National Eating Disorders Association

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Strange physical symptoms

I never really purged my food, but I tried X times last week, once I had a sure throat and stomach ache after. Since then I keep having some physical problems. I feel weak and sleepy all the time, my stomach hurts. Sometimes I find it difficult to breathe. I was wondering, could the attempts of throwing up be the cause, even though I didn't actually do it?

It kind of sounds like

It kind of sounds like gastroparesis to me, but I don't see why it would be caused by vomiting.

You might want to see a doctor.

Since you are experiencing

In the event you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to call the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, EST).Since you are experiencing some physical symptoms, we wanted to we wanted to post the signs and symptoms of a medical emergency. The following are just some of the signs of a serious problem that demands immediate medical attention:• accidentally or deliberately caused themselves a physical injury• become suicidal• confused thinking and is not making any sense• delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (experiencing things that aren’t there)• disoriented; doesn’t know what day it is, where they are or who they are• vomiting several times a day or has uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea• experiencing dizziness or fainting spells• too weak to walk or collapses• painful muscle spasms• complaining of chest pain or having trouble breathing• blood in their bowel movements, urine or vomit• a body mass index (BMI) of less than 16• an irregular heartbeat, and fast heartbeat, or very low heart beat (less than 50 beats per minute)• cold or clammy skin indicating a low body temperature or has a body temperature of less than 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees FahrenheitOr any other serious medical concernsIf you experience anything above, we highly recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Another option is 911.


Hi there, I am just checking in to see how you are doing? Know that you are not alone, we are here for you.


I still have lots of thoughts

I still have lots of thoughts and anxiety about food, but I convinced my mum to get me an appointment by a specialist. They told I have to wait quite a lot though, at least until May.
Thank you for asking, what about you? How are you doing?


Hi. Good to hear from you. I am glad that your Mom is going to help you see someone to get you help. I am sorry it is so far away though. Do you have anyone you can talk with? To help you get to your appointment? You can always post here. We are here for you. Can you talk back to the thoughts? Say no when the negative thoughts are really intrusive? I know it isn't easy. Find something you like to do to focus on when you are feeling badly. I color Mandala's, read and post here. I have a fairly full life, but know that you don't have to give in to the thoughts. You will learn ways to cope better when you start therapy but until then, just do your best. You can start the work now, you don't have to wait until your appointment. It won't be easy. But try to learn at least one thing that can help carry you over until your appointment. Keep us posted.


Hang on

Hi- just want to say I understand how negative thoughts can occur so easily and how hard it is to manage them. I have had my ED lifted from me for several months but today was struck by thoughts of being "fat" because of a food choice I made. I journal to put things in perspective and practice acceptance to take the power out of the thoughts. Positive self-talk on a daily basis seems to be crowding out the bad thoughts as well. I hope you get an appointment before May and hope you will keep posting here for support, it helps.