Aspartame Poisoning
Stole 20 Years of Good Health

by Sue B
(WI.)

I suffered for over 20 years with aspartame poisoning. My health symptoms started shortly after I started using the product back in the early 1980's. It started with a general feeling of not being well and then led to swelling of my hands and knees. The symptoms continued with more swelling, joint pain, headaches, restless legs and such. The doctor could not find anything wrong. They finally claimed I had rheumatoid arthritis and began treating me for it, even though the tests were negative.

My symptoms continue to worsen over the years and I had to find another doctor to help. I went to the University of Minnesota but they couldn't find what was causing the problems. I would get lumps on my head like I had been hit in the head with rocks. They would be very sore and painful and would last for days, they came with headaches and difficulty in concentrating. The pain was getting unbearable. Every joint ached and I had muscle pain all over. I had constant swelling in my hands, feet, knees, joints, muscles, making it very difficult to walk. It hurt so bad to move, yet sitting still hurt as well.

I was finally given a diagnosis of fibromyalgia from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. They gave me pills for pain, pills to sleep, pills for swelling and I would down them with my diet coke. At that time I was drinking about 3-5 per day, along with all the other sugar free products I was using to help me control my weight. Oddly enough, I was still overweight.

I also had problems with carpel tunnel, mortons neuroma in both feet, heart palpatations, chest pain, ringing in the ears, hernia's, hair loss and irregular menstrual periods which finally lead to a complete hysterectomy.

I do not know if all the symptoms were related to the aspartame poisoning, but I sure was a very unhealthy person. The pain just kept getting worse. There was never a day without pain. I would often wonder what it would feel like to have a normal day again. I felt like life was just not worth living in the condition I was in. I do not know how I managed to care for my 2 children and run a child care business in this condition.

I give a lot of credit for my success to my husband. He was very tolerant of me and was always helpful in my suffering. There were times he had to carry me to the bathroom. I would most often not be able to walk for any length of time, my feet would swell so bad. We would often have to get a wheel chair when out in public places.
I continued to pray for an answer that would lead to relief and I did research on my own, thinking there had to be something more. I felt so poisoned, it was as if I could feel the poison running through my veins and making me worse.



It had crossed my mind years before, thinking about the new artificial sweetener that replaced saccharin, since my symptoms started about that time. But I figured it must be safe if it's on the market. How could it not be. Silly me.


Sometime in 2002, the thought popped into my head again about the aspartame, and I decided to rid myself of it. I quit drinking diet coke and started reading labels. I found so many products with artificial sweeteners in them that I never knew about. There were so many names for it as well. It's even in medications and gum.


Within the first few weeks I started feeling better. After a couple of months I had about 60% improvement in my symptoms. After 6 months I was about 80% better and within about a year 95% improved.

Now, I have to watch closely what I eat and I can tell if I ate something that contains disguised artificial sweetners. I will have symptoms immediately. I also find that I will get symptoms again if I am extremely active. I wonder if there is still some of the poisoning in my system. I probably need a serious detoxification program to rid my body of any remaining poisons.

The poisoning began back in 1983 and the nightmare continued until 2003. I regret that I was trusting in the FDA and manufacturers of the products we use. I suffered horribly for 20 years of my life. I was 20 years old in 1983. My twenties and thirties were riddled with pain and agony not to mention the doctors bills. I lost 20 years of my health and the best years of my youth that I can never get back.

I am greatful to God however, that I finally did get an answer to my prayers. I now have pain free days and I never take a single one for granted. I just hope that I can help someone else suffering from aspartame poisoning, before they waste valuable years suffering needlessly.

I do notice that I did start getting noticeable memory loss some time in 2004. I do not know if it is related to all the poisoning, but I can't help but wonder if there will not be more repercussions from 20 years of aspartame poisoning, not to mention any side effects from all of the medications and pain killers I took over the years.

Good luck to all of you working so hard to get the word out about the dangers of artificial sweeteners. Too bad so many had to suffer for so long, but maybe with much effort, more and more people will become educated and less will have to suffer. Thanks for listening, Sue B.

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Apr 07, 2014
ten days NEW
by: Anonymous

so glad i found this page. started drinking coke zero ten days ago to avoid sugar. felt like i had arthritis all over my body and sore wrist and two very bad knees. stopped drinking the coke and noticed my wrist and aches got better. found the page last night. not placebo effect :)
thanks again

Mar 30, 2014
Thank goodenss for the internet NEW
by: Anonymous

or I would be on some other BS to stop the pain from simple Nutrasweet. I go with Sweet & Low and am fine

Feb 24, 2014
Add me to the list! 20+ years, too! NEW
by: Judith

I had the incredible pain everyone here has experienced. I got epidural injections in my spine to get a bit of relief. Could hardly walked. Was diagnosed as diabetic. Now, like some of you have mentioned, I can tell within minutes if I've chewed gun with aspartame in it. Watch for it in meds, especially chewable things.

