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Gulf War Syndrome, 8 out of 11 victims tested have incredibly rare pituitary disease

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by SilverbladeTE, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. ukxmrv

    ukxmrv Senior Member

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    I've never used aspartame as I used few artificial products before I became ill as I didn't like the taste. Aspartame was not used by any members of my family who developed ME or many of the people at my earliest support groups. It may be more popular now or in some countries but not when I became ill. It can't explain epidemics of ME or the 80's outbreaks.
     
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    They were given whooping cough vaccine in order to stimulate their immune systems?
     
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    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    Ah, good old S W, he gets around a lot of these odd, financially/politiclaly troubling ailemnts, doesn't he? I wonder why... ;)
     
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    International renowned hormone specialist Dr. Thierry Hertoghe has no special interest in CFS per se, but says the picture in these patients are
    very indicative of pituitary damage... interesting..
     
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    It's the last line of that article that gets me.

    "I think the only thing worth spending money on is trying to help those who are ill."

    Wessley's true attitude to CFS - exposed.
     
  7. valentinelynx

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    While I don't think aspartame was causative in my ME/CFS, I would like to share what happened when I quit drinking it (was drinking 6 or more Diet Pepsi's per day, felt cravings for it, even in the middle of the night!) to see how it would affect my symptoms. While my ME/CFS symptoms were not obviously affected by stopping aspartame, I was surprised that my frequency of migraine headaches dropped dramatically, from 3-4 per month, to one every few months. When I do get a migraine now, it is readily treatable with a triptan (rizatriptan is what I use), whereas when I was drinking aspartame sodas, the headaches would often last for 3 to 5 days, and were very resistant to treatment.

    I also was having myoclonus at sleep onset that was quite disturbing, in which my whole body would jerk like I'd been punched in the stomach. It made trying to fall asleep most unpleasant: as as soon as I'd start to drift off, "Wham!" a jerk would hit. This went away completely when I quit aspartame. Note I didn't quit caffeine, so that was not the cause of the myoclonus. Aspartame acts as an excitotoxin, through the release of the aspartate half of the molecule. In many people it causes seizures. Migraines have features in common with seizures. In any case, aspartame is probably a bad idea for ME/CFS patients in general. I also would suggest that anyone who suffers from frequent or chronic headache try avoiding aspartame, particularly if you are a frequent user of such. The brand name is Nutrasweet. Aspartame is also the sweetener in Equal, a sugar free sweetener used for coffee.
     

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