6 weeks (ish) without aspartame. I feel better in myself but in the UK I’m struggling to find an alternative to drink. Diet coke has no calories. We now have a Coke Life here and that’s natural sweeteners but at 89 calories per can it’s not helping my diet. I don’t drink tea or coffee so my only alternative so far is water. Can’t add any flavourings as they all seem to have Aspartame. I’ve tried a few other drinks but I LIKE Coke. So many drinks have artificial sweeteners (Aspartame). I eat more fruit but that’s also more calories. Does anyone drink something else that I could get in the UK plse? Good luck to all going through detox. It’s hard work but definitely worth it. Love and hugs xxx
Do you like fruity drinks? I am working on quitting Diet DP – been a week now!
I’m drinking naturally sweetened energy drinks – 13 calories per drink. Let me know if you are interested and I can send you the info.
Yes very interested. Please let me know. Thanks in advance
Regards Dawn 🙂 xx
Try True Lemon if available in UK. You can order online if not in your area but I’m not sure about the UK. It is 100% natural crystallized lemon that comes in little packets. I put a True Lemon and True Grapefruit in my water and I’m not as bored with it. I’m on week 6 of no aspartame and no caffeine. Still having issues but I’m hoping it gets better.
I have drank diet coke for yrs’i dont smoke or drink alchol so a diet coke was my stress reliever.i decided to quit 3 wks ago weaning myself off,wk 1 down to 2 bottles a day’headaches’joint pain,feeling sick and so depressed an irritable.wk 2 went down to 1 bottle.A constant muggy headache and mood swings.No energy and couldnt be bothered to do anything.wk 3 no d coke for 3 days,My head feels ready to explode,just shoot me now!Maybe cold turkey would have been quicker.Determined to carry on but hope start to feel human again soon!
I drank Pepsi Max nearly every day for 4 years I decided last Thursday that enough was enough.
I knew this wasn’t going to be easy but I have never felt so bad in all my life I would rather have a hangover!
Lethargic (I slept nearly all weekend)
Lack of concentration
I’ve been drinking coconut water which has helped with the headaches and makes me feel better…I’m determined not to give up and have this nasty chemical out of my body for good!
I check everything now for Aspartame, even Robinsons has it in.
My friends laughed when I told them about my addiction and now they’ve seen how ill I’ve been they’re not laughing anymore!!
Sounds exactly what I was going through but with MSG product..these two are giving us diseases.
Aspartame withdrawal day 3 for me. I only used it in tea and coffee drinking about 5/6 cups a day. Today I am feeling very angry and frustrated and I have a headache and slight blurred vision. Thinking I should of slowly weaned myself off instead of suddenly stopping.
Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
Lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products (heart-healthy foods)
Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
Limited amounts of foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars.
Limit your intake of alcohol.
Also, if you are noticing a weight gain with Lamictal, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can suggest other ways for dealing with this problem. He or she may also look for other causes of weight gain, such as certain medical conditions. If the weight gain continues, your healthcare provider may also recommend other lifestyle changes or a possible switch to another bipolar disorder or epilepsy medication.
Lamictal and Weight Gain: Suggestions
If you are noticing unexplained or bothersome weight gain while you are taking Lamictal, there are some things that you can do. Some suggestions include:
* Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
o Lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products (heart-healthy foods)
o Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
o Limited amounts of foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars.
* Limit your intake of alcohol.
I tried to do the interaction checker 4 u but u will have to do it, zoloft is sertraline add lamictal, zoloft and ativan it will tell you all the interactions its very simple if u have any problems let me know ok (interactions checker)
As common as colds are, it is no surprise that you stand a good chance of getting one while pregnant. The only thing is, when you're expecting, weathering a cold or a nagging cough goes beyond the simple logistics of seeking relief from your symptoms. After all, now you have a baby and you have his/her health to think about as well. Read on for a rundown on the available treatment options that can keep both you and your baby comfortable during cold and flu season.
What can you do if you have PD?
- Work with your doctor to create a plan to stay healthy. This might include the following:
- A referral to a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in the brain
- Care from an occupational therapist, physical therapist or speech therapist
- Meeting with a medical social worker to talk about how Parkinson's will affect your life
- Start a regular exercise program to delay further symptoms.
- Talk with family and friends who can provide you with the support you need.
