Coffee and Colitis

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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Does everyone here have a problem with coffee?

I know its one of those items that does cause problems in people with Ulcerative Colitis, but is there a brand that is more easier on the gut then others?

I used to take Nescafe in the mornings with very little problem, but recently tried Douwe Egberts which caused alot of cramping.

I don't think I am ready to convert to tea just yet...


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   Posted 2/25/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't do coffee at all. I kept trying with bad results until I eventually went to just tea.
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had UC and at times when coffee was intolerable, I drank Inka (a grain beverage) or chicory. Both of those drinks were robust enough that it felt like I was drinking coffee but easy on the gut. You can find them at health food stores. Both products are instant.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 2/25/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to give up regular coffee while I was flaring badly... as I have been getting better, I started out with decaff coffee. Now I drink decaff most days of the week ( just a cup a morning ) On the weekends I may drink 3 or more cups of regular coffee. Dunkin Donuts brand is my brand of choice. I get along good this way. It still is a long way from how I used to be..... 3-4 cups every morning of caffinated coffee.... maybe i more in afternoon. SO this is a pretty strong cut back on the caffine for me.
During the week and the decaff times... i make regular fast coffee.... but on the weekends when I have the good caff coffee... I take the time to go old school and use my ole percolator pot. taste is SO worth the extra time.
Of course I'm not drinkin the coffee for the morning jump start obviously... I drinkin it cause I like the taste and its become a habit. LOL
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol

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   Posted 2/25/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Doesn't really bother me but I have been drinking Folger's half decaf, half caf for years..........
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm

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   Posted 2/25/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
since my flare started (6 months now) I haven't had a sip! darn disease!!!!

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   Posted 2/25/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a Starbucks person. But not really a coffee person, I get 1-2 drinks. Either Iced mochas, or Caramel Machiatos. They don't really bother me, unless the people making the drink puts milk instead of soy.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade

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   Posted 2/25/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I find that coffee does irritate my colon, although not by much.

I try not to drink it. I had a cup of decaf today, the first time since I got my last flare back in late September. I had to get my car fixed; so I really needed a cup of coffee.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 2/25/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink 1x "Red alert" from Sheetz most mornings....its basically an expresso with coffee added.... Probably not doing myself any good....but I still drink it...
34 yr old male. UC for 14 years. Started left-sided, most recent scope shows pancolitis. 30mg pred (as of 2/01/09), 12 pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Spinach and sunflower seed diet. Multivitamin. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!) "I poop in the woods because I can"

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   Posted 2/26/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink coffee...with milk/cream and sometimes sugar or honey.

I don't do the fancy coffees...I'd prefer more cups of coffee.

Coffee is a gastro stimulant. If I'm flaring, I may have more decaf or less cups. Depending on how I'm feeling.

Basically, I drink anywhere from 2 - 6 cups of coffee a day..on occasion more, but the buzz is more intolerable than the gastro effects.

I don't do Starbucks or any coffee that remotely smells like it. I'd puke.

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
     I can never drink coffee while flaring.  Now I have no problem with it.  When in a flare I stick to green tea...decaffinated.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Coffee - good subject.  You know our systems are all different - we have to try and if you think coffee is bothering you - cut it out a while and you will find out.  The withdrawal can be terrible.  I told my NP I was having 1 to 2 cups of Folgers with coffee creamer every morning and Splenda. She gave me that "look" and said - moderation!! (and see how I feel).  When really bad (because I have IBS) I stick with peppermint tea first and then if all goes well - maybe one cup of coffee to avoid the headaches!!  I love a caramel latte anytime and take that chance when I can but not more than every two weeks or so.


Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc.  Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse. Cannot tolerate mesalamine!
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far. Starting 6-MP Feb. 28 along with 20 mg. prednisone.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD

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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to drink 3-4 cups of coffee day.  When my symptoms started getting real bad 5 months back I thought I should totally take coffee out of my diet which was VERY hard to do (I love coffee).  Since then, i havent had a 1 cup of coffee and have since switched over to decaf tea (green tea or chamomile) which is 10 times better for your health and colon.
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day
Metamucil - 1 capsule a day

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/26/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I had an awful time with coffee could not drink in the a.m. at all . Started drinking in afternoon .
Folders makes a coffee that is gentle on the stomach. I found it good , cant remember the name but you should be able to get the info on their website

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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here, love coffee, but...

I like it with lots of cream and splenda, and a big cup in the morning definitely gives my colon a push. In a rush I drink Tasters Choice Vanilla instant coffee, using my boiling water tap (it's so wrong but so easy). But I love to have some real when I have time (Dunkin donuts is new favorite). The instant is a lot easier on the gut, though, I notice.

And, like others, when I'm flaring, I force myself to switch to tea.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. Doing OK, but still have some bad days. 

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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
For me it was always a caffeine issue. I would stay away from coffee, tea with caffeine, and anything else I thought may cause a problem. However, once I got to a point where it didn't matter what I ate or drank I suffered just the same I started drinking coffee again. : )

I would suggest cutting out caffeine for awhile...try a half calf or decaf for a while. I'll warn you though, if you go to decaf you may want to invest in a better quality coffee. I learned that during my pregnancy. The detox from caffeine is brutal...but well worth it if it's going to make you feel better!! I chewed a lot of gum.

Good Luck!!!!
: )  Robin
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown

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