Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling

I remember wondering then if there was a connection...
Some ankle pain and knee pain...
I had no idea why I was feeling so bad...
I lost my desire to for sex...
I was feeling worse every day...
My joint swelling has gone down...
Terrible pain and aching in my jaw muscles...
Splenda has struck again...
I was afraid I was doomed to walk as an old lady...

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

i also have joint pain....i have been drinking 4 c icetea(sweetened with splenda) for months and never once thought that my pain could be the cause of splenda!!!! i also put one packet of splenda on my cereal every morning...i am going to stop for a month and see if that is the culprit.
i will post once i find out my answer!

Anonymous said...

My wife warned me about the potential dangers concerning sucralose and in checking this morning on several websites, I've decided to halt my ingestion of sucralose and see if my joint pain subsides. I've been on a metabolic diet for approx. 8 weeks and am required to drink 1.1 gallons of water per day. I had trouble drinking that much water so I switched to a sucralose flavored water which was easier to tolerate than straight water. When I do jog, I experience joint pain for several minutes before the pain finally subsides. I attributed the joint pain to old age but now I want to see if the pain susides with the elimination of sucralose.

Florida said...

I've lived on a sugar restricted diet for years because of chronic candida overgrowth. About 11 months ago I started putting sucralose in my water and lemon juice just to have something different. I starting having joint pain in my knees and hips thinking it was from Kick-boxing.
My husband asked if I had done anything different with my diet and it dawned on me that maybe it was the sugar substitute. This is my second week on a no sugar, no carb diet and my pain is subsiding. The moral of this story ...if it's man-made, it can't be good for you.

Joni said...

For the past two weeks I have experienced joint pain for the first time in my life and had to quit running - which I love. My wrists, knees, shoulders and back ached terribly. I am not a sugar freak and don't drink soda. I decided to try Crystal Light flavored water. I loved them! And started drinking 4 or 5 each day. Shortly thereafter I began taking anti-inflammatories for the pain and researching to figure out what I was doing different. I eat healthy so it wasn't a food issue, I am 56 and very fit. Once I discovered the web info about Splenda and the connection to joint pain - there is no doubt in my mind Splenda is the culprit. Here I thought I had RA or something of that nature. So no more artificial stuff for me!!

Anonymous said...

I am having joint pain which seems to be rapidly increasing. Currently I can't bend my left thumb. The main joints affected are my left knee and fingers. I have increased use of flavored water with Splenda and iced tea sweetened with Splenda in the past 8 weeks. I am abstaining from use beginning today to see if my condition improves. I am scheduled for xrays on friday and have been diagnosed with arthritis and tendonitis as of last wed. I will report back with results.

Anonymous said...

I'm only 23 and I've developed very sore wrists and ankles lately in the past month. I couldn't think of any logical reason why it is happening. Sucralose consumption isnt as high as most of you people, but it is steady. I just don't understand what is happening to me.

Anonymous said...

I too have started having increased joint pain. It occurred to me yesterday (after hearing that splenda turns in to chlorine in the system) that Splenda is the only change in my diet that I have made over the say last year. I am generally very healthy and only use it 1-2 x per day. I work out 4-5 x per week but I am experiencing more and more joint and tendon pain. Could Splenda be the culprit?

Anonymous said...

I switched from coffee (black) to hot tea with 1 pack of Splenda for about 6 weeks now. About the last week to 10 days, I have had chronic, bad ache to severe pain in my left knee and left hip socket. The effects seemed almost immediate, but would last through out the day and when I stopped using Splenda, the pain diminished away just as fast.

Anonymous said...

I had experienced severe joint & muscle pain with frequent bouts of terrible heartburn, stomach and bowel issues. I was tested for everything under the sun (RA, MS, lyme's disease, lupus, etc., etc.)-- all negative. The joint pain was by far the most severe symptom. Every day it was a different ache... one day it would be my knee, the next my elbow, wrist, shoulder, neck, fingers. I would set my alarm an hour early so I could wake up, take some ibuprofen, and go back to bed until it kicked in. I was in a terrible depression with no medical answers.

In desperation I scoured the internet looking for people with similar symptoms. I stumbled acoss a website about the dangers of Splenda/sucralose. After reading numerous accounts of people describing the exact symptoms I was suffering from, I was instantly convinced that Splenda was the cause of my pain. I had used Splenda in my coffee and iced tea, plus some low-carb food products. I threw it all away that night.

After less than a month, my symptoms had almost completely disappeared! The daily agony faded to a dull ache and then to almost nothing. I had been taking ibuprofen every 3 or 4 hours just to get through the day. Six months later, I still have pain in my fingers and wrists. My fingers occasionally swell and I have pain from my wrists up toward my elbows. Although I have no way of proving it, I think the Splenda use may have left me with early osteo-arthritis (I'm only 38). Not a great thing for a web programmer, but it's at least manageable.

Although I have no medical evidence, I'm 100% convinced that Splenda was the cause of my problems. I tell everyone I meet that it is pure poison!

Anonymous said...

