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August 2000 Issue

Caffeine May Both Worsen and Quell Pain

Q. I suffer from chronic back pain and my doctor told me to cut out coffee. Is there a link between caffeine and pain? A. Yes, there are several studies linking caffeine consumption to increased musculoskeletal pain and a wealth of anecdotal information supporting the connection as well. But caffeine also aids the analgesic effect of pain relievers. It appears to be a quirk of caffeine that it has this dual effect on

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