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I am just curious if anyone else has problems with drinking caffiene? It seems to make me have abdominal pain, cause C and giving me heartburn for two weeks. At least that is what i am blaming it on. It is frustrating to not be able to drink it at all, but I was curious if others have problems with it. I quit for a week and feel SO much better. It is hard for me though to stay off of it.

Monica

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Hi Monica.

I can't say as I join ya there. I would be lost without my daily fix. Although, I can't drink coffee to get my caffeine (that hurts), but Coke is fine......

Hugs.

Karen

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I cant have caffeine at all. I was never a big coffee drinker....I just enjoyed Starbucks Caramel Macciato's occassionally and drank several sodas a day. Since I got sick three years ago I cant handle caffeine. It really messes me up in alot of ways but nothing GI related. I get very shaky, dizzy, migraines plus it messes up my skin for some reason. I dont need caffeine and I dont miss sodas but a couple times I ordered my Starbucks and forgot to say "decaf". :(

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OH, I love caffeine, that isn't my problem. I just think it gives me IBS problems. Very annoying. I usually have drank diet pepsi, but sometimes will drink coffee for a few weeks and then quit for awhile, etc. The latest though is that it started giving me horrible heartburn, along with the IBS symptoms. SO I quit for a week, but I am such an addict. I started taking Prilosec and that has helped me quite a bit. I am trying to figure it all out though. It seems after being gluttened, i have alot of the symptoms for a few weeks. I am already vegetarian, gluten free, don't drink alcohol and now my one vice of caffeine is being taken away too!! UGH! WHen will it ever end. I think I am going to turn into a rabbit! JK!

I am going to the GI doctor tomorrow, not sure why since I am a big whimp and don't want any testing done. He is going to think I am a nut!

Thanks guys,

Monica

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I can't say that I have a problem with caffeine from any source...if it wasnt for coffee I'd never get through the day. Even when i make instant coffee about 3 times normal strength, it doesnt give me the runs or nothing. (thank god lol)

Yeah i'd die without coffee. I'm a coffee-holic. Enough said :P

~lisa~

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I am intolerant to caffeine (it has salicylates in it), but I am theoretically allowed to drink decaf. But since I am intolerant to dairy and HATE coffee without cream, I don't bother. I never drank much coffee, because I've never felt good afterwards (and it makes me incredibly sleepy :ph34r: ), so I don't miss it.

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I am just curious if anyone else has problems with drinking caffiene? It seems to make me have abdominal pain, cause C and giving me heartburn for two weeks. At least that is what i am blaming it on. It is frustrating to not be able to drink it at all, but I was curious if others have problems with it. I quit for a week and feel SO much better. It is hard for me though to stay off of it.

Monica

It bothers my stomach. I dont know if that's from Crohn's or just a problem with IBS in general.

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If I drink Caffeine it makes me really shaky and aggitated. I don't know if that is because I'm not used to it or because my body just doesn't like it. I drink a lot of sparkling water. It has the bubbles like soda but not the bad stuff. I also love decaf coffee. I make a pot most mornings and my husband passes it up for instant (yuck!) regular coffee.

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I think the caffeine is causing me IBS symptoms and now possibly heartburn. I have drank plenty of stuff for years with caffeine. It has been my major hangup in life and now I have to give that up too!!? Where is the fun in my life?! I know, I am taking this rather rough. Well, gotta go, I am off to the doctor. We will see what he says, but I hate going to the doctor!

Monica

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I can not have any caffeine--gives me bad abdominal pains also. I haven't had caffeine in over 10 years. I can't even do caffeine free teas, only herbal. No decaf coffee either.

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Well is the intolerance because of IBS or Celiac? The way we determined that I didn't have IBS is that when I gave up my Diet Pepsi, my symptoms did not get better!

I have no problem with my daily diet pepsi's! I typically have 2 a day! But I also drink 120 oz of water daily too!

Monica

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I drink a ton of water too! I am fine for awhile, but I think maybe more of my problem has to do with getting gluten. That seems to be when I have trouble. It is frustrating. I know I have celiac. My son has it and my blood tests were borderline after being gluten free for two months. I get sick when I eat wheat. Anyway, I am wondering if stress plays a role in my symptoms too. I exercise all the time and I really try and eat very healthy, so it is frustrating. THe only thing "bad" I do is drink some caffeine, which is only two diet pepsi's a day or a cup of coffee. IT is frustrating. I know some people don't have any problems with it. Just curious if I was the only one and it seems most people here seem to be ok.

