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Do I need to starve before endoscopy?

Do I need to starve before endoscopy?

Not really: Upper GI scope, nothing overnight. Colonoscopy- rectal rocketing requires cleansing enemas or golytely, as well as clear liquids the day prior. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more


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When before you see the negative side effects of starving?

When before you see the negative side effects of starving?

3-4 weeks: It depends on what you mean from starving. Decreased food intake may not produce any bad effects(it has some good effects on your body). But total starvation will give you discomfort from hunger pains and also weakness and sometimes mild headaches. But there is very little reason to starve yourself in the first place! ...Read more

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Is purging still classed as bulimic behavior if it does not involve a binge before hand? I.E starving, normal meal consumed and then purged? Thanks

Is purging still classed as bulimic behavior if it does not involve a binge before hand? I.E starving, normal meal consumed and then purged? Thanks

Yes, bulimic: If you're purposefully vomiting the food you eat then yes this is bulimia. Some people who starve themselves (anorexics, for instance) also purge. This is a serious eating disorder, and this needs treatment, please see your primary care physician to make sure you have not damaged yourself physically. There are psychologists and psychiatrists specializing in helping people with eating disorders. ...Read more

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Before I eat i'm starving but when I begin to eat I can't take two to three bites without being full. What should I do to solve this?

Before I eat i'm starving but when I begin to eat I can't take two to three bites without being full. What should I do to solve this?

See your doc: Early satiety (get full real fast): alarm symptom. Can be seen with inflammation of stomach/duodenum, ulcer of same, mass pressing on stomach from other organs, e.g. Liver, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen, lymph nodes; poor emptying of stomach, other causes. See your doc if this lasts more than a day or so, recurs, associated bleeding, other symptoms. ...Read more

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Need help looks in weight. Tried loads of diets, even starving myself or ko loads of pills. In the evening i still find myself looking for junk food.

Need help looks in weight. Tried loads of diets, even starving myself or ko loads of pills. In the evening i still find myself looking for junk food.

Addicted?: If you are addicted to sugar, you may need to see a psychologist to deal with this addiction like any other addiction. Otherwise, try to substitute a healthy snack like mixed nuts and fruits in place. ...Read more

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My doctor says that i get stomachaches because of starving myself, which isn't true! he advised me to eat before going to bed! is that even possible?

My doctor says that i get stomachaches because of starving myself, which isn't true! he advised me to eat before going to bed!  is that even possible?

Stomach pains: I will have to partially disagree. If u are starving yourself then your body reminds you to feed it by "growling" which may be painful. If your stomach hurts in the morning because u haven't eaten in 6-8 hours then that's normal and eating before going to bed may not necessarily change that. Eat a meal higher in protein than carbos 1-2 hours before bed and your stomach may improve. ...Read more

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Need expert help. I am tired of starving or binging and purging; what to do?

Need expert help. I am tired of starving or binging and purging; what to do?

Seek help: It is not the act of binging and purging that you need to control.There is some underlying reason that you have to try and deal with. This can only be done with help from other people. Talk to someone that you trust about your life and what you feeling and try and unwind the driving agents.Doing this with a professional counselor will accelerate the process.You are damaging your body, seek help. ...Read more