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Fern
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posted 08-25-1999 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fern   Click Here to Email Fern     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi guys,

I am addicted to coffee, just one cup in the morning. I does a number on my bowel and may be the last impediment to getting rid of my D, but for the life of me I can't kick it!! Anyone have a good way to cut back/stop? I'm ready to try again.
Thanks so much!

Fern

oo Mike oo
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posted 08-25-1999 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oo Mike oo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe switch to half caff. for a while?

TBrnot
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posted 08-25-1999 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TBrnot   Click Here to Email TBrnot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well now with the cigarettes, I just quit cold turkey[again] and have been doing pretty good. For coffee[one pot a day] I cut back and drank green tea, that worked for a few months. I also started my day with a cup of hot water, that helped. But I still sneak a 1/4 cup once in a while. Burger Kings coffee is tolerable, but almost any other is painful and leads to gas and the trots. Now, I drink a glass or two of Dr. Pepper a day. Aren't there some caffiene tablets? I read that it wasn't the caffiene that caused problems, it was something else.

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posted 08-25-1999 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try decreasing to half and half and every week just add a little more decaff until it's all decaff. That is what I did and it worked great.

debidoo
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posted 08-25-1999 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for debidoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, Silver took my answer! But I might add that you could take an ibuprofen tablet (or whatever you use for headache pain), either prophylactically or only if you feel a headache coming on, each day until you'e been completely off the caffeine for a few days.

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posted 08-25-1999 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're right, it is not just the caffeine. The caffeine can contribute to spasms, but the acid in the coffee is not good on the gastrointestinal tract. In college we watched an experiment using straight coffee and with cream in. The straight coffee "ate" up some of the raw meat used in the experiment, while the one with cream in did not. Coke also ate the meat. Benzoic acid is in coke- search and read on my gastrointestinal sensitivity posting. It's a bit technical to read, but you can get the general drift. Citric acid is high in coffee, whether decaf or not. This alone was enough to convince me to stay away from it. Remember withdrawal symptoms are only temporary. The damage coffee can do to the sensitive gastro-intest. tract is a little more serious than that. Good luck, I know you can do it. You may be able to tolerate small amounts on rare occasions with cream in (that is if you are not lactose intolerent).

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posted 08-26-1999 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TBrnot   Click Here to Email TBrnot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about using non-dairy creamer? Flavored? Anybody had a positive experience with that?

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posted 08-26-1999 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glenda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never had a cup of Coffee in my life.
I hate the smell of the stuff.
So that sure isn't my IBS problem.
I have one cup of tea on a cold day though.
I don't even drink pop.
I am strictly a water drinker.

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posted 08-26-1999 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Smile   Click Here to Email Smile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi
I don't drink coffee, but... I have to give up Coke. I did for about two weeks. Once Iwent to sneak one, and it didn't even taste good anymore. So, no more sneaking. The funny thing is, it was habbit, when I drank coke, I would open can in the morning, and never finish it. Now that I drink the orange, it taste better, I finish it all.

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posted 08-26-1999 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have tried flavored non-dairy creamers and they are bad news. It made my stomach hurt so much. I think they put other fatty stuff in it to compensate for the cream.

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posted 08-27-1999 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Simon Woo   Click Here to Email Simon Woo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can somebody pls confirm again? Is it the citric acid or caffeine which is bad? I've been staying away from orange juice too cos I heard the acid is not very good too. I read that caffeine is a main trigger for IBS, so I'm considering drinking decaf once in a while now.. Would that be alright?

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