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   Posted 12/19/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok I have a coffee addiction.  I have to have my morning coffee, sometimes I drink to much and it triggers additional bm's then I get bleeding from "to much action"  Any suggestions on how I can make myself cut back on my morning coffee????
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl, prednisone 60,50,40,30, 25,20,15,10,5, 0!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 12/19/2007 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
You might try mixing half decaf with half regular coffee, then gradually reduce the amount of caffeinated coffee. Once you're drinking decaf, it should be easier to stop the coffee completely, if you need to. It's the caffeine that hooks us.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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   Posted 12/19/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I am insanely addicted to coffee too. Here's a funny for you - I went in a few months ago for a procedure which required sedation and of course that meant no coffee in the morning. I had a huge headache when I went into the OR prep area and told the nurse about my bad headache. She looks at me, shook her head and asked sympathetically "You're a coffee drinker aren't you??" I guess she must get that a lot! But now, I only have about 2 or 3 cups in the morning and regardless of how much is left in the pot I make a pot of decaf to help with my coffee fix. I was a pot of coffee drinker in the morning and yes it does increase the activity but by slowly switching to decaf, your gut will thank you :)
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   Posted 12/19/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
yeh we started mixing half decaf in it. Just seems like lately I have been bleeding easy. Been using rowasa a couple weeks, hope it stops soon. merry Christmas and thanks for the tips!!!!
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl, prednisone 60,50,40,30, 25,20,15,10,5, 0!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 12/19/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I quit coffee in Sept, I miss it so, I love the sweet caramel and vanilla flavored coffee's, yum, yum, yum! Even decaf bother's me, I think it is the acidity or something that makes me go. However, I can drink tea w/caffeine and I have not gotten increased bm's from scientific reason why but for some reason. Try drinking tea instead.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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   Posted 12/19/2007 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I LOVE COFFEE! I grew up in a hispanic family where my grandmother would make coffee in a saucepan on the stove - the stronger the better. The first thing I am going to after I have this baby is have a nice strong cup of coffee!!!!!
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)

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   Posted 12/19/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a coffee addict.At least ten cups per day. Love it..Love it!!!If you can give it up go for it. If it is causing you problems you must. It helps me in the mornings and doesn't cause me too much upset.
Good luck
                                     keep the faith 

         asacol/proctifoam/Zoton (lansoprazole)/propranalol


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   Posted 12/19/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no UC related symptoms from coffee...although some brands will give me stomach discomfort. If I'm flaring, I wouldn't drink as much.....I don't drink it excessively anyway (well, to me I don'

The flavoured canned coffees have a lot of ingredients..easily one or more can cause some discomfort, especially if there's artificial sweeteners in them. It's trial and error, and remember that they sometimes can be added to regular coffee..just a small amount can improve it to a taste you like but with less ingredients. You can also make them yourself...

expecting....boiled coffee is delicious!!!

Lori...I would consider to mix half and half as well as maybe making it a bit weaker.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~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 12/21/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
decaf....yucky. ive tried it several times, and it tastes like bathwater to me. plus, i love that jolt from the caffeine. gets me through many a night shift. :)
35 year old Male, Husband, Father of the best three kids in the universe.
First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006. Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
Weekly 4000 mg Salofalk enemas.
Daily 4000 mg Salofalk oral.
Started Omeprazole 20 mg February 2007.
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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Some brewed decaf is so flavorful you'd never know it wasn't the whole bean, except for no kick-effect. This good stuff can be hard to find. My gut is very sensitive to caffeine so I steer clear of regular coffee, and I do love expresso! I'll do w/o, though, to keep the colon on good behavior. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 354
   Posted 12/22/2007 1:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I worked at Starbucks for years as I was a teenager - if you drink decaf you should try to find companies that use the swiss water process method so they are not using a bunch of chemicals to make it decaffeinated. I have been able to drink my drip coffee since I have been in remission. When I am sick I can drink plain lattes but not my own drip. Sometimes I can drink drip at a restrurant but I make it kind of strong myself. I find when I am sick I can still get that "jolt" from green tea. Not as good but still it gives my some energy.
Jessica 26/F
Asacol 2pills/ three times a day
Entocort EC 9ml/day

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   Posted 12/29/2007 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My morning coffee has been the absolute hardest thing for me to give up! I go back and fourth. I'm probably need a 12 step program to get off completely. After my last remission I slowly started back my addiction.  I seemed to be able to tolerate certain brands like starbucks with no flavoring so I slowly worked my way up to 4 cups a day. Then my symptoms came back and I had to face the fact that the coffee made it a lot worse.  To avoid the headaches I had to taper from several cups a day down to a couple sips. After a couple of weeks the morning brain fog improved but I still miss it and if I was in remission I would probably give it a try again (I'm a true addict). But there's no way I can touch it during a flare. Just too painful.
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