Do you drink coffee still?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kimba4318, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    I have been reading lots of posts about NO CAFFEINE with Fibro and have cut back on my coffee alot, but do not think I can totally give it up.

    Do you all still drink coffee- I am afraid of the nasty withdrawl headaches if I can get myself to stop it. Would I see a huge difference in how I feel if I were to stop it?

    Oh and I look forward to my (yes I know I am bad) 3pm soda too. I guess I feel the need for the jolt, even though nothing seeems to "jolt" me anymore.

    Just wondering.
    :) Kim
  2. onlythestrong

    onlythestrong New Member

    Yes I do drink coffee,a pot during the day and share one with hubby at night.
    If I try to give it up I might as well pack it in!
    Take Care,
  3. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    Kim, I did try to give up my caffeine and yes even went through the head aches to do this. I found I had just as hard a time as before trying to get to sleep and the headaches were not helping. Anyways I went back to my coffee but did give in some so now i buy the half and half. As for the soda I know it sounds weird but I have to have one to take all my night time pills with. However it is a diet soda so i'm not putting the sugar in my body alone with the caffeine. I guess it's personal choice for some no caffeine works and for others there really isn't a difference other then it keeps you going during the day. lol.... SueF
  4. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    Well, I glanced at this title and went to the nuker to pick up my coffee first.

    I only drink 0 to 3 cups a day. Most any literature will tell you that's an innocuous habbit. I don't want to give it up, don't see any need. Because of IBS, I have to skip coffee some days to avoid bowel irritation. I fluctuate between IBS- C & D, mostly C, so most of the time coffee helps my bowels.

    For some reason, I don't get headaches from not having it. Its just like any beverage, I can take it or leave it.

    Pop is evil though, and I think its far worse than coffee, even if the pop is sugar free. Coffee is a plant based beverage, its natural w/ nutritional benefits. Pop has none, only detriments, it actually robs you of nutrients,and is all artificial ingredients. Artificial sweeteners have always tasted like poison to me, and much research seems to keep proving that's exactly what they are to the body.

  5. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    I switched to decaf years ago and I did it gradually. There are some pretty tasty brands of decaf coffee available.

    When I was diagnosed with FMS/CFIDS my doctor told me that I should give up sugar, alcohol and caffeine. She was a specialist and an excellent diagnostician. I gave up alcohol when I got sick...couldn't tolerate it. Sugar is a once in a while treat for me. It increases my pain.

    But, you asked about caffeine. I would try to give it up if I were you. And, from your post, you already know the truth about sodas.

    Sorry, this is not what you wanted to hear.


  6. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member


    For whatever reason I have lost my taste for coffee, but I will have that one cup in the morning.

    I do not know how I went from 3-5 a day, but it just happened one day when I thought: why am I drinking this.

    I like something cold when I wake up, so will have icy juice (and yes--one coffee).

  7. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    Two cups in the morning. I will not stop drinking that as I drink no other caffeinated (sp?) drinks and I like my morning cups of coffee.

    Don't want a headache and like the taste. Coffee has switched from bing good for you to being bad for you so often in my almost 59 years that I say phooey on them. I'll drink it. I like it. Something's going to kill me, anyway. May as well be something I like if that's the case. (-: Only kidding on the last.

  8. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    I think my husband would divorce me as well as my co-workers. I have a small cup at home and then a mug when I get to work. If I lost the use of my hands I'd want an intravenous drip.

    I have green tea and soda water after than, so I think I redeem myself. We have a listing here at work that talks about the benefits of caffeine (in small amounts).

    All in moderation so they say....
  9. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    Hi kimba,

    I used to drink too much coffee and Dr. told me that I needed to stop so much caffeine. So, I did but silly me stopped "cold turkey". Had terrible headaches for 3 days, felt really; withdrawal. I began drinking decaf tea and coffee but finally made it through. Now, I continously drink decaf iced tea during the day and have only 1 cup of regular coffee in the mornings. That's it; still 1 cup reg coffee and decaf tea. No more withdrawal symptoms now.

    If you ever do get off, just limit yourself to the regular coffee just don't let all of that caffeine get back into your system.

    I did NOT have FM when I did this so my post may not benefit you any but thought I would try.

