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I'm bulimic and want to know what happened to me the other night. Please help.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 26, 2007
  • 10:38 PM

I've had eating disorders since I was 12 (6 years). For the past 2 1/2 years I've been dealing with bulimia and no one but myself and a friend knows. The other day I had a bad experience.
-Woke up lethargic.
-When I would stand up/walk I was dizzy/vision blurred/heart felt racey/droppy
-I ate lunch and went to purge it up in the bathroom.
-I started purging and fell down. I started experiencing diarhhea. I felt like my heart kept stopping and starting, my body went numb/tingled, and I felt as though I had no control whatsoever over myself. Could barely move. Couldn't speak. My sister found me in the floor and I couldn't respond. I just "knew" I was dying. I kept going in and out of consciousness, vision blurred, heart felt like it was giving up and I felt like my body was locking up and shutting down. I was terrified but could barely speak. She helped me up and I was finally able to slowly walk(with help) and speak a bit. We went to the ER. My blood pressure was extremely low,
I was very dehydrated, and my heart rate/pulse kept dropping and getting higher and then dropping again. They gave me an ekg and kept checking my stats. The doctor said I has a vasovagal episode but that's basically just fainting and I know that wasn't all it was. I'm supposed to go to a cardiologist at some point. What do you think it could have been, because I honestly feel it was more serious than a vasovagal syncope because I (and I handle pain/illness well) felt my heart/body was giving up on me and I was dying, and I didn't have the courage to tell him everything that happened to me. He basically thought I went into the bathroom and fainted.

What do you think happened?

P.S
I'm going to try to give up bulimia but I've been trying for months and it's hard to give up.

Thank you.

