I started taking Nexium for my acid reflex a couple of years ago and just recently I noticed stiffness in my right knee and left elbow. I thought that the elbow pain I felt might have been caused by push ups and carrying a heavy hand bag, but my knees had never given me trouble before.
I decided to take a look on the web to see if other Nexium users had similar side effects and found that joint pain was on the list.
My doctor had suggested that I think about getting off of the Nexium in the near future, but I didn’t want to think about it since it was working so well.
However, since discovering this joint pain, I’ve gotten off of the medication. It’s only been a few days and I don’t expect the pain to go away that quickly, but I will keep this binder updated on my results.
I also haven’t had any real problems with my acid reflex since I stopped taking the medication, but I think it is because in the course of two years I have changed my diet and eating habits so that I know how to keep the acid from bothering me.
In the meantime, if you are taking Nexium, you might want to take a look at these websites to see what other people have experienced. Just click on the link below and click through the tabs on the binder page to got to the websites.
My husband was only in his mid-thirties when he started suffering from debilitating joint pain – primarily in his knees and ankles. He would wake up in the morning almost unable to walk. He started taking aspirin, but soon that wasn’t enough.
I had read a little about the dangers of aspartame (NutraSweet) and asked him to try giving up his beloved diet cokes for a couple of days. He said that he probably couldn’t live without them, but he would try. After only a couple of days without the diet cokes he was pain free. But he thought that meant he could start drinking diet cokes again. It only took one diet coke before he was in agony again.
It turns out that it wasn’t easy to give up the diet cokes. It also is almost impossible to avoid aspartame. The other night he ordered a margarita and there must have been aspartame in the margarita mix because he could hardly walk the next day.
On days that he can avoid aspartame though, he is pain free. I’m so glad that we made this discovery before starting down a long path of pain killers and arthritis medication!
The binder below contains some of the resources that I found on aspartame, though I’m sure there are more. This digital binder has some interesting links with scientific data, write-ups from doctors, personal stories, and even one horrifying ‘home experiment’ with aspartame.