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recovering while not being underweight

Hi, I've been recovering for 3 weeks now, but I was never underweight. i was restricting and overexercising and using laxatives. it's been really hard because idk what to do. How much do i eat and how to fix my metabolism. I get extreme hunger sometimes and it feels like binging and it's so scary. My boobs also got bigger overnight and it feels like they're filled with water. My body also aches to touch where it's bloated. Did my boobs actually get bigger or is it just water retention because it's freaking me out? My jawline definition also went away a week into recovery. Like it's puffy under my chin and it just doesn't make sense.


Hi san2005, thank you for posting. We’re sorry to hear about what’s going on and hope the forums can be a supportive space for you. We also want to encourage you to speak with a healthcare provider about your concerns. The following are just some of the signs of a serious problem that demands immediate medical attention:

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How are you doing today

I saw your post and wanted to reach out to let you know someone is listening. It seems these forums can be so hit or miss. Sometimes theres a flurry of activity and then there are times of silence and you don't get any response. I personally find it a bit of a let down when I don't get a response - especially if I'm feeling vulnerable.
I just wanted you to know there are people out here who care and understand your feelings. I've had a similar experience where I really thought my body was changing and it stopped me in my tracks. It's scary and that's the truth of it.
What helps me is I have a support person who can help me look at things more clearly, rationalize both what I'm feeling and what is happening realistically.
My suggestion would be to work with a dietitian. Specially one who knows about eating disorders. The fact you are a healthy weight will make it easier to work with one. I did briefly but she dropped me because my weight was low and I refused to go into an ED residential treatment program. She was so awesome until that had to happen, though. I still miss her.
I hope you are doing better today!


Another person here and listening. This is my first time coming on here. It's so hard when you body changes and it's not how you expect or how you want it to look. I feel that way daily. Sometimes I picture myself looking a certain way and then when I look in the mirror it's so far from my imagination it makes it that much worse. Try to limit the expectations you have for yourself and your appearance. It's hard not to fall backward when you give yourself expectations that cannot be reached.