Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Headache

I plan to throw out the entire box...
I can relate to the symptoms I have read...
I have had a whopping headache for hours now...
I noticed incredible fatigue and sleepiness...
I am not happy with the results...
Two weeks ago, my wife decided to use Splenda ...
I decided to try Splenda again...
I have also experienced headaches...
I awoke with a killer headache...
Little did I know I was slowly poisoning my body...
I immediately felt ill from head to stomach...
It was made from sugar, so I thought...
I can breathe again!
Back to good old honey...
I am a nurse who is rarely ill...
I paid the local emergency room a visit...
Back to the drawing board...
I am not myself anymore. What is wrong with me?
These symptoms disrupt my everyday life...
I had no idea I was ingesting poison...
Severe headaches, abdominal pain, gas, nausea...
The migraines returned but with more vigor...
I'm getting dizzy and headaches...
The horrific headache was back...
My headaches correlated with drinking C2...
I switched to Coffee-Mate Carb-Select ...
I started having intense headaches at least once a day...
I lost my desire to for sex...
I thought I was going to pass out the pain was so intense...
I've had headaches and dizziness...
I had tingling, like little bugs were landing on me...
I know pain and this was definitely real...
I was an emotional wreck...
I avoid Splenda like the plague!
Headache has been my companion for three days now...
I finally found the cause of my migraines!
I began to feel bloated, dizzy, tired, and had a headache...
I started using RC Cola products...
I also had a headache and a little lightheadedness...
The ingestion of Pepsi Edge cola...
What I can only call "disco lights" in my line of vision...
I thought I was crazy...
I am so much more sharp in my thinking now...
I had Splenda in Mixed Berry 7-Up...
I started using Splenda over a year ago...
Hours afterward, I began having a headache, serious gas...
My teenage son ate 15 packs of Splenda...
I began drinking energy drinks...

26 comments:

Fala said...

I missed work today because of a horrible headache from Splenda. I just started drinking them a few days ago and I'm so tired, moody, and bloated also. I'm glad to finally read some of the symptoms I have had in other people. I'm hoping that this will be gone in a few days.

Anonymous said...

I have been successfully treated for severe migraines for over a year now. I am on Toprol XL which completely controlled my migraines, but caused some weight gain. I thought I would cut out a few calories by using Splenda. After using it for about 2 weeks, and only in my morning coffee and luncheon tea, I began experiencing severe migraines, blurry vision, swollen temples and bloating. I never connected these symptoms to Splenda until yesterday. I had just made an appointment to see my doctor to find out what could be done about the recurrence of my migraines and the other symptoms. I decided to look on line to see if I could get some information regarding food triggers. The only thing that was different in my diet was the use of Splenda. After reading about the symptoms, I immediately quit using it. Only after 1 day of eliminating it from my diet, I am feeling better, the headache is almost gone and I am not bloated. Thank you so much for this website.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to try an alternative sweetner to reduce my carb intake. I never liked any of the other sweetners but I drank splenda in coke c2 which was half the sugar (sweetness compensated for with splenda). I have found that I can always easily detect splenda in drinks. I drank about 4 ounces and within 15 min had a mild headache. I didn't attribute it to the soda but I didn't drink the rest cause I don't usually drink an entire soda anyway. On and off later I tried other drinks made with splenda and surely enough within 15 minutes I had a headache. I can't imagine ingesting anything that I know can cause headaches like that. People thought I was joking. I did some research and I don't think people know about the possible side effects. This should be published on every product with splenda so that people can be aware. Some drugs advertised on TV have fewer negative side effects but they still tell you. This stuff should have a warning!!!

Anonymous said...

I started drinking Pepsi One about three weeks ago instead of regular Pepsi, hoping it would help me lose some weight. I have felt like I was getting sick ever since. My throat has been itchy, food hasn't tasted right and I have been having terrible headaches. I missed two days of work last week because the headaches were so bad. The only thing I have been doing differently the past three weeks is drinking Pepsi One. I decided to look on the internet for any side effects of Splenda. I was amazed at the number of side effects caused by this product. I can't believe the FDA would approve such a product.