I have had severe pain in my hands to the extent that on the rt hand, the middle three fingers cannot bend without me "holding them, and the middle finger on the lt hand is stuck, almost in the upper position for over 3 years. I've been tested for everything and all results have been negative. I'm diabetic and have used Splenda ever since it's been available on the market--including in baked goods. I'm giving throwing mine away immediately. Thank Goodness for websites like this!

Anonymous said...

I thought Diet Coke with Splenda and vitamins would be great, so I purchase the 12 pack. Imagine my dismay when my hands and feet swelled within minutes of drinking only one can! Not only that but yesterday I had a migrane and the pounding heart sensation. Not another one for me - EVER!

Anonymous said...

I have spent considerable time worring that I am going thru pre mature athritis, but after doing some research, and reading on this site, I realize that Splenda/ sugar free water products including sucralose are what is causeing my joint aches and pains. Each night, around 5pm they start and last till around 10am the next morning. Sometimes my ankles ache, then my fingers and wrists, neck wont move, the the next night its my knees and then my shoulders are locked up... I have even experienced Jaw joint pain... I was so worried about what was happening to me, since I am only 30... but now that I know.. I can only hope and pray that this damage isnt going to be perminant!!!

Anonymous said...

I've always been healthy and active, especially since I got a dog last year. Being a pet owner encouraged me to take frequent walks, both for her benefit and mine. I also discovered the benefits of low-carb eating, leadling me to supplement my diet with sucralose as a sugar substitute. In the last few weeks I notices a recurring hip pain, which I assumed was related to walking, even though I stopped a month ago due to a hectic work schedule. The pain seems to be increasing and actually woke me this morning, leading me to the Internet for answers. I noticed that sucralose was tied to joint pain. I will be throwing out the Splenda I used to sweeten my chai tea and oatmeal. For that matter, I will avoid all chemically manufactured foodstuffs.

Anonymous said...

I've always been healthy and active, especially since I got a dog last year. Being a pet owner encouraged me to take frequent walks, both for her benefit and mine. I also discovered the benefits of low-carb eating, leadling me to supplement my diet with sucralose as a sugar substitute. In the last few weeks I noticed a recurring hip pain, which I assumed was related to walking. Even though I stopped walking a month ago due to a hectic work schedule, I figured my hip pain was a delayed reaction to the repetitive hip motion. However, the pain seemed to be increasing and actually woke me this morning, leading me to the Internet for answers. I noticed that sucralose was tied to joint pain. I will be throwing out the Splenda I used to sweeten my chai tea and oatmeal. For that matter, I will avoid all chemically manufactured foodstuffs now that I know what marketers will "feed" the American people in the name of profit.

Anonymous said...

I have had a problem with my thighs aching and hurting, upon arising in the morning. I use Splenda in everything, especially iced tea. Does anyone else have these particular symptoms?

Mike said...

I'm 59 years old and in relatively good shape. I've been using Splenda for several years now. Two ind pkgs per cup of coffee X 5-6 cups per day. Then about 6 months ago I went on a Splenda sweetened Cranberry juice binge, drinking maybe 30-50 ounces every evening. I loved it! Suddenly the right elbow started hurting a lot. Even soaping a washrag was very painful. Pulling myself into a truck with the right arm became an impossibility. Opening the door to a Toyota Pickup had to be done left handed. When the right knee started experiencing similar pain, I stopped the Splenda and the cranberry juice, and the pain eased almost instantly. At it's worst, the utility of my right elbow was probably down to 10%. One week after quitting the Splenda, it's utility is now back to at least 95%. Very little pain now unless I do something extreme, like hold all my weight by just the right arm ... That still causes intense pain. But prior to stopping the Splenda, it would not have been possible to do at all. Both the knee and the elbow pains appear to be totally nerve related, and not indicative of muscular, bone, cartilege or tendon problems ... Much more like inflammed nerves or overly stimulated nerve nodes ... Some kind of nerve damage that does not appear to be permanent. Hope hope hope. If the next week or two show continued improvement, I'll repost at that time with my joint-pain update.

Anonymous said...

My husband has been complaining for weeks now that his fingers and elbow hurts all the time and he can't sleep for all the pain. He is a diabetic so he asked me to buy him some sugar subsitute. I start first with Splenda then with cheaper brands, with sucralose in them. Finally, we decided to find out what he might have, and we found this website. We can't believe others have the same symtoms. We are done with this stuff. Randy and Sandy

Mark Yannone said...

I'm glad you found us before you resorted to medication or surgery. This is certainly keeping doctors, pharmacists, and hospitals busy.

Nikki said...

