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  • Posted By: monkey2
  • November 11, 2007
  • 04:55 AM

When a person has an emaciated appearance and she is taken to the doctor. She contends that she has no medical problem, but is simply "counting calories" to maintain a body weight that will permit her to pursue a career in modeling which has been her goal for several years. The physicial finds that in addition to her low blood pressure and reduced heart rate she is also dehydrated and suffering from general muscle weakness. What will the physicians' diagnosis of this patient? Would the diagnosis be Anorexia Nervosa? I she simply "counting calories" as she claims? What other activities may she be engaging in and not reporting to the doctor? What is the cause of her dehydration and muscle weakness? What underlying problems must be addressed before her condition may improve? Sorry I just have so many questions I hope you can help me with figuring out what this person's diagnosis might be and what kind of treatment would be helpful.:confused:

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  • She's not eating, drinking water, exercising and sleeping.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 07:13 AM
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  • The info you supply here is to vague to diagnose her. There are many things that are helpful in making a diagnose. I would need to listen to her heart and look at her skin for any hairgrowth or bruises. I would also need to feel her joints, and ask her some questions about her period. In addition I would run bloodtests to see if she was low on iron, sexhormones, potassium, magnesium or sodium and I would also need a urine sample. If I knew the person before I would aslo look for signs of anxiety, depression, bad memory and more... Hope this helps... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 07:17 PM
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  • She could also be taking laxatives, diuretics and/or "diet pills". Having said that, I was "emaciated" for years without (to the best of my belief) being anorexic - I certainly had no dreams of being a model, I was just extremely unhealthy and self-destructive in general, and preferred spending my money on drink rather than food. I didn't have a single period for over 6 years, my liver enzymes were astronomical, half my organs including my heart seemed to spend all their time malfunctioning, and I was constantly severely fatigued and weak, contracting pneumonia once to twice a year and always being hospitalized for something or other. I'm now obscenely glowing with health (outwardly, anyway!) and 3 months pregnant, after restarting my persiods about a year ago. For me, simply quitting booze and starting eating worked wonders - all the body seems to need for almost complete recovery is good quality fuel.
    tigerr 1 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 07:38 AM
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  • Tigerr, that is so very true! Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 11:25 AM
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