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I have an eating disorder in which I basically have a chronically low appetite. I was anorexic for many years. Thanks to Zyprexa I am able to live a somewhat healthy life. I was 108 lbs 5'10" but am now 158 lbs 5'10". Everyday is still a struggle to make sure I ate enough, counting calories and what not. When you have no appetite food grows in size 3 fold or more and you can be eating for 15 minutes straight and still look like you havent even touched your food. The majority of food tastes like **** and I end up going through 2-3 meals before finding something I can tolerate eating. Anyone else have an eating disorder whether it be anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or unspecified?



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I think that I have a eating disorder. Whenever I have an anxiety attack I will not eat at all, and if I think that there is a possibility that I may have an attack I will not eat. I dont want to get into specifics about the causes because I may be labeled weird. I do need to start calories again.
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I think that I have a eating disorder. Whenever I have an anxiety attack I will not eat at all, and if I think that there is a possibility that I may have an attack I will not eat. I dont want to get into specifics about the causes because I may be labeled weird. I do need to start calories again.
I'm assuming you throw up then when you have anxiety attacks?.. that's pretty common from what I've heard about them.
Sorry this is troubling you. Have you told your doctor?
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Dr. House, sorry about the pain you've been through. Congrats on fighting back.
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I'm assuming you throw up then when you have anxiety attacks?.. that's pretty common from what I've heard about them.
Sorry this is troubling you. Have you told your doctor?
Yeah when they get very bad. Doesnt happen to often though. I havent gone to a doctor
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Yeah when they get very bad. Doesnt happen to often though. I havent gone to a doctor
You should go
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Hi Dr House. I have an eating disorder. I'm still recovering from anorexia. I was diagnosed when I was 17. I'm 5ft 10 too. How long have you had your eating disorder? Do you also struggle with OCD tendencies? I do and find they make it so much harder to overcome my struggle with food. My anorexia and OCD are so intertwined. I'm opposite to you in that I adore food and sometimes it's the only thing that comforts me and makes me feel safe - but I have to know that I am consuming 'safe' food and for this reason I eat pretty much the same foods every day. I count calories too. I've been told I could do with gaining another stone and I'd really like to have more energy (sometimes - sometimes I'm scared about what I'd actually do with extra energy) but I find it so hard to make myself eat more. My thoughts are so contradictory. Do you get any help for your eating disorder?
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I suffered from anorexia at the age of 14- 15 got counselling for it.

I do have very poor appetite now at times due to anxiety.
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I have an unspecified eating disorder. I just about 5 years ago started getting the urge to be sick so I kind of think of it as a purging disorder. It's like I can't deal with my emotions so something in my head tells me I need to "get rid" of them. Due to anxiety I go through phases where I can hardly eat which I actually think is normal, when I get depressed I either handle it by needing to throw up or by starving because I don't think I deserve to eat. I'm kind of similar to you as well in that I get picky about food and only certain things are tolerable.

I'm in counselling now for it and it's been really helpful so I'd reccomend it to anyone. Have you got any help yet? The best guidance I've had was that you need to find other ways to cope with anxiety and/ or depression because without your eating disorder you feel you have no way to cope with things. I would think eating problems are well connected with anxiety, my doctor said that to me, how the first thing anxiety affects is your stomach so it makes you feel sick or lack an appetite. But I think of when I get sick from anxiety which I used to every morning, as different from when my eating disorder kicks in because that's more emotional control and not coping. I've been managing ok but the last 2 weeks I've felt it coming back.
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Recent Internet research has lead me to conclude that I have Selective Eating Disorder, which is just a fancy way of saying I'm really picky. And while I do have some body image issues, SED is more of an OCD type thing. Which makes sense, because while I'm not officially OCD, I do have a lot of compulsive tendencies.
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So I saw my stomach doctor the other day and he wants me to do a bunch of medical breath tests to test for hydrogen and H.Pyloria bacteria. He tried to tell me that maybe the reason I have no appetite is because foods make me nauseous or give me gut aches but thats not the reason at all. I don't think he understands nor has had a patient with my problem yet.



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I have somewhat of an eating disorder. It's more anxiety related. When I have anxiety attacks, or if I'm tired, stressed, or upset, I'm not able to eat anything. My stomach just doesn't work at that time.

Also, I've never been able to eat in front of people except close family. And even then it has to be a meal at home, not out at a restaurant or food court.

Although it's not a well known eating disorder like anorexia or bullimia, it does affect me greatly and impacts me every day of my life. Every social occasion revolves around eating (weddings, dates, lunch with coworkers, birthdays), so I don't go to any of these functions, and I hate having to lie or come up with excuses at to why I can't go.

I've had this problem, and still have it, for nearly 20 years. I'm currently seeing a psychiatrist for this, among other things, and his advice is to face the problem head on, in gradual steps. I haven't been able to do it yet, though. I'm finding it really difficult to do.
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I don't know of any treatment for my eating disorder other than appetite stimulants. I am using the strongest appetite stimulant on earth, Zyprexa.



