Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by binge eating and frequent inappropriate means of preventing weight gain which include excessive exercise or self-induced vomiting.
Many times a person suffering from bulimia is of normal weight or even a bit overweight. Their perception of their body image is altered and they see themselves as obese and ugly. But because their body is close to normal weight their problem with bulimia is often easily discerned.
Unfortunately people can suffer from bulimia and fight this disease for many years without any external physical evidence. This condition does take an effect on the body however.
With enough stress to the body conditions such as kidney failure, esophageal tears, cardiovascular disease, dental problems, liver failure and low blood pressure are common in people with bulimia.
Researchers have found that the earlier treatment is begun the better the chance that a person will experience a full recovery. Although there are several tips and home self help processes to follow the best chance of recovery happens with medical and psychological treatment.
Recovery from bulimia is a journey and every journey begins with a single step. That first step begins with how to talk to your doctor about bulimia.
Society today holds a negative view to eating disorders and often people dont understand the whys and hows of the conditions. However, physicians arent among the general public they wont judge and are only concerned with protecting the health of your body so you can live a long and healthy life.
So the first thing to realize when considering how to talk to your doctor about bulimia is that you shouldnt be met with judgment but rather with concern and support. If you dont feel comfortable talking to your personal doctor about the symptoms you believe you are experiencing then investigate your other options in your community.
Many hospitals have eating disorder clinics that work with psychologists in the community who are familiar with the issues and concerns that sufferers must face each day. Sometimes there are community eating disorder clinics where you can find help and support.
In either case your doctor will be doing a thorough history and physical. During the history they will be determining how long youve been experiencing these feelings and symptoms as well as if others in your family have suffered from other eating disorders or mental illnesses.
During the physical examination the doctor may request a couple of blood tests to determine your overall health and whether there has been long term damage done to the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, neurological system or reproductive system.
When you consider how to talk to your doctor about bulimia the real question is only how to broach the subject. Because your doctor is likely to be experienced talking to people with an eating disorder you wont have to worry about justifying your behavior or explaining why you feel you might have a problem.
There is no shame in having an eating disorder and seeking help. On the other hand, in a society where help is available on almost every corner it is a shame when people suffer in silence creating physical and emotional damage that will last their lifetime.Free PDF Health Ebook...