Jan 17, 2014
Aspertame Poising NEW
by: Magic Fingers

I have been drinking Aspertame for about 23 years. I am a Pepsi man. I too was consuming 3-5 a day. In the last three years specifically I have been having the same symptoms. My hands and wrists and ankles and all my joints would swell and be in severe pain. I couldn't sleep at nights. When I went to the doctors offices and hospitals I would request wheelchairs. It would get better then worse then better and worse. It would last for about two weeks then about a week respite and start up again. I stopped drinking it 6-7 weeks ago and have more strength now in my legs. No swelling or inflammation in 5-6 weeks. My mood is better. I have been losing weight. About 25 pounds. I have read that Aspertame Poisining can go away in as little as 2 months if you detox to as much as a year or more if you dont detox. Your situation sounds about right with 95% betterment in a year.

Aspertame Poisining can destroy muscles and nerves and joints. Just about every part of your body. Good luck getting a doctor to diagnose it though. I dont known if its that they dont want to end up in court or they just prefer to continue misdiagnosing patients.

I have been on disability for over a year now and hope to go back to work if this continues.

Jan 04, 2014
Aspartame Poisoning NEW
by: Anonymous

My brother-in-law came down with same symptoms as everyone has described except his is 10 times worse, can't speak well anymore, can't walk, can't function on his own. What can be done if anything to help him? He needs his life back, his 17 yr old son needs his dad in a bad way and "his" 1 yr old daughter needs him

Jun 02, 2013
At Least I'm Still Alive NEW
by: Paghat the Ratgirl

Aspartame had me in severe crippling muscle pain for two years before I figured out what it was. The doctor could only give pain pills that were useless. Found a list of causes on-line and only aspartame applied. I stopped drinking Coca Cola Zero and chewing trident gum and two weeks later I was mostly well. At times when it seemed like this was going to be chronic for life, I thought suicide might be the best way to escape it. It's criminal there are no warnings on products. I might've known to stop using it within a few weeks if I'd known it was even a possibility for causing debilitating pain.

Apr 23, 2013
That stuff is a nightmare
by: Anonymous

I too suffered from this product. I almost died. If I try it ever, I immediately hurt now.

Mar 06, 2013
Answer!
by: sympathiser

I did start drinking diet coke from 1984 and suffered for years until 2001 when I stopped drinking the damn thing. The explanation for your reaction after extreme activity is that one’s body encapsulated the aspartame’s by products Formaldehyde and Methanol in capsules of fat and water. That’s why drinkers of aspartame all appear fat! AS one loses body fat these chemicals get released into body.

Mar 02, 2013
Me too!
by: Jana

Thankfully, I only suffered for months and not years. I did, however, suffer! By the third month of increasing symptoms and 5 doctors with no causes (just treatment) I had begun contemplating my Will. The pain was horrific! I was wearing compression socks, carpel tunnel brace, and had developed baker and ganglion cysts.
It started after I began a diet. It ended when a friend suggested it was sweeteners. I quit the sweeteners (Splenda is NO better) and within a couple days knew exactly what had been causing me issues.
I am now pain free! This stuff is the devil!!! I'm only 33 and I felt 90!
I am also a law student and lost a lot of study time to this affliction. It affects your memory, concentration, and sleep - my insomnia was crazy! Even if you suspect sweeteners are affecting you, STOP. You will know within a week if that was the problem.

Feb 24, 2013
Interesting subject.
by: Grapenuts

I never touch diet drinks, But do use artificial sweeteners in coffee, and other things. I will have to work on getting away from all the fake stuff and see what happens.
My severe pain from fibromyalgia, blurring vision and diminished memory and all the other insane things that are going on may improve, at this point even a bit of relief would be great.

My onset of symptoms of constant pain was around mid 80's so it's possible.

Is there any drug or vitamin to ~ clean this stuff out of my system?

Feb 22, 2013
Aspartame
by: Sterlingirl

I have been using sugar free products for about 30 years. I'm not a huge diet soda drinker, but I chew sugar free gum and use sugar free coffee creamer every day. About a year ago, I experienced joint aches and pains in my shoulders and elbows; also numbness and tingling in the fingers of my right hand. My weight is normal and I have always been physically active and healthy so I was surprised to have such pain that prevented me from playing golf or going about life without taking an OTC pain reliever. A friend described a similar experience of joint pain and the association of aspartame in his diet. When he stopped ingesting aspartame, his symptoms were gone! I tried it and within a week, I had improvement. In a few months, my pain level went to nearly zero! I read labels now and I'm very careful about what I choose to eat or drink.

Feb 21, 2013
Poisoning
by: Dee

This is like reading about myself!
Someone posted an article on FB today so I googled it and found many postings... Coke zero will never pass my lips again!

Mar 02, 2011
some of the same symptoms
by: saldivarmom

I've had some of the same symptoms as you. I thought I'm too young to be in pain every day. I also had small hair loss around the temples. I'm so glad to know it's not just me whose had some of these problems. I can't believe how much better I'm starting to feel just after 4 weeks.

Jun 02, 2010
same symptoms
by: sapphirestorm

I just want to thank the person for posting this. I have experienced almost all symptoms listed here for about 1 yr and a half. Very uncomfortable and puzzling. Now after reading this I don't feel crazy, lol. I will do more investigating and hopefully the doctors can help me.
Thank you.

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