I Have Rumination Disorder

A Rumination Disorder anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Rumination Disorder. You're not alone. 74 People

    Hey I am 15 and have had rumination

    syndrome/disorder for almost a year now. I hid it from my parents for 4 months because I was so horribly ashamed about it. I thought that it was my fault because I had had issues with my physical appearance and it was just my body's response to those thoughts. After I finally...
    alexcarlson2018 alexcarlson2018
    16-17, F
    1 Response Aug 21, 2015

    I am a 32-year-old male.

    I got sick with the stomach flu at age 12 and was left with rumination syndrome, or something close. Within a couple of weeks of getting sick, I developed a feeling like I needed to belch. It was quite uncomfortable, so I would strain to do it. The belches thus produced...
    nthgmvs nthgmvs
    31-35, M
    Aug 25, 2015

    10 Year Old With Autism & Rumination

    We just received the diagnosis of rumination for my 10 year old son. Everything I have read so far deals with adults. My son is non verbal and has Autism and mental retardation. He is 10, but developmentally, he functions at about a 2 year level. Joshua weighs 51 Lbs...
    Twinstwins Twinstwins
    5 Responses Nov 7, 2010

    Hi im 16 and i've had rumination syndrome

    for 2 years now. When it first started happening for what i can remember it was only tiny bits that would come back up after i ate and gradually after time now everything comes up (food and drinks) and obviously unintentionally and i get no pain whatsoever. I lost about 23kg in...
    brookechambers2 brookechambers2
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 24, 2015

    I Have Rumination Disorder!

      I have rumination disorder. I’ve never (knowingly) met anyone else with it! I’m 23 and have had it for about 3 years now. I developed it at university slowly. Right now, it’s a pretty bad problem. At first, I just randomly regurgitated (usually rich...
    JulieB14 JulieB14
    59 Responses Aug 18, 2009

    Rumination For 20 Years And I Have Only Just Found Out.

    I have had this condition for i think around 20 years im 32. I started regurgitating food around puberty. I just ignored it, I never told anyone didnt think it was a problem and carried on with life as normal. It was just food that was coming back for another chew I thought...
    tomymorg tomymorg
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Jun 27, 2012

    I seem like a normal teenage boy.

    On the outside I look pretty normal, pretty thin, but on the inside the truth is; yeah, I ruminate almost everything I eat. My parents recently found out after I was "caught" (my grandma screamed bulimia, but I was able to convince her otherwise). It's only been happening for a...
    TechnoGunslinger TechnoGunslinger
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2014

    Don't give up; there is hope.

    I'm 19 and when I was 16, I got my first symptoms of rumination syndrome. Like a lot of others, I thought it was a 24 hour sick bug but it just carried on and on. For me, it started with richer foods and only the evening meal coming up but after a while, it progressed to every...
    alexxblanch alexxblanch
    22-25, F
    Mar 4, 2015

    Wasted Time And Ignorance. A Light At The End Of The Tunnel.

    After two years of rumination and her pediatrician asking "are you still vomiting?", my 15 year old daughter had had two endoscopes, two motility tests, brain MRI, rheumatology work up, about 10 visits to the eating disorder clinic , an esophageal manometer ( not fun), and...
    Lafara1 Lafara1
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Jul 26, 2013

    I'm a 20 year old girl.

    I'm writing this from my hospital bed at the university of Michigan where I've been since Tuesday, being pumped full of fluids, and a NGO tube in my nose. thee days ago I was diagnosed with rumination syndrome and I'm lost. 30 days ago I started throwing up everything I eat...
    tawwtaww tawwtaww
    22-25, F
    3 Responses May 11, 2014

    Long Story

    I am 29 yrs. old and have been dealing with this for as long as I can remember. I would say probably 6 is my earliest memory of regurgitating my food. at the time for a while I thought it was normal and then my family realized what was going on. They then had me to the dr. By...
    kendra29 kendra29
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Nov 2, 2012

    Life As A Teenager With Rumination Syndrome

    I am 14, and was diagnosed with Rumination Syndrome about 2 years ago. At first I was diagnosed with Gastroperisis, but that was a misdiagnosis. I am homeschooled and a Mormon, so I don't face the pressures of High School the way most teens do. Everyone who knows my story thinks...
    10bec 10bec
    18-21, F
    13 Responses Mar 20, 2013

    Lets All Compare Our Triggers..Are We The Same??

