My Diet Coke Addiction Continued..

This is an exciting time in my life; for the first time in almost 10 years I am free from the Diet Coke addiction, and it happened all by accident. Those of you in the same shoes as I was know the damage that happens to your body when you consume large amounts of this type of drink over a long period of time. Let me tell you, it is not fun. The last few years I began to notice many things going wrong with my health and tried to deny that it was the pop I was drinking. Here is a short list of what I was experiencing: Migraines at least once a week, headaches all the time, dry skin and hair, jitteriness, joint pain in both my knees, extremely tired all the time, and this is only the short list. I tried so many times to quit but the withdrawal symptoms were just too much. One day I was just fed up and went cold turkey. Boy was that a big mistake. By noon that day, I couldn’t stop shaking and a Migraine set in that took me home early from work. I had to chug a can of diet coke before slipping into my bed with a hot wet towel on my head to try and sleep it off. I went to my family doctor the day after to talk to him about all the stuff going on with me. Can you guess what he told me after I shared how much Diet Coke I was drinking a day, and for how long I had been drinking it? It wasn’t pretty. When your body tells you that it has had enough and your doctor confirms it, then it’s time to do something about it.

This is where the pure accident happened. A good friend of mine came to visit me at work one day and asked me to try a new healthy energy drink that he had been using for a few weeks and had noticed great results with increased energy and none of the crash you get with other energy drinks. I had never tried an energy drink, heck I was already hooked on something else, but I agreed to try it.

Well….this is where I will leave off for tonight. Tomorrow night I will finish my story and share why this has been such an exciting time in my life.

Mike W.


  1. I have been hooked on Diet Coke for 10 years. I have it up 6 days ago and now my headaches are better . I went cold turkey. Water only. But my legs hurt so bad I can’t sleep. Is this normal ? Help

  2. David Kline says:

    My girlfriend drinks almost a 12 pack a day. my thought is if you’re trying to diet 12 of anything daily is not good. she complains about chronic pain and I think some of this is caused by this. she sleeps really wierd schedules and gets really moody when she does not have her Diet Coke.
    it makes her irratable and irate at times when she does not have it, and at times she will buy many 12 packs of Diet Coke instead of food. it makes her lazy too. I drink soda too but prefer to have things that are natural over a soda.

  3. Ann H. says:

    I’m definitely addicted to DC. I only drink one a day, but recently I’ve added a DC Caffeine-Free. The minute I drink the DC I become ravenous and start eating. I have osteopenia, and I believe it is due to the DC.
    But can I stop? No! Help!

  4. Leslie Throop says:

    My husband drinks 6-12 diet cokes daily and has for more than 15 years. He is having many of these same symptoms. He is just now trying to stop, which means cut back to him. I’m interested in how long after you quit DC’s did it take for these symptoms to quit.

  5. Val B. says:

    I am 45 y.o. and have been drinking at least 2 diet (pepsi at first, then past 10 or so yrs. coke) sodas/day for the last 20 years. I have known some for time about the dangers of ingesting these chemicals, but, well, I am an addict! That is until 2 days ago. I have tried to go off it in the past and would weaken within a couple days, but now I am determined to kick it for good. I would start every single work day with a DC and continue throughout the day, sometimes taking in 5 cans. My health problems are too numerous to list here; but to name a few: daily headache/pressure, joint pain, occasional migraines, TYPE 1 diabetes since 2004, depression (Zoloft since 1997), constantly thinning hair, left hand tremor for nearly 10 yrs. & various surgeries. All of these may or may not be attributable to the aspartame but the only way I’m going to find out is by stopping all aspartame use for the next 30 days, see how I feel & document the results. Please challenge yourself-you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by reclaiming your health! Good Luck 🙂

  6. Rob says:

    I’m 45 and addicted to diet coke. I have been healthy and active all my life but am now 70lbs overweight and starting diabetes drugs. I have adrenal and thyroid problems and I can barely walk from the pain in my right foot. I started each day with a diet coke instead of coffee and drank it until I would go to bed…..this is probably why I’m insomniac as well. I’ve been off the stuff for a few days now and although I have had some meltdowns, keep trying to get off this stuff. I asked at QT why they displayed the regular coke outside but not the diet and they said because if it reaches 86 degrees some chemical reactions happens and they cannot sell the diet coke……this has got to be what is killing me. Best of luck to all. Nothing tastes as good as a diet coke to me now but I think this will pass. This stuff is deadly and someone should get the word out.

  7. Gina says:

    Hi, I am 56 years young and have been drinking diet coke, coke zero or pepsi max for years mostly about 6 cans per day sometimes more, don’t often drink water. Recently I am tired have a lot of muscle and joint pain, headaches and generally feel like I would if I were about 80 years old. Something is going on and after reading most peoples stories I am really thinking this aspartame may have a lot to answer for. So I am going to give it a try and give it up, hope I will start and feel much better

  8. Leslie says:

    Kathy, I was in the same boat! I”m 50 , after i got an email from a friend about the damamges of diet coke, i took stock of how i felt, and i totally had most of the symtoms, i drank on last diet coke one nite, { saying good bye to it} and got up the next morning and drank no more, I feel so much better, ive been drinking a few power aids , some water, a little kool aid , just any thing that has no aspertame in in , i can say honestly I was hooked on diet coke ! try it and see how much better you feel

  9. Kathy Keller says:

    This is my first time posting on the internet. Hopefully it will work. I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in May 1979. I was 19 years at the time. At that time diet soft drinks were about the only “free” food out there besides mustard. Anyway, I experienced all of them; diet rite; tab; diet coke; diet pepsi and an occasional diet 7-Up or one of those clear sodas. To the point. I am now 51 and drink diet pepsi like water. It is my morning cup of java and what I drink throughout the day. For sometime now I have felt totally crappy. I know from the way I feel that this addiction is taking over and controlling my life. For those of you who have been able to figure out a plan to take back control of your life and your health, I ask you to please share your story with me. I am at the point where I feel desperate. Not sure what to do. I welcome any suggestions. Thank you!

  10. Jacque Ballard says:

    I smoked for years and when I was in a place where I couldn’t smoke and left I was always thrilled at the thoughts of getting that cigarette. I am in the same boat now with diet coke. It makes me excited when I have a full two liter in the fridge getting cold! My symptoms are so similar to what I have read on this page. I want to stop drinking diet coke, but don’t know if I can….really!

  11. Linda Gonzalez says:

    I’m 38 years old, and I’ve been drinking diet coke for years now, drinking only diet coke and an occassional glass of water when my body craves water. Other than that i’m drinking about 4-6 cans of diet coke a day (somedays 8 cans), everyday, for years. It is the first thing i drink when i get up in the morning (even if it is just a sip or two to get me going to actually get ready for work–how sick is that!)It actually wasn’t until just now that i’ve connected my weight gain, and constant fatigue with my addiction to diet coke. I also experience body aches and mood-swings. I never really thought of it as an addiction, until now. Help! I want to stop this!

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