However, a recently published study (The Journal of Headache and Pain) showed that coffee might be a double-edged sword. Previous studies showed that caffeine can have positive (pain reliving) and negative (pain increasing) effects depending on the dosage.
The new study assessed the effect of caffeine cessation for at least 2 weeks on the outcome of acute migraine treatment. Surprisingly the patients in the abstinent group (no caffeine) had clearly better results compared to the group who continued to drink coffee.
• No-Coffee-Group: 72.2 % reported an excellent efficacy of treatment
• Coffee-Group: 40.3% reported an excellent efficacy of treatment
• Moreover the No-Coffee-Group reported greater pain reduction
Since the study was rather small (n: 108) future researcher is necessary to investigate this topic. However, trying coffee cessation for 2 weeks might be worth a try for some patients.
Source: The Journal of Headache and Pain
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