    The only people that can really research this are the people that have it and perhaps we may find similiar characteristics...... I kept a diary and these foods are the worst for aggravating this problem,, they all come straight back up,,, ice cream cheese marshmallows nuts...
    krisbaker krisbaker
    3 Responses Apr 8, 2013

    I'm 15 years old with rumination disorder.

    i got diagnosed a couple of months ago at Children's in Ohio (we had to go out of state). Ive been misdiagnosed with a lot of stuff. I first got rumination when I was 8 and it goes and comes but over this pass year I ruminate every thing I eat and/or drink so they put a NJ Tube...
    JadaSN JadaSN
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 28, 2013

    Time To Get This Problem Sorted!!!

    Its a amazing feeling to be able to finally put a name to something i have been living with my whole life, and to know there's other people out there who understand it and live with it helps me to feel a little closer to normal. Whats hard is discovering that something that feels...
    3 Responses Feb 13, 2013

    I'm 25 years old, female

    and Ive been ruminating as long as I can remember. Maybe it developed when I was very young? As far as I know, Ive always had it and Ive always just rechewed and swallowed it down. Sometimes if the opportunity is there I can just spit it up in a toilet. Its obviously not so bad...
    Cintilatingsynchrony Cintilatingsynchrony
    26-30, F
    Jun 2, 2015

    My Daughter Has Been Diagnosed With Rumination

    Hi my daughter came home from school nearly 2 yrs ago now with a bug and was vomiting, so we thought it would be one of these 24hr bugs, but it never went so numerous trips to gp who said it was viral and would go! Well here are after nearly every test thats available and...
    staceybelle staceybelle
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Apr 17, 2013

    My syndrome has changed over the past few

    months. It used to be small amounts of food, over a long amount of time. But now, it's a fairly large amount of food over a smaller amount of time. My rumination, I have had for 4 years. I am now 15, and how much I ruminate has a lot to do with my emotions wether they be...
    10bec 10bec
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 19, 2013
    Sarahoneil Sarahoneil
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 10, 2014

    My 3 Year Old Son Was Just Diagnosed With Rumonation Syndrome

    My 3 year old son was just diagnosed and its a struggle to find people that understand. Layne is a completely normal three year old boy. He is happy well adjusted and loves everyone. As a baby he had a little reflux then as he grew older the act of regeritating started. Basically...
    arrowe05 arrowe05
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jan 30, 2012

    Can Anyone Help Me?

    I have this disorder too. I've never told anyone in my life. I'm also 23. In high school I was very conscious about my weight. I tired purging a few times but it didn't take long for me to learn how to regurgitate food effortlessly. As crazy as it sounds I didn't think anything...
    Ad2500 Ad2500
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 25, 2013

    Hello. I have been experiencing symptoms

    for 6 months now and I was very recently diagnosed with Rumination Syndrome. I am on 20mg of Amnitriptolyn to help cure but there hasn't been much progress. I am 27 years old. I haven't even able to go out and be social without feeling incredibly anxious. I try so hard to limit...
    minmouse614 minmouse614
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 9, 2015


    So, I've never really wanted to write my story. Not because I am afraid or ashamed, but because I am so bored of talking about it, it makes me tired even contemplating typing out every detail. I have seen and spoken to so many doctors and councillors that I am bored of hearing...
    scharx scharx
    2 Responses Jul 1, 2014

    Hi I am 16. I have been ruminating

    for as long as I can remember, but always thought it was normal for everyone. Well when I realized it was not, I felt ashamed and tried to hide it from everyone. This only put me in a dark place. I felt different from everyone else and was so annoyed that food kept coming up. I...
    Girlnamedgirl Girlnamedgirl
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 26, 2015

    I'm an 18 year old girl just started uni

    and I only got diagnosed with this about 2 weeks ago! But I've had it for 2 years. I can't believe that there's actually other people out there going through the same awful experience as I am!! Any tips for treatment as I haven't been given any guidance whatsoever from my doctor...
    rgillen rgillen
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jun 15, 2014

    Whaaaaat Makes Him Think...

