Is coffee/caffeine a possible pain trigger?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 4/14/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, I'm new to all this and still learning. Can something immediately trigger pain, or within a few minutes? I drank some coffee and had a significant increase in pain. I'm wondering if it could be the cause?
Karen/42 yrs. Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Dec. 2010. Migraines. Treatment resistant Major Depressive Disorder. Anxiety. Hypertension. Sleep Apnea.

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 4/14/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes! Well, actually, everything is different for every person but generally yes. There are a lot of articles about it out on the web if you do a quick search. But basically, in a body like ours which is already overrun and overtired, the caffeine pumps the body up with artificial energy and gets it going, which the doesn't actually have the energy to do. For me, I know this is why I've never gotten that "awake" feeling from caffeine - I actually get sleepier when I have it! Someone I know who has a lot of neurology background and experience says it's because my body will get worn out faster from trying to get energized. Our body, going sort of haywire from this artificial energy, may become then more receptive to feelings of pain.
Sorry! Hope this made sense and is fairly accurate... I'm very foggy today!

Free Spirit
Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 190
   Posted 4/15/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen,

My doc says caffeine usually does not bother his other fibro patients. Some days I know that drinking a cup of coffee will make me feel worse though. I'm slowly weaning myself away from it. As much as it bothers me, going without caffeine gives me a terrific headache.

I'm still learning too. My dx was last November. This is a great sight, everyone really cares about each other.

Take care,
Free Spirit

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 295
   Posted 4/15/2011 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Whenever I drink coffee I notice an increase in my pain as well as the skin burning feeling and I don't like that at all.  So instead of drinking coffee I take B-12 the kind that melt under your tongue and it gives me twice as much energy as coffee and no pain. 

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 319
   Posted 4/16/2011 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Removing coffee from my diet has never done anything special for me, so I keep it.  I do however use only decaf and drink only decaf teas, usually naturally decaf teas.  I love my coffee, not for the caffeine, but because I do love coffee.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 1286
   Posted 4/16/2011 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have never noticed coffee making anything worse for me except when my stomach is messed up, then I have a cup of green tea. I am a coffeeaholic, don't usually go with out it. I never notice caffine giving me a lift either and I wish it did LOL
~*~*~*~*Denise from Pittsburgh*~*~*~*~*
Hysterectomy, appendectomy, depression, anxiety, neck problems (not a surgical fix), Fibro, high BP, high cholesterol
Long lasting remnants (side effects) from Hepatitis C and it's treatment. The good thing is that I cleared the live virus in 2008.

getting by
Forum Moderator

Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 41915
   Posted 4/17/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Caffiene is a stimulant. It stimulates the nervous system and can cause more pain, because that is where ours is coming from. I still drink coffee, and just live with it. I have to have my coffee. lol...

I sure do hope that you feel better soon. Try some gentle stretching.

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 1156
   Posted 4/17/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Coffee is also a natural pain reliever. Its effects vary from person to person. For me, it helps my pain and, reduces the exhaustion I feel.

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:29 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,905,219 posts in 318,845 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 158206 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, js100.
204 Guest(s), 3 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Samura, Saipan Paradise, M1961