I am frustrated that I feel mislead but I am also happy to see that I am not alone! I have been using artificial sweeteners on and off for six years. I have had many problems with my stomach and bladder and I am starting to wonder if it is because of the use of sweeteners. I switched to splenda two years ago thinking that it was the "safer" choice...I have been experiencing many of the symptoms listed on this site...about three weeks ago my boyfriend accidentally bought the granulated form of splenda (more made for baking...it fizzes when you put it in liquid--should have been a sign to begin with)On top of being fatigued/dizzy, I have been experiencing neck, hip and back pain (it feels more like my spine) and the "knot" on my upper spine has grown to the size of a golf ball-it seems to have come out of nowhere...I am currently having back pain to the point where it hurts to walk/bend. I will no longer use sweeteners and stick to natural sugar. I am eager to see if there is improvment with my many symptoms...I am so upset with myself for putting this stuff into my body for so many years!! Best of luck to everyone who is in the same boat as me

Anonymous said...

Feb 16th 08 Hi, I am taking Splenda (5 to 6 packets with coffee and tea per day. I am having increasingly sore shoulders and aching arm muscles. Seems for no reason and is getting worse. I am 62. I will stop taking Splenda now and post the results over the next months just in case it is related.

Anonymous said...

WOW an answer to whats going on with me. I am a healthy, 39 year old female. I workout 6 days per week. I had to almost stop jogging because of ankle pain. I also started experiencing severe wrist pain. Im stopping the splenda immediately!

Anonymous said...

I have been suffering from unexplained abdominal issues as well as severe joint pain (knee, hip, & back) for about 3-4 years now. I drink 1-3 cups of coffee per day with 3 individual packs of Splenda. I also drink about 1-2 cans of Diet Coke per day (I have been using Splenda for about 3-4 years). I just found out about the effects of Splenda and I am removing all artificial sweeteners from my diet immediately. I am 20 years old, and have been suffering from chronic pain since I was 16. I have been tested for Lyme Disease, I have had several x-rays done, I have endured several intrusive tests for various stomach ailments, all of which show nothing. I am tired of baffling doctors and being in pain. I will post again in 2 weeks to see if Splenda is the cause.

Anonymous said...

I am co-owner of several health food/finess stores in San Antonio, Texas. And yes, i can have bad habits like a lot of people. For the last several months, have been slogging down diet cokes. And, yes, using sucralose in my coffee. At night when i lay down, my hands will start to ache and swell. Invariably, every evening and upon waking, hands are numb. Hands ache during the day. Am infusing DMSO with everything you can imagine. I take copious amounts of omega 3, turmeric, natural anti-inflammatory's out the wazzoo. What i have come to the conclusion is this: sucralose somehow destroy's the pathway and mechanics of every natural compound that gets in its way. If you have already fallen prey and suffering, and much like tobacco, you need to stop before the natural nutrients will start to do their good will. Until then, i will suffer just like the rest. I will keep you posted but i am confident the evil is in the packet.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,

I thought I was the only the one who thought my headaches and joint pain was attributed to Splenda. I was a heavy Splenda consumer thanks to the popularity of the Atkins diet. I put it in my tea, had diet bars and other several low carb products. I began to experience severe migraine headaches such that I would pull my hair and also had bad joint pain. I am know going to the doctor for athritis in one knee and terrible back pain. I still think that all of this is attributed to my previous consumption of Splenda.

If you guys want an alternative for a sweetner that is low on the glycemic index and has numerous health benefits, you can try stevia. It is an herb that naturally has a sweet flavor. You can find at your local health food store. Our government currently prevents it from being labeled as a sweetner or does not allow it to be included in any food. Just google it if you want more info.

Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was just me. I have always been active until the summer of 2006. For some strange reason I started have servere joint pain especially in my hands, wrist and shoulders. I also had extreme fatigue. At first the doctors thought it was a reaction to medications I took, (polyarthrigia) so we modified or changed all of them one by one. Including my vitamins and supplements. I was put on steriods, nsaids, and another pain medication. This helped ease the pain, but did nothing for the fatigue. I was sent first to one rheumatologist after another. They wanted to put me on antidepressants and more steriods. One tried to put me on medication for narcolopecy (sp). My blood work was abnormal.It showed an 'acute imflammatory process'. I was tested for Lupus, Fibromalgia, MS, rhuemtoid arthistis, etc. They thought it was Vit D defiencey. Nothing seem to work or help me get better. So I decided to really think about any lifesytle changes I had made in the summer of 2006. The only thing I could come up with is that I started to drink Coke Zero and I loved it. I drank several a day. In Oct. 2007, I stopped all Splenda containing products. It took about 4 1/2 months to get back to normal. I truely believe Splenda was the problem. Since then I have accidently drank some Splenda in bottle green tea and BLAM the pain was back! I am now convenienced I can not tolerate Splenda.

Jennifer said...

I am a 31 yr old very healthy Mother of two. I suffered with an unexplained arthritis ans swelling problem for over a year. My dr thought I had RA, but during my second pregnancy all symptoms went away- until yesterday, I had a diet rite and ever since I have been in arthritic pain- I just discovered this message board and wow- I too believe splenda is to blame. Prior to my second pregnancy I drank diet rite all the time due to my low carb diet. I did not have any during pregnancy or while nursing and then bam out of now where a flare up- with only one soda. I am a believer that this stuff is artificial and a poison to my system- I will not consume it again! Thank you everyone for sharing- I thought I was having a serious health problem!

