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Old 12-19-2011, 09:00 AM   #1
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new and worried...

hi, I am new here. I have a few questions regarding eating disorders/laxative abuse...I am sort of bulimic, I don't throw up everything I eat, and often eat pretty normally, but purge when I feel TOO full.
I have been taking laxatives for about 6 months now, maybe, 15 or so a day.
Recently, I have started having an irregular heartbeat, one minute it's pounding out of my chest, the next it's near impossible to feel my pulse. I know I have low blood pressure, always have. On average it's maybe 65/98. What scared me the last few days is that I have been having strange sensations in my chest, and my left arm feels funny. Like half asleep, but also hurts almost like a sprain, and my hand goes numb. I have also been having some pretty severe muscle cramps. I take a multiple-vitamin as well as a large dose of vit D every day (severe vit-D deficiency) and I have been out of both for about a week, could that contribute to these symptoms?
secondly, I know I need to stop taking the laxatives, but the last time I did, I was MISERABLE for weeks, bloated, horrible stomach pain etc...and to try and do this right before leaving town for Christmas! I am expected at the homes of family, expected to eat and have fun (AND use their bathroom!) and I am just scared I guess. Anyway, sorry to ramble, I would just like to maybe hear from someone who has been through something similar. thanks

Last edited by Mamaharmon; 12-19-2011 at 02:22 PM. Reason: Seriously people, I am scared. Does anyone care?

 
Old 02-06-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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Re: new and worried...

Hi,
I am also recovering from bulimia and I know that having low blood pressure and all the medical problems is really scary. I've passed out/blacked out several times because of laxative abuse.

People with bulimia are also at risk of heart attacks and I think that taking vitamins isn't enough to counter the damage.

Would you consider getting help at this point?

 
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