Do any of my fellow j pouches think coffee or espresso affects us in a bad way?
I think it can, especially if it’s caffeinated. Personally, caffeine makes me feel shaky and nauseous so I generally avoid it. Several years ago, before my surgeries, I saw a nutritionist and she said caffeine has an effect that is basically like putting your intestines on a treadmill and overworking them so it can trigger IBD & IBS symptoms. Knowing that, I assume it could trigger symptoms for people with j-pouches too. I also remember my surgeon saying coffee is one of the foods that can trigger symptoms for people with j-pouches...this was a few years ago and I don’t remember exactly what he was referring to but I think we were talking about skin irritation from having lots of watery BMs.