Has anyone had back pain from stevia. I was using stevia for...

Has anyone had back pain from stevia.

I was using stevia for more than three years and could hardly walk.

Now it is is so bad, that I am been to neuro-surgeons and the list goes on. Seen three specialists i past three weeks. Now I am on my way to Vandy Hospital in Nashville.

My hands are crippled and the list goes on, my gi doctor never figured out what was wrong with my gi tract.

Please help.

Maria

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4 years ago #2
Kathy
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I started using Stevia in the summer and started to have pain in my legs,feet and groin. It was difficult to walk and I couldn't understand where it was coming from. I finally had an MRI in Nov. and was told I have arthritis in my spine in the lower back. I've NEVER had any symptoms before, it was like being hit by lightening, very sudden. I stopped using the Stevia for about a month, but it hasn't improved. Not sure if it was the Stevia or just a coincidence that it started at the time I started to use it. Good luck!

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4 years ago #3
Maria Blankenship
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Kathy,

I have an appointment with another neuro doctor on Feb 22. He is suppose tobe excellent with nerve, muscle and spine. The pai is simply unbearable.

Maria

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4 years ago #4
jab
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I started using stevia more regularly and in greater volume about 5 weeks ago when I started a low carb high fat diet. For the past three weeks I have been suffering from extreme sciatica and throwing lots of money at it to try and "cure" me. I had an MRI and though there are a few things showing up that the doc says could account for it-my back is pretty normal for a 61 year old atheletic female. I've done accupuncture, massage, physical therapy...I can function in a limited way when taking ibuprofen, but am absolutely crippeled without it now and depressed.

This morning I got up and googled "stevia and joint pain" and found all these entries. I'm hoping this is it rather than facing the rest of my life with uncontrollable pain. I actually haven't consumed any of it for a few days before today-Today I just consumed broths and plan to do so tomorrow..to try and push along a detox...if that's possible. May be imagining it, but I feel a tad less pain. Anyone successfully reversed severe sypmtoms. How? How long does it take? Is it irreversible?

Thanks.

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3 years ago #5
Luanne
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Yes...I just discovered that this is what,s going on!!! I fell like I just got a Christmas miracle..I've been using truvia for 2 years and my back pain joints and swelling has increased to the point I can hardly walk! It's getting worse and worse..I've seen a neurosurgeon other docs, had MRI, ct scan, X-rays...I am so depressed I can't do anything, no house work, can barely gt ou of bed to go to work...I feel like I'm dying!!! I am a normal healthy woman, and very active..so today I thought..what have I done in the past two years differently...I'm very health conscious,,figured stevia is all natural..I decided to google stevia and joint pain...I couldn't believe the no, of people with the same symptoms!!!! I hope it's not too late and the effects are reversible...

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3 years ago #6
Dee
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Thank you for your post. I noticed a feeling of being stiff and sore a few weeks ago.
Now my muscles are very tight and painful.
I found this site and realize that I have increased the amount of Truvia in the last few weeks.
It might be a coincidence but I am going to stop taking the Truvia to see how I feel.

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3 years ago #7
luanne
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Hi Jab...i havent replied to this forum since my initial post back in late December. Mostly because I do not have PROOF that the stevia caused my problems but i do think its a very odd coincidence that so many people have reactions - and your symptoms are exactly like mine. I do believe that stevia caused severe INFLAMATION in my spine leading to all the pain and sciatica, because my tests showed an unusual amount of inflammation and allergic reactions cause inflammation. I can say that i am much improved since i stopped using stevia and that i no longer have the inflammation that i had, and currently am not in 24/7 pain. My back pain and overall pain has significantly improved and i am almost functioning normally..almost.. I think if the stevia caused this over a long period of time, correcting the effects could take a long time..hopefully its not permanent..
i believe that in some people stevia can be very dangerous. I have been doing pool therapy for my back which helps tremendously but that has not been an overnight cure... I know exactly how you feel. 24/7 pain for years is no joke..if i can be of further help as to how to heal your back let me know. luanne

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3 years ago #8
luanne
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hi Kathy...another "odd coincidence!!" I just replied to Jab's post but you also sound exactly what happened to me...scary..Its been 7 months and its a slow progress but i am feeling a lot better..its posts like these that remind me that the Stevia could very likely have done this.
Question..does anyone out there have other known allergies to plants or asthma? i do...which is why i believe that i am allergic to stevia. - luanne

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2 years ago #9
Sara L.
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Hi I am so happy for this website, I bought yesterday a bottle of coconut juice and it has stevia. Last night I had so much pain in my back. I didn't know where it was coming from.Today I decided I must find out if stevia causes back pain. What a surprise!.I do have asthma and I do have allergies to artificial sweeteners but I thought Stevia was natural.

