Caffeine Provokes Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Caffeine, as I’ve suspected for several months, makes my fibromyalgia symptoms much worse. While that revelation kind of sucks, it’s also always nice when something can be easily controlled, like caffeine intake.

I love coffee. As a vegan, I’ve been enjoying soymilk, coconut milk, and almond milk as creamers. I never add sugar or sugar substitutes to my coffee, which makes me even more certain that it’s the caffeine that, even in very small amounts, massively increases my anxiety and provokes muscle spasms.

I kicked caffeine out of my life for a couple of months, then started drinking less than one cup of coffee per morning last week. Within two days, my neck pain was worse and I felt less hopeful. My running improved. Even hills felt like less effort. But the increasing pain and hopelessness were absolutely not worth it. By day five of drinking less than a cup a day, I was in bad shape.

Going cold turkey wasn’t too hard since I’d only been drinking coffee for six days. It wasn’t great fun, but it wasn’t the worst thing to quit. And, on Sunday, I not only ran eight miles at a decent pace, but I also took my paddle board on a two mile journey.

Fibromyalgia is picky. It demands a lot of sacrifice. But if forgoing caffeine allows me to live a more normal life, then I’ll never touch another cup of coffee again.

4 Replies to “Caffeine Provokes Fibromyalgia Symptoms”

  1. Having a hell of a time given up on soda.. It is difficult…Caffeine is a factor. And the the sweeter. I have cut down quite a bit. I am going to have to go cold turkey like i did smoking over 10 yrs. ago.. One day at a time..

    1. Gregory, good luck with giving up soda! I allow myself an occasional soda, but I did go 5 YEARS without it! It can be done. Have a great day, and thanks for reading!

    1. Kerrie, I’ve read that even decaf has a little caffeine in that, so I’m wary. But I’m sure it’s got way less than the real stuff! I’m glad it works for you! Thanks for reading, and have a great day! 🙂

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