Medical Complications

Medical Complications associated with Eating Distress & Eating disorders

Non-medical therapist treating ED need to be aware of the physical problems created by this illness, so that they can encourage their patients to seek medical evaluation and treatment. Two persons with the same behaviour may develop completely different symptoms. Some patients who self-induce vomiting has low electrolytes and bleeding oesophagus, others can vomit for years without ever developing these symptoms. It is necessary to have a well-trained and experienced physician as part of the treatment of an Eating Distress.

Medical assessment

  • Laboratory and other diagnostic test
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Physical exam

Common Complaints

  • Headaches
  • Stomach-aches
  • Insomnia
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizzy spells

Consequences of starving (Anorexia Nervosa)

  • Dry thin hair
  • Dry skin covered with downy fuzz
  • Brittle splitting nails
  • Weak and wasted muscles
  • Tremors
  • Constipation, bloating and abdominal discomfort
  • Kidney and bladder infections
  • Urinary track stones
  • Cavities and gum disease
  • Frantic activity and depression
  • Absence of cycle
  • When the level of body fat falls bellows a certain point, the mind becomes utterly preoccupied with food.

Consequences of bingeing and vomiting (Bulimia Nervosa)

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Puffy face, swollen gland in neck beneath jaw
  • Sore throat or sinus infections
  • Hair loss
  • Cavities and loss of tooth enamel
  • Weak muscles
  • Raw fingers from acid from vomiting/Russell’s sings

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