saccharin/sweet and low....whoa!

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saccharin/sweet and low....whoa!

Postby The Artist in the Mirror » Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:42 pm

update:

I cut sweet and low (saccharin) out about 2 days ago. I replaced it with splenda but I'm keeping that to a few packets. I never use aspartame on purpose but I know its been in stuff so I'm making an attempt (but not a militant one) to avoid it... Ive used some things with maltodextrin a few times.

all I can say is whoa! I was having rls all day. if I didnt take my first dose of requip by 8 i was screwed for the night... and I was waking with it anyway...and was up early because it was so bad I couldnt stand it anymore (4 to 4:30 a) And because I was tired I was napping which was just a study in frustration because I was kicking like crazy the second i fell asleep....

the day I stopped the sweet and low....SO much better. I still wake at night - afterall, Im still bad :) but I napped twice with no legs... I took my requip later than 8 twice to see and no issues at all... I still wake with plms BUT it isnt the strong awful kicking that makes my legs hurt all day. AND my arms and trunk arent involved.

so whoa. clearly I have to add saccharine to fresca soda as something that I can't tolerate at all.

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Postby ViewsAskew » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:36 pm

Interesting. It's odd, but many of us are really sensitive to some foods or additives.

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Postby Neco » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:34 am

Cutting things like aspartame out has been mentioned as helping people before, I'm wondering if any of the experts have anything to say about this.

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Postby cornelia » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:43 am

Some research has been done on this subject:

[Restless legs due to ingestion of 'light' beverages containing saccharine. Results of an N-of-1 trial][Article in Dutch]


de Groot S.
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To determine whether there was a connection between the complaint of restless legs and the ingestion of artificial sweeteners in a patient with these symptoms after drinking certain 'light' beverages, a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled N-of-1 trial with a crossover design was used. During a period of 48 days, the patient took 4 capsules per day containing either 150 mg of cyclamate, 22.5 mg of saccharine, both sweeteners, or placebo on two successive days. Between each of these 2-day periods there was a 2-day rest period during which no capsules were taken. The hospital pharmacist had prepared the capsules and determined the sequence of the 2-day periods on a random basis. The patient did not know which capsules he was taking. Every day on arising, starting 3 weeks before the trial period, the patient noted the intensity and duration of the symptoms in the late evening and previous night. For this notation he used an 11-point scale, from 0 (= no restless legs) to 10 (= almost total inability to sleep because of restless legs). A score of 1-3 corresponded to mild symptoms that had no effect on the patient's sleep; at a score of 4-6 his sleep was disturbed and at a score of 7-10 the patient hardly slept at all.The patient had symptoms more often while using saccharine or the combination of saccharine and cyclamate than when taking the placebo (4 and 4 versus 2 of the 6 nights); moreover, the average score was then statistically significantly higher (5.2 and 5.8 versus 3-3). It was concluded that there was a connection between the patient's complaints of restless legs and the use of saccharine, but not the use of cyclamate.

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Postby ViewsAskew » Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:22 pm

Too bad it didn't test the other more recent sweeteners, too. But, still wonderful to see a relationship that is statistically significant.
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