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Diet Coke & Diet Pepsi and Their Surprising Relationship with Fibromyalgia

Frequently downplayed, commonly misunderstood and not always treatable, fibromyalgia is one of the medical world’s most intriguing riddles. It shows so many symptoms that it can really hide underneath a number of other conditions (arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, lupus and so on) and it is so difficult to diagnose that insurance companies are reluctant over the credibility of the one blood test that has ever been developed for spotting this syndrome.

5 million. That is the number of people in the United States only who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and who have to live through terrible pain and for whom daily activities can be a true hassle. For some, even getting out of the bed seems impossible. Others manage their condition as well as they can. But for all of them, this syndrome is more real than anything.

What We Know About It?

We know very little about fibromyalgia and it seems that with every year that passes by we know even less instead of advancing in our research. One very good example on how opinions related to fibromyalgia change over time is related to how it used to be diagnosed. When doctors analyzed the 18 tender points in the human body, they believed that fibromyalgia should be diagnosed only when at least 11 of these points are painful. However, these days this rule is not followed any longer, mainly because there are fibromyalgia patients with less painful tender points than that as well.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be extremely variable. Headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, arthritis, joint pain, swelling, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, fibro fog (a series of cognitive problems such as short-term memory related issues) and many other symptoms can appear as well. All these symptoms can sometimes make doctors believe patients suffer from anything else other than fibromyalgia and they place wrong diagnoses, which means that patients don’t get the proper treatment.

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Fibromyalgia is, indeed, not curable. However, it can be managed with the help of medication, alternative therapies and physical therapy too. Medication can be either of the kind that targets at particular symptoms or one of the three types of drugs that are FDA-approved for treating this syndrome. Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella are these drugs and the first two were initially created to treat diabetes nerve pain, seizures, depression and anxiety. Although Savella was created for fibromyalgia from the very beginning, it too is an anti-depressant at its very core. This also means that it can come with adverse effects specific of anti-depressants too and the most dangerous one are suicidal thoughts.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

While fibromyalgia can be diagnosed, this is not even by far the most enigmatic thing about it. The fact that we don’t know its causes is even more puzzling even for the world’s most important medical researchers.

There are some theories that have been elaborated over what may cause fibromyalgia. One of them is related to the idea that genetics may play a very important role in everything. A large number of people who are born in families with fibromyalgia develop it as well. Furthermore, it was found out that there are certain genes that may be responsible with perceiving pain more intensely than it is normal.

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Furthermore, lack of sleep could also be an important factor in the development of this syndrome. There are people out there who believe that insomnia is a cause and not a symptom of fibromyalgia and that it can cause the body, again, to perceive pain more intensely than in the case of well-rested people.

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Depression, as well as going through some stressful events, could also be important in the analysis of how fibromyalgia is developed. According to those going for this theory, depression causes a drop in the serotonin levels and stressful events (both at a physical level – such as an injury – and at an emotional level – such as going through the loss of someone you love) can trigger the onset of fibromyalgia.

What Do Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi Have to Do With Fibromyalgia?

Sodas are extremely unhealthy for your body. The acids in them can destroy the stomach, the additives can destroy your entire body and the sugars are very harmful too. However, when thinking of unhealthy sodas, most of the people believe that only those which contain sugar are bad for them.

This is completely wrong. According to more recent studies, diet sodas (diet Coke, diet Pepsi and so on) could actually be as dangerous as the normal sodas and, under certain circumstances, they could be even worse.

The main reason diet sodas should be avoided at all times is related to their main ingredient replacing sugar: aspartame (which may come under other names too, such as NutraSweet for example). When aspartame is used in soda, its processing temperature exceeds 85 degrees Fahrenheit and, at that point, it can transform into Formaldehyde and into formic acid as well. Formic acid is extremely dangerous for the human body and, just to get an idea on how harmful it can be, think of the fact that fire ants’ sting contains this poison.

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When this poison gets in your body, methanol toxicity develops and it can cause certain symptoms to appear. Very frequently, people show symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus and fibromyalgia and they are diagnosed with these conditions. However, they continue using aspartame and this causes them even more harm (to the point where their very lives could be endangered – such as in the case of those diagnosed with lupus and continuing to drink aspartame sodas).

While diet coke may not be able to explain the very cause of fibromyalgia or of other similar conditions, the truth is that it can indeed be very unhealthy for your entire body. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia symptoms, then you should make sure to remove sodas from your life as much as possible and to avoid anything containing aspartame at all costs. Have your 8 glasses of water daily and you will be much healthier and much happier about the way in which you feel!

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6 thoughts on “Diet Coke & Diet Pepsi and Their Surprising Relationship with Fibromyalgia

  1. I can’t believe how accurate the symptoms and signs of Fibromyalgia Brain Fog are. I would like all my friends and relatives to know about it. It is severely embarrassing quite apart from everything else, that my friends and family are beginning to treat me like an idiot with alzheimers.

    1. I’m tired of being told “it’s ok, everyone forgets stuff.” I wonder how many times these family & friends have gotten lost driving home from the grocery store work or from a friend’s house and experienced the panic that sets in, nothing is familiar and you can’t get your bearings. Or when you can’t find your keys or glasses. Or you’re too nauseous to eat breakfast, or your favorite food makes you vomit, when the smell of BBQ-ing hamburgers makes you ill. When you HAVE to sit, anywhere, even if it’s right in the middle of the grocery store isle.
      Fibromyalgia is real & it’s not just “all in your head”

      1. While making a salad for my husbands lunch today, I used mustard instead of his ranch..little things like that..I try to set most of hs lunch up the night before because we neve know what he will get.

  2. I still hear oh your just getting older those things come with age. I have had FM for years. I rarely talk about even with my own doctor. I am almost embarrassed that I have it. People need to know it is a real illness. Until it is full accepted I only discuss things with my husband. I shouldn’t feel ashamed by my health because people cant fully see my illness.

  3. My doctor was shocked when I described to her getting stuck half way up the stairs…when your brain suddenly decides it doesn’t know how to climb stairs even though you’re already half way up. Your brain sets to panic mode and you have to try to calmly rationalise that you got this far so your body knows how to do it. Taking slow deep breaths and relaxing so your muscle memory takes over.
    My close friends and family have got used to trying to fill in the missing word when my brain forgets mid-sentence and after explaining briefly to the students I work with, they too fill in the missing word or put up with the ever open classroom windows when I over heat. Some even adopt the shoes off when it’s hot attitude.
    Our Labrador has taught herself to follow me about and brace herself for me to use to stand up again when I can’t manage it alone.
    My Doctor knows I may look fit and healthy in my Lycra (because work out gear doesn’t have annoying labels and scratchy seams) but I’ll still need help standing up from the chair…
    Little things we take for granted can be replaced by thoughtful beings, humans and pets included.
    Xx

  4. I was diagnosed many years ago w/ fibro..I also have celiac, gerd, IBS, asthma..My back(spine) kills me 24/7 and feels like worms crawling up my back and like my back is being pulled in separate directions. The brain fog is horrible, and the messed up sleep is bad. I get tired of people saying “well, I have aches and pains, too..part of getting old”..so now I don’t mention it to anyone and just grit my teeth and go on. I was diagnosed w/ tziekes disease(form of fibro) in my neck, and am recovering from a broken shoulder..which doesn’t help either

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