Bulimia/Eating Disorders/binge eating

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hi there, i'm 18 and i have been sort of binge eating for 2 years now,, not terible though, sometimes i dont , but is has been goin on for 2 years (btw i used to be teribly underweight)
my question is just that fir the last to years i have had problems with my stomach,, is it possible to get terible stomach pains/cranps after eating too much?? I was sort of binge eating thursday and thursday night i had the most terible pains i've ever experienced-- i coulkdnt sleep at all!! and i've been feeling half sick till 2day-- which is sunday-- i'm finally starting to feel better now. Is it possible for the stomache to hurt this much?? i'm trying to stop though-- i havent made my self through up since last year , so i am making progress. It just makes me sad to think that i have never had a healthy relationship with food!! please let me know if the stomache pains is normal to binge eating??
thanx

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Jeanne Rust, PhD
Jeanne Rust, PhD  
Dear Anna,

Yes, it certainly is possible to have severe stomach pains after binge eating.  It's one of the consequences!  It's wonderful that you're not purging!  Good work because I know how hard that is!

Are you in therapy?  It's so difficult to develop a good relationship with food -- people with eating disorders have used food as a way of coping with stress in their lives.  Learning different coping strategies other than ones that are harmful can take a lot of work!

Let me know how you do!


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

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PhD in Clinical Psychology

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