Anonymous said...

I just purchased a sugar free pudding that contains splenda. I had no idea that sites like this even existed, I just wanted to save myself some calories and thought I'd give it a try. It didn't take long for me to get a headache and to feel very weird, like I could cry or something. It was very strange. I thought I'd check to see if splenda could casue side effects(after all, it's supposed to be natural)and found this blog. It's not worth it to save the calories! I'll use good old sugar when I need something sweet and just eat less of it.

Anonymous said...

After Oprah's big Pro-Splenda Campaign I looked at it as a way to cut down the sugar in my diet. Soon after starting up with Splenda I had the worst gas I have ever experienced in my life. I also after consuming Splenda twice in one day once in my iced tea and once in a cup of coffee had the worst migraine headache that I have ever had. It took me a while to put two and two together but the next day after having it in my coffee again, within hours experienced the exact same symptoms. I will never touch the stuff again and have thrown out every little yellow packet of this chlorinated toxin from my cabinets. I have told all of my friends and family to avoid this like a plague. No one knows the long term effects of this substance, but I for one don't want to be the guinea pig to find out knowing what the short term effects were.

Joyce

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced headaches After Stopping Splenda use. I had a rash for 7 months, went to Dermatologist and was treated with every kind of cream and anti-itch pills you can think of with no results. The itching was horrendous. I finally realized that the itching started after I had splenda each day and stopped, th rash is gone but I have had a continual headache for 6 days, wondering if it could be a withdrawal symptom - Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

My husband and I had been having alot of headaches. I also would often get dizzy. On one of the morning shows they were talking about how Splenda used chlorine in the process of turning sugar into Splenda. I recalled an article I had read about how chlorine causes headaches. My husband and I stopped using Splenda and our headaches stopped right away! No more dizziness either!!! Don't use Splenda!!!!!!!!!!!! Paige

LIGHTHOUSE4JESUS1975 said...

My husband and I started using Splenda in 2002 after he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. I noticed after we started using it that we were both starting to have awful headaches, but since a cause could not be found we didn't know that it could have been caused from the Splenda. We kept using it and I noticed that my headaches were increasing, plus my husband and I were getting awful mood swings. It wasn't till I watched a health show and they explained some of the symptoms that Splenda causes did I make the connections. As soon as my husband and I stopped using Splenda and went to organic sugar that our headaches stopped, as well as our mood swings.

Anonymous said...

I bought some Diet Rite soda a while ago thinking it was the same as other diet drinks. I started drinking it and noticed everytime I got a really bad splitting headache. I finally realized it had Splenda in it - not aspartame. I stopped drinking it and the headaches went away.
Today at work we had a potluck. Someone brought a dessert and it was delicious. Soon after eating it I noticed my head was killing me. Then I overheard the woman tell someone that she made it using Splenda! I just found this website and that was enough for me. I will be avoiding it for good now.

Anonymous said...

3 years ago I stopped drinking diet drinks with aspertame because of severe headaches. In order to cut calories again, I decided to try Splenda. Because it was made wtih sugar I never suspected it would cause headaches. Within minutes of drinking one, I had migraine symptoms. Thinking it was a fluke, I tried one again the next day and next. I was also having severe itching and a rash appeared. Upon stopping Splenda use, all symptoms dissapeared within a couple of days. I will never use Splenda or aspertame again.

Anonymous said...

It took me a while to figure it out, but I'm now 100% certain that Splenda has been giving me headaches on a consistent basis. In smaller daily doses (mainly in my coffee, frozen yogurt, etc) I was having mild headaches for some time forcing me to take Ibuprofen on an almost daily basis. It wasn't until after I drank three sugar-free Hansen's Sodas (sweetened with Splenda) in one sitting and I got a severe headache that I realized that there was a direct correlation. I gave up all Splenda and Splenda sweetened products about six weeks ago and I haven't had a single headache since.

jburke said...

