Diet Coke causing pain??

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Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/26/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone else heard that drinking Diet Coke causes pain??  I have heard that the sweetener in it causes pain, especially in fibromyalgia.  I have tried to cut down on the intake of Diet Coke and increased my intake of water.  I have been so thirsty lately and in such a pain flare that I thought I would give it a try.
 
I would really like to know if any of you have done this and what your results were.  Please respond and let me know.  Thanks,
 
Lindaloo
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PAlady
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   Posted 4/26/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Linda,
I can't answer your question directly, but it seems nearly everything I like is starting to cause pain now! Acid reflux stuff.

Anyway, I thought maybe going to Dr. Andrew Weil's website might be useful for you. I think it's www.andrewweil.com but not sure. He's a specialist in Integrative Medicine and combines traditional with alternative meds, and is usually up on a lot of that research.

And I'm sure someone else will come along who has a more specific answer!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 4/26/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda,

I can't put my finger on it, but I think that I have also heard this about some artificial sweeteners. I am trying to think where I heard it... I want to say it was when I was listening to "Skinny *****" by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin. They had some really interesting (and gross) facts about all the things that we ingest. It was kind of interesting, but I had to turn it off half-way through when they described in detail how cattle are slaughtered. I couldn't bring myself to listen to that, nor the rest of the audiobook.

I can't really tell you too much more. I drink a lot of water (my meds make me so thirsty!), although I have been drinking more soda lately - both because my stomach has been off & I've been trying to get some "energy" from the caffine.

Skeye

edt
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   Posted 4/26/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Linda,

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) has a long list of side effects, as do most artificial sweetners!  You can google Aspartame side effects, I believe you will find your answers there.

The best sweetner to use is Stevia, some brands have an after taste....I use one called Astraya Stevia, its sweet and tasty. Stevia has many favorable  health benefits and it is completely non-toxic. The herb is actually nutritious, contains protein, calcium and many other vitamins and minerals.

If you need some help getting the water down and to quench your thirst try making Lemonade or Limeade from Fresh lemons or limes, sweetened with Stevia.  Serves 2 purposes will quench your thirst and lemons/limes are very alkalizing to the body.

I have a friend who drank up to 6 cans of diet coke a day and had symptoms of a stroke, it turned out to be the Nutrasweet laden DC.  She started on a detox diet of fresh fruit and vegetable juices for 10 days and then stuck with a fresh food diet and had a complete clearing of all symtoms.  It was very scary to say the least.

Hope this helps.

Patti 

 

White Beard
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   Posted 4/26/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Lindaloo

Is it the Coke Cola that is causing the pain or the carbonation  from the soda causing the pain? Coke  I think has a lot of acid in it, or something! I know it can be used for allot of things.  I know one Doctor that had us use Coke Cola ( but it had to be the plain regular brand  not diet) to unclog G-tubes in patients.  I have personally used it and it works better than anything else! I sure don't know what it is that is in it though! I myself don't  drink pop or soda, I don't like the taste of cola, and the carbonation bothers my ears, so I don't drink any of it, I don't drink beer either for the same reason, and I don't care for the taste of beer. I guess I am just a wonderful wine-O at heart! smilewinkgrin   I would be interested in knowing what is causing your sudden thirst though?

White Beard


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/27/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
You thinking diabetes White Beard?? Well both my mom and grandmother had type 2 as older adults, (my age) and my husband is diabetic but eveytime I test with his kit, my BS is normal, so, I don't know.

I think it might be the sweetner in the diet coke that might be causing my symptoms. I have posted on the fibro forum too and that seems to be the consensus from all the replies.

Thanks White Beard and everyone for caring about me.

Lindaloo
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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
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White Beard
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   Posted 4/27/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Lindaloo
I am not sure what to think, but if this an on going problem then I would talk to my Doctor about it, and maybe he/she might run some test and find out what is causing it. What type of test kit do you have for diabetes? And when do you test yorself? Anyway I would keep an eye on it and if you continue to have problems with thirst and pain in your stomach ( how is that going?) check with your Doctor about It!

Good Luck to You, Lindaloo

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/27/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Did I say that I had pain in my stomach?? Whew fibro fog, don't remember that.

Anyway I do a fasting and then a random. Don't worry I'm ok. Feeling a little better since I cut back on the diet soda and drinking more water. I'm not as thirsty anymore. Think that the diet coke may have been dehydrating me for some reason. Anyway, I will keep a close eye on it. You know we nurses are the worst patients, White Beard. hahahahahahaha.

God bless and thanks for thinking of me.

Lindaloo
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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
Linda


White Beard
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Lindaloo

Well your thread asked ("Has anyone else heard that drinking Diet Coke causes pain?? ") I guess I just assumed that it was stomach pain, what other type of pain would coke cola cause? As I mentioned I don't drink the stuff, soo. Well as a nurse have you ever heard of using regular Coke to unclog G-tubes?
Yes we nurse do make the worst patients, and we also are usuallythe "do as I say not as I do"type of people because we often give out good advice to our patients but allot of time we don't do what we advise our patient to do!
You take care of your self Lindaloo!
White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   

White Beard, the sweetener in diet drinks is known to cause generalized pain in the body is what the consensus of my thread is coming up with.  I have fibromyalgia, so this is what the concern was for me.

No I have never heard of the G tube trick with coke.  Funny cause I used to work in ICU in my early years as a nurse too.

Lindaloo


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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
Linda

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