Rotavirus is one of several viral infections that triggers diarrhea. I didn’t make the connection right away though. I admit quitting coffee has been hard. prof said that the best way to treat is to give what the patient has lost ,, if the patient hs lost blood, so we give him blood ,, so im assuming if i lost water , which is in feces, which causes diarrhea ,, so i should drink more water . I have 6 or 7 in the morning to get started, with no ill effects. When I was in high school I used to drink coffee with a little milk (not creamer) and sugar before going to school. I’d try skipping the coffee. Stop coffee for at least 2 months. I will let you know the results of my non-randomized, uncontrolled, one person study is. the freight gets moved down the highway much more efficiently when i’m not searching desperately for the next rest area. Of course the answer is meat and vegetables for me, though I’m a veggiphobe. Coffee is my favorite thing, but it has been ripping me up lately. However, if you drink a lot of tea you may find the caffeine stimulates your bowels too much. Then I stopped drinking coffee and wow!, no more diarrhea . I think I’ve gotten it beat, then… How about a decaf after dinner. I guess it would be really good idea but I’m still kind of hesitant about it. Worse, it takes several days to adjust to getting back to half way normal. Oh thank God! This makes me sad, I love coffee. While drinking it, my stomach starts to rumble. Seeing the doctor, not finding solutions… thank you thank you! Shawn 2 November, 2012, 8:34 am Reply. I can now eat tomatoes with the skin on , and I no longer suffer from hayfever. I think it’s the caffeine that’s irritating my bowels in some way. I discovered Lactase, which is chewables containing the enzyme that assists in the digestion of cows milk. Katherine 12 October, 2011, 4:55 pm Reply, Shawn! That can certainly lead to diarrhea all by itself. If you find that you have loose stool after drinking milk or eating dairy … Coffee can stimulate peristalsis in some individuals21-23. It’s a shame but coffee will have to go.On the other hand,my favourite tea (ginger!) I had a bottle of refrigerated mocha cappuccino at a local Kroger store and a few hours later had extreme D! Thanks DC, I’ve never heard of that. I’ve been to docs. Regards, Shawn. Some people don’t respond well to caffeine, but since you’ve had it before that wouldn’t seem to be the issue. er said i have colitis. If I’ve been behaving on everything else, I can drink it. However, coffee itself can be an irritant for some people. It’s always nice to hear that other people share in your misery. What is wrong with doctors? I used to drink a lot of coffee and for the most part was fine but today just one half a cup of coffee seemed to set off a bad IBS attack all on its own. It isn’t the caffeine that’s the problem; it’s the oils and various other components in the coffee. But not with something else acidic (like tomato). I think a lot of medical research is lazy, and people(some researchers) find it easy to copy someone elses findings. Thanks for sharing – Shawn, I have developed Colitis recently and am in the process of trying to figure out, what I can/should eat/drink and what not. I wrote it off as a good day. that just might be it!! I used to drink V energy drinks and coffee like crazy. I’ve read and agree with a few different aspects of coffee that cause this: caffeine, lactose intolerance, acidity, etc. Thanks for stopping by. It helps a lot! While many regard that as a benefit, for some with preexisting gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or those prone to diarrhea, it could make their symptoms worse. I found that coffee was my trigger for my morning diarrhea. The result was amazing. My diarrhea stopped immediately and I feel much more energetic. Just switched from coffee to tea today and low and behold my IBS is down like hell.. Did a search on Cofee and ibs , so my finds are refuted.. need to try for a few more days to confirm coffee it actually my issue or there is something else. is it going to stop diarrhea? Rhonda, that’s a clever observation. Now I know it’s just the coffee! Kirstie Griffith 25 November, 2014, 5:10 am Reply. Yesterday i experimented with a coffee and within an hour or so symptoms returned and right now i am sitting in some discomfort waiting for things to pass. I’m SO happy you’ve got a happy ending! Seems like I will have to give up the coffee for good. Caffeine speeds up the digestive system. As I got older eating a tomato was almost instant diarrhoea. I finally used other herbs and nutrients to get the rest of them out, but still have trouble getting the gall bladder to expel bile normally (for meals) so coffee is a help for that to happen. I hope this message will help too. Thankfully, this is a fairly rare side effect of caffeine! and to a natruopath and was told it was gluten. So, back to the gym and