Same story here -- after three or four days of taking about a packet and a half a day (half a packet in each coffee in the morning), I experience severe headache, blurred, spotty, and tunnel vision. I felt agitated and anxious. I stopped taking it yesterday and am feeling better and better. Despite my husband being diabetic, the whole box of packets and the bag of baking Splenda is out in the garbage.

Anonymous said...

I have been using Splenda for about 6 months now in water, coffee, and tea. I started having DAILY headaches and had to take inventory of possible causes. Was it high blood pressure, eye strain from daily computer use, or something I had added to my diet? Splenda was the only thing I could think of that I had added to my diet in the last 6 months so I stopped using it about 5 days ago and have not had a headache since!!! It is almost like coming out of a fog. I can't tell you how much better I feel. I hope this helps someone else to ditch the Splenda!

Jessica said...

So I am not crazy for thinking this? I stopped drinking coffee thinking it was the caffeine and felt so much better... no headaches. Had some decaf yesterday, headache returned. Always use Splenda in my coffee... not anymore. IT's the devil!

Anonymous said...

I have been eating yogurt with Splenda in it every day for breakfast for the past 6-8 months. Since then I have developed really bad anxiety and panic attacks. I feel psychotic. I have gotten headaches and had a really heavy, dizzy head. For the past 4 months I have had a real hard time thinking that my brain was going bad, that I was sick, and just crazy thoughts. I never thought about it being Splenda. There is some depression and anxiety/panic disorder in my family, so I thought, it must be my time to go crazy! :) And who knows, it may be! Just yesterday a lightbulb went off and I started researching. This morning I didn't have any Splenda and it feels like I have been socked in the stomach. It could totally be coincidence and what I have been going through could not have anything to do with Splenda, but I just wanted to throw that out there...

Anonymous said...

I had the most horrible headache last night. I had a dinner party for two. My date is diabetic and brought a home baked cherry pie made with Splenda. It was a delicious! It was the first time I had tried Splenda. About an hour after eating the pie, the top of my head and neck became so painful. I don't usually get headaches and I thought this was odd. I took 1000 mg of Acetaminophen which helped but the pain returned within another twenty minutes so I took another 1000 mg. I was in agony. I drank a couple of glasses of water and had to say goodnight to my guest. I carefully went to bed gently cradling my head on a soft pillow. In the morning I felt fine. I went to the gym and worked out. I had lunch and then had another piece of the cherry pie and then the pain has started all over again. I am quite sure that the Splenda sweetener is the cuprit.

CW said...

Approximately seven months ago, I found myself ( inexplicably) unable to flip an egg. This inability was due to a tremor in my right hand. To make a long story short, this tremor took over my life, as it seemingly took over the right side of the trunk of my body (hand, arm, shoulder, neck, and head).

During the last seven months, I visited my Primary Care Physician (blood tests), two neurologists (an MRI and an EEG both with "good and healthy results"), a psychiatrist, an accupuncturist, and, not to leave any stone unturned, a naturopath (blood tests and saliva tests).

I was prescribed many medications, and began taking herbs and vitamins. I took myself off of caffeine, as well as for a short period took myself off of Splenda (sucralose). I started feeling much better, and assuming I had found the culprit (caffeine) I started drinking decaf coffee and tea. However, the tremors, although greatly subsided, always came back! I started, however, to get a warning that an "episode" was about to start . . . a HEADACHE! The tremors also began to signal their end with a headache as well. (Could be the Advil I was popping to alleviate the headache "that started it all" wore off.) However irritating the headaches were becoming, the tremors were still showing an improvement, so again assuming that the lack of caffeine had been a great benefit, I decided to reintroduce Splenda.

Within a short period of time, the HEADACHES changed in nature. They became sharp, stabbing pain in my temple, which would cause extreme dizziness (to the point that it frightened me), and, of course, nausea. (My primary care physician couldn't find anything wrong with my ears.) So I ran the gambit again. Primary care physician, neurologist, and back to the naturopath.

