Originally Posted by boy of misery
I had been suffering from anorexia for years. My lowest weight was 99 lbs, and my height 5'8.
Should I expect permanent damages to the vital organs and endocrine system at that weight?
Damage yes, but it's hard to say what kind of permanent damage.
I had to have my gallbladder removed because I ate no fat and lost the weight very quickly. My gastric ulcer and acid reflux are also permanent.
Heart- -I can not do cardio because I have low blood pressure. My bones are getting arthritis and that's freaking me out! I don't want to get a bone scan because I am afraid to know.
Brain- I have anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and that's still after I have been weight restored for two years.
If you talk to people with Ed's on-line you will notice that some break their paragraphs into smaller sections because it's hard to concentrate.
Probably not permanent: my nails still turn blue when it's cold, I get cold sweats at night, my metabolism has slowed down, digestive problems, hair falls out (this is after two years of being weight restored)
I remember when my gastro doctor said I had permanent damage. I walked out of the office so happy because that meant that I never had to try to recover. I was already damaged -what was the point? After that I relapsed and my health got worse.
It's been almost a year since the doc said it was permanent and it's been really hard to accept because there is so much guilt.
I really hope that you don't wait until you hear that there is damage to work on recovery. Have you been to the doctor?