Anonymous said...

Ive had lft knee pain for the past 2 yrs, along with stomach issues mainly bloating. Tried rest...seemed to get worse. MRI done...could not find any problems. Prayer...it led me to this site.(no joke) After reading some these post, i immediately cut of all artifical sweetners. I was big user of sweetnlow- wasnt sure about sucralose(splenda) got to checking and found that the eas myoplex drink had sucralose in it. Also about 2 years ago, Jersey Mikes switched to a fountain type tea(lipton) not sure but I bet it uses some type of artificial sweetner. since I shut down all consumption of the artificial sweetner, my stomach issues have completely resolved and my knee seems to be stronger than ever.(even with some hard training runs) still sore but I can sense its getting better. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I started the South Beach Diet about three months ago and have recently developed a rash and severe joint pain in the ankles, wrists, and leg and shoulder joints. The pain is like nothing I've experienced before so I went to the hospital and all my tests came back normal. I kept telling my wife that it all seemed to start when I went on the diet so I thought that it might be to blame (in a way I was right). I had started drinking my coffee with two packets of Splenda to lower my intake of sugar. I could easily consume six to eight packets a day. After reading other peoples reactions, I too truly believe that my joint pain is solely attributed to my high intake of Splenda. I am off the stuff for good starting today. I hope these symptoms clear up in a relatively short period of time. I'm tired of feeling like this all the time. I have a 6 month old baby boy that I've been having a difficult time carrying because of the joint pain in my shoulder.

Anonymous said...

I have had carpal tunnel syndrome for a very long time so its commonplace for me to suffer from wrist, elbow and shoulder pain and to some extent the disability that such illness imply, but starting a few days ago I woke up unable to unfold (or fold) my left hand middle finger feeling a lot of joint pain and stiffness, today the pain and disconfort got so bad that I decided to scour the internet and check on arthritis, my my simtons did not really match and my eye caught the Splenda Sickness entry and I inmediatelly recalled being on splenda to sweeten my cofee throughout the day (1 to 3 packets a day) for the last month or so, and that its the only change I have introduced in my diet prior to developping this annoying pain, I have always been able to live with my CTS but this is absolutely umbearable, will quit all splenda starting tonight and will post my upgraded comment in a week. Thanks God for sites like this.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! I accidentally stumbled onto this website and all of a sudden I feel like there is hope for me yet. I have been feeling
like the tin man! My r/side of my back/ hip & pelvic area have been constantly aching to the point that I am unable to fall asleep at night and I continually shift around when I am sitting. My middle finger on my r/ hand gets stuck (especially first thing in the AM) and it reminds me of a piano key that sticks...it takes it a moment to pop up. My neck feels as if I turn it too far in either direction it may snap off. In general I just have this constant bloated, swolen feeling...kind of like there is more gravity than normal pushing on every movable part of my body. I am quitting the Splenda cold turkey today and I will post again soon.

Anonymous said...

A few months ago I began to develop inflammation in different parts of my body. Now I am suffering from pain in my ankles. They have swelled so badly I can hardly walk. I started going to rhumatoligists thinking I have some disease. I've been tested for lupus, ra, ms, and every other disease not being able to find a reason for this pain. I am taking diclofenac, an anti inflammatory, and that is killing my stomach. I tried to think what is causing this pain. The only thing I can think of is the day I found this low carb yogurt flavored with splenda. Thinking this is a great protein without to many calories, I began consuming about 5 yogurts a day. I am convinced that this is what is causing the problem!

Anonymous said...

I have been having severe joint pain for some time now. While I dont believe that Splends is the total cause of it, i have been wondering if the intensity of my pain is connected with my use of splenda products.

I also suffer from IBS & as my daily usage of Splenda has increased so have my symptoms. I now use maybe anywhere from 10-15 packets a day (tea, oatmeal, etc).

I think it's time i see if decreasing/eliminating the Splenda will alleviate the intensity of these pains i am having. Thank-you for keeping us informed.

Mark Yannone said...

If Splenda could be the culprit, then treat it as you would a hammer blow to the head: reducing the number of blows to the head is not likely to bring results anywhere near as pronounced as eliminating them altogether.

Of course, once you have eliminated all symptoms, you can always decide to resume suffering a little by experimenting with your body's ability to tolerate abuse without being medicated or surgically altered (probably not a great idea).

Anonymous said...

