Do I have to give up coffee?

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jyy
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   Posted 6/30/2006 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got off a six week program of prilosec. I was fine for a couple of days, but now I'm back to being really sensitive to coffee. I know that caffeine inflames symptoms, but I'm a graduate student and I have a lot of tedious work that I have to get done in a day. I need help staying alert. How have the rest of your guys dealt with this? Did you just give up caffeine altgother? How do you stay up all day? I'd appreciate any help.

CathyA
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   Posted 7/1/2006 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, caffeine seems to have a direct effect on my stomach/esophogus, and a systemic effect. By that I mean that it's sympathethic properties causes more acid, I think.
I appreciate your dilemma. I have severe fatigue with my fibromyalgia, and caffeine seems to be the only thing that helps. I just have one drink in the morning, and so far, so good.
Here's what I do to help "soften the blow" of the caffeine. First of all, since I have alot of pain, I sometimes take exedrine free (with acetominophin instead of aspirin), and the effects of the caffeine on my stomach seem to be diminished. But I'd hate to recommend taking acetominophen, if you don't need it. Another thing I do sometimes is to take a rolaids tablet just before I drink the caffeine. It alkalinizes the stomach for a short while. I also think that calcium helps with my stomach problems too. But you certainly wouldn't want to do this with every caffeine drink during the day, because you could really mess up your electrolytes.
Today in the paper, I noticed an ad for a new coffee coming out, that says it's for people who have stomach problems with coffee. I think it's one of the major brands, like Maxwell House or Folgers. The big problem with coffee is that it is soooooo acidic, even when it's decafeinated.........so maybe this new type would help.
Another possibility for you is to give up the coffee, but take small doses of something like no-doz.........but be sure to read what the other ingredients are too.
Another possibility, which you probably aren't interested in, is slowly "detoxing" from caffeine altogether. I should do that myself......but I really think I'm addicted! I think caffeine can give us a rebound tiredness when it wears off........and we need another shot of it. But if you could take a month or so and learn to live without it, I'll bet your energy levels would rise on their own.
Also be sure that you are avoiding alot of refined products, white flour and sugar. Those can also make us very tired. Good luck!

Joan M
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   Posted 7/1/2006 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   

eyes  I used to work in the printing business and there was coffee everywhere and it was free.  We worked on a deadline basis.  Some places had food too (juices, mostly) which was great. I am very tired of trying to be the perfect GERD PATIENT!!! devil devil

I have reduced my caffeine significantly to two cups a day.  My friend bought me a gourmet pound of decaf coffee which I enjoy. It has very little acid taste and she got it in a health food store.  I like the herbal teas and think they taste great.  I make sun tea from it.

 I am very aware of caffeine now. eyes eyes


Scrappyjrt
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   Posted 7/2/2006 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Try drinking a big glass of water after you drink your coffee. That seems to work for me. Chocolate also has ingredients that stir up stomach acid. I will never quit eating chocolate,thats the one enjoyment I have left!

Joan M
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   Posted 7/2/2006 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with you scrappy, it's RE****ULUST, as daffie duck would say. I have ibs and allergies and asthma and now THIS THING. I looked up dietary suggestions on an Indian site and found they suggested butter or cream for an ulcer. I'm beginning to think my symptoms were the ulcer and not reflux. I hate all these MEDs. I am having ice cream as my butter and/or cream. All this low fat and cholesterol business is for the birds.

Post Edited (Joan Mack) : 7/2/2006 11:41:09 AM (GMT-6)


Scrappyjrt
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   Posted 7/2/2006 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
 LOL, Joan that is the way I look at it.  I am already 53,how much longer do I want to be here anyways?  The coffee stays,and so does the chocolate!  Us old folks are stubborn,my Dr said drink tea. I like tea,but not in the morning when I get up. Besides,coffee helps the old guts get moving,so to speak.......................... tongue

Joan M
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   Posted 7/2/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi scrappy...I look at it this way. I am not healthy or wealthy but am a beautiful genius, hey 2 out of 4 ain't bad. LOL, ROFL

bekster
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   Posted 7/3/2006 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a graduate student for seven years, so I understand your dilemma. But I quit coffee, which, no matter what I did, felt like I had eaten glass. You will have severe withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings for the first month, then suddenly, you won't need it anymore to stay awake or feel alert. Try to quit, it's the best thing you can do for your tissues.

Hamie
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   Posted 7/5/2006 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a way you can all go back to coffee. Folgers came out with a new coffee - can't remember the name right now but it's on the shelves right now (in NY.)  It's supposed to be easy on the stomach and perfect for those of us who can't tolerate regular / decaf coffe. Check it out. If you need the name let me know and get you the actual name.
ELLEN


Joan M
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   Posted 7/7/2006 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ELLEN, PLEASE GIVE ME THE NAME OF THE NEW FOLGER'S COFFEE. AM I A HORRIBLE PERSON TO ASSUME YOU MEAN NYC AND NOT THE ENTIRE STATE OF NY??? AT ANY RATE I WILL TRY TO REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE COFFEE IS YOU WOULD KIND RESPOND TO MY REQUEST.

THANK YOU

Hamie
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   Posted 7/9/2006 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joan......You are correct to assume that I am in NYC. The Folger's Coffee I a talking about is called "Simply Smooth".  On the label it states it's gentle on your stomach.  It does have caffeine in it but maybe it really is gentle enough for us to drink.  I was brave today.....I had the luxury of drinking decaf Hazelnut coffee and so far so good. It's the first coffee I have had in many months.  I am excited.

ELLEN


jyy
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   Posted 7/10/2006 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for your thoughtful replies.  It's a great comfort to know that others are in the same boat.  I'll definitely look into that Simply Smooth.  I've been away from the msg board cowering in a dark room w/ my caffeine headaches.  I won't give it up entirely, but one cup a day.  Surely, I can have one tiny cup.

Joan M
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   Posted 7/11/2006 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Ellen...I'll look for it here and I will remember the name. I have read some controversial stuff on the net regarding coffee. Some say that the decaf has more acid in it. My doc and pharmacist both suggested I cool it on the caffeine scene.

I'm down to two cups a day.
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