get on a more disciplined diet. Why Does Coffee Make Me Nauseous and How Can I Avoid It? But, in any case they say the big D! I really hope you do let us know back here Penny. After another month, I still have diarrhea! You could also be lactose intolerant. So I am pretty sure a lot of caffeine does NOT like me in the morning. I did switch to oolong but it only helped a little bit. I have cramping and loose stool, but only in the am and only once a day. Shawn 18 November, 2012, 1:34 pm Reply. I stopped drinking coffee, it made a huge difference, but( it took about 6 weeks before things changed) If I take 1 coffee I have the urine prolem, and it lasts for weeks. I also recently cut out dairy but not in my morning coffee lol. I worked it out when about 24 that it was the skin of the tomato that caused the problem. Michael 19 January, 2013, 5:02 am Reply, It’s a big relief to see that other people have those same issues and I’m impressed that someone has even made a website about it! It’s possible that the caffeine is the culprit, but if it were me, I’d try drinking coffee black, with nothing in my stomach, and see what happens. Sometimes I can drink it like a champ, but then sometimes it just goes right through me. I don’t see how it can hurt to take in more water (in moderation). Thank you again for your website and information. If things are already upset though… Well, just unpleasant. I am off all lactose so it’s not that. Thank you for this information! If you think of it, let us know back here if you continue to get relief from the switch from coffee back to tea. If you do a site search here you can find info about her and annatto. I’ve been suffering for that morning diarrhea for months. I drink iced tea throughout the day with no problems. I gave up coffee months ago and have been drinking Pero (an “immitation” yet healthier alternative) which has been working wonders. Firstly, as you mentioned, caffeine will stimulate the bowels, and it does this in an unnatural way. Coffee can cause cramping and bowel spasms that lock the stool in place until it dries out. Rupert Eghardt 1 November, 2014, 4:08 pm Reply. Shawn 9 December, 2012, 8:28 am Reply, I am SO glad Shaun! I don’t think so. I recently learned that Cholestyramine (Questran) is used for people who have a syndrome after having the gallbladder removed of immediate diarrhea after eating.The Questran absorbed bile acids which are the main cause of the diarrhea. I doubt that caffeine created my problem as I drink lots of tea and tea does not affect me. Together with dietary fibre supplements, my diarrhea problem’s been resolved 98%. This type of diarrhea is often unexpected, and the feeling to use the restroom can be quite urgent. My tummy is tumultuous at the best of times, but coffee lately is just brutal. The alcohol now can really wipe me out for days. The doc or the pharmacist could probably give you the best answer, but the small intestine is a long organ. Hi John, I didn’t know there was a difference between acid reflux and bile reflux. Tea has caffeine too. The older I get, the more I need it to claw my way out of bed in the morning though. Hopefully, tomorrow will be the start of a “new” life for me because I’m going to stop drinking coffee altogether. It’s been very helpfuyl. BUT it all stopped once we bought a bean to cup coffee machine. BUT!!! And I do still drink coffee but not as much. Coffee and energy drinks should only be used in careful moderation. Shawn 5 December, 2012, 12:03 pm Reply. That really helped me. Then I tried cutting out wheat….no effect. I began to suspect coffee because the only time I have diarrhea is in the morning following two cups of coffee. Shawn 8 September, 2012, 2:00 pm Reply, Wow! I take prescription meds for blood pressure first thing in the morning, then a cup or two of coffee.. and yes, I believe I have the coffee induced diarrhea thing. I’m glad you’re better, and so glad that something here helped you. But just recently my husband said maybe its not coffee its what you put IN your coffee. I usually don’t get this feeling with decaf coffee so my vote is yes, decaf will probably help. I’ve always been health conscious, watch what I eat and workout 5 days a week. Thanks for the well wishes. I’ve felt great. … Does coffee and diarrhea cause me trouble sometimes? Shawn 3 February, 2013, 12:28 pm Reply. I know this is a little late, but you and all the comments have helped ease my mind. And also makes me hungry few hour later. However i did also note that giving up caffeine alltogether caused more problems than it fixed. {whimper} I know you’re right Colin. Stop drinking coffee for at least 1 week to see if you notice a difference in your health…you can always go back to drinking coffee if it does not affect you. Is Coffee giving you diarrhea? However, I would sleep for 8 hours after I took it. Coffee can also irritate your small intestines, causing