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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Why does coffee hurt my stomach?

Dr. Kathy Robinson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Why does coffee hurt my stomach?

Acidic: Coffee is acidic and in some people this causes stomach pain. Try putting some creamer in it to cut down on the acid and see if that helps. Also limiting coffee to one to two cups a day may help if you are drinking a lot of coffee. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Coffee hurts my stomach. Will tea?

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Coffee hurts my stomach. Will tea?

Possibly: If the caffeine in coffee causes stomach cramping, tea also has caffeine in it and may cause a similar response. Give it a try though! ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Shapiro
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Why does my stomach hurt if i eat "food" for breakfast. I can drink coffee with no problem, but start feeling sick if i eat food.

Dr. Howard Shapiro
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Why does my stomach hurt if i eat "food" for breakfast. I can drink coffee with no problem, but start feeling sick if i eat food.

Medicine or pregnanc: The first question for a woman your age is "could you be pregnant?" if you are not sure, buy a pregnancy test at a drugstore and find out. The second question is "could it be a side-effect of one of the medicines/" stop both the Ibuprofen and the gabapentin. Either of these drugs could cause the jpain of which you are complaining. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Levin
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What is the safest way to deliver caffeine in to your system other than by drinking. My stomach hurts when i drink coffee. I need coffee to work. I need an alternative to drinking coffee.

Dr. Eric Levin
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What is the safest way to deliver caffeine in to your  system other than by drinking. My stomach hurts when i drink coffee. I need coffee to work. I need an alternative to drinking coffee.

Why do you need it?: If your sleep is inadequate and you have daytime fatigue you may need a sleep evaluation. Has thyroid and anemia and other potential medical causes for daytime fatigue been checked? You may need GI w/u to make sure nothing more is going on, e.g. Ulcer, acid reflux etc. If you work an odd shift then r/o shift work sleep disorder, rx w/bright light. Morale of story, sleep, energy, GI all need good eval! ...Read more

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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My upper stomach hurts at night and in the morning and is worse when I have anxiety or drink coffee. Sometimes the nasea lasts all day. ?

Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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See Dr.: You may have ibs or irritable bowel syndrome but also possible gastritis or even peptic ulcer. Go and see a gastroenterologists to decide about need x endoscopy or at least your primary care physician. Avoid acid stuff/food, caffeine, chocolate, hot or spicy foodsminty, chewing gums, citrics, vit c etc. Try antacids, zantac pepcid, omeprazole. But you may need medicine for colic intestinal pains. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Miller
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I really love drinking coffee, but it always makes my stomach hurt and often gives me diarrhea (green?) Why does this happen and how can I stop it?

Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I really love drinking coffee, but it always makes my stomach hurt and often gives me diarrhea (green?) Why does this happen and how can I stop it?

GI irritation: It is time to get examined and stop all caffeinated products. Green stool can be related to many conditions, bile in stool, infection, etc. If you are following a vegan diet this can also occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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How come my stomach hurts after i drink coffee with cream?

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How come my stomach hurts after i drink coffee with cream?

Could be: Your symptoms could be related to lactose intolerance if the creamer you use is dairy based, or due to the nature of coffee having an effect on the bowels to cause smooth muscle contraction, possibly causing some discomfort. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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What can I drink to get my caffiene if I have an ulcer and coffee hurts my stomach?

Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What can I drink to get my caffiene if I have an ulcer and coffee hurts my stomach?

Nothing: Any form of caffeine is going to be bad for you right now, as once it hits your system to give you the caffeine buzz you are wanting, it also will increase the acid output of your stomach and irritate your ulcer. You have to go totally caffeine free until your ulcer totally heals up and your doctor tells you it's safe to consume some again, but even then, you will need to keep it light. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Schermer
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When my stomach is empty sometimes it gets extremely bloated and hurts to the point its hard to stand up straight...Also bloating after coffee..Reason?

Dr. Alexander Schermer
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When my stomach is empty sometimes it gets extremely bloated and hurts to the point its hard to stand up straight...Also bloating after coffee..Reason?

See your doctor: Bloating is often the distention of the bowels due to gas buildup. This can be due to things we eat - like coffee. If you can pinpoint triggers then avoid these foods. As for when your stomach is empty it is unclear - talking to your doctor or a gastroenterologist would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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Why does my stomach hurt after drinking water only okay with other liquids example coffee, juice?

Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Why does my stomach hurt after drinking water only okay with other liquids example coffee, juice?

Hard to believe: There is no good reason for this. The difference between water and the other substances is not much and pretty inconsequential given the contents of your stomach. If anything it should be the other way around. ...Read more

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