So, should I try?

youll be backI’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-can-has-cheezburgerI 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.

Stupid body.

6 thoughts on “So, should I try?

  1. Um…can you do a trial? Try weaning off the coffee for a period of time (say two weeks), cut back or stop it if you can. And maybe you have tried and that’s how you know the coffee is the culprit in your troubles (or at least part of it). I’ve been ‘told’ the same thing about coca-cola…it’s my ONE vice and %$@# that noise. But I TRIED. I noticed no difference in my complications one way or the other save I had to pee less. So now I just drink some in the morning and switch to water or another beverage at about 6 pm. And ‘they’ (the professionals) haven’t noticed one damn thing different. Ha! Having said that I had a friend a long while ago that had horrible gastric reflux and trouble and the culprit for her was diet coke which she drank regularly. She said as soon as she stopped (well about two weeks afterward) she felt a lot better and her problems mostly went away. So it’s hard to say because everyone’s system is different. I had a cute meme to share, which I’ll try to paste in, but WP doesn’t like me putting in pictures in my responses. If it doesn’t work, I’ll post a little post for you and put it there. 😦

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    • I already gave up Diet Coke. >_< I had one for the first time in years a couple of days ago, and it took me hours to finish it. Hours… I think I'll start with cutting back to one cup a day and see how that goes. Then maybe… MAYBE I'll go cold turkey. But dammit! I don't want to even go two weeks without coffee. 😥 I'm being very stubborn about this. ^_^

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  2. I gave it up and then, my doctor put me back. But you might try not giving it up, but a low acid coffee. It’s the acidity that’s the problem, not the caffeine. The caffeine in fine, but for many people, the acid is a killer. Tomatoes are one of my issues. I still eat them, but not many because the acid in tomatoes gets me. Orange juice is lethal, but for some reason grapefruit juice isn’t. A different acid?

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  3. Interesting what Marilyn said about orange and grapefruit juices. I happen to LOVE pink grapefruit and I love the juice more. There is even a no cal ice cascade pink grapefruit flavor which to me is delicious…and I’m told I ‘can’t ‘ have grapefruit juice. At all. Because apparently it interacts with some meds of mine and makes them into mega doses or something. Bah. I think the professionals just toss random crap around sometimes because it seems logical. Again, everyone has a different system, so what the hell do the doctors REALLY know anyway?

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