    Good luck if you decide to quit all,

  10. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

    But don't drink any the rest of the day. No soda...
    Hugs Shirley
  11. Treca

    Treca New Member

    gotta have my coffee in the morning or I can't function at all. It's funny because I NEVER use to drink coffee until my hubby came back from his first stint in Iraq and he started using Starbucks Caffe` Verona Bold blend while over there(another friend got him hooked on it) and I wanted to taste it to see if there is a difference and what the big deal was about. To hear it from him this coffee was so awesome. Oh boy was there a difference and I've been hooked ever since.

    I never drink caffeine other then my big cup in the morning. One cup is all I need and all I want. I can't seem to drink another cup. I just get to full on just the one.

    I could never give up my coffee.

  12. 1975jet

    1975jet New Member

    Yes, I still drink coffee- can't be without it- I've tried half the caf and went back to full fuel.. 3 cups in the morning gets me going for 2 hours-than i'm pooped. I read you shouldn't drink caffein, this that and everything- but can't give up everything in life..

    Keep on goin' everyone
  13. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    The reason my doctor said no caffeine or cut back was because of antidepressants.

    Its really due to meds not FM or CFS that they say to cut back on caffeine.

    Take care
  14. Dolphin_lover

    Dolphin_lover New Member

    I quit drinking coffee after I got CFS because it made me feel worse. I was a regular coffee drinker for most of my life. When I quit, I noticed a huge difference in how I felt.

  15. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    Two things I refuse to give up Coffee and chocolate! I drink 2-3 cups every morning when I sit at the computer. It wakes me up and gets my bowels going too! Two things I definitely need help with these days.

    There is a small article in this months Womans Day that says that research shows coffee has more benefits than previously believed. Not as good as tea but does have some health benefit. Can't right now remember what they were (guess memory wasn't one of the things it helped LOL)


    BTW I've given up caffeine four times in the past 14 years. All three of my pregnancies I gave up all forms of caffeine. I didn't get a headache from withdrawal either and I am very succeptible to headaches, I've suffered with them since I was a child. The other time was for a food allergy test where I had to give up caffeine for 4-6 weeks to see if it was the cause of my headache problems. And when I first started with obvious** FM symptoms I was 6 months pregnant and completely caffeine free. For me caffeine has not been a contributing factor to my illness.

    **(I have had cycles of pain and fatigue since about 1990 but didn't piece it together until 1999 when the symptoms hit and never went away) [This Message was Edited on 06/08/2006]
  16. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    I can see that many people love their caffeine and of course, it is your choice whether to continue consuming caffeine. And it does seem like I am in the minority here, however, I thought I would give you a link to some info regarding how caffeine affects us.

    It is info.

  17. CockatooMom

    CockatooMom New Member

    I started drinking green tea like crazy, as I read some post's about it helping with losing weight.

    I like to put mocha cappuchino powder,a little sugar, and half & half (fat free)in my coffee. Last night I thought about how many empty calories I must be taking in every day from this.

    So, I decided to TRY my day without coffee and drink the green iced tea all day. I haven't getten a headache, so we'll see how tomorrow goes!

  18. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    I don't think it will do any good for me to stop drinking coffee in regards to sleep. I can have more than a pot a day, and go to sleep right after my last cup. :)

    I think that we have a tendency to get dehydrated with FM, and the caffeine serves as a diuretic, so if someone have problems with that, it might be beneficial.

    The coffee helps me control my migraines too in combination with Imitrex or other pain relief.
  19. mollystwin

    mollystwin New Member

    Soda is evil, especially the no sugar kind. I never drink soda nor does my family. I drink one or two cups of coffee a day. I went without for a few weeks and really missed it, so I went back, but use the cold brew method to remove most of the acid. I am giving up so many other things on my candida diet that I just felt I needed to have my coffee.
  20. lilaclover30

    lilaclover30 New Member

    Hubby and I go for "coffee" 6 days a week with friends. Hubby drinks coffee and i drink ice water. Boring!

    When we get home I drink a glass of milk with a big squirt of a mocha coffee liquid in a squeeze bottle. This brand used to have cappicino flavored i and loved it.

    We seldom make coffee at home unless daughter or son are here.

    When at church fellowship in the morning, i drink it witgh powdered flavored creamer. I love that as I really put a lot in it.

    I drink no pop at all. I don't care for the fizz anymore - makes my stomach upset.

    I have green tea here but seldome make it - don't get around to it I guess.

    Gentle Hugs


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