Topic: Aspartame - Arthritis and Severe Joint Pain A success story!.........
I want to share what happened to me over the past 8 months from using Splenda . I began using artificial sweeteners 3 years ago when i wanted to lose some weight and went on the So. Beach diet. The diet worked fine. I lost the weight i wanted to lose and to maintain it, I continued my daily intake of these tiny yellow packages of "poison", however i never thought of them as that until recently.
I am not a soda drinker so that is not an issue for me, however, i do have to have my 3 cups of coffee every morning or dont come near me! I was proud of the fact that I had learned to convert from normal sugar to artificial sweeteners and bragged that I didnt have any sugar in the house anywhere. Every day in each cup of coffee, I used three (yes, 3) packets of splenda. A total of NINE packets before 7:30 am. Then i used Lite diet creamer which also has aspartame in it. Outside of my coffee intake, every snack i ate was always sugarfree, which meant it had splenda or one of the other sweeteners in it.
I began to notice back aches in Jan of this year everytime i got up from sitting. I work in an office and attributed it to my age, (57) and having a desk job for 25 years. I took ibupropen or motrin and it seemed to be ok. but it was short lived. The pain got worse and extended down my legs, especially around the backs of my knees and on my shins down to my feet. One morning i went to get out of bed, and the pain was horrendous, i went to my knees, could not stand up at all. It felt as if both my legs were broken. I held onto the walls, furniture whatever to get to the bathroom. I coughed as I used the toilet and the pain shot up and down my legs even more. Coughing became my biggest fear. It was time to see a doctor. I went and explained the entire problem. He called for an MRI. The results showed some moderate to severe arthritis in the L4 and L5 area of my lower spine. He said, you have spinal stenosis or arthritis as it is more commonly known. He gave me 10 mg Lortabs which are knock out pills for me, but they took the pain away leaving me in a stupor. These only worked for about 2 months, I went back. The doctor sent me to an orthopedic specialist who read the MRI and started me on muscle relaxers, PLUS 800 mgs of Ibupropen twice a day. He also scheduled me for the first of 4 spinal epidural injections over the next 3 months. They would work fine (and also are very expensive even with my insurance) and i would be pain free for about 2-3 weeks tops. A month ago, i had my fourth epidural and was told i could not have any more because these shots utilize cortizone steroids to numb the nerves in the spinal column and can cause further damage if used in excess. The next step would be surgery and i was given an appt for Jan of 2010 to discuss what type of surgery would be the best for me.
Somehow, and I dont have an explanation, I had this feeling that there was something else wrong. The pain was just not the same from day to day, it would move, it would change in its intensity, some days it would go away without medication, other days nothing helped, i would sit and cry from pain, it was relentless. Every morning I would open my eyes and wait for the pain that was always the worst from being still while sleeping. I got on my computer and typed "arthritis and leg pain". Many articles came up, all about the same, but i hit on one about Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. I began to read and my mouth dropped. It was as if I had written the article myself. And yes, it was THIS website by Dr. Janet Hull. Someone had written on the forum about her legs giving her probs and that she had stopped all artificial sweeteners and it worked. I just sat and stared at it. Then I went and found every single Splenda packet and anything else in the cupboards and threw them in the trash. The next cup of coffee i drank had a small amount of normal old cane sugar in it and regular creamer. Within 24 hours, my pain started to slow up, not much, but some. Within a week, it slowed down ALOT. I did not need any prescription pain killers or muscle relaxers at all. Just a few aspirin. It has now been 18 days, and I am completely pain free! I dont even need a baby aspirin. NOTHING..... I waited to write this letter to be sure I would have my facts straight and that it wasnt just a temporary fix or some coincidence. Its not, I dont have ANY MORE PAIN ANYWHERE AT ALL. I cannot say enough about what this stuff does and how dangerous and harmful it can be. It should be taken off the market, banned, tossed out! I realize now that I slowly and daily poisoned myself with high doses of this garbage. I doubt very seriously that my orthopedic doctor will even entertain my proclamation when i go to him in January, and I AM GOING! I am going to tell him what i did, how it turned out, and to tell him thanks for everything, but i dont need him anymore. If anyone wants to write to me with any questions, I will be glad to answer. I know how it feels. I hope I can help other people who are suffering unknowingly and let them know their relief just may be close at hand and as simple as NO MORE ASPARTAME! There are other causes for arthritis, I know, and I know this may not work for everyone who suffers from it, however, Im hoping that since I tried it from reading what another person wrote to this forum and it worked, it may work for others.
Last edited by Steady998 (12-01-2009 4:44 pm)