For more information, visit our Treatment page.
Watch and share this public service announcement featuring U.S. Senator Cory Booker that discusses the early warning signs of Parkinson's disease.
Page reviewed by Dr. Chauncey Spears, Movement Disorders Fellow at the University of Florida, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.
Part of the Anapsid.org Chronic Neuroimmune Diseases Information Resources for CFS, FM, MCS, Lyme Disease, Thyroid, and more.
Last updated January 1, 2014
Short Symptom List: Lyme Disease & Common Co-Infections
Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella, and Ehrlichia
The following symptoms were excerpted from Diagnostic Hints And Treatment Guidelines For Lyme And Other Tick Borne Illnesses, by Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., M.D. (Fifteenth Edition 2008).
(Borreliosis, neuroborreliosis; also known as Lyme Disease)
Spread primarily though the bite of infected ticks that live on a wide range of mammalian species; secondary human-to-human transmission through semen, breast milk, and possibly in utero
Burning or stabbing sensations
Change in bowel function
Difficulty with concentration and reading
Difficulty with speech, writing
Difficulty finding words; name blocking
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Disturbed sleep: too much, too little, fractionated, early awakening
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Facial paralysis (Bell's palsy)
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Heart valve prolapse
Increased motion sickness
Joint pain or swelling
Muscle pain or cramps
Neck creaks & cracks
Neck stiffness, pain
Poor short-term memory
Problem absorbing new information
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Shortness of breath; cough
Stiffness of the joints or back
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Unavoidable need to sit or lay down
Unexplained breast pain
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills or flushing
Unexplained hair loss
Unexplained menstrual irregularity'
Unexplained milk production
Unexplained weight loss or gain
Upset Stomach or abdominal pain
Babesia is a protozoan spread by ticks, blood transfusion, and in utero. Despite there being 20+known forms to date, current testing only looks for two of them.
Imbalance without true vertigo
(Bartonellosis, also known as cat scratch fever)
Spread by bites from infected ticks and in utero
abnormal liver enzymes
hemolysis with anemia
papular or angiomatous rash
weakened immune response
Bites from infected ticks
- Work with your doctor to create a plan to stay healthy. This might include the following:
- Diarrhea may be mild in some infections.
- Constant urging (tenesmus) may persist between evacuations.
- Abdominal discomfort
- Ranging from a dull ache, to colicky or severe abdominal pain.
- Bloating and tenderness often present, especially in bacterial infections.
- Fever may be absent in some cases of infectious gastroenteritis – bacterial toxins may not cause a fever.
- Other microorganism may cause a low, moderate or high fever.
- Varies from >100F/37.7C to 104F/40C – temperatures in excess of 104F/40C requires immediate medical attention.
- Complication of fluid loss – vomiting, diarrhea, perspiration.
- May be moderate to severe and may lead to death if left untreated.
- Dizziness, dry mouth, poor skin turgor and fainting.
- Signs of shock due to severe dehydration – immediate medical attention necessary.
The focus should be on management – adequate rehydration, bed rest and gradual introduction to solid food. Acute infectious gastroenteritis should settle in 2 to 3 days in a healthy person. Medical treatment should be sought if the symptoms are persisting for more than 5 days or if there is any sign of moderate to severe dehydration.
- Antibiotics may be necessary for treating infections caused by Vibrio cholerae, Shigella spp and salmenollosis. For other bacterial causes of gastroenteritis, antibiotics should be avoided unless a person is immunocompromised or in a case of persistent diarrhea where a stool culture confirms the bacterial species.
- Antidiarrheal agents are not advisable in acute infectious gastroenteritis. The use of OTC (over-the-counter) antidiarrheal agents often results in complications especially if used excessively in a case of bacterial gastroenteritis.
- Probiotics containing Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus casei GG may assist with persistent diarrhea following a case of acute infectious gastroenteritis. Probiotic use during the infection is of limited value. Live culture yogurt or dairy is unsuitable as this may aggravate the diarrhea (secondary lactose intolerance). Speak to a pharmacist about probiotics in capsule form.
Refer to the article on Oral Rehydration Therapy and BRAT Diet for the management of acute infectious gastroenteritis.
By Chris Woolston, M.S.
What is gastroenteritis?
