Posted in Archive, June 2013

Stimulant Experiment Results


As many of you will know, around a month ago I attempted to cut all stimulants out of my diet to see if it would have any impact on my tremors. Over the last week I have slowly introduced stimulants in low quantity’s back into my diet to see if there would be a noticeable difference in my body.

The results from my little experiment were extremely interesting. Whilst cutting out the stimulants did not stop my tremors it reduced them greatly, I would say it almost halved the number of tremors I have in a day. When I reintroduced the stimulants back into my diet this week, the number of tremors I have been having shot back up! I was careful to only consume a small quantity of stimulants just in-case it caused an increase, I did not expect this small amount to have such a big impact!

It is interesting to know that stimulants do actually have a physical impact on my Dystonia. Now that I know just how much of an impact it has on my symptoms I am going to make sure that I avoid stimulants as much as possible.

I find knowing that it impacts me to be a comforting thought, as it means that by avoiding consuming stimulants as much as possible, then to a degree, I have control over the severity and frequency of my tremors. It gives me hope that there are natural ways to control and treat this condition along side medication.

I am going to do more research into foods that can impact Dystonia to see if I can find anything else that I may benefit from cutting out of my diet.




I'm 27 years old, a mother, author, partner and spoonie. I suffer from Dystonia,POTS, EDS, Osteoarthritis and Lyme Disease. I have set up my blog to help spread awareness and bring light to this condition. This blog will be full of all my experiences that happen during my dystonia and chronic illness journey, from natterings, musings, moans, laughs, highs and lows. :-) It will be a little bit of everything

8 thoughts on “Stimulant Experiment Results

  1. Functional Movement Disorder Sufferer – I suffer from functional movement disorder, Dystonia, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, as well as back problems from DDD. I do a blog about living with them, when I'm well enough and feel I have something more to say than I've already posted over the years. This website is done from a patients point of view, for my FMD. When I was diagnosed years ago, I searched the web and there was only information on the one site my consultant had told me about. So I set one up wrote in an easier to understand way, and a step by step progress to a point. I hope they help in some small way.
    Dystonia & Functional Movement Disorder Sufferer says:

    That’s rather interesting, I did it a while back using herbal teas but made no difference at all. We can only continue doing our wn research on our own bodies I guess :/ x

  2. My mother has generalized Dystonia and she has discovered that avoiding caffeine has help her a great deal, also avoiding brocoli and cauliflower… I’ll ask her for more details and I will get back to you.

  3. I guess I’m different. I drink about 30 oz of coffee per day. I also eat chocolate every day. There are far too many “can’t (s) and don’t (s) in my life. I smoke (about 5 cigarettes a day), drink coffee and eat about 2-3 oz of Chocolate per day. I would be totally miserable without my “endorphins”. I don’t drive. I have already given up too many things for this horrid condition. When I had quit smoking and eliminated caffine; there was very little difference.

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