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I am recently diagnosed with shingles. After five nearly sleepless nights due to deep constant excruciating pain followed by nearly pain free days, I have a strong suspicion that coffee has been relieving my pain every morning. This morning when my pain went away while drinking my first cup of coffee, I realized that this has been the pattern for the last five days. My pain has begun everyday in mid to late afternoon and gets worse until by bedtime I cannot sleep. Then after I have my coffee in the morning I am able to go to sleep. This morning I even started to fall asleep before I'd finished my coffee. So what is it about coffee that relieves the pain? -- the caffeine, the tannins, or something else.
This afternoon, when the pain begins, I'll try a cup of decaf and if that doesn't keep the pain away I'll try full strength.
Will let y'all know the results.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I welcome any comments or tales of similar experiences you might have.
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