|"I had horrible side effects from using Splenda. They included bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, migraines, shortness of breath, dizziness, and most serious--heart palpitations. The heart palpitations became so severe that I ended up in the emergency room. My heart rate was 156 (without any physical activity to cause an increase). My normal heart rate is between 80 and 100.
I am a healthy and active 20-year-old and having heart problems this young scared me almost to death. Heart problems run in my family and, despite my good health, I assumed I inherited something, even though all of the hospital tests came back negative.
It wasn't until I started looking at my diet and realized that when these symptoms began about a month ago, I had also started to drink flavoured water sweetened with Splenda. Then, doing research, I was lucky enough to stumble across your website.
I stopped drinking the flavoured water and immediately felt better. I haven't had any side effects since.
I am outraged that the FDA approved Splenda. Due to my use of Splenda, I have missed college classes, work, have had visits to the doctor and to the hospital emergency room. Not only have the doctor and hospital visits been costly, I was also emotionally distraught believing that I had heart problems at such a young age.
I feel like something should be done to warn people of the dangers because, even though I had numerous symptoms, it took me a month to realize it was the flavoured water sweetened with Splenda. If it wasn't for this website, it may have taken longer. I am seriously considering making the FDA and Splenda manufacturers aware of this. This seems especially imperative since the official Splenda website says there are no side effects.
Thank you for your informative website. You have no idea how grateful I am.
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