Okay, this is another odd-ball article topic here, but please bear with me. Have you ever wondered if the coffee you grab in the morning on the way to work might be causing your back pain and sciatica?

Well, of course there are foods that you can eat that either hurt or help inflammation in your body, which may contribute to back pain. Foods like junk food, fast food, red meats, fried foods, pastries, and cakes are of course not good for you. These foods are loaded with trans fat, saturated fats, and have a high glycemic index. All of which will only exacerbate inflammation and make your back pain worse.

On the other end of the spectrum there are foods like walnuts, blueberries, salmon, cod, and other fruits which are extremely good for your health. These foods are filled with Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin D. All of these foods are great for you for a lot of different reasons, but when it comes to your back, these all help to reduce inflammation which takes pressure off of your spinal nerves and relieves back pain.

But where does coffee fit into this spectrum? Now, of course there are extremely sugary, high-calorie coffees that you can get at coffee shop chains. These types of coffees have high glycemic indices and many of them contain a high amount of saturated fats in them. These coffees are definitely not good for your inflammation and your back pain.

But what about straight black coffee without all the sugar and other goodies that turn a breakfast drink into more of a dessert?

Well, black coffee is a lot better for you and it doesn’t really have the “not good for you” ingredients. But it also doesn’t have any of the good ingredients either.

However, I’m sure you’re aware that coffee has caffeine in it. If you’ve ever had to write a college term paper the night before it was due, you’ve probably used this to your advantage.

But did you know that caffeine can actually elevate levels of anxiety that you experience? This is why people that get the jitters from too much coffee seem a little jumpier than normal. Essentially the coffee is putting them on edge and sending their bodies into the fight or flight condition.

When you are in fight or flight, your muscles are a bit more tense than normal, mostly to prepare you for a quick escape or confrontation with any perceived threat.

Now, if you have back pain, this isn’t good news. Even a little bit of muscle tension can cause your piriformis or psoas muscle to irritate your sciatic nerve and cause back pain. Definitely not good.

So, you see, although there probably isn’t much real danger in drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, it can contribute to back pain issues. If your back pain is something you’ve been struggling with for awhile, it might be worth the effort to cut back on the coffee.

If you’d like to discover more effective methods for curing sciatica, check out my Back Pain Diet review, where I examine Brian Dean’s strange new solution to back pain relief by changing your diet.

Leroy Lombard used to suffer from sciatica brought on by Piriformis Syndrome. After studying the causes and cures for sciatic nerve pain and finding lasting relief himself, he enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.

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I’m really suffering with very bad sciatica at the moment hence the reason for printing this article after the heading caught my eye. Over the last few weeks I know I have definitely had a lot more caffeine than normal. I shall be cutting my caffeine right down to see if it makes any difference.



  1. That is very interesting to know I think there is a lot of truth in what you say :yes: but you have had a lot of stress lately Barmac and have noticed myself when a little stressed I tend to get back ache due to tense muscles x


  2. I’m told all the time about the bad effects of coffee and all about caffeine. But I only drink a couple of instant coffees a day. Is it the tea I drink? There must be billions of anxious people then? Yes, there are good foods and bad, all around you. What I say is try and eat a fairly balanced diet with as much fruit and veges you can get. As for my tomatoes – are they fruit or veges?


  3. its quite amazing. coffee can give such a problem. back pains are really painful for god sake and medication don’t have lasting effects too. for this regular excercises that is also in inversion system by some expert advice is really worthful. inversion therapy have lasting effects on back pains, i found it.


  4. We now know that caffeine can help with pain, so obviously it’s not going to cause sciatica.
    Drink proper, real coffee from ground beans and brew it properly. Don’t drink instant. Don’t drink too much. A shot of espresso is enough. If it does taste bitter, a little sugar doesn’t hurt – it really doesn’t. It’s the OVER-consumption of sugar from sweets, candies, cakes, pastries, donuts, ice creams and other desserts and even salad dressing and things like that, is the problem with sugar. Instead of wanting to eat that cake or sugary dessert after your lunch or dinner, eat a lovely, juicy, crisp apple instead, and just get used to that.
    I have sciatica. Most of it comes from sitting at the desk with the computer, and also from sitting in the car for a long period. You need to stretch. Go for long walks, with sit-down breaks every half-hour or so.
    Bicycling is a great way to get rid of sciatica. Even stationary bikes. Do that for 20 minutes a day, it’ll loosen and then strengthen your butt, back and thigh muscles.
    Change the hardness of your bed once in a while. Put a couple of extra sheets/ towels under your back, then strip it to make it bare bones. Even put a thin rolled-up towel at the nape of your back when you sleep next time and try to un-knot that area. Also switch out your pillow as well from soft to hard, hard to soft, just keep switching it around. The constant, consistent, same-old cushioning/sitting position locks up everything in your body and it all need to be loosened up and massaged with changes in hardness/softness. Give that a try.


  5. I take those No-Doze pills to help me stay alert at work, and one day I took twice the normal dosage because I was feeling really drowzy, and my back felt like someone just starting whacking at it with a 3-iron. Now, I work outside with my hands all day, digging holes and such, so I can’t drink coffee. Too hot. I’ve been having back problems, but it never hurt as bad as it did that day. Oh, and just for your information, No-Doze is straight caffiene. I’ve given up on them since then. Doctor’s orders.


  6. I agree, as a huge coffee drinker (up to 20 cups per day) I had really debilitating back pain from a number of herniated discs and other issues. I stopped coffee about 5 weeks ago, replacing it with tea (at significantly reduced numbers), guess what, the pain has halved. I am still in pain but it is tolerable without using tramal all the time!

    Do not drink coffee if you have back pain!!!


  7. I have some deterioration in my lower back discs and when I drink coffee my back pain gets debilitating. When I stop the coffee and drink plenty of water and my regular dosage of vitamins I am OK!!! Coffee is a diuretic which sucks the water out of my system and especially my sensitive discs as they are mostly composed of water! It’s quite easy for me and regardless of all “coffee is good for you” hype I know where I stand with coffee….I don’t!


  8. David, thanks for posting this, that is quite amazing but at the same time what they do say can happen with some people. I guess fluid as in water is best for you, I find ANY type of alcohol can effect my back both with relaxation and as a diuretic but 30 minutes later the pain comes back worse !!!!


    • Hi Mat,
      I have no idea what you are talking about? There is no mention at the end of this artilce about a back pain diet review???????????????????????? Sorry


  9. Hi , have to say Ive had bad sciatica for around 8 yrs. Some days its very hard to move. Im quite lean.I realised recently, when I moved to Europe I started drinking coffee all day even at the gym & that the lower back was starting back then. About a year ago I started drinking Organic coffee and didnt notice too much difference however now I have started on the B12, B Complex, Zinc, and others which I noticed a marked improvement, it wasnt until I stopped drinking the coffee last week that I had NO PAIN and couldnt believe it, I was only trying to be healthy and drinking water and herbal teas. Today I had a bought coffee half strength as they are way too strong for me and I barely got out of the place to get home ‘backed seized up’. Hence the reason Im on this website. there has to be a connection depending on the individual and their diet Mineral and Vitamin intake etc..interesting. I could actually put socks on last week and got out of bed not feeling an ounce of pain or discomfort.


  10. Well, maybe I am an “odd ball” but I have severe osteoarthritis in my back,
    ankles & feet, also suffer from sciatica. I drink drip coffee with sweetner
    & powered creamer. The days I drink coffee I have less to no pain compared to
    the days I drink no coffee.


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