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health issues in recovery

Hello everyone - I'm new to NEDA and wondering what took me so long to get here. My 20 year old was diagnosed with EDNOS last year, and went through PHP and IOP. She's on the path to recovery, and I am so proud of her. Our issue is that she has begun facing a series of unexplained health issues - dizziness, headaches, and sometimes fainting in the mornings. She's still on the path to recovery (but occasionally says, it's not fair that I don't "get" to do behaviors, and still I get sick. She knows this is wrong, but sometimes it comes up.) The nutritionist says this sometimes happens, that health problems surface once in recovery. Have others seen this? She's being tested for everything under the sun, so far negative - so does one just grit ones teeth, and wait for her body to heal? Any advice? (not medical advice, of course).

You're on the right track!

Hi Tiela,
Welcome to the forums and thanks for sharing your story! It's great that your daughter is on the path to recovery and has been receiving professional support!

I'm sorry to hear that she is having these unexplained health symptoms, but I agree with the nutritionist that sometimes health problems surface once in recovery. Just as problems can arise during an eating disorder, the same may happen when someones tries to revert back to a healthy lifestyle. While a medical professional knows the details behind it, the body becomes adapted to a change if it occurs for a long time (like an ED) and then changing back, even for the better, is something that the body needs to get used to again. I know this can be extremely frustrating, but continuing to follow up regularly with the nutritionist (and any other medical providers such as a therapist and regular physician) can help keep you aware of any worsening symptoms that might be abnormal. It sounds like they are being diligent in testing and everything, so I would take their medical advice and make sure to be consistent in follow up appointments and staying in touch.

Getting connected with others who are in (or have supported someone who is in) recovery may also be helpful to build another support system.
Here are some links for support groups that might help connect you to others in your area or online:
The NEDA Navigator program is another great resource that can connect you with someone who can also help you find resources, give advice, or simply offer a listening ear:

You are most definitely on the right track and recovery is full of ups and downs for most - stay strong!
Hope this helps,

Thank you so much!

Thanks, Nan - this DOES help. I appreciate it!

I'm so glad to hear that! I'm

I'm so glad to hear that! I'm here if you have any other concerns in the future :) Stay strong!