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Old 03-04-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Laxative Abuse

Hi. I am 27 years old, 4'11", and 100 pounds. I put on 5 pounds within the last year due to an extreme amount of stress that resulted in emotional eating. I have taking laxatives for about a month and a half. I've been taking 3 at a time (never more than that) and usually only on the weekends, although I did take them in the middle of the week a couple of times (I never took them with less than 3 days in between). I've been reading alot about the long term effects, such as IBS and lazy bowel syndrome and damage to my intestines, and I was wondering if anyone could help me by telling me if I have used them long/frequently enough to do any of that? I haven't taken them since last Saturday and haven't had a bowel movement. I know that's probably normal given the circumstances, but I was wondering how long I would take to regulate and how I could help the process? Also, I'm experiencing some bloating and was wondering if that was just temporary? Please help me if you can, I'm sincerely worried about my health and any potential damage to my body and I just want to get over this and get better before it gets worse .. Thank you so much.

 
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Re: Laxative Abuse

I don't think you need to be overly worried and I agree, your body needs time to begin to work on its own without the laxative help. I am really proud of you for acknowledging a problem before it becomes an addiction. Good for you!!

 
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #3
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Re: Laxative Abuse

Thank you so much for replying! You don't think I've taken them long enough or frequently enough to cause damage? It's only been about a month and a half but all the things I've read have really scared me .. I just hope I can get back to normal soon ..

 
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