cramps, abdominal spasms, and alternating constipation and diarrhea–a condition known as IBS. I tried everything, including eliminating many food items from my diet that I suspected may be causing the problem. I have had problems for years – ever since I had a gastric bypass (which didn’t work, by the way). Coffee diarrhea has a feeling to it deep in my intestines. and sugar first thing every day. I can’t tell you what YOU should do, but that’s what I would do. As extra liquid rushes to the intestines and coffee stimulates peristalsis, you may get all kinds of cramping…. © 2019 COFFEEVERDICT.COM. Violent attacks at night with throwing up and Diarrhea? I might switch to tea just to see what happens. Shawn 23 August, 2012, 12:59 pm Reply. Soy can cause IBS symptoms in some people (me for instance). I truly hope it helps, but that’s going to be a tough habbit to break! It had been so long, in fact, it took me a while to realize what was going on. And I can tolerate decaf coffee. Coffee and diarrhea sure, but for some people coffee can cause constipation. It is sooo worth quitting, to know my body is finally back to normal. How long does it take after stopping coffee to be normal again? If I don’t eat breakfast, I can not as hungry….and have a slightly bigger lunch. I noticed that I felt pretty good in the mornings when I would wake up, but after my morning coffee with cream and sugar (sometimes artificial sweeteners), I would feel tired. I used to drink iced mocha from a grocery store carton – big mistake! All the best. I also drink it black because I’m lactose intolerant, and don’t like creamer. I love coffee but it hates me. There is something else in some creamers, and other foods called annatto. But I’m sitting here drinking black coffee which I find usually works find without the cream and sugar. Your stomach can’t process the coffee quickly enough and that leads to diarrhea for anyone with existing sensitivities. Finally I get through the day without a rumbling stomach and the need to rush to the toilet! Thanks again for taking the time to write Panny. It had to be the coffee and I also ate some chicken soup, and maybe that too caused my diarrhea. But it is strangely comforting to read about all the people who have the same problem, that I am not alone. Tomorrow I will switch from coffee to Rooibos tea (but not tonight) I also found when browsing the net, that it was quite common some years ago – and maybe still is in some parts of the world for peaple to have coffee enemas!! The weird part is it does not occur every day, but it is becoming more frequent. In the United States, coffee is the wake up beverage for most people. I drink tea to start my day. Immediately I found it was no where near as bad. It has been nearly years and finally, I know I’m not the only one and I know how to prevent it! Switch to coffee a few months back with lactose free creamer and my IBS was very very bad.. Never realized cofee was causing it,i suspected stopping my vitamin D tablet was the cause. It has now been a month and my poopsters are hard as nails and I am loading up on lactose both to keep proving it to myself but also to make up for all the lost years of indulgence. Its pretty plain to see now. If you have IBS-D, you have belly pain and other IBS symptoms plus frequent bowel movements. Your website does look like lots of work, but it is nice to share experiences with other people. I have been more and more convinced that I was producing too much bile, or that my bile was the wrong quality. Salmonella is a common bacterial infection that can cause morning diarrhea. Note that coffee may stimulate the bowels but should not cause diarrhea. At first I thought it was the artificial sweetener (sweetnlow) in the coffee, so I quit using that. I quit coffee for awhile but recently started again. Shawn, thank you for words of wisdom and COMMON SENSE, something none of my over-priced gastroenterologists provided, and thanks to the post that mentioned that “creepy, crawly” feeling from caffeine. I love coffee dearly, but switching to regular tea has made a real difference, though things still aren’t perfect. The dizzy thing worries me. I can’t say for sure, but sleep schedules can play a role in IBS, and coffee certainly can. Any chance it’s the dairy in the coffee? Causes, Symptoms & Treatment, Green Diarrhea: Causes of Green Stool & Treatment, Yellow Diarrhea: Causes of Yellow Stool & Treatment, IBS – National Institute of Digestive Diseases. I drink a fair amount of coffee and it seems as though decafe makes me feel worst than regular coffee is that possible. Lol, Shawn 6 February, 2013, 4:56 am Reply. I hope it helps you all out there! MT DEW…….is a gut killer. Parasitic or Candida Infection. So what can we do to avoid the onset of diarrhea after drinking coffee? – Shawn, Gooday Shawn familiar story to the aboves, seven years of ibs and bad asthma. It must be associated with aging