I am Christina from Charlotte. I’m a 57 year old female, and I’ve been using diet sweeteners for about 3 years now.
My health symptoms started after consuming aspartame, Equal, Sweet N Low, and Splenda. I’m embarrassed to say that my children use aspartame, and the other diet sweeteners, too.
What I use – they use.
I am not aware of using products that are not labeled sugar-free, so I guess I better start reading all my labels because I’m pretty sure I was using more than I was aware of.
Leg Pain and Back Pain
About 3 years ago, I started on the South Beach Diet. I began using Splenda in coffee and in everything else – even snacks.
It seems that anything labeled sugar free has Aspartame in it.
Everything went fine for awhile – I lost some weight and was going through life as normal.
Until about 6 months ago, that is. I began using more and more Splenda in my morning coffee: 3 packets per cup and 3 cups every morning.
This was outside all of the sugar-free foods that I was eating – I ate a lot of sugar free jello, puddings, snack cakes, etc, etc. I began experiencing pain in my hips and down the sides of my lower legs.
It got worse and worse.
Finally I went to an Orthopedic Specialist who ran an MRI on me and said (and I quote):
“Your back is a mess and you have spinal stenosis (arthritis) in your lower lumbar region.“
He put me on narcotic pain killers and sent me for a series of epidural steroid injections to control the pain. They lasted for about 3 weeks each, and then it would all come back.
I reached a point where the pain was debilitating when awakening in the morning, I could not stand on either leg, and would sometimes not be able to make it to the bathroom on time.
I found the pain was moving from one leg to the other, or one hip to the other. Some days it wasn’t so bad, but others it was more than I could stand – I just sat and cried from the intensity.
I just found your articles and website on Friday, and today is Sunday. I was completely shocked and had never EVER thought it might be my high intake of artificial sweeteners. After reading your experience and the many other articles on this “poison“, I went and rounded up everything with Aspartame in it and tossed it in the trash.
Relief In One Day
I can tell you that within 24 hours, there was marked relief. My pain had reduced by about 25%.
In just one day!
This is my third day of aspartame and Splenda withdrawal, and I won’t say that I am pain free, I’m not, but I’m 40% better, and the stiffness and pain go away within about 5 mins after waking up instead of 45 mins.
I also have not needed anything more than Tylenol to control the discomfort.
I hate taking narcotic pain relievers.
So I’m three days into my detox, and I had to write and tell everyone that this is NO joke – this Aspartame nightmare.
I am so hopeful for continued health and relief from pain. Im sure since the the MRI DID show some arthritis in my lower spine that there will always be some sort of pain, but nothing like this I hope. I am 57 years old, and was about ready to just give up and file for health disability benefits.
Now, I do think that I might be on my way back to some sort of normalcy.
This stuff should be yanked off the market, and right now!
Thanks for getting the word out, and I plan on writing to every health agency I know, including my orthopedic doc who wants to do surgery on me next!
God Bless You ……….. Have you had others talk about leg pain and arthritis from Aspartame? I found just a few articles on it and its not on your side effect list.
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