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2 years ago #10
Aaaaammmmmyyy
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Yessss.....couldn't walk for a week. Had what felt like a constant sprained ankle for 6 months....quit stevia in days it disappeared. Thank goodness!!!!! Have pain in limbs occasionally...hope I'm not permanently damaged.

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2 years ago #11
Estie
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Please see my Blog on 'Detoxing from a Stevia Reaction'. The body is amazing how it just keeps trying to heal itself. Love Estie

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1 year ago #12
Anthony Doan
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Hi Estie,
Where can I read your Blogs about "Detoxing from a stevia reaction"

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1 year ago #13
Estie
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Hi Anthony, Please put in 'Blog Post
How to detox after a reaction to Stevia' in the Search bar at the top of the page. I hope you find it helpful and interesting. Best wishes,

Estie

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1 year ago #14
Naj
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I thought I was the only one that had this reaction to stevia. My back and legs hurt so bad all the time and especially when I sleep. I figured it out when I went on vacation for a few days.I didn't have any stevia and all of a sudden the pain was all gone. I was feeling so much better and as soon as I started using stevia again, the pain all came back again. Stop using for a month and see how you feel. Btw I am also allergic to arugula.

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1 year ago #15
Anthony Doan,
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Hi Naj,
Thanks for sharing your experience. May i ask. Can you share with me what kind of Stevia did you used? It is sugar form as Truvia, sugar on the raw?
Truvia is own by Cargill and Coca cola. It must have 40 step process. They use chemicals to process. If you used those process stevia it is not good for you also it is bad for you. Please used original stevia whole leaves. They are many bad stevia in US market. If whole leaves stevia taste bitter or smell bad, the tea water look cloudy. Please don't use. Any question feel free contact me.
Regards
Anthony Doan

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1 year ago #16
Anthony Doan,
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This is how they made TRUVIA.
 Coca-Cola’s patent where it outlines a 40+ step process that includes the use of acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol.  I don’t know about you, but when I make a cup of tea, I’ve never used any of those ingredients.

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6 months ago #17
JJoan
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How are you doing now??

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4 months ago #18
Jessica
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I am just so grateful to have found this thread. About three years ago a diabetic friend introduced me to stevia-sweetened chocolate and I have been eating it regularly since then. And when I say regularly, I mean probably every other day, if not more. At first, I noticed some very mild--and fleeting--heart palpitations but I just accepted them as part of the stevia story. I say that because I'm quite sensitive to food and how it affects me, and I realized that stevia (especially refined, and in chocolate) was a leap for my body, but I honestly didn't think I'd end up addicted to it, so I just took the symptoms in stride.

Fast forward three years: In that time, I have developed osteoarthritis in my left hip. Many of my joints feel loose and weak. I experience thigh and lower back pain every night, so bad sometimes I have a hard time rolling over without grimacing or even yelling "OW!!!". Getting out of bed, I hobble like an old woman. I am 50 and not overweight, BTW. The bottoms of my feet are sore every morning. I hesitate before getting out of the car, or up from a seat at a restaurant, because I know I will have to adjust my body in a less-than-elegant way in order to move through the muscle stiffness. My gait has changed because the muscles in my lower back are so tight. Although these symptoms have gotten worse, the first inklings of them came very quickly, within six to twelve months. In fact, I said to many friends when they first started, "I feel like I've aged a decade in one year".

So this morning, I awoke with unusually crazy calf pain. It made no sense, as I didn't exert myself over the weekend. I ran through what I'd eaten over the last two days, and I remembered that I'd had some Zevia (a stevia-sweetened soda I've started drinking, addictively, in the last couple of months) on Saturday night, after a few days without it. I thought to google "stevia muscle pain" and HERE YOU ALL ARE!!! I can't tell you the relief I'm feeling reading all your stories. I realize this may be a long recovery (or short, who knows?), but I am overjoyed to have pinpointed a possible culprit. I was feeling soooo baffled and demoralized by all the mysterious symptoms and the rapid decline... it has been horrible.

Thank you all for listening, and understanding.

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