Well i've gone about
6 weeks now without aspartame or MSG which hasn't been easy. Whilst i can tell there's been a distinct improvement in my symptoms i'm still left with quite a few problems.
My concentration levels have increased but not back to the level they were before, this still frustrates the hell out of me. It seems like i have a couple of hours after waking up where i feel ok and then the fatigue and foggy head sets in for the remainder of the day.
My mood has changed somewhat. Before i quit i was extremely eratic with my emotions, totally manic one minute then crying for no reason the next, infact i was so bad my GP thought i might be bi-polar. The first few days after i stopped it felt like i was in a dream world and nothing felt real, i felt emotionally flat as though nothing meant anything to me. This has improved over time but i can tell i'm still not quite right, hopefully time will heal.
The feelings of going to have a seizure have lessened considerably, i still get parts of my face go numb but this also isn't as bad as it was. My muscle spasms and twitches have decreased too but not 100% yet.
My vision is still bad though, i'm still seeing trails behind moving objects, floaters and everything is generally blurred. I'm not too confident about this getting any better.
Plus i've been to the A&E quite a few times the past week due to having chest pains and weakness in my arms. Apparently my heart rate is 64bpm which they say is a little slow and i've got a double beat every now and then. They said this was nothing to worry about but i never had it before and the chest pains do concern me a lot.
I've also gone numb in certain parts of my body and the feeling hasn't returned, not too hopeful about that either.
Another disturbing problem i've been having and still have is difficulty swallowing food. This is terrorfying and i'm sure this is compounded by the fear i have of choking on some food.
I've also noticed that besides becoming sensitive to aspartame products i also can't consume anything with MSG in it. If i do my symtoms get worse, so basically i'm just eating whole foods and cooking everything from scratch. That has been a challnege as before i was the king of microwave food and take aways.
Thinking about it i've had warning signs for quite a few months that something wasn't right, after eating a MSG full take away and consuming half a litre of coke i would get chest pains and shortness of breath. I really wish i'd taken more notice of what my body was telling me before i messed it up so badly. But then again they shouldn't put all that crap in our food really should they?
Anyhoo i've rambled but i do feel about 40% better, some days are better than others but i think i'm still detoxing anyway. Hopefully i'll be feeling even better in a few months. I'm just glad i got off of it, i really believe i'd be dead if i hadn't.
Take care everyone and good luck with your battle.