I am a 47 year old female who’s used aspartame for several years. My health symptoms started after I started consuming aspartame.
I drank a lot of diet flavored water, I ate diet yogurt and drank all different kinds of diet pop throughout the day. I also used Equal, but I won’t let my kids use any of this stuff.
This all started about 3 years ago when my friends and I went on a diet, reducing our carb intake. My friends are wealthier than me, and I couldn’t afford all the fancy foods they told me they were buying.
So, I went to the store and bought a bunch of cheap items, plus normal everyday foods, like fruits, fish, chicken, meats, vegetables, etc.
ALL I drank was the flavored water!! It was fruit flavored and loaded with ASPARTAME, I later found out.
I drank at least 3 – 1 liter bottles a day of that poison laced water, plus one or two fat free ASPARTAME yogurts daily.
Then, I would have a pop – a Diet Pepsi, Diet Mountain Dew, or Diet Coke.
Anything I ate – yogurt bars, pudding, whatever – HAD to be diet and most contained ASPARTAME.
I used Splenda, NutraSweet, and Equal during this time in tea and coffee, too!
Then It Began
One morning I woke up with my left pinky finger burning like someone had set it on fire with lighter fluid. By evening, my entire left side was on fire, from my hair line, face, chest, back and mostly my arm and hand!!
My vision was blurred, I was dizzy, confused, and very hot all over. Plus, my eyes were jittery.
I was terrified!! I lived high in the mountains, I didn’t drive, and the weather was icy. I had to wait until 1:00 pm the next day before I could make it out and get to help.
I went to a clinic and the doctor sent me on to the ER for a CT Scan, thinking I had a stroke.
I had a tentative diagnosis and referral to go see a Neurologist where I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis!!!!!!!!!
Oh my God, my life ended that day! I was devastated!
The Neuro had me jump through all of the traditional tests like a MRI and a Lumbar Puncture (which was negative and should have made him doubt MS). But he confirmed the diagnosis and started me on what turned out, for me, to be one of the biggest nightmares of my life ~ INTERFERON!!!!!
I started taking Rebif, an injectable, which I learned how to torture myself with 3 times a week in my upper thigh, and stomach, rotating it in 4 different areas.
The shots gave me horrible red, huge raised welts and knots and necrotic holes. My partner began injecting me in my buttocks, and that’s when the panic attacks started and I just couldn’t take the shots anymore.
I did Rebif for a total of 6 months, but could barely lift my head off of my pillow the next day after a shot, and I had severe flu symptoms after each shot the entire 6 months.
Most people think that this reaction goes away in a matter of weeks. I didn’t experience that.
My doctor switched me to Avonex, a once a week, a weaker Interferon injected with an inch and a quarter needle into the upper thigh, once a week, by me.
I had the same flu-like symptoms, but it took a longer time between shots, and I felt a little better. However, other symptoms kept developing to the point that my doctor had me on 18 different medications a day!
I finally asked my Nurse Practitioner if she could get me in to see an MS Specialist at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tn. who I had found on the Internet.
After months, she finally got me in.
They reviewed my case and were very angry that I was EVER diagnosed with MS!! They reversed my diagnosis and started weaning me off the many medicines I was put on!!!
They immediately had me stop the Interferon, Avonex and I shouted in celebration!!!!
Can you imagine the damage all of that crap did to me on top of the ASPARTAME?!!!!???
Was I reacting so horribly because I didn’t need it in the first place? No wonder nothing showed up on the lab tests – but my health symptoms were all very real.
My hair fell out in clumps and it use to be beautiful, my teeth have now all cracked and many have rotted or have been pulled, and I am in line to go to a dental college to get 5 caps on my front teeth.
Nice combination ASPARTAME & INTERFERON. NOT, NOT, NOT!!!!!
I have permanent Peripheral Neuralgia, which is also stemming from a collapsing spine, and have to take 800 mg. of Neurontin 3 x a day for the continuing nerve pain.
This keeps the pain down to a dull roar at least.
I also am taking 100 mg. of Topamax twice a day to control my severe headaches from Occipital Neuralgia. The Interferon and ASPARTAME fried my occipital nerves to the point that I was having steroids injected into them to control the severe swelling and excruciating pain, a VERY unpleasant experience.
I have weaned myself off all of the meds but 3 of them, plus I take herbal supplements. I stopped the diet stuff right after my diagnosis.
I am still a mess as I have a collapsing spine, but at least I don’t REALLY have MS on top of that!!!!!!!
Thank you for helping save lives!! By telling me to get off of everything diet (and especially the flavored water) you saved me!!
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