For several months, I have been drinking a couple gallons per week of Red Diamond tea with Splenda. I began having extreme fatigue, severe muscle pain/weakness, and joint pain that seems to be spreading to all my limbs. I have been to several doctors, had many lab tests including RA, Lyme disease and a bunch of other things. I have had numerous x-rays and nothing shows up. My daughter commented that she noticed all of this started back in the early summer when I started drinking the tea. I don't know if it is the Splenda or the preservative - potassium ______. I have missed work, can't get out of bed in the morning. My muscles feel like they are withering away, tight and painful. I am stopping this Red Diamond tea with Splenda and see what happens. Today is day 1. I thought Splenda had no side effects.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is so disturbing. I'm identifying with so many of these symptoms and I had a very sneaking suspicion it might somehow all be related to the coffee creamer (w/sucralose) my husband and I have steadily grown an intense addiction for. I'm a massage therapist and was worried that my career was inducing pre-arthritic conditions in my hands, wrists, elbows, neck. I am thinking otherwise now. I've had acne for years that has been uncontrollable even with heavy duty antibiotics and topicals. I've gained weight in my midsection that will NOT go away despite diet and exercise (however the diets don't last as I have insatiable cravings for sweets~which I never used to) I relate to the dry lips and mouth as well. Ugh. This stuff is pure evil. I'm quitting cold-turkey tomorrow.

danf said...

Approximately two years ago I went on the South Beach Diet, which was right around the time my first symptoms started. At that time I had a little pain in my hands when bent backwards. They slowly worsened, but of course I ignored them. Finally, about 4 months ago, I could no longer get my wedding ring on my swollen finger. That prompted my first doctor's visit at which time I was diagnosed with tendonitis. I knew that was incorrect because I had joint pain, especially severe in hands and wrist, muscle aches in my biceps, triceps, back and quads, back pain and swollen hands. Since then I've been to all kinds of doctors....General Practice, Orthopedist, Neurologist and Rheumatologist and none could tell me what I have as every blood test comes back negative. As per my Rheumatologist I have even started Physical Therapy with the hope it loosen my hands because they have gotten so bad. Last night, racking my brain thinking of possible external causes, I thought of the Splenda. Well, needless to say, I am truly amazed at what I have found on this site as well as many others like it. I probably average 4 cups of coffee a day, all with splenda, as well as diet iced tea, diet soda, etc. I'm reading through all the posts and can't believe the similarity of our stories! I now have some hope as to figuring out what the heck is wrong with me!! Like many of you have written, this condition has been incredibly debilitating and has affected every part of my life. Obviously I have stopped ingesting any artificial products and will absolutely post my progress. If anybody has any success stories after you've stopped Splenda I'd love to read them.

Suse said...

I started on a sugar free diet about 6weeks ago. I began using sucralose products including Splenda. My left hip and knee began to swell, and I was having tremendous joint pain. I went to the doctor the Monday before Christmas, and she told me I had Bursitis and gave me a cortisone shot. It was better for about a week, then it was worse than ever. Meanwhile I had increased my intake of Splenda by drinking diet shakes that contained it. Suddenly I was having to walk with a cane because of the swelling, and couldn't put weight on that leg. I started googling this morning trying to figure out what it could be, and found a ton of blogs, including this one, with people who have the same problem. I am cleaning my body out and drinking water right now. Thank you so much for sharing this information, you are saving lives. By the way, my parents both died two years ago. They had Alzheimer's. They used Splenda all day long. Now I find there is a connection there as well. We need to sue J&J's.

Anonymous said...

I am a 60 year old pretty healthy male. I have type 2 diabetes and I started using Splenda about 6 months or so ago. I now have aches in my hands, my right hand is swollen, my shoulders have started to hurt too. My hands and wrists hurt so bad at night that it wakes me up. For the past four months I take 4 to 8 Aleve Jell Caps per day. At $13.+ a bottle it helps a little but it only masks the joint pain. I started wondering today if it could be Splenda. I looked in Google for "Splenda and joint swelling"! It gave me the address here. I am done with Splenda and all artificial sweetners for a month to see what happens. Even the muscles in my legs ache.
If it is Splenda doing this then a class action law suit needs to be filed for poisoning so many people.

Suse said...

It's been 11 days since I posted about my Splenda poisoning. When I woke up this morning I didn't grab my cane because my knee can finally bear my weight. I have had two months of hell, but can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I no longer ache in bed when I roll over, and the all over body stiffness is finally gone. I am taking glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM and vitamin C in high doses ( it dechlorinates). It was maddening to find that the first G/C/M product I had purchased at Costco actually contained sucralose, and I had been taking it for a week before I learned what my problem was.

I will continue to update my progress, and hope to find others interested in a class action suit. It is deplorable that the FDA was so swayed by lobbyists.

Andy Warhol said, "They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." I agree, and intend to help with this change.

Suse

Anonymous said...

This is amazing that I found this website. I have started having hip and leg pain over the last month or so, mostly at night to the point that it wakes me up. I am in generally good health and exercise alot. I thought maybe I had done something wrong in exercise class or overdone it but leaving off the exercise doesn't seem to make a difference. I have been using Splenda in my iced tea and coffee for over a year now. I drink probably 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day and 1 or 2 iced tea, all with Splenda. I am going to quit the Splenda immediately and see if I notice a difference.
Barbara

Suse said...

It's now been about almost six weeks since I discovered that the cause of my joint pain and other symptoms was Sucralose. I've been back and forth with the use of a cane to walk, as I found that if I overdo it before the connective tissues are healed enough, I damage them again. They seem to have gotten mushy from whatever the sucralose does to them.

