Undiagnosed Eating Disorder?

Published: July 31, 2015
Dear TeenhealthFX,

Every morning when I wake up I feel miserable, I have a terrible stomach ache, crazy anxiety, and usually diarrhea. I often work a morning shift at work beginning at 9 or 10 am so it’s when I’m getting ready for work that this all occurs. I have had eating disorders in the past and never got the medical attention I should have, but I am unsure of whether or not this is connected. In mid-March I began depriving myself of food, something I’m accustomed to doing. I would go days without food and therefore began having chest pains and feeling light headed. I began eating again, but somehow developed a terrible habit of never eating in the morning. I wake up, feel miserable so I do not feel like eating. Even the thought of food makes me want to vomit. I work until 3 or 4 usually, and as soon as I am home I devour a lot of unhealthy food. Up until this point in the day, I am not hungry. Throughout the evening and often times well into the night I continue eating bouts of unhealthy food. I know that my body is deprived of nutrients it needs, because none of the food I eat is nutritious. I wouldn’t call my eating rampages binges necessarily because I’m not eating an abnormally large amount of food. In fact, I usually eat much less than my friends and feel full way sooner than them. We joke that my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. I will eat 3 bites of something and be done with it, but it will still leave me with an enormous stomach ache. I know I should see a doctor, but I’m kind of afraid to. I’ve never been able to open up to doctors. Also if it’s important, I’m a 5 foot 5 inch female, 19 years old, 115 to 120 pounds.

Dear Undiagnosed Eating Disorder?,

Although we can’t give you a diagnosis, it is safe to say you’re eating habits are unhealthy and affecting your quality of life. It is so important that you see a doctor to get an overall assessment of your health. To get the best care possible, it is important that you communicate with your Physician everything you have been experiencing. Having a good medical history is an important part of the diagnosis process.  Your doctor’ primary interest is in helping you, but he/she needs reliable information. Once the problem is identified, then you and your doctor can focus on the solution. 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside of this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.

Signed: TeenhealthFX