Electrolyte imbalance?

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reese1
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Electrolyte imbalance?

yet another reason to stop bulimia - does anyone experience extreme light headedness and shakiness after a purge? I relapsed over the weekend and I felt like i couldn't move off my coach for a good few hours after for fear I would faint. the shakes, major sweating.. scary stuff I thought I was having some sort of mini heart attack. it's not the first time it's happened but of course I forgot all the past times...
I know it could be an electrolyte or potassium imbalance and sometimes i'll drink and energy drink with both of those right after a purge (yes I know there's a certain irony to this) but this time that didn't matter. anyone else have this and what do you do, just wait for it to pass or could it be something more serious?

Reese

Angel333
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Not only right after a purge

Not only right after a purge session but usually for the next couple of days afterwards...
Long term you are messing with your body balance, I suffered Iron deficiency to the extremes I started blacking out, collapsing, my heart started doing strange things...unfortunately for me I ended up with a pacemaker (im only 28)
Bulimia is not a joke. Its dangerous. Its life threatening, And if your feeling like this after purging then your heading towards dangerous territory. You need to stop these destructive behaviours NOW before you do some permanent damage (like myself) or before it ends in tragic circumstances which if you don't stop soon...it will

'We are each of us angels with only one wing, so we can only fly by embracing each other'

LeaLea
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It can be very serious and as

It can be very serious and as angel says, your body is out of balance. I was blacking out, my body twitching uncontrollably and I still said I was fine! Not long after this I was admitted to hospital with acute renal failure, dehydration, low potassium, magnesium and goodness a huge list of other abnormalities and anorexia. I was at death's door. Any longer and I'd have been in a body bag. In hospital I still denied there was anything wrong! I was heart monitored for nearly five weeks, tube fed and all sorts of nasty things. I was dying and couldn't accept it.

Please, in case this kills you, GET HELP NOW!

You must see a dr, get a hear check called an ECG and blood tests. If you can eat without purging, just drink your energy drinks and snack on small things like a potassium rich banana or spoonful of peanut butter. You must get help now. This is very serious and this can and will kill you if you don't do anything about it.

Sorry to sound so dramatic, but this is your life and you don't want to die or you wouldn't be here now asking questions.

Please please keep us updated on how you do.

Lea

LeaLea
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Sorry, heart check not hear

Sorry, heart check not hear and I meant if you Can't eat without purging to do those things I listed.

Lea

vivienne
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I too experience the same

I too experience the same things after a purge Reese and had no idea how serious it could be! I feel stupid admitting that but I just assumed it was an electrolyte imbalance and could be easily fixed. The responses here have really hit home and reminded me just how serious what we are doing to ourselves really is!! It seems I am very good at convincing myself that binging and purging isn't really that bad and then I'm snapped back into reality like I just was now!! Hope u are getting the help u need Reese! x

reese1
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wow - thank you so much for

wow - thank you so much for your responses. I've been so good at glossing over the bad. when i'm being "good" and not purging I feel like I eat normally and healthfully, treating my body well etc. which is again ironic bc on the other hand i'm bp which is completely destructive. I figure the two balance eachother.... thank for this, I need to stop lying to myself.

Reese

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