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Kat_1
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Advice?

Hi there! So, I know this is not the place to look for medical questions, but I am slightly afraid of doctors, and certainly not comfortable opening up about eating disorder issues. If anyone can help, it is greatly appreciated! I stopped purging with laxatives just over a week ago, and I also started taking some vitamins (vitamin C and niacin) which are supposed to help with bipolar (and seem to helping so far, which is an absolute miracle for me!). But now I am getting really terrible stomach pains on and off through the day (I've had trouble with this before, but this is even worse and I'm not dehydrated or taking laxatives anymore), and also blood in the toilet. I can't imagine vitamins could do this since I did my research before I took them, but also why would this happen when I'm recovering?
Thank you so much

somethingblooming
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Hi lovely, good job on

Hi lovely, good job on stopping with the laxatives. I'm not a doctor, but I'm almost finished my medical degree and while I can't tell you why this is happening, I know that blood when you go to the toilet is something you should really go to the doctor about! There could be something serious going on (not to scare you but I would feel terrible if I didn't tell you to go to the doctor!) So please do! Hope you're alright! xx

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Kat_1
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Thanks for your comments; it

Thanks for your comments; it means a lot!
I'm a bit better now, but I will take your advice and go to the doctor if it gets worse again. I've had some experiences with doctors reacting weirdly to concerns related to eating/mental health
Congratulations by the way on being almost done your medical degree; what an accomplishment!

somethingblooming
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No worries :) I can totally

No worries :) I can totally relate - I've had doctors be very weird about eating disorders and I can say first hand (at least in Australia) doctors are really not taught at all about eating disorders! We do two psychiatry terms during our 6 year degree (which is probably all the exposure most doctors who aren't psychiatrists will get) and I think we spent 20 minutes on eating disorders. I've seen doctors handle patients with ED (who end up in general hospitals) with a complete lack of understanding. Its terrible considering EDs are so common and have a high risk of mortality!! So yeah I can completely understand! I'm very lucky I found a doctor who seems to understand quite a bit!

Thanks for your congratulations! Its very exciting and I really hope when I recover I can help patients with eating issues!

The only reason I would advise seeing a doctor is because they may know a bit more about the side effects of stopping laxatives, but yeah i can understand your hesitation! Let me know if you need any help I can try and look it up for you/ask my own doctor!!

Hope your recover is going well xxxx

"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.”

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