Does caffeine make you sick?

20180311_163314I used to drink pots of coffee when we had our restaurant.  Every time our servers walked pass they would top up my coffee mug.

I had no choice but to give it up, when I had a bone density test, and found out that I only had 47% bone in my left hip.  They were hips of a 90 year old.

I had to give up caffeine, very little alcohol, take calcium supplements, and do weight bearing exercises.

It took me 18 years to reverse my osteoporosis, and now my range is ‘normal’ for a 70 year old.  I am loving it.

I go to Starbucks most weeks, and the baristas know that I have a Venti brewed decaf with caramel.  I rarely go on a Saturday, but was waiting for my husband’s meeting to finish at the F.O.E., which is pretty much next-door.

I placed my order, and the place was jamming as a parade was going on downtown.  The lady asked if a pour over was okay, and I said that was what they always do.

Around 6 minutes later my drink was called.  I was there for an hour, so drank the whole large coffee.  I then picked up my husband, and as he is diabetic, and went somewhere to eat.  I was starting to shake, and thought it might be that I needed to eat.  Well that didn’t work, because I started feeling worse while eating, and driving home.

My stomach was upset, I had diarrhea, and a headache.  Immediately I knew it was the coffee.  It had caffeine in it.  When I checked my free refill, the decaf hadn’t been checked off.  It was too late to do anything apart from spend the rest of the day, and evening on the toilet, and recliner.

I did email Starbucks, and ask them to ensure that they always make decaf when asked for.  Many times I have seen people trying to give me regular coffee, as no decaf is made.  When I catch it I always tell them that they will make me sick.  When it is handed to me, I always double check that it is decaf.

Thank goodness I am fine now.  Has this happened to anyone else?



  1. I have had reactions of shaking hands and jitteriness but nothing as bad as what you have had. I only had that when I was travelling and consumed waaaay too much coffee I( usually in Italy) Now I have one latte a day at Panera with no side effects.

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  2. That hasn’t happened to me, but it does my mom. She has celiac disease and if she goes out to eat she has strict food rules for the chef. Only once did a chef give her a hard time, so she didn’t eat – because if she did she would get very sick. The chef did not respect that she could have gotten sick – he looked at it more as “fad dieting.”


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