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Relapse :/

one night I’m purging and the next thing I know my ED is telling me I don’t need to eat and I’m listening. I feel like I let everybody down, everybody was thinking I was better and then this happens. I had a whole month and 5 days In recovery before this relapse. I’m so hungry and I’ve started getting dizzy when I stand up again. I haven’t been so dizzy in a while... my whole church is trying to help by being there and praying for me but it just doesn’t seem to be getting any better. People keep telling me I don’t look like I have an eating disorder and that’s just making my relapse worse, idk what to do anymore

Dear Depressedkid_1, you had

Dear Depressedkid_1, you had mentioned that you are feeeling dizzy. Dizziness can be a sign 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
  • experience pain in the lower legs
  • 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 Fahrenheit
  • experience dizziness, nausea, fever
  • wounds/cuts heal slowly
  • feel tingling in the hands or feet
  • blurred vision

 Seek medical help soon on an outpatient basis if you:

  • have significant heartburn and/or a burning sensation after eating
  • have other gastrointestinal concerns
  • have high blood pressure
  • struggle with significant joint or muscle pain
  • have difficulty sleeping (falling and/or remaining asleep)
  • struggle with fatigue, sudden weight gain, and/or hair loss
  • have frequent urination or unquenchable thirst
  • have gained and lost significant weight repeatedly
  • have gained significant weight in a short period of time
  • struggle with chronic diarrhea or constipation

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, we encourage that you seek medical attention.