All other symptoms left soon after discontinuing use, but I think it takes quite a while to heal joints and tissues that are in them.

I notice more of a change from week to week than day to day, so I would say that although it is getting a lot better, it is very slow. I'm hoping that another month will be all that it takes to be back to my normal healthy self.

Every time I see a new post, like the one Barbara just sent, it makes me angry and sad that this is still going on, and there seems to be no way to reach everyone with the info on sucralose.

Will write again next month with another update.

Mark Yannone said...

Thanks for the feedback, Suse. I'm glad to hear of your progress so far, and I look forward to your next report. Hopefully you will be fully recovered by then.

If my local Safeway store is any indication, the Splenda folks have mounted a full frontal assault on the American public. The shelf space dedicated to Splenda and the generic sucralose has always been generous, but it has tripled in the last 30 days! The only good news is that the shelf space for Equal and the generic aspartame has been greatly reduced and is almost gone. Hallelujah!

Warning: Splenda (sucralose) is in more than 4000 products now, including medications and products that contain sugar. I'm also getting reports that Splenda (sucralose) is being added to products without being noted on the label.

Note: Remember too that "helpful" moms may be adding it to homemade baked goods that they send to school with their kids, not knowing that Splenda is poison.

Keep your eyes open. Tell a friend.

Mark

Anonymous said...

I started using a Liquid Diet Product that has sucralose in it, and noticed I started getting real intense pain in my shoulder sockets and down my arms. I thought oh boy...must be a roto tear. then one of my customers had a bad experience of deep depression and headaches and since she got off the product she is better. I went off 3 days and things felt better, but not gone so I thought maybe it is just the weather and age. Maybe arthritis setting in. I went off this again, only this time for a full week and the pain subsided greatly. I went back on this and this is day four and the pain is so bad I can't stand it. So it has to be the sucralose (splenda). Enough of us complained so the company is going to remove it from the product, thank goodnes because the product works great for weight loss. Until it is out though I have to go back off it and wait until the product is clear of sucralose. I also noticed I was going through a withdrawal like symptoms, very tired, fatigued, hazy. Nasty stuff that splenda is! I am glad to see it is not all in my head and many are experiencing similar things.

Mark Yannone said...

If you tell us the name of the liquid diet product, we'll send the manufacturer a note congratulating them on their good sense and thank them for their responsiveness to their customers.

This is good news, indeed!

Suse said...

Yes, I hope this company is truly removing the poison Splenda from its product- that would be wonderful and may cause others to follow suit.

I said I'd post a follow up this month, and it's now been a little over two months since I discovered the source of my crippling symptoms was sucralose. I'm still not healed completely, my knee and hip still go out. At least it is better, bit by bit, unless I over exercise or am on my feet too much.

What has happened is that I did so much damage to the mushy soft tissue ( which I have learned sucralose does to tissues)before I realized what the problem was. Being a weight bearing injury, it's slow to heal. But I feel great compared to two months ago, and although I thought it would be completely healed by now, I'm happy to have come as far as I have. Ironically, it's also been easier to diet without the diet products that contained sucralose, because of the bloating and increased appetite it causes.

If anyone reads this and wonders if they too have been poisoned by sucralose, please stop, and see how fast most of your symptoms disappear. Will post again next month.

Mark, thanks again for being so tenacious with your truth finding and disclosing blog. You have helped so many of us!

Mark Yannone said...

My pleasure, Suse. It's a shame it has to come to this. Tate & Lyle and McNeil Nutritionals, LLC (a Johnson & Johnson company) should have recalled this product years ago.

Thank you for following up with a progress report, though it's distressing to hear of permanent soft-tissue damage.

One day, these companies are going to surrender all of the profits they made from this product in a massive lawsuit.

Now China is putting it in their food! Can you imagine the cost? Wow!

Anonymous said...

My experience with this product started in January 2008, when I decided to buy a jumbo box of sachets to use as a sugar replacement for my daily morning coffee. Last year was a milestone year for me in that I resolved to quit smoking for good after 15 years of suffering that poison. I guess vanity got the better of me, and I wanted to try and maintain my body weight whilst I went through the smoking quit phase. So, I was actively searching out the sugar replacements to try and keep my total calorie intake as low as possible. The products that I switched to included Diet Coke, sugar free chewing gum and Splenda. I am well aware that most of the sugar-free nutritional products on the market are sweetened with aspartame (NutraSweet), but have been using that product for YEARS without any detrimental side-effects. In retrospect, my problems started to develop when I added Splenda into the mix.

By July I had successfully quit smoking - and to date have not had another puff! As expected, the need to put something else in my mouth led me to put on a few pounds. Nothing too drastic, but I have gained about 15 pounds since January 2008. I fully expected this, and the temporary weight gain is something that I will glady accept in exchange for the fact that I am now an ex-smoker. However, I started to notice a persistent stiffness and pain around my ankles and arch of both feet developing from the middle of last year. At first, the pain was not too bad and I pretty much ignored it by popping the occasional painkiller when I needed to. Nonetheless, it was there and did not go away no matter what I did.

