First of all, God Bless you for all your good work and tenacious spirit!
Secondly, Howdy to a fellow Oregonian! (Portland Metro here!)
Lastly, I truly feel like ca-ca! Waaahhhhhhhhhh!!! Here's why...
6-8 cans of Diet-Pepsi daily consumption for the past 9 years! (Hi, my name
is Shar... I'm a recovering Diet-Pepsi User)
Diagnosed Bi-Polar - On antidepressant, Effexor, and Lithium for past 9
years & presently.
Felt completely fine, up until 4 mos. ago, I suffered a Pulmonary Embolism
& was put on Coumadin Therapy. I adhere to Coumadin's recommended restrictive
diet of Potassium (Broccoli, Leafy Veges), Aspirin, Anti-Inflammatories, etc.
I have been in agonizing pain, since my PE & can only deduct that the
combination of Coumadin & Aspertame is somehow the culprit. I have ceased
all Aspertame consumption 5 days ago, sans withdrawal symptoms... Newsflash:
I still feel like crap! I realize that it may take some time, if ever, to
feel good again. Must interject here, that despite being Bi-Polar, my
ailments are NOT imaginary! I am suffering from very real & unbelievable
back pain, headaches, muscle soreness, malaise... all of these symptoms
increasing with intensity.
I was a healthy, energetic 52 yr. old prior to PE, with no marked side-effects
from Aspertame, Effexor & Lithium for 9 years. I have read that Aspertame
& antidepressants can be a bad combination, but thankfully that wasn't so in
my case.... Or who knows? Maybe after dropping the Aspertame, I may find I
don't need the Psycho-pharmaceuticals??? Oh boy, I could go into a
whole different area here...
But there must be something going on with me, concerning the Coumadin-Aspertame
usage. I wondered why my Pharmacist or the Physicians didn't warn me of the
indications of Coumadin-Aspertame Cocktail... I mean they told me 'bout the
Potassium & ohther Indications. But after hours of Internet Research on the
subject, I have learned that these "Professionals" are clueless about the
effects of Aspertame with other drugs.
Are you aware of any studies on the use of blood-thinning products (Coumadin,
Warfarin, Heparin) & Aspertame? With my 9 yr. - 8 cans of Diet Pepsi a day,
do you have any idea how long it will take for my body to rid itself of the
I will keep you posted on my progress... and F.Y.I, my PE wasn't a result of
Aspertame (No matter how BAD the stuff is), but rather an airline flight!