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Bulimia Swelling/bloating

Hello. As of 5 days ago, I had been bulimic for about 2 months. However, I am absolutely fed up/done with this horrible illness. I am on the path to recovery, but I have some noticible and sort of scary side-effects. My hands, face,arms, legs, ankles, and feet have swollen up ALOT. Not to mention my stomach is bloated or extended beyond belief. What could this be and how long could this possibly last for? I am petrified that I have caused some severe damage to my poor body. Please help thank you have a great day.
jbatyk33 jbatyk33 18-21 1 Response May 13, 2012

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A few questions; has this happened since you've stopped purging, or is it happening while you're still having bulimic symptoms? It's pretty normal to experience bloating and stomach discomfort when you stop purging as your stomach is not accustomed to handling food. If this is the case, it will pass when your body gets used to being allowed to take care of itself. As for the swelling, it could be multiple things. Have you ever had trouble with blood pressure? Are you drinking enough water, or too much? It could be water retention or it could be circulation issues, or something else, like vitamin or mineral deficiencies. <br />
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It's most likely nothing serious, and I don't think you should be particularly worried, but I would still recommend seeing your GP, who will be able to make sure you're okay and help you feel better sooner. I'm not qualified to give you medical advice and nobody can diagnose you over the internet, so seeing your doctor is your best bet.<br />
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I'm really glad to hear you are on the road to recovery, all the very best with it!