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How long can bulimia go undetected by family?

How long can bulimia go undetected by family?

Possibly forever: Symptoms that suggest bulimia would include: rapid exit to the bathroom after ingesting meals, dental repairs like enamel erosion, vacillating weight, preoccupation with food, calories, weight, fat phobia, diet pill or laxative usage, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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How can I tell my friends and family I have bulimia?

How can I tell my friends and family I have bulimia?

Be candid: Encourage you to be candid about the fact that you have an eating disorder. The degree to which you share can be tailored depending on how close you are to the person and what part they will play in your recovery plan. Hopefully you are working with a behavioral health provider and have had a complete medical evaluation. These are essential to your recovery. Take care. ...Read more

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What does it mean for family member to have bulimia nervosa?

What does it mean for family member to have bulimia nervosa?

Eating disorder: Bulimia is one manifestation of eating disorder. More specifically it is the gorging followed mostly by forced regurgitation. However, the important thing is talk to your doctor; definitions are much less important. Good luck and don't delay. Ok ? ...Read more

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I got gastroparesis involuntarily vomit daily. Family thinks bulimia I'm concerned abt my weight loss but starting to ? My self can I be and not know

I got gastroparesis involuntarily  vomit daily. Family thinks bulimia I'm concerned abt my weight loss but starting to ? My self can I be and not know

Are you asking: if you could have bulimia and not know it? That is possible. I have treated some bulimic patients who got to the point where they could vomit after eating without putting fingers down throat. Gastroparesis isn't bulimia. But it you are concerned that you might have an eating disorder - please let your doctor know so that you can be further evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the liklihood that i will be able to get pregnant and carry a baby to full term naturally? I am 24 and i struggled with anorexia and bulimia thruoghout high school. I also have internal bruising and scaring/bleeding from an abusive family that wil

What is the liklihood that i will be able to get pregnant and carry a baby to full term naturally? I am 24 and i struggled with anorexia and bulimia thruoghout high school. I also have internal bruising and scaring/bleeding from an abusive family that wil

Your : Your concerns are understandable. I am sorry that you have gone through all of this. Prior to becoming pregnant, please see a high-risk OB or perinatologist and be sure that you are at an optimum nutritional status to get pregnant. Also please tell them of the past concerns. They will be able to address this. They may want to do blood work prior to pregnancy. If you haven't had counseling, please address this as well. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How long can bulimia go unnoticed?

Years: It can go unnoticed for years if people aren't observant. ...Read more

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How long can bulimia go until death?

How long can bulimia go until death?

No specifc time: The problems associated with bulimia are dependent on the type of bulimia, its effect on the body's metabolism and general health of the sufferer. People due die from severe metabolic changes their body endure due to bulimia. Others have medical problems but do not die. They suffer from a very difficult chronic eating disorder. The most important advice is to obtain treatment. ...Read more

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How long can someone live with bulimia?

It depends: A person with bulimia nervosa could die suddenly at anytime due to several things. One could be a tear between the esophagus and the stomach causing something called a mallory-weiss tear and they could quickly bleed to death. Another likely cause of sudden death could be from heart failure caused by an imbalance in what are known as electrolytes. There's a 25% mortality rate for untreated bulimia. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get sick of bulimia?

How long does it take to get sick of bulimia?

Unsure: Bulimia is a life threatening disease. Some people struggle with it for many years. There are self-help groups if you cannot afford a professional. I suggest you contact a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What are the long term health effects of bulimia?

Depends: It is important in the short-term to seek help via your primary physician and a psychiatrist or therapist experienced with eating disorders. Some basic laboratories and often an upper GI scope "EGD" are reasonable options depending on the severity / frequency / duration of any purging. Please do not hesitate to share your struggles with you doctor. You are not alone and treatment is available. ...Read more