Jax Dee wrote:...Dr appointment at a pain management center ...
I was on morphine three times a day. By eliminating coffee and cola drinks from my diet, in one week I went to needing morphine once or twice a week. In the following months and for some years:
- a serving of coffee or cola drink would aggravate the pain to prior levels for two to three days before tapering off.
- Tea did not have an affect (I have dozens of types).
- Decaffeinated coffee also did not have an affect.
- But a serving of decaffeinated coffee along with a serving of tea (or other caffeine source, typically some soft drinks) within roughly a half day of each other would have the same pain aggravation as having regular coffee.
This gives the appearance that the culprit is something that is in coffee other than caffeine (alkaloids?), combined with a source of caffeine (of course both are in non-decaffeinated coffee).
Over ten years later, I can now tolerate an occasional serving of coffee or cola drink, but experience an increase in pain levels, be it minor to moderate, for one to three days, along with a one in three chance of triggering significant pain. Over the past couple of years I slowly discovered cold brewed coffee, which - for reasons unknown has not triggered an episode of significant pain - so far.
As with all pain patients, your results may vary, greatly. But eliminating coffee from one's diet is very low cost to try.