I start the day with a soak in a hot bath (for the aches and pains), then my first batch of prescription meds and my vitamin D supplements, washed down with strong, hot filter coffee.
If I have to skip any part of that ritual (apart from the vitamin D), I am in a poor state. Since I’ve been trialling gabapentin, I sometimes do meds and coffee first, then the bath, as gabapentin is ideally supposed to be spaced every eight hours, which - if you spend a “normal” amount of time asleep - means you’re due one pretty promptly on waking up. I don’t stick rigidly with the eight-hour thing, as it’s impractical, but I do try not to dally the morning away, before taking the first one.
And yes, I do find coffee gives me a boost, throughout the day. I almost feel it has mild pain relieving properties, as I tend to feel a bit better after a nice brew, even if I didn’t take any painkillers with it. Just typing this is making me fancy one.
I don’t think this is unique to MS. When my dad was seriously ill - terminal, in fact - with a very painful form of cancer - he used to find that just sitting down with a coffee helped slightly. Maybe it’s the sitting down, maybe it’s the stimulant, maybe it’s that heat alone is comforting. I do get a similar boost from a hot meal, but not from a cold snack.
My trouble now is I’m starting to have waterworky problems, and have an appointment with the continence nurse in March. I already know I’m going to be advised to cut the coffee and cut the wine - which between them account for most of what I drink! Why would anyone bother with water, when there are such things as coffee and wine?