Sunday, May 28, 2006

Crystal Light Gives Me a Headache

I don't get headaches very often, and I can count on one hand the number I've had in my life that would return as soon as the Tylenol wore off. I had one of those today.

There are a few things I've noticed that do seem to cause a headache. I get one after smoking too many cigarettes (more than two packs in one day, which is extremely rare). I get one if I don't ingest anything with caffeine in it for a day. It's not my imagination--headaches result each and every time either of these things happen.

So for the first time in years, I bought two bottles of pre-mixed Crystal Light raspberry because there was a good two-for-one deal at the supermarket. A couple of hours after I started drinking the first bottle I developed a headache, and assumed it was caused by not having caffeine. I drank coffee and took two Tylenol gelcaps, and the headache dulled a bit but didn't go away. I took a nap, and when I woke about an hour later the headache was worse than ever. I took three Tylenol and drank a Diet Coke, and the headache went away. After a few hours of feeling okay, I drank more of the Crystal Light--and the pain returned.

It occurred to me to look on the internet to see if there was some known link between Crystal Light and headaches. I found many articles claiming that Aspertame caused headaches, and a few that said Splenda (one of the sweeteners in my Crystal Light) did so as well. There were many others who claimed that changing to a low-sugar diet (often including Crystal Light) gave them a headache which they attributed to "sugar withdrawal," without making any connection between Crystal Light and headaches.

Since I constantly drink Aspertame and Splenda sweetened sodas, and use at least eight packs of Splenda a day in my coffees without trouble, I must conclude that there's something in Crystal Light besides Splenda which causes me, and possibly others, headaches. Beware of it.


At 10:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just drank 4 bottles of Crystal light (the mix in to water kind) and I have a can't see straight type of headache. I came on here to see if it could be the drinks... I think it is. darn it!

At 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't agree with you more. I thought I was having a stroke this morning after drinking Crystal Light last night before I went to bed. Dizziness and lightheadedness overcame me and I had to call in sick!

At 8:02 PM , Blogger Christie, Logan, and Asher said...

This happens when I drink certain kinds, like fruit punch, but the orange sunrise and lemonade don't bother me.

At 2:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had Crystal Light give me headaches on multiple occasions. I drank about a quart (32oz) of it today and got a massive headache. I took a nap only to wake up feeling as though I spent a night with a bottle of tequila. Although pain relievers (tylenol or aspirin) can remedy the issue, I finally decided to look on the internet to see if I am alone on this. That is when I found this page. My wife doesn't seem to have an issue with Crystal Light. (She drinks 8oz or less a day.) I tend to drink much more then her. There must be a problem that occurs only when too much Crystal Light is ingested in a given time period. How much Crystal Light and what time period?


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