and genetics. Several studies have found no relation between coffee consumption and dyspepsia3-5. I NEVER have coffee that late. I thought it would work right away. Drinking milk in your coffee will also exacerbate the risk of diarrhea due to its gas-causing lactose. Sugar can also cause cramping in some people. I’m glad you found what you were looking for here! Jennifer 3 January, 2013, 11:20 pm Reply. We’ve already suggested switching to a decaffeinated brew as a potential solution, but that’s not ideal for most coffee drinkers who enjoy the stimulating qualities of their brew in the morning. Thank very much …… I didn’t want to believe it was coffee but. Lately, I have gotten fat and lazy. Thanks for the reminder and the inspiration. Hopefully someone else will benefit from your info. I do find tea relaxing, yet stimulating at the same time. One study which considered the effect of alcohol, coffee and […] A study of 99 individuals suggested that coffee stimulated intestinal movement in 29% of people21. I wish i had read this article months ago. Shawn. Acidity in Coffee Can Lead to Diarrhea Another potential cause of diarrhea for coffee drinkers is the acidity of the beverage. I had the runs every day for 23 years (yes you read that right) until I finally discovered that coffee was the culprit. I really CAN’T do anything dairy though. I am hopeful! I’ve said to others here, that it COULD be the creamer. Shawn 14 January, 2013, 11:21 am Reply. You could have some issue that’s easily fixed! Research online suggested caffeine might be the culprit, so I went cold turkey. I usually take cream and 1/2 tsp sugar also I get dizzy spells from it. I was in Edinburgh with my wonderful Polish girlfriend ( 3 times to the toilet within a half hour). Coffee can sure cause looseness, but be on the lookout for other culprits!!! I know that’s not an apples to apples discussion. I stumbled upon your site this morning looking up if ‘caffeine causes loose stool in the mornings’. Thanks for that information Chrissy. Thanks for the tip Diana! I had no problems for years, but eventually my bowels gave in to the abuse, and I got IBS with symptoms bad enough to put me in hospital first time I had it. – Shawn. I’m confident that removing significant amounts of caffeine from my diet was the answer to my bowel issues, and I intend to stay vigilant to ensure the problems don’t recur. Stumbled across this blog after a terrible time in the bathroom after a few cups of coffee. It sounds like you drank coffee without a problem, then drank coffee with a certain brand of creamer without any problem. From what I’ve read, green tea usually has a bit less caffeine than black tea. I had the same problem, I started to take every morning before coffee one teaspoon of Black Seed Oil (cumin) or Nigella Sativa with a teaspoon of honey. Its truly disturbing and i feel for all the coffee lovers of the world. Even a few fainting sessisons. I didn’t realize coffee was linked to diarrhea until my husband told me that could be the problem so I stopped only one day when I was out of creamer which my husband was right coffee does link to diarrhea but I did not stop there drinking the coffee because diarrhea only happened after I drank more dry creamy chocolate with my 1 cup of Joe which diarrhea didn’t happen when I had the dry dark chocolate creamer with my 1 cup of Joe. For my part I’d try switching to half decaf, then a quarter before quitting. Yay! Diarrhea that happens after you eat a meal is known as postprandial diarrhea (PD). I too was surprised about the l-theanine thing. L-Theonine has a reputation for being calming, relaxing, and increasing a person’s sense of well being. It may not be the coffee or the caffeine that’s causing your diarrhea. Oddly enough knowing that it’s IBS and not something else eases my mind with my phobia. I’m also buzzing from the caffeine. I know this is old. I’m glad you’re social again! well, if you can use coffee for that purpose then surely drinking the stuff must also have the same effect? Amazing, years and years of major digestive issues, and no one, until now mentioned caffeine, although I’ve had my vague suspicions, but when you’re “reacting” to so much, it’s hard to nail down the primary offenders, plus, due in part to my health issues, I crave that caffeine hit–albeit not enough to keep doing it if this is the price. I like tea but wonder if it will give me enough caffeine. Than my husband found dry dark chocolate creamer to add to my coffee besides just sugar only that I liked a lot so I drink 1 cup of Joe every morning. Thanks for the probiotics tip too. The acid in decaf/caf coffee can really create an overactive bladder too as well as stomach upset. I got very nauseated feeling and like a tight lump in throat. I later discovered that if I regularly take a fibre supplement, I can tolerate the coffee!!! 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