Many people blame "the stomach flu" whenever they fall ill with nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. But stomach flu is actually a misnomer: The viruses that cause the "real" flu (influenza) usually don't affect the stomach. When doctors speak of stomach flu, they're usually referring to a popular name for a condition in which the digestive tract becomes irritated and inflamed. However, they are more likely to use the medical term for this condition: gastroenteritis.
Whatever you call it, gastroenteritis is a very common problem. Up to 100 million cases occur each year in the United States alone. For most healthy people, the condition is a minor illness on a par with the common cold. However, without treatment it can be deadly to the very young, the very old, or the sick and frail. In developing countries, prolonged bouts of diarrhea brought on by gastroenteritis are a leading cause of death.
What causes gastroenteritis?
Most cases are caused by viruses, but not by the same viruses that cause influenza. A leading culprit is rotavirus, a common germ that is easily spread through physical contact, such as shaking hands or sharing eating utensils. Rotavirus is especially likely to show up among young children and in daycare centers.
About one in five people with "stomach flu" has a bacterial infection, often acquired through food poisoning or drinking untreated water. Common bacterial sources of the disease include Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter.
Other possible causes of gastroenteritis include parasites (organisms larger than viruses or bacteria), toxins from tainted shellfish, and reactions to medications (including antibiotics and laxatives). It's also linked to chronic diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.
Because disease-causing bacteria and viruses thrive in areas with poor civic sanitation, gastroenteritis often strikes travelers to developing countries. That's why between 20 and 50 percent of the people who travel abroad come back with a form of gastroenteritis called traveler's diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Domestic travelers should also be wary. Tiny parasites that attack the stomach also live in cold climates in the U.S., and they can be picked up if you drink water while swimming in or camping near rivers and lakes.
What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis?
The main symptom is diarrhea. (The term "stomach flu" owes much of its popularity to the fact that people don't like to say they have diarrhea.) If caused by an infection, the diarrhea usually begins within a day or two of picking up the germ and lasts up to 10 days. Nausea, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain often accompanies diarrhea, which doctors define as having more than two loose bowel movements in a day.
When should I see the doctor?
Most cases of gastroenteritis aren't serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor. However, you should call your doctor if you notice any of the following signs of trouble:
Medikamente gegen Grippe
Zur gezielten Behandlung der Grippe stehen antivirale – also gegen Viren wirkende – Stoffe zur Verfügung: Oseltamivir und Zanamivir hemmen die Neuraminidase, eines der Oberflächenmoleküle des Virus. Die Neuraminidase spielt unter anderem eine wichtige Rolle bei der Freisetzung der Viren von einer infizierten Zelle.
Your Photo Today/A1Pix
Jährlich fällig: Die Grippeimpfung
Es existieren wirksame Impfstoffe gegen die Grippe. Der Inhalt wird regelmäßig angepasst, damit er möglichst gut gegen die häufigsten aktuellen Virustypen der Saison schützt. Deshalb und weil die Wirksamkeit der Impfung nicht lange anhält, ist jährlich eine neue Impfung notwendig.
Wegen des sich ständig verändernden Virus kann jedoch keine Impfung hundertprozentig schützen. Um Infektionen vorzubeugen ist es daher außerdem empfehlenswert, auf eine gute Händehygiene zu achten. Bei Erkältungs- und Grippeepidemien kann es sinnvoll sein, auf die Begrüßung per Handschlag zu verzichten, um einer möglichen Ansteckung vorzubeugen.
Die Hände richtig waschen – unser Video zeigt, wie das geht:
If you are in immediate need of help, please contact your local Red Cross or find an open shelter
Seasonal Flu — A contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses occurring every year. It affects an average of 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population by causing mild to severe illness, and in some instances can lead to death.
Epidemic — The rapid spread of a disease that affects some or many people in a community or region at the same time.
Pandemic — An outbreak of a disease that affects large numbers of people throughout the world and spreads rapidly.
H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) — H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that cause regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get H1N1 influenza, but human infections can and do happen. H1N1 influenza viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person.
Avian Influenza — Commonly known as bird flu, this strain of influenza virus is naturally occurring in birds. Wild birds can carry the virus and may not get sick from it; however, domestic birds may become infected by the virus and often die from it.
Are you considered high risk for flu-related complications?
You are at an increased risk if you are: