Hi I'm Chris. When I was eleven I got juvinile diabetes and went into a diabetic coma which resulted in brain damage. My control since then hasn't been good, but it's getting a lot better. Before I was a diabetic, I would enjoy the occasional grape soda or shasta. When I was informed as a child that sugar would start getting problematic if consumed the way I used to and that I should try to avoid it, it really sucked. That's why I went to diet soda. For the next seven-eight years I addicted myself to diet soda, at a now regrettful cost. Thankfully, I kicked the addiction cold turkey and haven't drank soda in about two years. Albiet, I have a very rare sprite now and then, but that's like once a year or so. Anyways, the side effects of consistently drinking gallons of diet soda a day are now not allowing me to run more than a minute before I get serious leg cramps. I can sometimes run through the pain, but it's always debilitating and restricting to the point where it stops me from running to my potential. I weigh 190-200 pounds now and I hate it. I feel that if I could get rid of these leg pains/cramps, I could run more and lose more weight. I've investigated possible reasons and I've come up with a very wide variety of possiblities as to why I'm having this problem. Anywhere from too much potassium, to blood clots, to not being hyrdated enough, to the foods I eat. I keep hydrated and I doubt it's a blood clot. The foods I eat aren't that great, but I'm adjusting with controllable diet. I feel that the reason I have these leg pains is simply because I drank so much as a child and had no control over myself. I don't want to keep paying for my mistake as a child. Does anyone here know any way I can get rid of this pain permanantly or with medication or something? I don't want to be heavy for the rest of my life because of dumb decisions as a kid. Help a guy out? Thanks.View Thread
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