I am not someone who runs to the doctor everytime I get an ache in my body, so I lived with this for the last 9 months without seeing anyone. Mentally, I presumed it was caused by the extra weight I was carrying or my getting older (I am 37 years old). By the beginning of 2009, I was worried that the pain was persisting and seemed to be getting worse to the extent that I was feeling shooting pains in my feet very often and could not walk without pain. Doctors had no clue what it was, and gave me anti-inflammatories - treating the symptoms rather than the cause. I really tried everything to ease the pain but to no avail.

On a hunch, I googled 'ankle pain Splenda' and arrived at this site. Reading about other peoples experiences with the product was insightful and so I decided to totally eliminate artificial sweeteners from my diet - BOTH Splenda and aspartame. Guess what? The pain has receded about 70% since I stopped taking these products about 3 weeks ago. There is still some residual pain, but I am fully confident it will dissapear once my body has flushed this poison out of my system.

I am so grateful for the postings on this site from people sharing their experiences about Splenda and its side effects. The stuff truly was toxic to my body and wreaked havoc with my ankles for the last few months. I have no bias against the product or the manufacturer, and frankly didn't give a shit about them before this episode. This is my true story. My opinion is that Splenda has severe side effects. It messed up my body and no doctors knew what was causing it. I truly hope that anyone else suffering like I was puts two and two together after coming across this site. Splenda causes ankle pain.

Suse said...

I hear you. I have suffered for over 4 mths now. Glad you figured it out, and glad you're not using this poison anymore. Please make a point of letting others know about this. We all need to spread the word. I've been posting on Twitter to let people know. If anyone reading this has suddenly had the epiphany that their health was damaged by sucralose- please, PLEASE, tell a friend. We need to get the word out, need to warn our friends and family, need to all become ACTIVISTS in this war against Sucralose poison. We CAN make a difference.

-Susecal

Patrice Farmer said...

This website has saved my life. This is my second day without Splenda after 6 yrs. I was diagnosised with severe arthritis in my spine and in my hands, well it got worst, where it was in all of my joints, and then my body got so stiff and I could barely move, my 12 yr old had to help me to walk. I started losing feeling in my legs and after reading this website, I woke up the next morning with feeling in my legs again. I'm still limping but its nothing like it was the day before. I thought I was nearly going to be in a wheelchair at 34 and now I am hoping that in 2 wks I can walk normally again and use my hands normally again. I hope the damage isn't too severe but anything would be an improvement. Thanks.

Suse said...

Wow, so sorry that you, like so many of us, didn't find out what was hurting you. I have to tell you that it may take a while to be 100%, but don't give up. I am not having to walk with a cane finally, and am much better, but it took two and a half months. Others have said it takes 4-6 months for the connective tissue to grow back. Just be vigilant about reading labels, and know that we can't trust the FDA to protect us. Also, it's important that we do everything we can to let others know. Spread the word. Splenda really is poison. Good luck, and let us know how you progress!

-Suse

Anonymous said...

To those wondering the liquid diet product that has sucralose in it and is going to be removing it when their current stock is about depleted go to www.gobellyfat.com I have added a warning disclaimer to the site. This is where you can obtain the address of the company. Just click on the "order" in red and that links to the corp. site. I would love to have everyone send the company a warning on how toxic sucralose is. That so called 20 year "safe" study makes the formulaters state that sucralose is safe. I am just glad I had the pain experience in my arms which led me to really investigate this. I do not promote TS at this time even though it is listed at my site, I am waiting for the sucralose free TS to become available.

Get this...just when I thought things were clearing up and the pain was getting less day by day I decided to take a product from another suposedly reputable company called Prime Secretagogue. After three nights of taking it, my pain reared it's ugly head once again to unbearable. I was just about to take a dose of this stuff last night when something told me to look at what is in the "other ingredients" and wouldn't you know...sucralose! No wonder my pain returned with a vengence. A person trusts that this so called health companies are providing healthy products. I was shocked and wonder is sucralose a product that keeps the FDA off an mlm companies back if that company uses this horrible toxin? YIKES...a person must read everything on the label.

sam said...

I thought I was allergic to milk because I had been having sugar free ice cream every day. It got to the point where I could feel my fingers swelling and becoming stiff while I was eating it. So I gave up all milk products but still nothing got better. It wasn't until I saw this blog and gave up splenda products. My stiffness is gone. I can drink milk without symptoms, so it wasn't the milk at all. I've been diagnosed with chondramalacia of the knees. I don't know if it has anything to do with the splenda or not, but Im not taking any chances.

Suse said...

It's maddening that so many of us went thru misdiagnosis while we tried on our own to figure out a solution to our sudden health problem(s). That's one of the main things we all have in common, besides having used Splenda. If we could just get the word out, prevent it from happening to other people. Every time a new person posts, like Sam, I feel horrible that I couldn't have warned them before they went thru this.

spacechimp said...

