Pain is a rather unwanted and close companion as you travel through the maze towards remission from an eating disorder. This usually means eating three pre-planned meals and three snacks a day, aiming to eat every three hours. My esophageal sphincters were so weak after 10 years of bulimia that I was unable to hold a regular sized meal down without constant vomiting and reflux. When I began my recovery and stopped purging, there were times I had to sleep sitting upright otherwise I would involuntarily vomit on my pillow. I have also read that bulimics, because they constantly get rid of necessary stomach acid, over time cause the stomach to overproduce to compensate for extreme losses.
As for the panic attacks, I get anxiety attacks and cannot concentrate on ANYTHING. Breathing goes up, heartrate, thoughts go wild, get hot, impatient, scared, incapable of doing anything. We used to pacify this with bingeing and purging!!! So of course those attacks come back and we don’t on yahoo know what to do. We must ride the wave and hopefully the attacks will diminish over time. When this happens, people experience heartburn and indigestion. In some cases, symptoms can progress to the point that people are unable to eat a regular sized meal without vomiting involuntarily.
You can minimize occurrences of indigestion and heartburn by eating at at least three hours before going to sleep or lying down. But whenever I wake up in the morning for the past couple months, I notice that my throat hurts and just feels a little irritated. Like, it feels dry. I’m worried that I’m having acid reflux in my sleep. Terrified that it might lead to esophageal cancer later in my life if it keeps up, since I’m still in my 20’s. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) also know as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is a chronic condition where stomach acid comes up from the stomach into the esophagus.
If you have bulimia nervosa and suffer from occasional acid reflux or have noticed that your bulimia causes heartburn then you may possibly be suffering from GERD. Yeah, delayed gastric emptying is part of my problem. Food stays in the stomach, with acid. Acid comes up easily long after a meal because I forced my LES to break. I feel the acid come right up and nothing makes it stop. So I guess the question is whether very MILD acid regularly over time could do as much damage as STRONG acid over less time. However, so far I’ve noticed that my “plan” is working. I’ve started taking a digestive enzyme capsule RIGHT when I start eating, and right after my last bite. If I feel acid beginning to come up I take another one. It sort of feels like “drain-” action, digesting up whatever was left so my stomach can empty it.
Several types of food can cause acid reflux and heartburn. There can include fatty or fried foods, alcohol, coffee, soda, citrus fruits, and tomatoes. 3. Hill, Kelly K., Daniell B. Hill, Laurie L. Humphries, Michael J. Maloney, and Craig J. McClain. “A role for Helicobacter pylori in the gastrointestinal complaints of eating disorder patients?.” International Journal of Eating Disorders 25, no. 1 (1999): 109-112. In serious cases, where your nutrition has been poor for a long time, Osteoporosis can develop. The symptoms of this painful disease are loss of height, constant back pain and a hunched posture. Osteoporosis is more common amongst anorexics – but because both anorexia and bulimia are closely linked in many way, it’s also a risk for those suffering bulimia.