Anorexia/Eating Disorders/Bulimia Recovery

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Hi Jeanne,

I am 24 years old and this is my second week in recovery (after 9 years of bulimia). In the past I tried 3 or 4 times to recover but I always failed. However, even with the gas and everything I never had the issues I have now. This time I have belching issues everyday (like rotten egg burps)and quite annoying abdominal pain and of course gas. Do you think this is normal? Should I consult a doctor or should I wait a bit more for my body to heal itself? It feels like it will never go away :( But I am not giving up on recovery whatever happens. Thanks for your help!

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Dear Nil,

Yay!  Yay!!  I hope you're still on the recovery path.  It's so hard to do this!  You're definitely to be congratulated.  Remember, you've never failed treatment, but it's the kind of treatment that's failed you!

By all means go to the doctor.  Get checked out.  The gas and burping is normal as you begin to let food stay in your stomach.  The abdominal pain can really be an issue.  Some good probiotics can help ease some of your digestive difficulties.  The discomfort will eventually go away but in the meantime, please see your doc!  Let me know what he/she says!

Warmly,
Jeanne Rust, PhD
CEO/Founder
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Jeanne Rust, PhD

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I have been treating eating disorders for over 25 years and I have a doctorate in clinical psychology. I am an expert in anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders and in co-occurring disorders as well -- depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc. I was the official eating disorder therapist for the University of Arizona athletic department and love working with girls and women of all ages! 12 years ago I started my own treatment centers in Arizona where we treat adolescents and adults. I love working with people and have been helping people online since 1994. My hearts go out to the people out there who are unable to find help, who aren't sure whether they need help, and who don't have much of an understanding of the terrible consequences, emotionally and physically, that go hand in hand with the eating disorder. I view eating disorders as coping mechanisms that people use when they are under stress. I believe that eating disorders most times have many similarities whether it is anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating. The good news is that people can heal from an eating disorder and learn to create the lives they would like to live.

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I have 25 years of experience in treating eating disorders of all kinds. I also do consultations for people who are starting treatment centers.

Education/Credentials
Northwestern University -- BA Masters in Counseling Doctorate in Clinical Psychology -- Saybrook institute

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