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I am not having fun coming of caffeine before surgery. Probably after the headaches go away I will be fine. Then the artificial sweeteners will be next. I have 2 months so I am sure I can do this. I am not required to do a liquid diet b4 hand. I might do it anyway just to prepare my liver to shrink down. I hope I have not gained since last visit. How did you do in breaking your caffeine addiction?

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I thought it was going to be more difficult than it actually was. I quickly found that drinking Decaf took care of my "addiction" and trust me, I drank 2 of the monster energy drinks every day in addition to my morning coffee(s). Keep your eyes on the long term goal. It's amazing what getting the proper amount of sleep will do for your caffeine addictions. I had to change that as well. Fortunately for me, the same time I had to give up caffeine I also got my APAP machine, so that helped with my sleepiness as well.

Good luck to you.

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I weaned myself gradually off it. 1/4 Decaf, 3/4 caffeinated for a week or two, then 1/2 decaf, 1/2 caffeinated for another week or two, and so on until I was just drinking decaf.

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About three weeks prior to surgery I stopped all caffeine. It wasn't bad so I thought, what the heck, I'll just start again and then stop a couple days before surgery. Big mistake. BIG! Massive headaches and withdrawals. Now I only drink Decaf and even stay away from tea because I figure my body is used to not having it!

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5 hours ago, catwoman7 said:

I weaned myself gradually off it. 1/4 Decaf, 3/4 caffeinated for a week or two, then 1/2 Decaf, 1/2 caffeinated for another week or two, and so on until I was just drinking decaf.

I will eventually need to stop decaffeinated and drink just Water I guess. What did your nutritionists say about not drinking decaffeinated either or is it ok.

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7 hours ago, Jobber said:

I thought it was going to be more difficult than it actually was. I quickly found that drinking Decaf took care of my "addiction" and trust me, I drank 2 of the monster energy drinks every day in addition to my morning coffee(s). Keep your eyes on the long term goal. It's amazing what getting the proper amount of sleep will do for your caffeine addictions. I had to change that as well. Fortunately for me, the same time I had to give up caffeine I also got my APAP machine, so that helped with my sleepiness as well.

Good luck to you.

I have bad sleep issues maybe getting of caffeine will help.

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4 hours ago, FLHappyGirl said:

About three weeks prior to surgery I stopped all caffeine. It wasn't bad so I thought, what the heck, I'll just start again and then stop a couple days before surgery. Big mistake. BIG! Massive headaches and withdrawals. Now I only drink Decaf and even stay away from tea because I figure my body is used to not having it!

The headaches are so bad but hope I will be able to stay off my diet cokes. I've drank them for 16yrs. Alot of food addiction trying to break before October.

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1 hour ago, debra102364 said:

I will eventually need to stop decaffeinated and drink just Water I guess. What did your nutritionists say about not drinking decaffeinated either or is it ok.

I couldn't have either one immediately after surgery (decaf still has acid in it, even though it doesn't have caffeine - and acid can also be hard on healing stomachs), but I was allowed Decaf fairly soon afterward - maybe at about a month out? I can't remember. I had to wait six months before I could have regular again.

some surgeons allow decaf right away - and some even allow regular right away. They seem to be all across the board on this.

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I weaned off with Decaf, which I thought I would continue after surgery. But, low and behold, I couldn't tolerate it at all. All of a sudden, coffee tasted terrible. I tried a sip the other day and it was just awful - not at all like I remember. Funny thing is that green tea started to taste sweet instead of astringent. I drink decaffeinated green tea or herbal teas now. I am very wary of the acid in coffee, as I have Barretts esophagitis and even developed a Barretts polyp. So I don't want to do anything that would increase the risk of cancer or ulcers. I don't miss the coffee at all.

Diet Coke is another story! I stopped Diet Coke about 3 years ago and it was agony. It took the better part of 2 years before my car stopped wanting to pull into the McDonald's drive through! That stuff is soooooo addicting! But I haven't had a sip since and I know if I did it would probably taste terrible. Again - a good addiction to break. The acid is bad for stomach and teeth. Did you know that soda (regular or diet) is listed as a factor contributing the fatty liver disease? There is nothing good about it.

A couple weeks before surgery, I went off all sugar. What a blessing! I don't want dumping, so that was a no brainer. Without sugar and caffeine, my energy levels are so consistent, with no afternoon slump. One of the best things I've ever done as far as diet goes.

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1 hour ago, AZhiker said:

Diet Coke is another story! I stopped Diet Coke about 3 years ago and it was agony. It took the better part of 2 years before my car stopped wanting to pull into the McDonald's drive through! That stuff is soooooo addicting! But I haven't had a sip since and I know if I did it would probably taste terrible. Again - a good addiction to break. The acid is bad for stomach and teeth. Did you know that soda (regular or diet) is listed as a factor contributing the fatty liver disease? There is nothing good about it.

I used to be a Diet Cocaholic. I have taken exactly two sips of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi since surgery (at at least three years out), and I thought I was going to DIE. It tasted like chemicals. Absolutely disgusting!

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When I cut out coffee, it's usually cold turkey but I use tasty close alternatives

Here are my favorites:

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The Postum is the superior one but usually quite hard to find. Ive drank it since childhood & the company stopped producing it about a decade ago , but i found links on Amazon so maybe they started again.

Cafix is my runner up.

Good Luck 💜

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Don't drink much soda but yes got an issue with energy drinks well have to cut them out soon before surgery.. Gave up alcohol few years ago thank God..

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2 hours ago, GreenTealael said:

When I cut out coffee, it's usually cold turkey but I use tasty close alternatives

Here are my favorites:

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The Postum is the superior one but usually quite hard to find. Ive drank it since childhood & the company stopped producing it about a decade ago , but i found links on Amazon so maybe they started again.

Cafix is my runner up.

Good Luck 💜

Thanks for recommendations. I also am going have issues in the bubbly of the carbonation. One step at a time.

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23 minutes ago, debra102364 said:

Thanks for recommendations. I also am going have issues in the bubbly of the carbonation. One step at a time.

You've Got This 💪

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My surgeon didn't have issue with caffeine of oi need a couple black coffees a day

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