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   Posted 3/26/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not recall if anyone has spoke about Aspartames effect on FM.
I have been pretty stubborn concerning my FM and have tried to not let it effect my life in many ways. I do what I want and suffer the pain. I am young and can still do that.
however, the more I read about Aspartame the more I wondered if my beloved Diet Coke was causing me unneccasary pain. The short answer is YES.
I gave up everything with Aspartame almost a month ago. Within the first week I was significantly better and right now I would have to say that my pain, exhaustion, etc is at most 20% of where it had been for the last couple years.
I encourage everyone to avoid Aspartame as much as possible!!
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   Posted 3/26/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Jokat, thanks for the post. I avoid aspartame, too. However, it is because my theory is that our bodies can digest natural things more easily than it can digets processed, man-made things. I heard the stories, but never bothered to see if there were any double-blind scientifically sound research out there to support them. I am glad you are feeling better.

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   Posted 3/26/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
The controversy over aspartame has been going on for many years now. I have chosen not to believe there is any harm in it or I would have to give up my beloved Diet Pepsi and that would be very hard for me, just love the taste of it, nothing better than an icy cold Diet Pepsi. Regular Pepsi taste like syrup to me with all the sugar in it.
There is only one way to find out if it does help and that is to do what you have done Jokat and give it up and see what happens. Does Pepsi Zero contain aspartame or is that Coke Zero??? I'm not diabetic so I don't eat sugar free foods, just my Pepsi.
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   Posted 3/26/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the raw brown sugar or the sugar / stevia packets. Only use one sweet-n-low in my home made lemonade, it melts better than sugar LOL
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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave up diet coke a week ago. It's been a trial alright. A couple days ago I was in significantly less pain than I had been. But the last few days, no difference to my pain that I have noticed. We will see as I go along. I am going to give it more time.

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   Posted 3/27/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not eat or drink anything with artificial sweeteners in them. It's not because of my fibro but I would always feel really sick and nauseated after eating/drinking anything with the sweeteners. Maybe it is my body's way of saying they are not good for me. Of course everyone is different. They probably do not affect a lot of people this way.
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   Posted 3/27/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
When fibromyalgia first came to visit, before I had a diagnosis, I gave up all aspartame for three months. In my case it made no difference.
1999 Fibromyalgia and all the fun stuff that goes with it came to live with me.

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   Posted 3/27/2010 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave up anything with aspertame around Christmas time.  After reading about the effects of artificial sweetners, I was sure that it was the cause of my pain.  But it really made no difference.  Shucks! 

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   Posted 3/28/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave up artificial sweetners about 6 months ago hoping it would help but no...still pain.
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   Posted 3/29/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I wish everyone had been able to enjoy the benefits that I found by quitting Aspartame. Just reminds us how widespread FM is and how it affects us each so differently.
I wish you all luck in finding your FM triggers and being able to limit them.
I am still enjoying less pain and fatigue now that I am over a month with no Aspartame.
I have also decreased my tomato intake.....something about the acids are believed to trigger FM.....we will see.
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