Hi Jim - hope you get this.
First let me say I LOVE coffee as well, if it were up to me I'd have 3 cups I day. But like many, I find it's very acidic to my digestive system and so I had to cut it. Now I'm in total remission, I treat myself maybe once a month so I'm pretty much over the addiction factor - I actually replaced it with tea & a piece of dark chocolate but that's not for everyone!
Believe it or not, decaf coffee is actually worse and more acidic than real coffee. It's not the caffeine that's the problem for us, it's the high acidity of coffee itself. Decaf coffee is also somewhat toxic to your gut due to the way it's processed. You don't have to do anything with this info but it really is worthwhile giving coffee a break for a few months to see if you notice some positive benefits to your digestion. It certainly helped me a lot while trying to come out of a flare. Best of lucky with your progress.
Hey bellski - sorry to hear that the bleeding returned for you. I'm in a similar boat as you - had nothing for a long time and now I'm in the middle of a flare up.
I've switched to mostly decaf (will add 2 scoops of caffienated coffee with 4 decaf) stopped taking Advil, just stopped taking Metamucil today and will start Canasa tonight at bedtime. Hopefully the blood will cease soon too. And I hear ya - it is scary. I get so anxious in the morning after taking a crap and seeing blood on the TP. Gotta calm myself down, yes pray - and remember there are other people suffering with worse than what I'm dealing with. Best wishes - Jim