong....

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 3/16/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
No caffenine for me, no stimulants either. I am not a coffee person, but I am a sweet tea drinker. I had no troubles swithing to decaf, it tastes the same to me.

The over the counter stimulants are beyond horrible for me. I mean they do wake me up, but when I start to come down off them it's pretty nasty, so I leave those alone.

Good Luck
CD dx @ 13 (1987)
Prednisone 15mg every other day
Imuran 100mg day
Celexa 20mg day
Pain Meds
Vitamins + B12 Injections Once Per Week

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   Posted 3/16/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I did go off coffee and had improvement and now am noticing an occasional cup may not be too bad but 1 everyday or more than 1 at a time is really hard on me. I'll have to give decaf a try but I'll wait a week or so til things improve. It's also been a stressful time in my life but since there was improvement without coffee I know it's not just the stress. It just gives me hope that if I ever get over this stressful time, maybe coffee will be ok again. I don't seem to care for tea very much. Maybe I will give the oatmeal a try too. Although I tend to prefer that sprinkled on cereal rather than cooked. I wonder if it would matter.

Thanks everyone!
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