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12 Jan 2005

Bulimia nervosa
I have been doing some research on the Internet regarding Bulimia nervosa. I have been suffering with this for the last +- 3 years. I am 24 years of age, I am not or have ever been overweight and have always been a very active person. It started when my father passed away almost 3 years ago. After his death, every time I ate something, be it the smallest amount I would just get nauseous and throw up. I have never used the 'hand down throat' procedure to make myself sick, it just comes out. I used to think that it was maybe because I was a depressed in the stage of his death that I was just feeling and getting sick, but it is still a continuing habit in my life to this day. Every time I still eat, it's just a natural thing for it to come up.

As mentioned, I don't suffer from being overweight, I have always been a slim person and therefore I have no need to be throwing up like this, I'm just not sure why it happens. This is the first time that I am actually seeking treatment / advice for this and this is not something that I would want my family or friends to know about, I want to do this by myself.

I'm not on a Medical Aid and can not really afford a therapist as I have just moved back to SA after being in overseas for 2 years, so my salary is not the best at this point.

Is it possible to provide any information for me regarding receiving treatment or advice?

I look forward to your reply and thank you for your time in reading my message.

Kind regards.
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CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Fae, the first step to recovery is to realise that there is a problem. You know this, so half the battle has been won already. The problem is that we’re not 100% sure that there isn’t an underlying problem causing you to throw up. The best would be to see your doctor and have him make sure that nothing else is the matter. from there it is a matter of training your body to not throw up the food after having had a meal. The easiest would be to eat small meals throughout the day and to then slowly increase the amounts and decrease the frequency until you can have at least two meals a day without throwing them up. The secret to success is to take your time and not to try and do too much too soon. Good luck.
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