a reply to: ChiefD
Aspartame ruined my life. I drank Diet Coke pretty much every day almost since it came out. After 20 years, I came down with hyperthyroid. I did some
googling and found links with aspartame.
Unfortunately I had no insurance at the time, and I didn't go to the doctor and get diagnosed until I was nearly dead.
I was finally losing weight — all those years drinking diet soda finally worked, but not in a good way. Despite eating constantly, I lost about a
pound a day, 80 altogether. My thyroid was in overdrive. I couldn't sleep more than 2-3 hours per night, if I could even fall asleep over the sound of
my beating heart, over 100 bpm resting. I was hungry constantly, and it was an all-consuming hunger, where I was nauseous and shaky like a Parkinson's
patient if I didn't eat. My body began consuming itself when I couldn't feed it, and I soon developed osteoporosis. And weak? I could not lift myself
out of a chair, go up a step, or lift myself if I got down on the floor, without help. I walked like a little old lady; I'll never forget when an old
man tottering with a cane passed me. My skin turned scaly and dry and my hair turned gray(er) and unmanageable. My nails began tearing and I had
band-aids on my fingertips since they were going below the quick. There was hardly a bodily function that was unaffected.
The worst part, though, was my eyes. They were so sensitive to light, I had to drive covering my eyes and peeping out through my fingers. Still I felt
searing pain like a hot poker. I developed double vision, which made it scary to drive as I could barely make sense of all the lines in the road. My
eyes were being pushed forward by gunk building up behind them, a mass of hormones and fat and stuff. There is a characteristic frog-eyed look to
people with hyperthyroid or Grave's disease.
The weight loss was another reason I resisted going to a doctor. I knew I had all these problems but never realised they were all related, stupid tho
it may sound. When my eyes got even worse, I finally had insurance and got medicine. I had two operations on my eyes, actually the upper and lower
lids not the eyeball. I still have trouble looking to the side; my eyes don't move together. Despite my endocrinologist's fervent wish to radiate my
thyroid and kill it, requiring me to go on synthetic hormones the rest of my life, I resisted and in fact quickly stabilised my thyroid to the point
that I no longer take medication at all. Oh and I gave up aspartame and most artificial sweeteners.
I now drink either water, ice tea, coffee, or club soda. I do like the kick of carbonation. I should probably stick to plain water.
I unfortunately gained back every pound and although I've been in remission for several years now, I'm not back to 100%. The crazy thing was that
while hyperthyroid "ages" you, the medicine had the opposite effect, and my skin became soft and practically hairless. It eventually brings on its own
negative side effects but by that time, I was able to go off it completely. So now I warn people addicted to diet sodas, stay away!
2/1/2015 by lindalinda because: (no reason given)
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