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FinnFelton
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Posted Sun Jun 2, 2013, 10:31pm
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I have read a post of my online pen-friend, he says he can't drink coffee because the moment he drink even a half cup of coffee, he gets mild stomach pain. I have never heard anyone having this problem. Have you? Is there any reason why my friend is having stomach ache when he drinks coffee? Please help and I want only useful comments here, no sympathetic comments for my friends because it ain't gonna help him! :(

 
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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013, 4:06am
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Dear FinnFelton,

Stomach discomfort caused by coffee drinking is occasionally reported.  Coffee is a complex broth of many substances.  Some of these inhibit gastric acid secretion, some of these promote gastric acid secretion and some of these can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines.  The action of a complex broth like coffee on a complex organ like the stomach is not completely understood.  Therefore, you are likely to get conflicting information the more you look into it.

You do not mention whether or not your buddy drinks coffee black or with milk.  Milk can often act as a buffer against some of the irritants.  Also, darker roasts have the reputation of causing less stomach acid secretion than lighter roasts.

An important consideration not to be dismissed lightly is the history of stomach discomfort.  How long has this been occurring?  If this has been a sudden or gradual change from no discomfort, it is possible that he has developed a stomach ulcer, in which case a doctor's attention is needed.  An ominous condition is angina.  Angina is a symptom of coronary heart disease, caffeine is known to exacerbate the pain of angina, and the experience of angina is notoriously variable.  It may be felt as a generalized 'queasy' feeling, heartburn, or gastric distress, not just pain over the heart area.  If your buddy has other risk factors for coronary heart disease, such as age, family history and especially if he smokes, he definitely needs to see a doctor.  A third condition is gastric reflux, a common complaint worldwide.  It is also worsened by drinking coffee.  If the discomfort gets worse when lying down after drinking coffee, gastric reflux is likely.  It is tempting to take an anti-acid or over-the-counter medicine to inhibit gastric reflux in this case, but please be aware that a significant number of patients who are found to have heart disease, angina as above, have been treating themselves for gastric reflux for weeks to months before a doctor discovers their coronary heart disease.
Two other conditions need to be mentioned.  The stomach is a complex indicator of how we are feeling.  Your description of 'mild stomach pain' can be consistent with a 'stomach tied in knots', in other words, anxiety.  Caffeine, as you most likely know, acts as a stimulant and can increase anxiety, even if there is no situation that is causing concern at the moment.
Finally, there are such things as food intolerances.  If the discomfort has been unchanged and long-standing, it is possible that your buddy is intolerant to coffee.  This would be unusual and the only relief is avoidance.
I would encourage your buddy to see a doctor, especially if this is new or becoming more noticeable.  If he is resistant to this, he definitely needs to mention it during his next routine physical examination.

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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013, 10:36pm
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Thank you so much, Buckley. You have given a detailed explanation. I have forwarded your reply to my friend. He doesn't smoke or take any liquor. He takes coffee with milk. He has never complained about stomachache before. Since one year he has been facing this problem. I had told him not to drink coffee at all until doctor diagnoses what the problem is. Thanks a lot Buckley for your time, it is very helpful.

 
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Posted Sat Jun 8, 2013, 8:45pm
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my mom usually have this problem as well. Drinks coffee 2-3 times before when she is having the stomach ache. when she cuts it down to 1 cup a day, its all gone.

Hope your friend feels better.

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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 8:11am
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A morning cup of coffee without food will tie my stomach into a knot.  I believe it is the caffeine in it that does it.

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Posted Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:20pm
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I agree with you, but I never had that problem. The first thing I do in the morning is to drink a cup of coffee. I never had stomach ache because of that.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:38pm
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I had a regular Starbucks habit for a while.  I'd get a quad latte every morning then go off to sit at the desk.  I would have another one after lunch.  My insides were a wreck.  I would have gas and discomfort all day.  I can't tell you why I kept doing it.  I stopped for  while and it helped.  I would also drink moka "espresso" from my stovetop maker and it would also often plague me.

That was then.

Last month I started roasting my own beans.  I also got my first espresso machine.  I first started making myself lattes but now, I just drink espressos.  My shots are so nice and smooth that I don't even want the milk in there.  The point is that I'm drinking 4 - 10 oz a day and have ZERO stomach issues both with and without milk.  I can't explain it but there it is.

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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 12:03am
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CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

A morning cup of coffee without food will tie my stomach into a knot.  I believe it is the caffeine in it that does it.

Len

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Don't know if caffeine does the bad work, but I have the same problem in the morning with no food in my belly.
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Posted Mon Jul 1, 2013, 6:38am
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If you take too much coffee, then it will cause stomach ache.

 
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