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Hi! I had a problem with bulimia for a 7 years. First, it started with a family gatherings where was huge amount of food served and after that meals I actually felt very sick cause I was not used to eating food rich in fat. So I needed to vomit after those family gatherings. Then I realized that wasn't such a bad idea to keep myself thin especially after Christmas and Easter lunches. And then it became some kind of habit for me (two to three times a week) to eat huge amount of unhealthy food such as chips, popcorn, icecream etc..and to vomit after that. When I ate healthy food I didn't vomit. And what happened to me few months ago made me stop such behavior. I realized I have a huge disc hernia - disc extrusion in my lower back and that made impossible for me to vomit again. I even had to go to surgery to take care of my back, and now I am scared of vomiting again, even if I feel sick. I am very angry because I was so stupid! I immediately stopped eating that unhealthy kind of food and started to look after myself. I never imagined that bulimia can be so dangerous! So, I wanted to  tell you my story to warn others that they can have serious consequences if they do not get their condition with bulimia treated and I wanted to ask you, have you ever heard such a story like mine, is it really possible to hurt your back while vomiting?    I never told anybody my story. I am very ashamed and I don't want anybody of my friends and relatives to know that..

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Dear Tatyana,

Thank you so much for sharing your story with others. You should be very proud of yourself. Bulimia is a very serious and dangerous disease that  can be fatal. What you did is not easy. It takes a great deal of self discipline. Wishing you continued success.  

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GENERAL SURGERY Intestinal obstructions; Perforations; Ostomy; End ileostomy; Hemicolectomy; Take down ileostomy; Ostomy reversals; Diverticulitis; Chrohns Disease; Appendectomy; Cholecystectomy (gallbladder); Ventral hernia repair; Inguinal hernia repair; Umbilical hernia repair; Chest tubes; Pleurex catheters; Lobe-ectomy; Pneumonectomy; Thoracotomy; Pleuradesis; Thyroid surgery; Mastectomy; Lumpectomy LAPAROSCOPIC - LAPAROTOMY - LAPAROSCOPIC ASSISTED

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My name is Dr. Cipriano. I am a Hospitalist on the Medical Staff. I round, admit, discharge, consult and assist with surgeries in the OR. I manage patients in the ICU and Med/Surg floors. I also work in the emergency department. I am certified critical care nurse (CCRN). And ACLS certified. I

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Society of Hospital Medicine American College of Nurse Practitioners Connecticut Advance Practice Registered Nurse Society

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Maryville University 2014-2016 Doctor of Nursing Practice University of Connecticut 2007-2011 MSN, Acute Care Track Nurse Practitioner. Board Certified September 2011 Central Connecticut State University 2002-2006 BA Psychology St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing 1991-1993 Diploma Nursing Registered Nurse

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