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Is there a medical reason for your low appetite? It's good you're seeing doctors and it's great that you mostly got through your anorexia. I'm thinking if there's no medical reason for your lack of an appetite it's probably your thoughts and feelings that influence it. I'm experiencing this at the moment and I don't realise because when I'm having thoughts or feelings that affect my appetite I'm not consciously aware of it, it just happens. When you had problems before, did you see a specialist in eating disorders? I'm just thinking, there's an aspect of my treatment that hasn't been that useful for me but I think it would be for you if this is the case, my therapist has me keep a diary of anything I eat or drink and write down where I am at the time and the context and anything I'm feeling, it's so they can monitor any patterns or triggers in how you're eating. For me it's not that consistant but I thought this might help for you to figure out how your appetite is affected? Just a thought on how it could help but I'm not sure if that relates to you.
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I've had anorexia for about 5 years, with the occassional binging/purging episode. It's always one extreme to the other and right now I'm having an especially difficult time with it, after reaching my lowest weight in years, I can feel it creeping back up but I'm too scared to actually weigh.
I'm glad to hear that you've seen your doctor, you've taken a big step in the right direction. You should be proud of yourself I hope you can get things sorted out to get proper help.
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Is there a medical reason for your low appetite? It's good you're seeing doctors and it's great that you mostly got through your anorexia. I'm thinking if there's no medical reason for your lack of an appetite it's probably your thoughts and feelings that influence it. I'm experiencing this at the moment and I don't realise because when I'm having thoughts or feelings that affect my appetite I'm not consciously aware of it, it just happens. When you had problems before, did you see a specialist in eating disorders? I'm just thinking, there's an aspect of my treatment that hasn't been that useful for me but I think it would be for you if this is the case, my therapist has me keep a diary of anything I eat or drink and write down where I am at the time and the context and anything I'm feeling, it's so they can monitor any patterns or triggers in how you're eating. For me it's not that consistant but I thought this might help for you to figure out how your appetite is affected? Just a thought on how it could help but I'm not sure if that relates to you.
I have never seen an eating disorder specialist. I dont want to be skinny, i just hate food. I have no appetite and most food tastes like **** to me. I dont know if there is a physical reason why I have no appetite but I aint gonna stop till I find one. My eating disorder is atypical. I haven't found anyone with my exact problem yet. I think my brain chemicals are just ****ed too much cause when I first started Zyprexa I went from not being able to finish a big mac to eating 3 double big macs at once with a large fry and drink and running out of money before I could get full. Obviously nothing physical changed, just chemicals in my brain. I have since grown tolerant to Zyprexa. I am in a never ending search for appetite stimulants so I can enjoy food once again. I am so sick of fighting this problem!



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I used to be borderline anorexic and the only things I would eat were junk food. I think it came mostly from abusing stimulants when I was younger (including caffeine), on top of my anxiety.

I've managed to reverse it now though by lifting weights. Now I have to keep myself from eating too much. I would highly recommend lifting weights and starting to eat for a purpose rather then just for the taste. After a while you get used to it. Now I can eat just about anything at any time.
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I have never seen an eating disorder specialist. I dont want to be skinny, i just hate food. I have no appetite and most food tastes like **** to me. I dont know if there is a physical reason why I have no appetite but I aint gonna stop till I find one. My eating disorder is atypical. I haven't found anyone with my exact problem yet. I think my brain chemicals are just ****ed too much cause when I first started Zyprexa I went from not being able to finish a big mac to eating 3 double big macs at once with a large fry and drink and running out of money before I could get full. Obviously nothing physical changed, just chemicals in my brain. I have since grown tolerant to Zyprexa. I am in a never ending search for appetite stimulants so I can enjoy food once again. I am so sick of fighting this problem!
I've never tried to lose weight either, I just go through phases where I can't handle eating for whatever reason and started coping with things by purging. I avoided getting help for about 5 years because I didn't think I had an eating disorder since the usual thing they list in symptoms is wanting to lose weight or thinking you're bigger than you are. I've never felt that way either. I think you may never meet someone with the exact problem as you, you can probably relate to other people with eating disorders but not fully because it's so personal. I don't really know anything about appetite stimulants but yeah it seems to have had an impact on you, that must be frustrating. Basically I'm just saying don't worry about fitting into a catagory and if you want to talk to an eating disorder specialist they deal with a huge range of issues. I've met quite a few people with completely different eating problems who've talked to counselors about it. I totally feel your frustration, I know how it is when it's like you physically can't do something that you need to do to survive.
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I've never tried to lose weight either, I just go through phases where I can't handle eating for whatever reason and started coping with things by purging. I avoided getting help for about 5 years because I didn't think I had an eating disorder since the usual thing they list in symptoms is wanting to lose weight or thinking you're bigger than you are. I've never felt that way either. I think you may never meet someone with the exact problem as you, you can probably relate to other people with eating disorders but not fully because it's so personal. I don't really know anything about appetite stimulants but yeah it seems to have had an impact on you, that must be frustrating. Basically I'm just saying don't worry about fitting into a catagory and if you want to talk to an eating disorder specialist they deal with a huge range of issues. I've met quite a few people with completely different eating problems who've talked to counselors about it. I totally feel your frustration, I know how it is when it's like you physically can't do something that you need to do to survive.
Thank you for being so understanding



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I am semi-bulemic, which is true. I'm not trying to make a joke of it, but sometimes when I feel like **** I'll binge on food, I don't really care too much though, I guess I've gotten to that point in my life where nothing I do to harm myself shocks me anymore.

I only do it for one reason though, I know I'm ****ing skinny but I believe I have a chubby face so I try and keep my diet clean and light, but when I slip up I sometimes get so freaked out I decide to purge.
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