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Just found out I have heart damage from bulimia :(

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by LexiRN, Jul 12, 2013.

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  1. LexiRN

    LexiRN Active Member

    I went for a physical assessment in order to enter an eating disorder program. I have had serial EKGs before for other ED programs, but this time my EKG changed and showed pathological t wave inversions. So now I am not medically cleared for the program and have to see a cardiologist next Friday to assess the level of my heart damage and to see if part of my heart has actually died or not. I am scared speechless. I knew you could theoretically damage your body with bulimia, which I have been fighting since 2007, but I never thought it could happen to me. It makes sense... I get dizzy standing up, pant just walking around the house, and am generally exhausted. So I am a ball of nerves and anxiety, as I do have a husband and two school aged children. I need to stop my bulimia immediately but have no clue if I can break the cycle. I could just use some support.

  2. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    Hi Lexi...many of us have a good grasp intellectually on what could happen if we have an ED, smoke, have hypertension, but it is quite a conflict when it happens to us...please know that some of the cardiac issues may be managed rather effectively and make sure you go for a second opinion to someone/department at a major cardiac unit/specialist...please keep us posted what is going on, and try to work on counterbalancing the damage immediately (e.g. diet, meditation ) and aggressively follow through with the recommendations (e.g. cardiac rehab if it is indicated)...about stopping your bulimia, sometimes, as you know, we have to hit bottom to get a monkey such as that off our backs...there are therapists specializing in ED that are not a part of a formal program that you can go to
  3. emily83

    emily83 Well-Known Member

    awwww, i'm sorry...... hugs
  4. flowers

    flowers Senior Member

    Hi Lexi
    I am sorry this all is happening. The ed, the cardiac "damage". I am hoping you can find the very best of support to work on the ed. I know its frighting to work on it. But you have many good reasons. Children and husband. And I know you agree. I know it is scary. But you can do it. And as you work on this, you can prevent more damage to your heart. I agree with sadeyes that often cardiac issues can be managed, Especially if they are caught and treated early. :hug:. I hope you can remember this as you go through the next days finding out more about whats going on. I know it is not easy to work on an ed. But sometimes when a crisis arises it can make the work much more possible. Please know I am happy to give support. Message me if ever and whenver you would like :hug:
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