I’ve tried everything else, but the only thing left is coffee. The one vice I have (aside from chocolate, and I gave that up for a few weeks already with no noticeable difference). But damn, I’m tired of being in pain all of the time. Every single site I go on for IBS, ulcers, any kind of stomach problem says to give up the bean. I don’t want to! I love my coffee. And I don’t drink it for the caffeine, I like the taste of it, even bitter and cold, I still like the flavor.
But damn, my stomach is revolting (as in staging a revolution) and if this is what I’ve got to do to make it stop… I may have to. Stupid body.
I haven’t completely decided to give it up. It’s just something I’m considering. It annoys the hell out of me that the one vice I have — I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do recreational drugs, I don’t even eat to excess despite what my body portrays — the one vice, might be the cause of a lot of my pains. And I don’t really want to give it up. It’s like, okay, if I give this up, can I start eating regular meals again? Like, can I have a cheeseburger more than every six months? No, of course not. I didn’t give up all that stuff for nothing. It helps (a little — and every little bit counts). And there’s nothing guaranteeing that giving up coffee will help at all. But there’s a stronger possibility that coffee is causing more of my problems than red meat. It was just easier to give up the red meat. ^_^ For me anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some cheeseburger and I love me some steak, but coffee is where it’s at. I’m not sure I can do without it. That’s like all of these doctors flippantly telling me to get rid of my pets like it ain’t no thing. Um, no. They’re not decorations to be “gotten rid” of. One does not discard pets because they’re inconvenient. Screw that noise. But I digress. I think that I may have to, if not give it up completely, at least cut down to one cup (and I mean one 6 oz cup) a day.