    He knows anything about what's going on in my body?!! He sat there for over half an hour blabbering on and on about how he's so worried about me. I GET IT! I am worried about me too. Don't stress me out even more. I don't know why I come visit home when this is what I get. All he...
    flowerchildofpeace flowerchildofpeace
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 14, 2013

    It started when I was 17.

    I was browsing through thinspo blogs and decided to throw up my food like the girls on there to lose weight. i didnt like it. however, something happened..my disorder developed. at first i would spit it up into cups and it would disgust everyone around me..but i just blamed it...
    willowtree12 willowtree12
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 15, 2015


    So, I've never really wanted to write my story. Not because I am afraid or ashamed, but because I am so bored of talking about it, it makes me tired even contemplating typing out every detail. I have seen and spoken to so many doctors and councillors that I am bored of hearing...
    scharx scharx
    1 Response Jul 1, 2014

    I posted my story almost a year ago

    after 5 years of suffering. I am now in my 6th year and nothing has improved. I'm sicker than ever and my soul is more destroyed than ever before. Please if anyone can help me I am open to your advice!
    scharx scharx
    1 Response Mar 18, 2015

    18 Year Old Vocalist With A Messy Secret

    Hi. I'm an 18 year old torontonian girl. I have a long history of disordered eating, starting when I was 9 and hospitalized for Anorexia. I was "cured" but continued to do this cool little thing I discovered at age 9 where I could enjoy my food over and over again by using my abs...
    norumtonate1 norumtonate1
    1 Response Jul 18, 2013


    This is the first time in I don't even know how long that I have been able to hold down my breakfast foods!!! I think things are starting to look up in the rumination department. I haven't shared my full story yet, I was a little embarrassed and unsure before. But, after posting...
    flowerchildofpeace flowerchildofpeace
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 13, 2013

    Rumination Syndrome - I Wasnt Born With It.

    Hello to all of you. Glad to see a lot of you going through this. Dont worry, Im also amongst you who experiences this on a daily basis. Not a lot of good news except Im glad this condition has a name at least. Info about me: Currently 28. Experienced from 27, I started feeling...
    blablawtf blablawtf
    31-35, M
    Apr 11, 2013

    Hello! I haven't come across anyone

    so far who has had rumination disorder so it leaves me to go on the Internet to find people with a similar issue. It started about a year ago, when I barfed maybe once a month randomly. Then it became once a week and so on. Now I vomit after every meal. Since living with it...
    pkareen13 pkareen13
    1 Response Mar 17, 2015

    Well... I Guess I Am Going...

    So... I went to talk to admissions at an eating disorder rehabilitation clinic on Monday. Apparently they have worked with a few patients who have suffered with rumination syndrome. The lady I was speaking with was totally nice enough, and the place seems fine. I am just totally...
    flowerchildofpeace flowerchildofpeace
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

    Please help me... I'm a 15 year old girl

    and want my life back I'm sick of this ******* "rumination " I was dignosed with rumination in January scince then I have missed a total of 80 days of school I want my life back I want to b able to go out with my friends and all the normal things that I should be doing at my age...
    Sarahoneil Sarahoneil
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Aug 6, 2014

    I Have Rumination Disorder

    It just happens, I can't help it. It kind of bothers me because when I spit my food up back in my mouth, I somewhat enjoy it, so I have to try not to do it in public because some times I make slight noises. I have a feeling I'll mess up my throat but I'm ok with it. Which is not...
    ThatAlien ThatAlien
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Sep 3, 2012
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