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aspartame causing fibromyalgia pain
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iliveinpain - May 15

I was wondering if anyone else has heard of aspartame poisoning being a contributing factor in muscle cramps and stiffness of fibromyalgia. I've read about people who chewed sugarless gum with aspartame in it and over the years it builds up and breaks down as formaldehyde in your body. This would seem to me to be an actual cause of this disease if this is true. It got me wondering because I've been chewing sugarless gum for the past 20 years, and that's just about the time I was diagnosed with fibro. I'm going to try to get off of the gum habit and start chewing a natural sugar free at Whole Foods, but I'm curious if anyone else is a sugarless gum addict and thinks that maybe this is harming us?? Please respond, thanks!!!!


JOEGIRL - May 16

iliveinpain,You have a good question there. I drink diet cokes everyday so I hope someone has a answer. I chew lots of sugarfree gum also.I will be checking back for comments on this one. I would have a hard time giving up my diet cokes tho.I do drink caffine free .


Fantod - May 16

I can't say definitively that artifical sweetners cause fibromyalgia (FMS) but they certainly contribute to higher pain levels. It is suggested that anyone who has FMS should avoid any product containing an artifical sweetner, lunch meat because of nitrates and deep fried foods. If you need to use a sweetner in coffee, Stevia is a good choice. It can be found at any decent health food store.

Some people have been found to be overly sensitive to aspartame resulting in major health problems. Personally, I doubt that this is the source of FMS. Take care.


jerrybaby - June 4

Ever since going off aspartame... (I was drinking at least 5-6 diet cokes a day) I have been feeling better. I believe artificial sweeteners are poison. I do once in a while have a diet coke. But I only keep regular soda in the house. Nothing diet. I don't think it is what causes FMS, but I think it can exasperate symptoms. It's really not good for the general public, no less us.
There have also been studies stating that the use of artificial sweeteners actually increase the risk of obesity versus natural sugar. I was quite surprised to read that. But my switch to regualr Coke, never increased my weight.


Cassiel - June 5

Hi Jerrybaby,

I just saw a dietician and she said yes to your question. aspartame/splenda, etc. All forms of
artificial sweetners are poison and lead to FMS/MS and nerve disorders. It also increases pain. also aids in obesity as does splenda. My dietician said to use Stevia or Agava Nectar which does not affect blood sugar levels.
She's a FMS specialist with food. There might be
one like her in your area.



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