Monica

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this wouldn't apply to your coffee if it was black, but are you always drinking diet or artificially sweetened beverages. artificial sweetners cause GI symptoms in some folks, i can't have it myself b/c of what it does to me... just another thing to think about.

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Never could tolerate caffeine. I get shaky, dizzy, headachey, abdominal pains and D. Doesn't matter if it's from coffee, tea, soda...

I believe it's a combination of IBS and just plain old low tolerance that gives me the side effects. Probably, if I forced myself to down coffee every day, the symptoms would not be as bad.

I feel like a teetotaler too - no gluten, no lactose, no soy, no caffeine and no alcohol! What a loser I am!! :P

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GlutenfreeAL, that's how I feel too! And someone else mentioned turning into a rabit......that seems to be me too! So far, I can't have gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, caffeine and most alcohol! After feeling healthy for about 2 weeks straight, I decided to try caffeine again. Just plain black Starbucks coffee, nothing in it. About a half hour after I was drinking it, the stomach aches came on like waves for about an hour. It was horrible. Never again.

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Caffeine is a drug!! The body doesn't want it. If you need a boost get some amino acid supplements with some L-tyrosine. Your body obviously doesn't want it, so why drink it? I haven't had caffeine in a year and and half don't care if I ever drink it again.

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Good for you for being able to kick the habit!@ As for me, I am terrible at quitting. I feel so much better when I am not drinking it for maybe three weeks straight and then for some reason I always fall back into the habit. Usually from a lack of sleep for a night or so and then it is a vicious cycle of being tired and not sleeping well, then more caffeine. Yeah, I don't think the diet soda is very good for me. It is hard for me for some reason. My brother teases me and says I should just quit trying to quit, but I need to for my health. It is definitely affecting my health negativily, so it is time to quit for good. I can't drink decaf coffee for some reason, that really messes up my stomach.

I figure eventually I will have success!

MOnica

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Caffiene and alcohol are two of the harshest things on a sensitive gut. If you're trying to heal a leaky gut these will not do you any good at all. I'm thinking I'll do alot better with caffeine and alcohol once I'm healed. :)

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I can't drink caffeine drinks either, as I get heartburn. But, I don't think it's just the caffeine - tannine (sp?) is also a problem. Interestingly, that's in red wine as well as tea, and red wine gives me migraines. I'm obviously sensitive to both caffeine and tannine. I really miss my tea, and drink fruit/ herbal teas instead. But I have to have them really weak otherwise they cause the same symptoms. Don't know what that's about :huh: But I don't want to end up just having to drink plain hot water if I want a hot drink :(

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I haven't been able to drink coffee in nearly a year. A few months after going gluten free, I started having stomach pain and nausea and I had to give up all caffeine. I sorely miss it. That was the one cup a day I drank each morning. Now I have to drink herbal tea and it isn't the same. I drink 7up Zero when I want a soda. I don't have any explantation for this (neither does my doc) but since going gluten free, I've had a lot of problems with my stomach. :(

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Kathy,

I agree, I had six months of being SO much better gluten free and now I have so many problems with my stomach. It is VERY annoying. I had borderline blood results and so it is frustrating. Sometimes I wonder if I wasn't better off before, but I had horrible bloating before, C and D, bruising, exhaustion, etc., but now I am having heartburn, on and off stomach upsets and problems with C. As hard as I try, I should be in peak performance!! LOL! I know it will gett better and I do think that gluten is involved and stress.

THanks for all the replies. AT least I know I am not the only one having to give up my beloved caffeine.

Monica

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Monica--I'm going through the exact same thing as you are right now--except I get D instead of C. The rest, I could have written myself. I guess I have no other choice but to just stick with it and hopefully things will get consistantly better again. I don't know of anything I'm doing wrong. I'm so careful when it comes to CC matters here at home, and I have not eaten out of the house in months. I, of course, do go out, but I have been bringing something to eat with me.

On the subject of caffeine--I can't tolerate it. Even decaf coffee. I do, however drink decaf tea.

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I haven't been able to tolerate it for a few years now. I always get decaf coffee, but have been pretty ok with sodas. now, if i have any amount of caffeine whatsoever, i feel jittery, shaky, and anxious. this seems to have worsened after going gluten-free.

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