Can soda cause flares?

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   Posted 7/8/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

Well, after feeling pretty decent for quite awhile now, I woke up Sunday morning and found myself in the middle of an awful, awful flare. I'm still feeling pretty crappy today, too, and I am puzzled because I haven't really done anything different recently. Still exercising and stretching and taking my vitamins and getting rest and drinking plenty of water and limiting my sugar intake and also cutting gluten out completely. The one thing I did do, though, is drink some Sprite both on the 4th and Sunday. I know we should avoid caffeine, but Sprite is caffeine free, so I'm wondering if anyone's been thrown into a flare from drinking non caffeinated soda?

Maybe there's nothing to this at all and I'm just grasping at straws, but I just can't for the life of me figured out what triggered this awful flare. The weather's been good, I haven't over done it, but I also haven't been too sedentary so I just don't know what gives!

Hope everyone's having a relatively pain free day. :-)
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   Posted 7/8/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Danielle I refuse to give up my Diet Pepsi, I drink caffeine in the mornings and switch to caffeine free in the afternoons. I do not drink coffee or alcohol, I have had to give up so many foods due to gastroparesis and not being able to digest them so my Diet Pepsi I'm hanging onto til my doc tells me to give it up for some medical reason. I go through the good and bad times just like everyone else so in my opinion it is not the Sprite causing you to flare. Our weather can't make up it's mind what it wants to do right now so I've been kinda yucky the past couple of days myself, it rains and then the sun comes out and then it rains again etc.
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   Posted 7/8/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
sometimes this disease flares for absolutely no reason at all. Like having the pain and fatigue and brain fog isn't hard enough. You can be doing everything right, and suddenly feel like you've been hit by a truck.
Sorry you are flaring.

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   Posted 7/8/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Was it diet Sprite? If so, you could be reacting to the artificial sweetener. I can't think of any reason for regular Sprite to cause a flare.

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   Posted 7/9/2009 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
my doc says that a flare can start for two reasons. 1. you did something stupid. 2. you did not do anything stupid. Sounds like your flare is because of reason 2.

I absolutely cannot live without caffeine. I cut down in the afternoons so I can sleep at night, but I drink coffee or iced tea every single day. Is it that important??

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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I dunno ... I normaly don't drink soda, but I was running errands so for lunch last week I had a lunchable and one can of soda. I ended up feeling totally bad ... 2 pain pills later I didn't feel any better! But I think soda is just bad for you in general, Fibro or no.

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   Posted 7/9/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Aspartame in diet soda is the culprit.  It's like poison.  Stay away from diet drinks! nono
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   Posted 7/9/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just reading that last night in the fibro for dummies book: foods that likely make fibro worse are aspartame, caffeine and msg. The book said that aspartame is in a lot of diet foods and it is hard to keep away from it. It also said that when you are at a restaurant tell them you are allergic to msg.

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   Posted 7/9/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I use caffeine as a pain reliever. It works for me.


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   Posted 7/9/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
i can't have aspartame it kills me.... i am lucky if i can have a can of pop a month
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   Posted 7/9/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink coffee every morning and sometimes I will have a sprite in the afternoon. I haven't noticed and connection with my flare ups. It always effects people differently.
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   Posted 3/11/2014 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Sleepybug,
I joined this forum just to answer your question! I had not had a flare in a couple weeks. I had thought drinking sodas might be helping to cause flares. Last Sunday evening I ordered an "orange float". I did not even think about it being a dumb idea, we'll that night I had a terrible flare! Could not sleep everything hurt, even my toes! So, personally, I truly believe that carbinated drinks can affect those who suffer from fibromyalgia.

I attend a bible study group on Monday mornings. We have some of the best cooks around too! Inveribaley I have flares on Tuesday night and all day too. These gals have the best desserts. Well, I don't believe it is the company or the studying ;) .... But the sugar and carbs maybe the culbrites!
I do know different things trigger flares and these May be your's too.
God Bless, Terri

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   Posted 3/12/2014 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Terri,

Welcome to the may want to stick around and become part of the "family," apart from just this issue. If so, there's a great thread at the top of the list, "Fibro 101." Lots of great information in there.

I'm going to lock this thread, because it's several years old, and that's what we do in these cases.

Hope to see you around!

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