Bulimia/Eating Disorders/Bulimia Recovery- Cheeks

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Question
Hi,

I've been suffering from bulimia on and off for 3 years... I was wondering, once I stop purging how long would it take for the swelling in my salivary glands to go down? I hate these chipmunk cheeks! :-{

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Dear Faye,

Thank you so much for writing!

I can really understand about the "chipmonk" cheeks!  I so wish I could give you a definite answer.  When the swelling goes down is such an individual thing.  With some people it can happen in a couple of weeks, with others it can be a couple of months.  The longer you've been bulimic the longer time it can take.  

If you possibly can, try not to look at them.  They'll begin to decrease in size and before you know it, they'll be at a place where you hardly can see!

Let me know if I can help more!

Warmly,
Jeanne Rust, PhD
CEO/Founder
Mirasol
www.mirasol.net
www.edrecovery.com
888-520-1700

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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.

Experience

I have been treating eating disorders for almost 23 years. I have been in private practice as well as running my own treatment program, Mirasol. I believe that people can be cured from their eating disorders -- that they are not always recovering. I am knowledgeable about 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!

Organizations
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Academy of Eating Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Clinical Psychology

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