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Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« on: May 26, 2011, 03:33:40 AM »
I know recommendations call for giving up coffee (caffeine). I really do need at least that first cup in the morning.

My question is has anyone given up caffeine and noticed a difference in dryness?

I usually have one cup first thing in the morning and we have a hot pot at work so I just have a few very small cups during the rest of the morning.


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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 04:33:11 AM »
I haven't given up coffee.  It's one of my few vices.  I don't smoke or drink.  There has to be a little pleasure in life. 


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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 04:56:43 AM »
Many years ago as a young teenager I discovered that I couldn't tolerate caffeine, so I don't drink coffee, eat dark chocolate, drink sodas or those energy drinks or take medications with any caffeine in them. 

I developed SJS in my early 20's so am wondering if that played a role in the caffeine intolerance.



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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011, 06:00:02 AM »
Hi Nam!
 Yes, I have one cup of coffee with cream every morning. I also have a glass of wine sometimes too. I feel like I have had to give up so many things over the years, that a few simple pleasures cant hurt.

Its funny though, I used to drink more like three cups of coffee a day, but one is more than enough now. I guess my body told my brain to cut me off:-))


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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2011, 06:27:43 AM »
I am not a coffee drinker but I do drink soda pop.  I try to limit myself to 1 a day but it is hard in the summer so I get Pepsi No Caffeine in the summer.   But I notice I can't have any soda pop prior to 10am or it makes me "nuervous" feeling the rest of the day. Odd?

I have a glass of milk with a spoonfull of Hershey's chocolate syrup in the morinings. 
Gosh couldn't do without chocolate!  ;)

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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 06:49:33 AM »
:) Caffeine is a nasty drug that has all kinds of negatives. It is a shame that it is one of the major food groups. "Oh nurse can you increase my IV caffeine drip?" :)

I was off caffeine for years. While trying to get a project done and being exhausted I ended up drinking the soda that came with my meal. I have been back on caffeine for about a year. The main change that I have noticed is an increase in rheumatic pain that was countered with a couple of dark cherries and a an added ounce or two of carrot juice. Life has always been an issue of balance and moderation. Choose your vises but moderation is the key.
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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011, 07:05:47 AM »
I start the day with coffee, and end the day with coffee.

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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2011, 10:49:34 AM »
I used to drink about 12 one liter bottles of Diet Pepsi a day. At least.....

I had horrible diarrhea for most of my life. Like I would go and not even know it was coming. (Sorry if TMI). I quit drinking caffeine about a year ago. Within 3 days the diarrhea was gone. Now it only happens if I have Hershey chocolate syrup. I love ice cream and chocolate. I figured out that it triggers it too. I'm allergic to corn so I figure since the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup that it may be what is causing the problem.

The other day I had no choice but to drink a diet coke (with caffeine) and it made me very shakey and hungry feeling. Can't believe I used to drink it like a drunk!!


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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 12:16:35 PM »
I drink a lot of tea, and occasionally some coffee (usually unsweetened). I've gone off and on drinking caffeine over the past few years and have noticed no difference.

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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 12:23:19 PM »
Coffee is about the only thing that loosens up the mucos in my throat in the mornings,, so I drink it, and probably to much of it,, its hard not to when your stuck at home all day with mot much to do

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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 12:41:36 PM »
At the SJS/Lupus forum I went to recently the SJS specialist said that you could have coffee and alcohol in moderation, making sure that you drink plenty of water to counteract the dehydrating effects.

Personally, I can't stand the taste or smell of coffee, so I only drink tea.

I used to be addicted to Diet Coke, sometimes drinking 2 litres a day. I used to say it was my cold coffee. There are a lot of nasty things in the diet drinks, not just the caffeine. I felt like an alcoholic going through withdrawals when I went cold turkey and stopped drinking the stuff. It took about 2 months before I felt ok and stopped craving it. 
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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 01:31:14 PM »
I'm not sure that coffee needs to be in the category of a vice. The health benefits of coffee far outweigh the bad. There are many, many health benefits to be gained by drinking coffee in moderation. These benefits can be looked up easily on the Internet. If a person is extremely sensitive to caffeine maybe half-caff or decaf would be less drying if you don't want to give it up altogether.

I drink 2 mugs of coffee with cream most mornings. On the days I dont drink it I notice no difference with my eyes, which are the only dryness issue I deal with. When I have coffee I tend to drink a glass of water before and after, so that helps level things out I'm sure.


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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2011, 02:46:45 PM »
Never a coffee drinker.  Couldn't stand the taste and even worse, the SMELL.  When I was working (5-6 years ago) I would drink 1-2 cups of tea in the morning and then start Diet Coke.  I rarely have tea now, but it probably be an improvement over the 5-6 diet cokes I drink a day now.  My docs hate that I drink so much of it.  I know it's not good for me.  It is the only think that quenches my thirst.  I need to try and drink a glass of water between cokes and that would bring down my soda consumption.  Lucy


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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2011, 05:01:00 PM »
Concerned Doctors want us to stay well hydrated. Staying well hydrated doesn't improve salivary gland function, it only prevents dryness from getting exacerbated. I drink an average of 4 cups of coffee most mornings  and plenty of fluids all day long, so I'm not at risk of becoming dehydrated.   Coffee helps ease my lung symptoms (bronchodilator) and my brain fog. It's rich in anti-oxidants and reduces the risk of various cancers. It's one of the few things that actually make me feel and function better.

Here's my rant, lol. I don't trust health advice from experts who demonize foods. Remember when experts sounded the alarm that eggs, salt, fats, and butter were  the great dietary evils? Now eggs, salt, and fat are not only ok, but necessary/beneficial. First butter was bad, margerine was good, Now margerine is bad, butter is good. Chocolate causes acne. Remember that one? Now studies show chocolate has no causal effect on acne. Unless I have a specific food allergy/sensitivity, I'm not going to put myself at risk for nutritional deficiencies by restricting my diet. I eat a variety of foods and beverages, everything in moderation.
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Re: Caffeine - Do you drink coffee?
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2011, 07:29:35 PM »
Although I enjoy the aroma of a fresh pot of coffee (reminds me of my parents), I can't stand the flavor unless it's so doctored up by sugar and cream I donr realize I'm drinking coffee ;-)

I used to drink Pepsi, 4-5 cans daily until last April, when I started taking Topomax.  There's something about the med that makes soda/carbonated beverages taste icky with that med, which broke my soda addiction.

Now I drink water, iced tea, Vitamin Water or Powerade (and probably not enough water).