Patient Comments: Artificial Sweeteners - Experience

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Comment from: chaz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I presume that the sweetener stevia is not mentioned because it is natural as opposed to artificial. Still, things that are natural of course can be harmful, especially in excess. I myself use it and I wonder what people experience as the pros and cons, and whether the FDA monitors it in any way as it does artificial sweeteners.

Comment from: Trish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I'm not sure yet, but will keep tabs. I've got fibromyalgia and an undiagnosed neurological disorder which causes shaking, speech difficulties and my legs to buckle at times. Due to these falls I've hurt myself and sometimes crawl around until the episode passes; sometimes a few hours. I have been pretty good recently. I just finished a tin of stevia this afternoon and resorted to Splenda in coffee. About an hour later I started to have shakes similar to tics. I am now wondering if it could be from artificial sweeteners. I was told my complaints could be mild multiple sclerosis at one time, then not sure. I was under a neurologist for eight years then stopped appointments with him as he didn't seem concerned when I broke a rib from a fall. Earlier evoked potentials were unusual. Fibromyalgia causes me enough grief let alone the process of this other problem which could be described similar to hyperreflexia. I am due to see another neurologist soon. So now I'm going back to stevia, limit my caffeine and other additives in food and take notes. Seventeen years with fibromyalgia and 9 years with the other problem has totally destroyed me at times. But I'm tough and refuse to stop living; even if I'm crawling around or walking on my backside until I get my legs back. I'm going to give it my best shot to eliminate sweeteners and other things as well. This afternoon was a wake-up call to ponder on what I've described.

Comment from: Grumpynfun, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

I began experiencing an aplastic reaction from Xylitol which is used in many dietary products. I recently discovered toothpaste and mouth rinses contain Xylitol. I even get a reaction if a diet soda on regular soda pass through the same spout. It is concerning to me because print is so small on the ingredient list of many products and I carry my EpiPen everywhere. This should be addressed more than it has been.

Comment from: becks, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

After years of drinking diet sodas, chewing tons of gum, and packaged diet foods containing sucralose and aspartame to keep my carbs low, I began developing debilitating aura migraines. Once I made the correlation by cleaning my diet up and introducing foods that are known to cause migraines, I was able to identify the culprit. I have cleaned up my diet and began reading labels a little more closely. Unfortunately, I am unable to eat a lot of packaged food because of the presence of artificial sweeteners. You would be surprised, they range from sausage to 'health' bars. I do not experience migraines as often, maybe one or two a year, and I can usually figure out what it was that I ate and cut it out immediately. The situation has forced me to eat healthier and closer to the source of the food than I had before. Hopefully this will help if there is someone out there suffering from issues such as migraines; check what you are eating.

Comment from: Fluff, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 21

When I was about 40 I was hooked on Diet Coke and drank about 5 - 6 cans a week. Plus I was having Equal in my cuppas. After about 2 years of this I started to get muscular dystrophy, pins and needles, dizziness and the shakes. I stopped having it and it took about 2 years to get my legs working again properly. I was getting twice weekly massages on my legs as well. Nothing helped. I kept tripping over and being uncoordinated. I didn't know that was causing it, but I do now. I'd given it up because it was artificial that's all. Stay away, its pure poison.

Comment from: DebraRN, 45-54 (Caregiver) Published: April 14

If it were not for artificial sweeteners, I would be as big as a house. What is worse, some vague connotations to health risks related to artificial sweeteners or being grossly overweight?

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