Digestive problems

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odel's picture
Digestive problems

Hello, there might have been some threads already on this issue, but I admit it I was too lazy to track them.

So I have had GERD, and some other digestive problems in the last 7 years (I've had bulimia for 12 xears) and usually it got better when I stopped b/p-ing.

So, I just started recovery approximately 2 months ago, and this is what ruined it. I've only thrown up 4 times in the last 2 months (3 of which happened in the last 10 days) , but what made me fail after 36 b/p free days was this horrible time I had with all the physical symptoms. OK I was stressed out too, but still...

I've been experiencing bloating, cramps, pain, heartburn, constant nausea (like being nauseous for 2 weeks non-stop), diarrhea, gassiness, feeling faint and dizzy.

I know that throwing up doesn't make it better but I was so nauseous, because that's the worst part of it really, that I thought it would make me feel better to throw up. I thought it will "clean my system" somehow.

Please help me, how long will it last? Can I do something to get better? Is it psychosomatic, or is my digestive system completely ruined, or what? I can deal with all the other things, like resisting the urge to binge or overeating and the fear of getting fat too, but feeling that sick makes recovery very hard for me.

pokeyssg's picture
You should definitely mention

You should definitely mention those symptoms to your doctor. You may also want to talk to them about being tested for gastroparesis which is common among eating disorders.
I found that chamomile tea helped suppress some of the nausea.
Hang in there!

odel's picture

Thank you for your help.

Are you experiencing the same symptoms? Do you have gastroparesis?

Good luck with recovery,


jamielynn's picture
If I had to guess, I'd say

If I had to guess, I'd say that after years of abuse, your GI tract is having a rough time adjusting to normalcy.

For one, it can take a lot of time and "training" to get your body back in working order. With bulimia, we tend to develop delayed gastric emptying, because your stomach is so used to you purging after food. A way to train your stomach to empty properly is to adhere to liquid meals or very small meals, frequently. See, liquids and small volumes naturally leave the stomach much faster than large quantities, solids, and high fat foods. (Chewing your food REALLY well is a good idea, too, because our saliva breaks down food and makes it easier on the stomach.)

Also, it's likely that your digestive flora (bacteria) is depleted (esp. if you've used laxatives). Any time you have symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, or various pains in the abdomen, it's quite likely that a probiotic can help greatly. My doctor recommends Align (I swear by it now, after trying many), but really, any probiotic should help you out.

As for the GERD, I think your best bet is to talk to your doc. about meds. With bulimia, we weaken or damage the sphincter that keeps food and acid in our stomach (rather than backing up into our esophagus). I think that's often times irreversible, but medications can help a lot and reduce the discomfort.

Good luck, and congrats on going so long without B/P! Set backs are natural, so don't give up! :)

"Your stomach's filled up, but you're starved for conversation."

odel's picture

for your advice.

I've just bought a pack of Actimel and Activia, I don't know whether you have those.

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