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  • You are slowly killing yourself with bulimia - this is very serious and you need to get help. Please get info on the internet, or find a hospital/treatment facility that deals with your disease. Bulimia totally ravages the body, and is going to lead to many many problems in the future if it hasn't already. Please tell your family, and anyone who will listen to you - you need help with this, please don't try to do this alone. You need experienced people to help you get back on the path to wellness. I hope that someone will post with a good website or toll free number to call. There must be several non profit organizations you can find to help you. google bulimia and see what you find. Please give yourself a lot of time and be patient- this is hard to control, as you say, and will take a long while to get yourself back in balance. But you can do it! Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 11:39 PM
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  • Here is a website that lists confidential hotlines and websites for eating disorders. Please get help, people die from this if they don't. Trying on your own is not enough.http://www.awarefoundation.org/resources/eating_disorder_hotlines.aspx
    erobbins 5 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 02:02 AM
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  • I completely understand what you are going through. Bulemia is something very serious and you should really know what you are doing to your body. Your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to thrive and to keep your body functioning like it is supposed to keep you alive and healthy. By doing what your doing to your body, your body is now struggling to just keep you alive. Your blood pressure is probably definantely VERY LOW and would cause your slow heart rate and all the other symptoms you had described. (they kinda go hand in hand). What happened the other night was your body telling you that it cannot take what you doing to it anymore. There are many other girls of all ages suffering from the same exact thing as you are, so please do not feel alone. There is help for you, you just need to want to make the changes and actually reach out for the help. Please know what your doing to your body, and know that you can fight this disease once and for all. Best of luck to you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:28 AM
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  • I've had eating disorders since I was 12 (6 years). For the past 2 1/2 years I've been dealing with bulimia and no one but myself and a friend knows. The other day I had a bad experience.-Woke up lethargic.-When I would stand up/walk I was dizzy/vision blurred/heart felt racey/droppy-I ate lunch and went to purge it up in the bathroom.-I started purging and fell down. I started experiencing diarhhea. I felt like my heart kept stopping and starting, my body went numb/tingled, and I felt as though I had no control whatsoever over myself. Could barely move. Couldn't speak. My sister found me in the floor and I couldn't respond. I just "knew" I was dying. I kept going in and out of consciousness, vision blurred, heart felt like it was giving up and I felt like my body was locking up and shutting down. I was terrified but could barely speak. She helped me up and I was finally able to slowly walk(with help) and speak a bit. We went to the ER. My blood pressure was extremely low,I was very dehydrated, and my heart rate/pulse kept dropping and getting higher and then dropping again. They gave me an ekg and kept checking my stats. The doctor said I has a vasovagal episode but that's basically just fainting and I know that wasn't all it was. I'm supposed to go to a cardiologist at some point. What do you think it could have been, because I honestly feel it was more serious than a vasovagal syncope because I (and I handle pain/illness well) felt my heart/body was giving up on me and I was dying, and I didn't have the courage to tell him everything that happened to me. He basically thought I went into the bathroom and fainted.What do you think happened?P.SI'm going to try to give up bulimia but I've been trying for months and it's hard to give up.Thank you.Hi. I am a fellow bulimic so I have some background in the symptoms you've experienced. I assume that you are in a pretty seriouse binge/purge cycle right now? That definately takes its toll on the body. For one, all your electrolytes are imbalanced from the vomiting and you are definately dehydrated. I would recommend Pedia-lite to get your electolytes on a more normal level. Drink lots of fluids. Your blood sugar levels caused your fainting spell and thats nothing to mess around with. your body is totally confused. your best bet is to get some rest, take it easy for a few days with the pedia-lite and please at least take a day or two break if you can't quit at the moment. You should get some blood work done as well. Please take care and remember that right now you need to focus on getting your electrolytes in balance, you cqn always worry about the recovery situation later.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 09:21 AM
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  • I saw something on Dr. Phil and he said when you heart starts to do that, basically you are very near death. Your out of gas, and your engine is stopping because is does not have any gas left to run.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 01:29 PM
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  • ***** CODE RED*****please consult a physician ASAP, your body is giving up on you, you might end up going throuigh multiple organ failure.SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMIDIATELY.This is a very serious disorder.
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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  • i just experienced everything you described about 15 minutes ago.i had just finished purging, sat at my desk, and felt horrible.realizing that my heart had stopped beating, i panicked and i took strained breaths.i guess it's literal when they say you black out.i woke up on the floor, crawled down my stairs, and tried to climb into my mom's bedonly to faint once again.i've never felt to scared in my life. it seemed as though i was about to die..i am a fellow bulimic. we both know that our sickness is what got us into this mess.i am working on a way to tell my mom.. i've had eating disorders in the past that my mom was aware of so this won't come as a surprise. i just hope i can REALLY get help. i'm tired of being tired. of feeling weak. of purging after every little thing i eat. i want to be healthy. you want to be healthy. tell someone. get help. we can do it.
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  • im bulimic as well but am on the recovery road. sounds to me like your potassium is extreamly low!!! very serious i was hospitalized for it . it will cause your heart to STOP completly. you will die if you dont go to the hospital asap and get iv potassium. this is no joke it is serious! please go now
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 6, 2010
    • 03:51 AM
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  • Hi. I am a fellow bulimic so I have some background in the symptoms you've experienced. I assume that you are in a pretty seriouse binge/purge cycle right now? That definately takes its toll on the body. For one, all your electrolytes are imbalanced from the vomiting and you are definately dehydrated. I would recommend Pedia-lite to get your electolytes on a more normal level. Drink lots of fluids. Your blood sugar levels caused your fainting spell and thats nothing to mess around with. your body is totally confused. your best bet is to get some rest, take it easy for a few days with the pedia-lite and please at least take a day or two break if you can't quit at the moment. You should get some blood work done as well. Please take care and remember that right now you need to focus on getting your electrolytes in balance, you cqn always worry about the recovery situation later.I also am a fellow bulimic and have been for about 20 years. This person is right. In addition, from my own experience anyways, you need to make sure you're taking a multi-vitamin and plenty of Vitamin D at a time when you won't throw it up, perhaps at bedtime until you get control. I have had several years of weeks of lethargy before finally telling a doctor I was bulimic and they ran my blood for vitamin deficiencies. I was deficient in Vitamin D. I don't know how to tell you to get help as I'm suffering with this awful disease as well and I'm getting desperate. I feel I've mastered how to keep my body healthy enough because I don't go down for weeks at a time anymore because I keep my vitamin levels up. I don't get sinus infections as frequently anymore because I use a saline nasal spray to keep it clean and I have an unlimited supply of antibiotics on hand for when I do get a sinus infection or pneumonia from the vomiting. I wish you the best of luck, I'm obviously here seeking help as well.
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