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Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Alex Robboy , CAS, MSW, ACSW, LCSW — Founder & executive director

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Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa: remember always talk to your medical doctor if you or someone in your care has Bulimia Nervosa. Make sure the doctor is informed about the eating disorders. If the doctor appears uninformed then ask for a referral to someone who is very familiar with Eating Disorders. A referral to an endocrinologist and a dentist may also be necessary.

* Broken blood vessels (from purging)
* Problems with gastrointestinal system
- Heartburn
- Slow stomach emptying causing bloating
- Inflammation and tears of the esophagus causing pain and vomiting of blood,
- Constipation, diarrhea, bloating.
- Damage to the sphincter muscle
- Erosion of the lining in the stomach and the esophagus leading to ulcers and bleeding.
- Throat pain and involuntary regurgitation.
- Swollen salivary glands
- Edema
- Hiatal hernia

* Depletion of Electrolytes. Electrolytes are salts that are in the blood and the cells. They are essential to maintaining physical health. Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, and Chloride.
- HYPOKALEMIA is a very serious condition caused by loss of potassium that can lead to cardiac arrest.
- HYPOCHLOREMIA is a condition cased by low chloride levels in the blood.

* Dental problems
* Enamel on the teeth erodes due to contact with stomach acid due to purging
* Cavities
* Loss of teeth
* Gum disease
* Fatigue
* Dehydration
* Renal Problems
* Seizures
* Fertility Problems
* Irregular or absent menstrual period in 20% to 50% of women with Bulimia. (Regardless of weight)

Medical Complications associated with Bulimia Nervosa can be series. Call your doctor today for a full medical check up. This is a critical step in the recovery process.

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