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Posted Fri May 2, 2014, 6:18am
Subject: Coffee for IBS ?

Hi everyone
So i have IBS ( that sucks)
Coffee is on the blacklist for me now
is there any kind of coffee that would be okay for me or should i just forget about it ?
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Posted Fri May 2, 2014, 8:18am
Subject: Re: Coffee for IBS ?

Dear Boucha,
You give your location as Casablanca.  Therefore, I should not ruffle any feathers nor step on any toes of my fellow countrymen if I say that IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion.  That means your symptoms, as significant and uncomfortable as they are, do not indicate what is actually wrong with you.  Correct me if you disagree, but the medication that you have been prescribed is targeted only to lessen your symptoms and does not correct any underlying condition.
Similarly, a dietary 'blacklist', is a catchall collection of foods that may irritate the digestion of a significant number of people.  The 'blacklist' is a shotgun approach; this means: either one thing on the list may be causing your problems or, perhaps, two things or, more likely, something that is not even on the list is causing your problem and the rest of the foods on the list merely worsen the symptoms.  Just because something is on the list does not mean that it has any significance for you.
You have said that you suffer from IBS.  Is this because someone has told you that you have IBS or did you decide on that diagnosis?  If someone of some experience told you that you have IBS, this would seem to indicate that that person believes that you have no identifiable internal (also known as physical, constitutional or somatic) problem that is causing your problem.  May I assume that this problem is a recent occurrence for you, that is, you were not born with it or had it for a substantial portion of your life?
If this is a recent change for you, then there has been a physical change, unless you have made a significant environmental change.  IBS represents a dysfunctional change in the way your body reacts to the environment, in this case, food (or food contaminants).  In my opinion IBS is a garbage can diagnosis because it is a diagnosis of exclusion because not enough detailed work was done to find the cause of this dysfunctional change.
In most cases, people who suffer from IBS actually suffer from food intolerance.  This is not a food allergy, it does not kill or endanger its sufferers; it just makes their lives a little bit more miserable.  It is easier for health care providers to prescribe a tranquilizer and Lomotil or other anti-motility drug and label this as 'IBS' rather than screen sufferers for food intolerance.  It may interest you to know that a person may suddenly show an intolerance to a certian type of food at any time in their life, even if they had been tolerating the food previously.
My advice, and this is not medical advice, is to go to someone who will find what food you are intolerant to (it won't be coffee) and resume drinking coffee once you feel better.
P.S. Moderator, if it matters. does this post belong in Coffee/General?
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Posted Fri May 2, 2014, 10:22am
Subject: Re: Coffee for IBS ?

Maybe try cold brewed coffee? It is lower in acidity, maybe that would help. Like Buckley said, I would try making sure something else isn't causing a problem, like say milk.  A lot of people lose their ability to digest it. Did you already try fiber supplements?  I guess I would try almost everything else before I gave up coffee!
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Posted Fri May 2, 2014, 12:17pm
Subject: Re: Coffee for IBS ?

Ask your Doctor if it is the Caffeine in coffee that aggravates the IBS.  I believe it is.  Then ask him if decaf could be tried.


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