Everyday for the past week or so, I have been experiencing dreadful headaches and excessive sensitivity to light. Sure, headaches aren’t out of the norm for me, I get them daily, but not as severe as I’ve been experiencing. I am very prone to headaches, they happen just about everyday, but recently, it has gotten real bad and the fact I can’t go outside on a sunny day without my eyes screaming and giving me an instant headache, it has become a main topic of conversation.
The Hubby and I have discussed the causes, thinking it is from stress, but I am not excessively stressed. We also thought it is from my computer working a lot, but they have never been this bad. Today, my Mom and I were discussing my sudden change with my headaches and how often they are becoming. I wake up with them, I go to sleep with them. I am not getting a break. No matter how many migraine relief pills I take or do my usual swap between advil and tylenol, they don’t go away. Today, my Mom stated that it could be the cause of me switching from regular sugar to Splenda.
This of course spiked some thought, and here I sit doing some excessive research behind it. Ever since I started using Splenda in my coffee every morning and afternoon, my headaches have become BRUTAL. By 4pm I am in agonizing pain. By 7pm I am completely exhausted from trying to subside the headaches as much as possible, and by bedtime I am just all around fed up. I have always been able to get rid of my headaches before, but these ones just aren’t budging.
There is shockingly a lot of side effects for those that use Splenda. It might not happen to everyone, but it is happening to a lot of people, me being one of them. How will we know it is the Splenda? I am not going to drink it and see if the excessive migraines and headaches go away. Fingers crossed the sensitivity to light goes away too. As I’ve said already, I get headaches generally daily, but only one and I can easily get rid of it. These ones, nope, not happening. They are usually here to stay.
Here is my suggestion, don’t use Splenda and if you are, talk to your doctor about it first. There is a chance it could be a bad idea for you. All those wanting to learn more, search Splenda Side Effects in Google and see for yourself. There is a lot of people experiencing what I am, and trust me, I know my headaches, these are definitely not what I normally experience. Usually I can drink a bottle of pop or have something with a lot of sugar in it and be fine. No, I am not diabetic. I am quite healthy considering, but I know if I don’t get enough sugar my headaches begin. I am usually pretty good at timing it out and keeping my sugar consumption on a good schedule. If you know me, you know I get all the sugar I need, everyday! Or I get a headache.
There is my warning of the day. No more Splenda for this girl!
Consumers of Splenda and sucralose have reported the following symptoms, individually and in combinations. I am starring all the ones I currently experience.
- Abdominal pain, cramping *
- Bleeding readily without clotting
- Blistered, swollen lips; burning tongue, inflamed mouth
- Blood in urine
- Chest pains
- Constricted airway
- Depression, anxiety, panic, thoughts of suicide or death, agoraphobia, feelings of hopelessness, feeling alone
- Dizziness *
- Dry mouth and sinuses *
- Elevated liver enzyme levels
- Eyes crossed or unfocused *
- Fatigue, lethargy, weakness, loss of fine motor control *
- Hair loss
- Headache *
- Heartburn, indigestion
- Heart palpitations, accelerated heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, atrial fibrillation
- Hot and cold flashes *
- Irritability or nervousness
- Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
- Leg, foot pain *
- Memory loss (short-term)
- Menstrual spotting, menstrual delay, missed period
- Metallic taste
- Migraines (severe headaches), stabbing head pain *
- Mood swings *
- Nausea, vomiting
- Night sweats
- Numbness of the limbs
- Numbness of the tongue or gums
- Rash, itchiness
- Sensitivity to light *
- Sensitivity to sound
- Shortness of breath
- Sleeplessness, restlessness *
- Spaced-out, unfocused, light-headed, or drugged sensation; difficulty verbalizing ideas, confusion *
- Sugar craving
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Upset stomach, burping*
- Weight gain
As you can see, I am experiencing a lot and trust me it is not fun! Not stating that it is for sure Splenda, but we will find out. Just a little fishy that this is all of a sudden happening when I start drinking Splenda. UGH!