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Is is possible to accidentally form an eating disorder?

Postby seraphiagrey » Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:46 pm

I will try to be short. Over the past 10 months, my eating habits have changed a lot due to financial issues and I made the decision to shorten that (food) expense. My symptoms:
-stomach grumbles but the thought of food makes me nauseous
-stomach grumbles but will have no mental appetite
-after taking a few bites of food I am either full (1 or 2 bites can do the trick) or I am nauseous
-occasionally I will eat and not be able to stop. To the point where my stomach literally feels like it is going to explode and I have to force myself to get sick because its too uncomfortable.
-Recently, I wake up in the morning and throw up yellow liquid (bile?). Sometimes followed by weakness and cold sweats, sometimes not.
What I eat daily (1 of 2 usually):
A) breakfast sandwich @ 7:30am, dinner between 5-9pm & usually 1 item (i.e. a chicken breast, a small bowl of cereal, small bowl of buttered noodles, etc.)
B) Just dinner.
January I weighed *mod edit* lbs, currently weigh:*mod edit* at 5'4"
is it possible to accidentally form an eating disorder?
I feel weak often but i still cant afford too eat that much. Also, I dont hate the way I look. And i actually hate throwing up but find I have to force myself to every now and then. I just dont eat a lot. And I do actually think I look pretty good right now- which is what confuses me.
I know 107 isnt really that bad, but I feel like I should be concerned b/c of the symptoms.
Any questions/comments? I just don't understand.
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Re: Is is possible to accidentally form an eating disorder?

Postby salted lipstick » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:20 pm

seraphiagrey wrote:is it possible to accidentally form an eating disorder?
Nobody intentionally, consciously decides to develop a mental illness. I'm pretty sure accidental is the only way it comes... :wink:

seraphiagrey wrote:I feel like I should be concerned b/c of the symptoms
What you think matters a lot. If you are concerned, then it is worth being concerned because it's bothering you. For what it's worth, I'm concerned about you, given what you wrote and I think if you can work to address this (if you want to) then that will be of enormous benefit to you.

seraphiagrey wrote:stomach grumbles but the thought of food makes me nauseous
-stomach grumbles but will have no mental appetite
-after taking a few bites of food I am either full (1 or 2 bites can do the trick) or I am nauseous
Have you spoken to a doctor about this? There is a chance that feeling full early and being nauseous is a sign of physical illness also and so it would be important to rule this out.

seraphiagrey wrote:Recently, I wake up in the morning and throw up yellow liquid (bile?). Sometimes followed by weakness and cold sweats, sometimes not.
You really need to speak to the doctor about this. This is really concerning. What can happen if you are not eating much is that it can seriously damage your stomach because your stomach produces acid differently or something (sorry, I can't remember the details properly, if you look up online the physical effects of bulimia and anorexia you can read about how eating disorders damage your health). It may be that as a result of your eating disorder, your physical health has been damaged. There is no circumstances under which you should be regularly throwing up bile as this can indicate some pretty serious health conditions and so you really need to get seen about this by the doctor. Soon.

seraphiagrey wrote:I feel weak often but i still cant afford too eat that much.
I don't know what country you are in, but in most places, I'd argue that this is wrong. Currently, the vommiting is going to set you back in dental work alone because your teeth will corrode from the stomach acid. You may end up with oesophageal cancer from throwing up, delayed gastric emptying from not eating enough food, heart problems from imbalance of electolytes, or any other number of physical health conditions related to malnourishment that need attending to. It's a lot more expensive to be needing lots of medical care, and there is the loss of income from time off work so that you can see specialists, travel costs to see doctors, not to mention potential premium increases if you have to declare a medical condition on insurance. You might want to reconsider if it's cheaper in the long run to buy slightly more food versus all the other costs associated with not eating much and vomiting. If you really have no extra money to be spending on food, you might consider reaching out to a food bank or investigating other ways to obtain cheap food.

Please see someone about this. Do you think you could go to the doctor and speak with them? Then they can check up on your physical health. You could have a chat to them about if there are some other support services that might be able to help you also, both mental and financial.
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