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Anyone else get a reaction from coffee?

Asked on January 05, 2015
Created May 24, 2010 at 10:01 PM

I've recently started to get a really visceral reaction from coffee in the past month. Been paleo for about a year and am well used to drinking my strong coffee with heavy cream, which I've never had an issue with. Last month I became really nauseous and my heart was racing. It took me a while to figure out this happened each time I had coffee. No reaction from tea so it's not the caffeine.

Why would an intolerance develop out of nowhere like this?

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on June 25, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Have you had your thyroid checked lately? I worked in the coffee industry (needless to say I drank a lot of it) and out of the blue this started happening to me. I went to the doctor and found out I had Hashimotos. At the time I was going from hyper to hypo thyroid pretty quickly and the caffeine was enough to send me spinning - I would definitely get it checked out!

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on June 25, 2012
at 07:51 PM

I have a pretty bad tolerance for coffee too, and it's not the caffeine because I can drink other caffeinated beverages just fine and not have a reaction. I can't tolerate dark chocolate either, so I think it has to do with the tannins and/or the chemical alkaloids.

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on November 14, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I agree that I get this reaction when Blood sugar is low.

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on May 29, 2011
at 03:36 PM

green tea has *way* less caffeine than coffee in general. Pound for pound tea has more caffeine, but have you ever seen a pound of tea? That's a lot of tea! In weight you use a LOT more coffee per cup than tea. There are some variables but unless you're drinking half-caf it's pretty safe to say that green tea has considerably less caffeine than coffee. I have no issues with tea but some overexcitement from too much coffee.

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on July 30, 2010
at 12:45 PM

I think its caffeine. I used to have 3+ cups a day (strong coffee, espresso, lattes). I quit drinking coffee due to gerd, then started a cup a day again... after having an iced Vietnamese coffee it gave me bad headaches, and a half a can of Coke did that to me yesterday. Tea doesn't do this to me. Not the heart racing, but get that checked!

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on May 25, 2010
at 05:36 AM

Have you tried drinking upwards of 3-5 times more tea than usual to actually check that it isn't the caffeine? I only ask because nausea and heart racing are precisely the effects that you'd expect from caffeine...

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on May 25, 2010
at 01:27 AM

Nah, get the same with black coffee, also can have milk in black tea with no issue.

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:12 AM

Black has the same reaction, as does decaf, I think I'm just allergic, still love the smell and get cravings though :(

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:11 AM

Caffeine well and truly dumped (with the exception of the small amounts in the odd square of 90% chocolate) I don't think it's svt, it's definitely triggered by coffee.

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:09 AM

Thanks for the answer but green tea has the same amount of caffeine and I have zero reaction from that. Get a bad tummy from decaf too.

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on May 24, 2010
at 11:34 PM

the coffe beans chemical method of protecting itself is the caffeine, its a natural insecticide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine

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on May 24, 2010
at 10:47 PM

Just because you tolerate tea doesn't meant caffeine can't be the problem--coffee has much more caffeine than tea. I can tolerate tea easily, but one strong cup of coffee makes me feel crazy. The heart-racing definitely sounds like a caffeine effect. Just my speculation.

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:09 AM

Thanks for the answer but green tea has the same amount of caffeine and I have zero reaction from that. Get a bad tummy from decaf too.

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(5136)

on May 29, 2011
at 03:36 PM

green tea has *way* less caffeine than coffee in general. Pound for pound tea has more caffeine, but have you ever seen a pound of tea? That's a lot of tea! In weight you use a LOT more coffee per cup than tea. There are some variables but unless you're drinking half-caf it's pretty safe to say that green tea has considerably less caffeine than coffee. I have no issues with tea but some overexcitement from too much coffee.

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on May 24, 2010
at 10:19 PM

Sounds like you have what is called supraventricular tachycardia. Some people are born with it and it shows up later in life.

Why don't you just dump the coffee/caffeine habit and end the problem?

http://menshealth.about.com/od/hearthealth/a/svt.htm

Google "supraventricular tachycardia" for a wealth of information.

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:11 AM

Caffeine well and truly dumped (with the exception of the small amounts in the odd square of 90% chocolate) I don't think it's svt, it's definitely triggered by coffee.

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on May 25, 2010
at 06:45 AM

Do you ever fast? I find that coffee gives me a similar effect, but only on my fasting days. It may be that food blunts the reaction. I must say, I concur with most of the other answers that it does sound like a caffeine reaction, perhaps exarcerbated by something else in the coffee

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on November 14, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I agree that I get this reaction when Blood sugar is low.

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on May 24, 2010
at 10:21 PM

To be honest, and not to get you anxious, it may have not had anything to do with the coffee as Dexter above had suggested.

I'd go get a check up from the Doc to make sure everything is covered...

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on May 24, 2010
at 10:09 PM

Make sure your cream isn't bad, for one. Also, try drinking black coffee and see if that gives you the same reaction.

For the record, a "coffee bean" is actually a seed, and most seeds have chemical ways to protect themselves from being eaten and digested. I'm sure coffee has some of these. Perhaps you're more sensitive to whatever it may be.

In the interest of full disclosure, coffee makes me crap in short order some morning.s

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:12 AM

Black has the same reaction, as does decaf, I think I'm just allergic, still love the smell and get cravings though :(

Db56a3a7ef6f208222cb501f29741b64

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on May 24, 2010
at 11:34 PM

the coffe beans chemical method of protecting itself is the caffeine, its a natural insecticide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine

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on January 05, 2015
at 08:11 PM

I actually became less sensitive to caffeine after going Paleo.  Before I went Paleo, coffee was a major contributor to me developing peptic ulcers.  There has been research that has shown that the combination of coffee and gluten is particularly troublesome to those who are sensitive to gluten, which might be me.

After going Paleo I am less sensitive to caffeine in general, I can have more of it and it doesn't affect me as much and doesn't affect my sleep, and my GERD and ulcers have been gone for years.

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on January 05, 2015
at 07:37 PM

Do you get this reaction from all coffee? I get an extreme reaction to only certain types of coffee. Dizziness, shortness of breath, cold sweat, inability to focus, and mild tingling in the extremities. If I stick to types of coffee that I know I do not get this reaction regardless of how much I drink. I believe that it is a reaction to certain additives some coffee manufacturers use. My current theory is that it may be an allergy to chicory which some manufacturers use to stretch the coffee and make it go further, particularly when coffee prices are high.

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on June 25, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Coffee can trigger leaky gut and the symptoms may be close to what you describe.

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on May 25, 2010
at 01:10 AM

I would think this may have something to do with the "heavy cream". I went paleo and cut dairy out of my diet. After some time reintroducing dairy products into my diet, I found that I had developed an intolerance to it. Digesting it now became difficult and I found myself feeling sick and gaining much more weight. It is possible if you develop an intolerance that your body would struggle to digest/process and therefore you may get the nauseous feeling and perhaps a paired with the caffeine it can cause the heart racing.

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on May 25, 2010
at 01:27 AM

Nah, get the same with black coffee, also can have milk in black tea with no issue.

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:53 AM

Is it all types of coffee or just one brew?

I find that if I drink something like Charbuck's typically over-roasted/burned and too strong muck I get major belly cramps, the sweats, and sometimes the runs. My usual mild home brew doesn't bother me.

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on November 28, 2012
at 06:50 PM

none for me. maybe its because i use Organo gold http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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