To end my saga, I wanted to let you know that the results of removing specific things from my diet--Splenda ( sucralose) and Equal ( Aspartame). The tremors, the headaches, the "fuzzy memory," all of it GONE. Within days of no longer ingesting either product I was seeing improvement. Yet within a week, I had what seemed to be a harmless cupcake at work, and within 2 1/2 hours I had headache, dizziness, and tremors. They were all back. I again went approximately 14 days without it, and this time deliberately ingested the product, and again within 2 1/2 hours all symptoms were back!

If by chance you are like I was for YEARS and purchased any item at the grocery store that stated LIGHT, 25 percent less sugar, or the best-selling point, CALORIE Free, I encourage you to do a bit of research on the products I have listed above. It is my opinion that my seven months of adventure were due to Splenda and Equal.

CW
06/10/07

kristie said...

A year ago I was diagnosised with high blood sugar. In an attempt to improve my overall health I switched my family & I over to splenda. I began training for half-marathons & lost twenty pounds over the last twelve months. You would think with the weightloss I would be feeling better, but I have just suffered through yet another massive headache. I am 37 year old mother of two & spent the better part of the day away from them because I could not function. I am promptly stopping all splenda use in our house because this is no way to live.

CR said...

I have been complaining of mild headaches, sleepless nights and light headedness for several years. Recently I read an article about Splenda which prompted me to stop taking the 10 packets a day plus the 3 to 4 diet drinks sweetened with Splenda that I was taking. All of a sudden my nagging symptoms went away. Just to make sure, yesterday, after a month without Splenda, I drank a diet drink. My headache came back and I couldn’t sleep last night.

Bonnie said...

A couple of years ago I bought a box of Splenda and got a splitting headache AS I WAS DRINKING my iced coffee. It was nearly instantaneous. I felt sure it was the Splenda, yet after a few months I still had the box of it and I thought to myself 'what if it was just a fluke?' So like an idiot, I gave it another try and once again got a whopping headache within a couple of minutes. I called the phone number on the box, and they did refund my money. I threw away the product at that point. After reading so many similar stories, it boggles my mind the stuff has not been held to a higher level of scrutiny! This is a scary sort of thing when you consider something rather drastic must be going on in the head/brain to have that much pain that fast.

Anonymous said...

For sure the Splenda causes headaches. I have used Splenda on an off for a few years and could never correlate the headache with the Splenda until recently. I was having awful headaches and decided to stop Splenda because I had a feeling that it was the cause of my headaches. After about one month decided to try it in my morning coffee. Within 3 hours have a splitting headache. Haven't had a headache in a month! Glad I found this website and confirms my experience.

cjc said...

I recently started eating Murray's sugar-free cookies that contain Splenda. They are delicious and do not taste sugar-free. I had also been having headaaches, but did not make the connection to the cookies. Yesterday I ate 5 of them and almost INSTANTLY got a horrible headache. No more of those cookies for me. I am bummed. Now where do I find a great tasting sugar free cookie that I can eat???

Joshua said...

Splenda does not cause headaches! Maybe you all should see a doctor. It has already been proven not to cause any harm including headaches to the body. A matter a fact it is the only artificial sweetener marked safe as not causing any effects. Also to some of you caffiene is a drug related to cocaine, so stop doing it you druggies who always feel scared to get decaffienated stuff and also for you people who are just scared of artificial sugars might be causeing your own headaches unintentionally.

Anonymous said...

"Joshua"
Some people have reactions to things like an bee sting, nuts, etc..I think it's possible to have an reaction to fake sugar.

I found out that when I drink with anything that has aspartame in it, I get an low grade headaches in 40 minutes for about 3 hours. I've verified it with many different types of soda.

Anonymous said...

I did a Splenda experiment last night..... Well, I stopped all Splenda for about 3 weeks and the nocturnal headaches and joint pains stopped. Then, last night, I thought I'd test it and I drank one Splenda-sweetened diet soda before I went to bed. Sure enough, this morning I woke up with a nasty headache and all of my joints hurt. So now I'm totally convinced that Splenda is the source for a lot of my health issues. I'm going to drink Zevia from here on out....