Many individuals experience a change in stool from time to time – what one has eaten, medications and supplements, and emotional events all may contribute to irregular “pooping” patterns. Perhaps there is an underlying flora imbalance, perhaps there is an emotional event trigger, perhaps there are abnormalities of the anorectal musculature or sensation, and then the accumulation of factors eventually leads to the symptoms of what is often diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome.
Many individuals in recovery from an eating disorder may experience ongoing chronic complaints of emotional imbalance, gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain and constipation being common), chronic fatigue, and disrupted or abnormal sleep. There are medical reasons why these problems may be experienced, and holistic support for recovery is imperative. Some aspects which I consider medically when working with clients in recovery from eating disorders are detailed here.