Painful, snapping wrists. I started drinking a couple of Splenda sodas in the evening before bedtime. At first it was only occaisionally, but for the past few months I crave it and have it every night (addictive?). About a month ago, I started waking up with painful, snapping wrists and headaches in the middle of the night. I feel spaced out in the mornings and the snapping in my hand/wrist joints continues until about noon. I think it is the Splenda and I could kick myself because I should have known better. I gave up aspartame 8 years ago due to side effects!

Anonymous said...

Its been a few weeks since my last comment. I've given up splenda completely, but alas, my symptoms have recurred without it, though to a lesser degree. I still won't resume the splenda but it seems that there is no rhyme or reason to when my joint pain acts up. I am thinking it might be preservatives, which I am also trying to get out of my diet. Sam

lookithatmyface said...

How long does it take a user of many years to start feeling better? Can anyone who has used splenda for many years and quit give an estimate?

Mark Yannone said...

Sam, have you been checking for sucralose on the labels?

Mark

Anonymous said...

Mark, not really. I just gave up the obvious places you find it like diet soda and "sugarless" type foods. If you know of any product that hides it, I'd surely like to know. Sam

Mark Yannone said...

Sam,

To give you an example, Tylenol MeltAways, administered for headaches, contains sucralose, which causes headaches.

Assume the worst about our food and drug manufacturers. Read the labels to try to defend yourself against them. This is war.

Mark

Suse said...

Mark's right, Sam, this IS war. As with the tylenol, the glucosamine supplement that I was taking ( liquid Welless from Costco) it caused the very thing it was supposed to help with, ie joint pain, by containing sucralose. You have to assume any diet product, sweetened gum, low cal anything has it. If you don't have time to really study the label, don't buy it. Eating out is critical too, so I won't eat anything sweet unless it's whole like fruit.

To answer your other question, it can take a long time. I walked with a cane for four months, and now, four and a half months after discontinuing the sucralose, I am able to take walks for an hour in the morning without one, however I still have muscular aches that began with the sucralose. I had been using it for many years as a light user, in crystal light and diet coke, but six weeks into an intense diet using a ton of sucralose, even for baking, I became crippled and wracked with pain. I haven't consumed anything with splenda now since January 8th. I am waaaaaa6y better, getting myself back to normal, but again, still have hip and knee problems that never existed prior to the 6 wks of dieting. My husband had been on the same diet, and at the same time my problems began, his right shoulder became horrible. It's almost better now too, but still twinges of pain. Hope that helps.

-Suse

Mark Yannone said...

You're right, Suse! Here is the label from the Glucosamine product you were taking!

Anonymous said...

I have been experiencing joint pain and swelling of my hands for years. Today I had an appt with a nutritionist and it appears that the culprit may in fact be Splenda. A year ago I had blood in my urine, the urologist couldn't find anything, perhaps it was the Splenda. My co-worker googled swelling from splenda and I came across this website and others. No more splenda for me. I'll keep you posted with my progress.

Anonymous said...

Update on the Weight Loss liquid supplement. When bringing this to the attention of the fomulator that so many customers are getting sick besides my own ill effects with intense daily pain now, his response was basically we are diehard naturalists and he said sucralose is safe. Does not sound like it is going to be taken out after all and the company does not even care two cents that people got really sick on this stuff. I am very disgusted to say the least.Two of my customers ended up in the ER, one is now on oxygen. Another customer his bowels are shutting down as is his kidneys. SAFE? I do not think so. Because this is so sweet I am thinking there must be a huge amount of sucralose in it, and being a liquid it gets into the body that much quicker. It would not be ethical to state the product name as there are many on the market, just beware of the one released in January of 2009 that contains sucralose.

Anonymous said...

Sad to say I've given up splenda for a couple of months now and I've not noticed any improvement. I've been on a diet completely free of additives of all kinds, only home prepared food, nothing from boxes and no beverages other than 100% juice and water. Still, the symptoms persist. I was hoping for some sort of miracle by stopping the splenda but I guess there are no such things as miracles. Sam

Mark Yannone said...

@ Sam

Sam, you wrote that your stiffness is gone now, so what symptoms remain?

Anonymous said...

wow.the pain is about to completely consume me. i have been losing my mind, not sleeping, having difficulty holding to objects and hurting like i've been beat up. the soreness is horrible and i can't hardly get up and down.also my joints are sooo...stiff. my middle finger on my left hand stays swollen and so painful i can't bend it. i use splenda daily and have for years. no more! hopefully get some relief. thank you so much for your postings.

Suse said...

I wish I could tell you it will all stop when you stop using sucralose. In my case my connective tissue tore after becoming mushy from sucralose. I still hurt when I roll over in bed, get up, stand after sitting or try to lift my leg to dress or bath. My left hip & knee were the most serious results of sucralose, but I did also have a strange scalp rash that became infected at the time the other symptoms began.All secondary symptoms left soon after discontinuing use of sucralose, including the extreme pain you describe, but at this time, almost six mths later, I am still having the hip and knee problems. I have never had any health problems until I began a diet with sucralose. Tell everyone you know, spread the word, we all need to help other unsuspecting users.