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Doctor insights on: Is Amenorrhea A Critical Criterion For Anorexia Nervosa

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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Can one recovering from atypical anorexia nervosa with amenorrhea still experience pre-menstrual bloating/acne?

Can one recovering from atypical anorexia nervosa with amenorrhea still experience pre-menstrual bloating/acne?

Absolutely : The recovery from anorexia means you have gained enough weight to begin menstruation again, and all the lovely things that come with it! Those symptoms would be two of them. ...Read more

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I have primary amenorrhea. I had anorexia age 15-17. I was healthy weight before and after yet never started. Did anorexia affect primary amenorrhea?

I have primary amenorrhea. I had anorexia age 15-17. I was healthy weight before and after yet never started. Did anorexia affect primary amenorrhea?

Get tested: Fully half of those with primary amenorrhea have a chromosome defect like XO Turners syndrome.Others may have a partial or complete defect in the formation of the internal parts. There are other causes but your first step is to get in and be tested. Anorexia can alter the pattern, but you should have started by 15. (before your anorexia) ...Read more

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Is amenorrhea a result of anorexia?

Is amenorrhea a result of anorexia?

Yes: Women losing weight significantly and rapidly can loose their periods and develop amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is a well recognized consequence of anorexia. ...Read more

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Could amenorrhea of almost 3 years be caused by Addison's Disease? I am also recovering from anorexia, have celiac's disease, & low b.p. (8os/50s)

Could amenorrhea of almost 3 years be caused by Addison's Disease? I am also recovering from anorexia, have celiac's disease, & low b.p. (8os/50s)

Addison's: Based on what you report you need urgent attention. Best to start by having someone drive you to the nearest Emergency facility. Initial evaluation will decide your next move. Best of luck - all should be OK once evaluation and decisions are made. ...Read more

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Help! anorexia nervosa - what do I do?

Treatment: An eating disordet specialist is ideal. I recommend a combination of medication, dietician, primary care physician and psychologist for counseling. A team approach is what is called for, and in cases where one has a dangerously low weight, hospitization is needed to prevent death. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have anorexia nervosa?

Help? I believe I have anorexia nervosa?

See medical attentio: If you think you have and eating disorder, see your physician promptly. Persons with anorexia nervosa are below the average weight of that age group, have a distorted body image and feel that they still too fat in the midst of obvious low weight. It is a serious disorder that needs intervention as soon as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lang
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Amenorrhea (Definition)

Amenorrhea is a symptom in which a woman does not have menstrual periods. Secondary amenorrhea means the woman had periods previously, but now doesn't have periods. Primary amenorrhea means the ...Read more